I'm posting this as an update as of 3:00 p.m. AZ time, 27-Nov 2009:
Communicated with Debbie, the manager of Paws, Inc. (aka Bristow Animal Shelter) to let them know that I have a pilot - Will Worthington of Carefree, AZ - who has volunteered to transport Ruby from Bristow back home to Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix on or about Dec 18, which is 3 weeks exactly from today. Doesn't get much better than this!!
Spoke with Will this afternoon. He found a nearby airport - only 2.5 miles from the shelter itself - called Jones Memorial (3F7) - and will need for me to arrange for someone to drive the Dachsie to the airport upon his arrival. He will communicate directly with shelter personnel the day of his flight as to his exact time of arrival; however, I'll be managing the coordination of the transport to make sure all goes smoothly.
Not sure if I should post this as "DONE" just yet, but I'm sure Deb will let me know...right, Deb?
WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP THIS IS!!! You have brought tears of gratitude to my eyes and renewed my faith in humanity with a heart. God bless you all!