Mutt Muffs, were, as the www.safeandsoundpets.com site recounts, conceived in a Cessna. Apparently a black lab named Cooper loved to join his master as a furry co-pilot but she had qualms about the decibel level in the cockpit and the effect it would have on the animal’s hearing. After several unsuccessful prototypes, mutt muffs were finally “cleared for takeoff” and Jon invested in a pair for Chloe.
On her maiden voyage Jon insisted that the “dog be secured” during take-off and landing but when I checked to see if she was still sporting her earphones, she tried to dig her claws into my chest and her eyes were peeled wide with terror throughout the flight. Yet when we landed she seemed to find her old, happy-to-be-here personality.
One thing we had to do was to experiment with ways of covering her ear- flaps and making sure they stayed down under the earphones. Yorkies can move each of their ears 180 degrees. It is no small feat to keep these auditory appendages immobile. We searched the marketplace for bonnets or even doll hats but nothing was small enough. Finally we tried tying a handkerchief around her head as an old Russian grandmother might wear it—folded into a triangle with the long ends tied together in the back. It worked! The mutt muffs stayed on the entire flight. BTW, Chloe’s picture is now ensconced for all posterity in the Safe And Sound Pets Customer Gallery.
Chloe, who is now nine months old, has four flights under her Velcro walking vest and seems to enjoy flying as long as she gets to occupy the pink pet carrier strapped into the back seat. I don’t think she moves a muscle during the entire flight, but, just as the Mutt Muffs people predicted (See FAQ answer to the question “My dog would never wear these”), she is careful to keep her earphones on and her hearing unimpaired.
While Chloe is not apt to come when you call her—the stars and planets have to be in perfect alignment--actually I can’t blame her for balking at the command to “come.” It doesn’t take a pet psychic to interpret her reluctant behavior. I understand completely why hearing her name being called with sugary sweetness has put such an incredibly bad taste into her mouth. Every time she has bounded over with tail-wagging enthusiasm in the past, horrible things have happened. Jon or Beverly has attempted to drown her in the sink, insisted on squeezing her into some ridiculous outfit, or forced her to swallow vile-tasting medicine. Still she may wish to ditch her leash as she grows more mature.
At any rate, Chloe has really grasped the notion that when she is in either her pink or black purse-cum-pet carrier, she is not to make a sound. As a result, she has been able to accompany her two favorite humans into elegant hotels, sumptuous restaurants (where delicious tidbits are dropped into her lap), grocery stores, department stores, movie theatres and of course, planes, trains and automobiles. She has even sailed and motor-boated but she will be quick to tell you that she is much more fond of transportation in which there is no danger of getting wet.