Today in adorable travel news: four Icelandair crewmembers are the new parents of puppies born unexpectedly before flight. The mother pup, a sled dog named Pepper, was poised to take Icelandair to Stockholm after a visit to Seattle with her owner, “Grandpa” Torsten, when ground staff noticing a little extra activity in her crate. Closer inspection revealed four wriggling little critters, born just before the flight was scheduled to take off. (Why the dog was flying during the late stages of her pregnancy is still unclear.)
Thankfully, Icelandair reacted quickly, calling a veterinarian—and Torsten—to the scene. When it was decided that the pups (which, by the way, are not the adorable sled dogs pictured above) couldn’t safely fly home with mom, they enjoyed a brief bonding moment before getting handed over to a set of new parents: all members of the Icelandair crew. The dogs will live in the Seattle area, where Torsten and Pepper visit regularly, and will be named after four of Iceland’s iconic volcanoes: Hekla, Askja, Keilir and Katla.
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