My suggestion is take your puppy with you, if she is not welcome don't go there. I have found if I put on my Joan Rivers act and Cescie pretends she is Spike, very few people even question me. Cescie has even gone shopping in Wal-Mart and some of the best stores. We both just give it our best upper-crust act and keep going. Most people are so smitten by these little white charmers we have never had one single problem.
Maybe you could work out a sitting trade with another Maltese
owner in your area. You are right, these dogs are special and
I would not leave Cescie with just anyone, but someone who knows
the dog and is willing to treat it like you do would make the
seperation bearable for your little one.
Still, I say take the puppy with you if possible. Dogs need
vacations too, and you would be more relaxed knowing it was
ok. Have a good vacation whatever!
However, be careful of local customs (both border customs and local culture). She was brutally bitten by a resturant owner's dogs in Israel and that owner didn't have to take any responsiblity for our pain or vet bills.
I agree, a family who loves dogs is a good alternative for a place to leave
her instead of taking her along. I wish you all many happy miles with your precious companion.
On United States airlines, it is my understanding the dog must stay in the carrier. In fact several years ago, I believe it was Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was arrested because she refused to keep her Yorkies in their carriers.
When I first started flying my Maltese, Amanda, with me, I took her along to the rest room one time because, while I never medicated her she always wanted to know where I was. So I would take the carrier along with me and sit it on the floor of the rest room. On one occasion, the attendent told me the carrier had to stay on the floor and I was even in first class. I personally think the attendent was having a bad day, because on other occasions when the seat next to me was empty, I would put the carrier on the seat and sort of open it. Naturally they will allow you to open it to do things such as give them water.
Be aware that most US carriers allow only one in cabin pet per class,
so if you intend to fly your dog with you, you should make your reservations
well in advance, especially at holiday times.