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Your On-The-Go Checklist for a Smooth and Safe Trip With Your Dog



As the saying goes: “as faithful as a dog”. Dogs are a man’s best pet. As a result, they are an integral part of human life. From the attraction that arises from the bonding, they will always want the dog to accompany them on their trips. It gets a bit hectic since rarely do people know how to pack for their dogs, factoring in safety and comfort. The outlined checklist will help you with your planned trips.

Checklist for a Smooth and Safe Trip With Your Dog

Dog Food and Treats

Dog food and treats are the most important things you should include in the packing list. The food should be a balanced healthy food that they are used to on a day to day basis. It’s highly recommended that you pack the dry foods to avoid them going bad while on travel. Your dog deserves a treat, and that is why purchasing some soft bites, chews, or treats will be of great help. The Experts from recommend the bites since they help in calming nervous dogs or enhancing joint functionality. Ensure you pack enough for the duration that you shall be away.

Food and Water Bowls

It’s ideal if you carry utensils for your dog’s food servings. A pair of metallic bowls will be suitable for a basic trip since you will be cleaning them after use. Another advantage of these metallic bowls is that they are light and easy to carry around and are easy to clean. To avoid slipping while on use, you should put silicone on the bottom for a firm ground grip. You can also carry a collapsible water bowl that you can use to serve your dog some water. A collapsible bottle is very safe and easy to use, and it’s essential in warm climatic conditions since dogs get thirstier. 

Collar, Leash, and Muzzle

Your dog needs the above accessories as they aid in movement and safety. The leash will be of high use if you plan to have a walk-in public place to avoid accidental bites. A good leash can be made of nylon, leather, or chain. Collars will hold your dog’s information and your contact. This will make his tracing easier in case he gets lost. If your dog had an incident of bites, a dog muzzle would be an essential item to avoid a repeat of such an accident. Also, some states require one to have it while traveling with a dog. Choose accessories that are suitable for your dog based on your preference.

The Dog Bedding

If you are sure of spending nights away, dog  beddings are an essential item. You don’t have to purchase a new bed if the one they are using at home isn’t bulky. If you have to get a bed consider one that can act as a pad on travel creates; this will reduce your luggage. Ensure the beddings are cleaned and disinfected too before and after the journey. 

Poop Bags

On travel, you cannot just let your dog poop on the streets and leave the poops; that is why the poop bags will come in handy; they help in purely cleaning the mess. Buy good quality, pocket, and environmentally friendly bags.

Soap and Brushes

Always carry your dog shampoo, soaps, and brushes for grooming your dog. This improves their appearance, prevents shedding as well as help in relaxing the dog. During grooming, do a health check for wounds and ensure they are well disinfected. For a wound that needs a veterinary visit urgently scheduled.

Carrier Bags

Dogs’ carrier bags are essential especially when traveling on public means such as trains and airplanes. You need to get a small, soft carrier bag that will fit your dog comfortably. Ensure that you get the right specifications since most types of airlines and trains outline the required specifications required for dogs’ carrier bags. It should be lightweight, easy to carry with straps, and strong enough to avoid tearing while on the way. You can include a blanket inside it to ensure maximum comfort. To some airlines, dogs usually get charged fees for the trip. This situation means you need to check with your airline on the cost.

Other things you need to consider are the dog’s seatbelts, soft towels, dog’s outfits, medicine, and traveling documents. This packing will ensure that your travel is safe and stress-free. You should also not forget its toys to play along, especially if you have a very active dog. When going on vacation, your dog is going on vacation too. Ensure it enjoys as much as you do by following the tips provided in this article.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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