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A Windy Day Only a Rescue Dog and Pilot Could Appreciate!

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Albert Adams out of Tampa, FL faced some strong winds to get a lucky dog to her new home.  The flight was for Florida Boxer Rescue, and Albert shares the story…

I received an email from Laura Sawyer with Florida Boxer Rescue. She had a 3 yr old female down in South Florida who had a forever home waiting for her in Sanford, FL, just north of Orlando. The little girl who was receiving the dog sent out a prayer chain asking for all her friends to pray that someone could fly “Buttercup” (as she pre-named her) to her family. Well, that was all I needed to hear. So, I told Laura that I could do the flight, however, they were looking for a pilot that could do it on Monday. Weather was not in the cards for that and actually didn’t look doable until Thursday.

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I departed on a beautiful Tampa morning and headed to Fort Myers – Page Field (KFMY), where the weather wasn’t so pretty…I was met by Laura and a very happy Boxer, who “knew” she was being rescued. You could see it in her eyes. Once we got her harness on and the paperwork complete, we topped off the tanks and Buttercup literally jumped into the backseat, sat up like a good girl, and looked at me like “I’m ready lets get outta here!”


We said our goodbyes and thank yous, got our clearance, and off we went into 34kts winds and turbulence the whole way to Sanford. Buttercup handled it like a champ and didn’t get airsick until we were on final approach into busy Sanford International (KSFB) airport, but of course I was prepared for that scenario and had the backseat lined with absorbent pads and towels. We taxied to Starport FBO where I was greeted by the Stouffer Family and a nice iced coffee from Starbucks that they brought for me.


Buttercup, looked at me with her sad eyes as if to apologize for getting sick. I just smiled and said “It’s OK baby”. She gave me a big lick and hopped out of the plane. She ran to her new Family and was so happy that everyone at the FBO noticed. After answering everyone’s questions about PNP and giving tours of the 172SP equipped with the G1000 system, I said goodbye, got a hug from the Stouffer’s little girl who “prayed” for Buttercup, another big “hug and lick” from Buttercup, as if to say “Thank You” and headed home to Tampa…into a 32 knot headwind for the entire ride home.


Starport at KSFB offered a significant fuel discount for Pilots N Paws flight and they are incredibly nice people. Also, Laura Sawyer with the Boxer rescue was on top of everything, and Base Ops FBO at Fort Myers – Page Field was also very accommodating. Both FBO’s were very Pet Friendly. Thanks to Pilots N Paws sponsors for the great seatbelt harnesses and the clean up wipes. They come in very handy.


18 thoughts on “A Windy Day Only a Rescue Dog and Pilot Could Appreciate!”

  1. Melissa Bagley Brown says:

    Made me cry <3

  2. Freida Smith says:

    What a great story. Had me in tears. Thanks for all you do.

  3. Laura says:

    Buttercup went from a skinny, stinky, sore from surgery, itchy and scaly skin to a happy, shiny, loving little girl thanks to this pilot and her new family! She has that precious little lady in the picture that named her as well as a fur brother she adores to keep her smiling.
    Thank you pilot Albert – Very successful rescue and so appreciative of your kindness and generosity with this poor baby girl.

  4. Jackson says:

    What an amazing guy. I’ve never met a more friendly person and incredible pilots. That you for all the work you do. You are a HERO!

  5. Lisa says:

    Albert, you are simply a beautiful man. Everyone at the airport said you were incredibly professional and clearly knew what you were doing. You are an Angel.

  6. Bill T says:

    This pilot showed up at our airport and was an ambassador for our outfit. He explained PNP to everyone and his energy and smile are infectious. Don’t know where you find Angels like this but they deserve a special place in heaven. I don’t even know that he was a volunteer until I asked. Knowing the expenses involved and seeing that he was covering the bill out of his own pocket sheerly amazed be. We were able to give a fuel discount but wish we could have done more for this organization. Clear skies and happy landings Albert! You made that little girls come true.

