Millie the Black Lab was staying with friends in Glasgow while her owners got settled in to their new home in Dubai. Animalcouriers had arranged for Millie to travel from Glasgow to Dubai on 28 November to join them.
But then the snows arrived!
Her carers gamely battled through the snows and the blizzards to get Millie to Glasgow airport in the early hours of the 28th, only for the aircraft she was due to fly on to be diverted to Prestwick, as Glasgow was shut down by the snow.
Millie was checked in but it was unclear whether the flight would take off.
A lot of phone calls and emails flew back and forth trying to decide on the best course of action for Millie. Should she stay at Glasgow airport or go back to her carers? Could they even get to the airport to pick her back up?
Millie was flying with Emirates and we can only heap praise on the Emirates staff at Glasgow airport. She was taken into the manager’s office where she was treated like royalty. She went for a number of walks and was given biscuits and a lot of fuss. She remained blissfully unaware of all the anxiety surrounding her situation.
The aircraft eventually arrived at Glasgow once the snow was cleared and Millie was able to get away safely.
As you can see from the photos, she has landed on all four paws in a much sunnier climate. Lucky dog!
Millie’s owner, Jo, sent us an email saying:
“Just to say a very big thank you for arranging Millie’s flight over to Dubai. She arrived safely and in remarkable spirits considering her journey. I have much to be thankful for from the Emirates team at Glasgow and I will be sending them my thanks shortly.
“Millie has settled into the house very quickly and has already met some ‘friends’ on her walks. The temperature is not too bad in the mornings and evenings, about 25 degrees (chilly by Dubai standards), and she is getting at least 90 mins exercise a day. This will hopefully start the ball rolling in getting her acclimatised ready for the summer heat. We took her to the vet a couple of days ago who said that she was sure Millie will have no problems in living out here, and we are already talking about taking her to one of the beaches where dogs can go.”