• Pilots and Paws

    By CATHY MOSER  |  Photo by JACKIE JENSEN

    Nine Labrador retriever puppies only eight weeks old yipped and barked, their yelps melding into the engine-rumble of a Cessna 182 awaiting them under afternoon skies at Logan International Airport in Billings. They regarded pilot Jerry Cain, chocolate-blue eyes peering as he loaded their crates into his plane. Moments later, the pups and Jerry were airborne.

    The flight was originally planned for transport from Billings to Missoula, but this Pilots N Paws (PNP) mission in January had fallen behind schedule, and approaching darkness necessitated landing at the Lincoln Airport (S69). From there, Jerry drove the puppies to his nearby Smiling Gulch Ranch. Ground transport volunteers arrived an hour later to continue the mission. Jerry handed off the pups to them, thereby concluding his segment of another PNP mission.

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