A French bulldog named Darcy is alive and well today because of some quick thinking on the part of the flight crew on a JetBlue flight.
Jetsetter than she is, Ms. Darcy Burt was making the trip from Florida to Massachusetts (she had brought along her pets, Steven and Michelle Burt as well) when, as WSVN Channel 7 Miami reports, she suddenly began “suffering from a lack of oxygen.”
That’s when the flight attendants on that JetBlue flight sprung into action:
…bringing ice, water and a small oxygen mask for the dog.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) July 9, 2018
Darcy the French bulldog was rescued on a JetBlue flight after she started showing signs of distress. The dog’s tongue began to turn blue and she started having difficulty breathing, which prompted the flight crew to quickly step in with an oxygen mask. pic.twitter.com/YTsNpDbaMH
— Jennifer Epstein (@jenepsteinfox13) July 9, 2018
According to the Burts, Darcy had begun pushing her head against the mesh of her carrier in distress. When Michelle brought the 3-year-old pup to her lap, her tongue had began to turn blue, as she labored to breathe; thankfully flight attendants Renaud and Diane were there to quickly step in with an oxygen mask.
According to the NY Daily News, Renaud has a French bulldog of his own, named Penelope.
Michelle wrote on her Facebook page:
We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy’s life.
Not all heroes wear capes.
On a JetBlue flight Thursday from Florida to Massachusetts, Michele and Steven Burt's French Bulldog, Darcy, had trouble breathing. Two heroic members of the flight crew stepped in to help. https://t.co/6B37eOUeap
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) July 9, 2018
JetBlue flight attendants Renaud Asher and Diane Asher save Canine on Flight to Boston. Darcy 3 yr old French Bulldog on flight from Florida to Boston #330 became hypotix (lack of oxygen). Thank you JetBlue, Renaud & Diane offered Darcy oxygen and saved her life. Thank you!!! pic.twitter.com/6kiepb3Y58
— Christina Dittmer (@cmcdittmer) July 6, 2018
Michelle Burt credits the swift actions of the crew in helping to save Darcy’s life, telling WSVN of the oxygen mask:
It actually fit her face really well because she’s got a round face. You couldn’t help but notice the change in her eyes. I know it’s not a child or a person but she is a family member. I just felt very grateful.
Twitter applauded the duo’s heroic efforts:
Darcy’s tongue and gums had turned blue and she was panting heavily. “I know it’s not a child or a person but she is a family member.”: https://t.co/cw9MNUOnsp
— Tara (@TruCelt) July 9, 2018
Wonderful job to the @JetBlue employees that saved this dog from hypoxia. Our pets are also our family members and it's great that your flight attendants were thoughtful,concerned,and acted quickly. Bravo @JetBlue.
— Dave mecino (@DMecino) July 9, 2018
Shout out to @JetBlue for saving that cute little French bulldog ❤️❤️ it’s nice to see an airline care just as much about their four legged passengers as they do about their two legged passengers 🙂
— Heather O'Reilly (@burberry002) July 9, 2018
I don’t even know this dog, but I’m so grateful to @JetBlue for this! At a time when we read so many horrific stories about animal injuries and deaths on airplanes, this story made me so happy. https://t.co/e8pLMXJtIH
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) July 9, 2018
According to WSVN, the Burt’s sent a letter of gratitude to the airline praising the quick actions of flight attendants in helping Darcy.