What a tortuous death. Surrounded by air, but devoid of oxygen, the 10-month old puppy, Kokito, gasped his last breath in a dark, scary overhead bin where luggage was shifting, further frightening a suffocating soul. My first version of this press release adopted a different position. Any airline could have hired an unempathetic, flight attendant with no common sense. However, when I read how United Airlines handled this tragedy in terms of compensation, my position changed. The message they sent to America: it’s a dog, no big deal, let’s give them a refund on the flight tickets.
If you have read the article called Why Ties, you will know that one day, out of the blue, an acquaintance of mine had wanted me to get him a job as a fashion designer because he was closing a design school he managed. At that time, I was hosting fashion shows to raise money for abused dogs and I told him that although I knew a lot of models, the same could not be said about designers. I did, however, propose that we work together and create a tie collection. He had made a number of promises, all of which he backed out of two weeks later.