I am writing this column on Halloween day. It is a pretty day and the leaves are in their full fall glory.
The family are all doing well and the big news this quarter is that Michael is engaged to be married at
the beginning of the summer. His fiancée, Maya, is a delightful attorney currently teaching at George
Washington University Law School. We look forward to welcoming Maya to our family.
Recently, Leigh and I have found a way to combine two of our passions: flying and helping animals.
Rescue organizations need volunteers to fly adoptable pets from high-kill shelters in rural areas to other
areas where they have a better chance of finding a home. Meet Falcon, a sweet, three-year-old
Australian Shepherd who was part of an improper breeding operation that kept their dogs in cages all
their lives. The operation was shut down by the authorities and Falcon was rescued by Australian
Shepherds Furever. One of their members, a professional dog trainer in Vermont, agreed to foster
Falcon until he could be adopted. The only problem was that he needed to be transported to Vermont,
because arranging for car transport from here is difficult. Enter Pilots N Paws. We saw their request on
the message board and offered to fly Falcon to Burlington, VT, a two-and-a-half-hour flight. We met
Falcon and his rescue volunteers at the Leesburg Airport, as shown in the picture below. We loaded him
into a comfortable crate in the back seat and flew to Burlington, VT. There we met the new
foster/trainer and Falcon felt grass under his paws for the first time in his life. It is a wonderful feeling to
know that we participated in saving a dog’s life and bringing joy into someone’s home.