Michelle and Steven Burt were on a JetBlue flight from Florida to MA last week when they noticed their dog Darcy seemed distressed, according to a letter from Mrs Burt published on The Everyday Jumpseater's Facebook page. The 3-year-old bulldog's tongue began to turn blue and she was having difficulty breathing.
Darcy, the French bulldog owned by Steven and Michele Burt of Westminster, Mass., receives oxygen on a JetBlue flight Thursday, July 5, 2018.One of JetBlue's flight attendants poses with Darcy after the bulldog received oxygen on a JetBlue flight Thursday, July 5, 2018.
In a letter written to JetBlue, Michele Burt shared the story of how Spencer and Asher went above and beyond their line of duty to help Burt's three-year-old French bulldog, Darcy. "I pulled her out from under the seat and placed her on my lap to cool down and help her relax as she was panicking and breathing frantically".
Crew member Renaud Spencer holds Darcy after the dog was feeling better.
Spencer, who said he also had a French bulldog named Penelope, then brought a small oxygen tank with a mask.
After a few minutes, Darcy became more alert and was able to breathe normally.
These flight attendants are being hailed for looking after their passengers - no matter their species - during their time of need.
Photos that have since gone viral on social media show Darcy sitting in a window seat with the yellow oxygen mask up against her nose and mouth. "I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine".
In a letter to the airline posted on the Everyday Jumpseater Facebook page, Michelle explains that Darcy was pushing her head against the mesh part of the carrier and not lying down, despite Steven instructing her to. "We're thankful for our crew's quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester".
Burt told MassLive that Darcy is doing well, but before she flies again, her vet will sign off on the travel.