Dogs
Distressed couple run up to flight attendant and ask to save dog’s life
The little dog needed immediate care.
Elijah Chan
11.24.21

A French bulldog was struggling for her life until two flight attendants came up with a brilliant idea.

Air travel can be uncomfortable for humans, so we can only imagine the stress it puts on animals especially with the changing pressure inside the cabin. And while our bodies are much more resilient, smaller animals might have trouble adjusting.

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This is what happened to a couple’s French bulldog in their flight from Florida to Massachusetts.

Michele Burt noticed mid-flight that Darcy was in distress.

She was trying to push her head against the mesh of the carrier. Michelle’s husband told Darcy to lay down, which he usually complies with, but she continued.

They took out the three-year-old dog from her pet carrier under the seat in front of them and saw something alarming. There was a bluish discoloration on Darcy’s gums and tongue. Darcy was showing signs that he’s not getting enough oxygen.

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“I was passing through the cabin to check up on a passenger, and I noticed another passenger, who had the dog out of her crate and the dog had an indication that it wasn’t looking too well. … And I believe the dog passed out,” Renaud Fenster, one of the flight attendants, told Good Morning America.

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Renaud Fenster, who also owns a French bulldog, quickly thought of a solution.

“Two crew members (Renaud and Diane) brought ice in bags and she was still breathing fast.” The post quoting Burt said, “She continued to pant heavily. Renaud, who explained that he also had a French Bulldog “Penelope” brought a small oxygen tank with a mask attached and offered it saying “maybe this will help”.

They place the mask over the dog’s snout, hoping that they are not yet too late. A dog with a small oxygen mask may look cute and can get tons of “likes”, but hypoxia is a very dangerous condition.

Fortunately, Darcy began to breathe normally again.

“I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask.” The post continued, “I believe Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not.“

Burt was so thankful for the cabin crew’s response.

While some of us will find it easy to dismiss dogs as pets, a lot of pet owners consider them as part of the family. Losing a family member is painful, but luckily, Burt doesn’t have to experience that in their flight.

Burt said that Fenster and Asher were not only great flight attendants but also great human beings.

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“We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy’s life.” The post quoting Burt said. “Though some may reduce the value of a pet’s life and applying lifesaving efforts to a dog the attendants applied their skills in a humane and caring way that I like to think represents the best in all of us as human beings.”

Watch how two flight attendants save a dog’s life when her owners notice something alarming.

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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