I'm really torn about whether or not to take our 50-lb Husky mix with us on our 18-week sabbatical to France. I've read some pretty awful things about deaths/injuries while the animal is in the hold, and the American Humane Society recommends against it "unless its absolutely necessary" but people must do it or what - give up their pets? I see crated animals in airports, so I know others aren't as concerned about it as I am. Can anybody give me some reassurances based on your own travels? He's very attached to us, and even an excellent caregiver won't make up for our being away for so long. Help!