  7. Norma Collacchi says:

    Buddy, I was always proud of you, now even more..Just be careful dont take chances. Your live is more valuable.
    Love Aunt Norma

  8. Dave Tanner says:

    As a new pilot, I called Albert for some advice on doing rescue flights. He was so kind and helpful . He walked me through the process and by the time I got off the phone, I was very confident that I would be able to do this. I’m looking for my first rescue now. Some Pilots have two sets of wings and Albert is definitely one of those guys.

  9. Doug R says:

    I work the flight line at Fort Myers Page field and I met Albert when he came in to pick up this Dog. I remember it all very well because I remember that dog hoping into the plane with a very happy look. What a very kind person Albert is. Several of us asked him questions about PilotsnPaws and even though he was on a schedule, he took the time to tell us all about the wonderful people involved in this organization. He thanked all of us time and time again, even though we didn’t do anything but put gas in the plane. Keep it up Albert! You are a great guy and we will see you next time. Clear Skies and Tailwinds from everyone at Base Ops, Page field.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Met Albert at KSFB when he brought this dog to this lovely family. My flight instructor and I waited for everyone to leave before we “bothered him”. All I can say is WOW! What a nice person. Pilots, especially students know the costs and time involved in doing this kind of work. Albert, you inspired me. I have a whole new reason to finish my training and get my license now. Thank you for what you do and thank you for taking the time to talk to Me and Dave, when I know you just wanted to take off and get home to your family. My husband and I are going to fly for PNP one day soon!

  11. "Old Timer" says:

    Hi Al, I parked next to you at Page that day (N73PS) and got to pet that beautiful girl before you left. You stay safe and keep up the good work.

    To those who think our country is in the gutter, I say look at these folks who are selflessly giving of their time, skills and hearts. I’m 74 and have been flying…well, for along time…I’ve met a lot of people along the way, some good some not so good. Albert, you are definitely one of the good guys and it is evident to anyone who meets you that you were raised with love and you give it back. I’m proud to have met you.

    Thanks to everyone involved with Pilots N Paws. The world IS a better place because of what you do.

  12. John Farthing says:

    I too found Albert to be extremely hefull in getting me started. Great guy with TONS of experience and knowledge! I made my first flight Saturday. Thanks again Albert!

  13. Sharma Adams says:

    This man is the man who makes my world go ’round! He really is a very kind, thoughtful, loving soul who wants nothing more than to spread love and joy when he can. We’ve been married almost 9 years now, and I am thankful every day for being the ‘lucky girl’ who stole his heart. As I’ve already said so many times, I love you and I am so proud of you baby!

  14. Maria says:

    I am so proud that you are my brother!! You are the best!! Keep up all the good work! Love you, Maria oxox

  15. Terrie says:

    Thank you Albert and all the PNP’s Pilots and community partners who give so selflessly to ensure the safety of these precious four legged creatures. We are so thankful and appreciative! Laura has coordinated with me to have three dogs flown into the Apopka Airport so far! Luv Pilots n Paws!!

    FLBR Vol.

  16. Marion Riley says:

    Beautiful story. Look at the smile on Buttercup’s face… Beautiful dog. Amazing person. Your heart shines right through your eyes and your smile. From reading the comments of what others have said about you, I have no doubt that you have your own set of wings. God bless and keep you safe on your journeys. Thank you Pilots N Paws for being the place that all these Angels are able to find each other and make the world a better place one flight at a time. – Marion and Ron Riley

  17. Logan says:

    From that gorgeous dog’s smile to the pilots smile to that adorable little girl’s smile at the end, all I see is LOVE. There is no doubt that Buttercup is exactly where she was meant to be. I read this story to my son (7) and daughter (8) tonight. Both animal lovers, one wants to be a vet and one wants to be a pilot. They asked me to donate their allowance to PilotsNPaws for the rest of the year. My dream as a parent is that I raise them with enough love to be just like this young man. Thank you Albert. Don’t know you but now, I sort of feel like I do. Pilots n Paws ROCKS!

  18. Veronica J. says:

    Albert: thanks for sharing this beautiful story! Rescued pups always show their love and gratitude to the heros that help them on their way to a new and better life. And apparently Buttercup was no exception :) Thanks for all you do!!
    Veronica – FBR VO, St. Petersburg, FL

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