Published April 26, 2012
| New York Post
A puppy took flight at La Guardia Airport yesterday, speeding down a busy runway and dodging planes and a posse of desperate pursuers.
Taxiing airliners ground to a screeching halt, giving their passengers front-row views of the spectacle that at one point saw a frustrated worker get down on his hands and knees in an unsuccessful attempt to convince the 14-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback, named Byrdie, to surrender.
In a final fit of desperation, Port Authority cops pulled the dog’s owner, Austin Varner, off her Delta flight and drove her out to the tarmac.
Varner, a 26-year-old Manhattan interior designer, said she was surprised at how far her dog had run. “It took a while in the car to get to her,” she said.
When they reached Byrdie, she was completely surrounded by workers.
“She was just standing there,” Varner told The Post. “She didn’t want to come to them. But she came right to me, and we got her.”
The runway dog show caused about 20 minutes in delays at the airport.