That’s One Big Dog – And He’s Flying First Class

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The picture of a very large dog being wheeled toward an LAX boarding desk has gone viral.


According to Twitter user @madeleinedoux, the plus-sized pooch flew first class on an AA flight recently. She took a picture of the dog being wheeled up to the gate, and her tweets about the sight were priceless:


Her 1st: holy sh%& I just saw the literal fattest dog

Her 2nd: I sh%& you not, the dog is flying first class on my flight


The massive dog was wheeled onto an AA flight and treated like the first class passenger he was. His owner, Kari Whitman, an interior designer who founded Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue in Beverly Hills bought 2 first class tickets for the flight – one for herself and one for her dog. Due to an illness, Hank, who is Whitman's support animal, has gained weight and can only move with the aid of his luxurious, pillow-topped cart. 


The dog spent most of the flight lying on the ground near its seat, and didn't bark or make noise for the duration of the trip.


"Everyone, both while boarding the plane and on the plane before takeoff, was speculating as to how the dog got so fat," @madeleinedoux said. "You could legitimately hear hushed whispers of 'He's riding first class.'"


Hank seemed indifferent to all the attention as several AA staff gathered around to admire him and take photos. @madeleinedoux’s pic has been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times.

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