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#21 PaulM

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 04:12 PM

I did see someone getting off the California Zephyr in Denver with a dog without a carrier.  No it wasn't trying to pass as a service dog.



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 06:22 PM

These rules apply to everyone*.
* Except you.
 
Might a conductor discovering a not within the rules pet on a train opt to have the pet and owner put off the train at the next convenient grade crossing?

 
If it makes you feel any better about the incremental 10 lbs, I am quite slim and I assure you that our combined weight is less than the average male or American female.

You are going to be able to carry a 30 lb dog in a carrier?

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 06:33 PM

 

If anyone has experience traveling with pets, please reply. Thanks!

People here are trying to help you with our comments, suggestions, etc.  We may not be offering answers you'd hoped for.
If you think your 30 pound dog can pass for a 20 pound dog, and you follow all the other regulations, you might be able to do it.
 
But realize you are violating the regs, and may pay the consequences.
 
 
Ha well you are right about that! Obviously I realize that this is 10lbs more than technically allowed, and that I might get away with it, and that I might not. That's in fact precisely what I'm trying to figure out by posting the question. I think it would be best done by hearing the experience of someone who has actually done it; I will then use that knowledge to inform my decision. Thanks
Your odds of finding someone here who purposely broke the rules are low. Most people carrying pets tend to abide by the regulations. They might go a couple of pounds over. Is your dog going to be comfortable in the size carrier that is allowed. I don't think anyone is going to weigh your dog but if the carrier is oversized that is what is going to be noticed. I suggest reading the below carefully before breaking the regulations. Will your dog fit comfortably and safely in the maximum size carrier?

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" Approved Pet Carriers

Pet owners must provide a pet carrier. The maximum size for pet carriers is 19" long x 14" wide x 10.5" high. Maximum weight of pet with carrier is 20 pounds. The carrier may be hard or soft sided but must be leak proof and well ventilated.
For your pet's comfort and safety, it must be able to sit and lie down without touching the sides of the carrier.
Your pet carrier counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
Onboard and Station Guidelines

Pets must remain inside their carrier while in stations and onboard trains. Please keep your pet with you at all times.
Onboard, place your pet carrier under your seat (not under the seat in front of you), except on Amtrak Cascades trains where you can put your pet carrier on the floor in front of the seat next to you.
Pets are welcome in Coach Class, but please remember they may not travel in other accommodations or food service cars.
Some routes designate a specific Coach car for pets: Amtrak Cascades, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr, Illini, Saluki, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, Hiawatha and Missouri River Runner. On other pet friendly routes, you and your pet may ride in any Coach car.
Pet Check-In

To confirm pet eligibility, we need to have you read and sign a Release and Indemnification Agreement for each leg of travel.
At staffed stations, please check in at the ticket office no later than 30 minutes before departure to take care of the confirmation.
At unstaffed stations, the conductor will confirm pet eligibility and provide you with the document to sign. Before your trip, find your station and check to see if it is staffed. "


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Posted 09 September 2016 - 07:27 PM

 

 

These rules apply to everyone*.
* Except you.
 
Might a conductor discovering a not within the rules pet on a train opt to have the pet and owner put off the train at the next convenient grade crossing?

 
If it makes you feel any better about the incremental 10 lbs, I am quite slim and I assure you that our combined weight is less than the average male or American female.

You are going to be able to carry a 30 lb dog in a carrier?

 

I know.  I have a 20 lb cat and he's hard to carry in his carrier the rare times we go to the vet.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:48 PM

 

Allowing pets is a new program.

Consequently, few have had a chance to travel with their pet, and fewer still will have attempted to test the limits of the rules.

 

Let us know if it works out for you if you decide to risk testing the rules.

 

Will do! More aggressive Googling yielded the following website, in case anyone else out there besides me cares about this: http://www.dogjaunt....in-to-portland/

 

There was no room at all under the seat in front of me, and I don’t recall whether there was a space that I could access under my own seat. I put Chloe’s carrier on the ground in front of me, with my purse, which was comfortable for us and apparently acceptable to Amtrak.

As I was writing this post, reader Cassidy wrote to me about her recent experience traveling via Amtrak with Azuki, her 23-lb. Shiba Inu. Cassidy, thank goodness, fills in the missing info: “Their website also says she had to stay under my seat the whole trip, but there was a huge metal bar in the middle of all of the seats such that not even my backpack would fit under. So I put her in my lap (which she prefers) and the conductor didn’t mind at all, nor did the person sitting next to me.”

 

Did you happen to figure this out and if so, did things work out to bring your dog on board?



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:54 AM

"19 inches by 14 inches by 10.5 inches"  That is the maximum size allowed by Amtrak for your dog.  Please read all the rules!





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