Saw this story in AOPA pilot brief and had to share
My wife Diana has a service dog named Gizmo. He is 12 pounds and picks things up for her. Gizmo accompanies us as we fly around Northern California in a Cessna 172 looking for our next $100 hamburger airportand so far he has logged 72 hours of flight time. He is very attentive during taxi,run-up and climb-out but falls asleep when we settle into cruise. He sleepsnwell with his Mutt Muffs and is secured to Dianna's shoulder harness.
This spring we were flyingaround San Francisco Bay considering lunch at Half Moon Bay (HAF), but I was concerned about fog. We decided to head north to Ukiah along Tomalas Bay. About mid-way up the bay, Gizmo sat up and began staring at the instrument panel with a very business-like face. He then looked at me, then back at the panel. Back and forth he looked for about 30 seconds when the engine began to sputter. I immediately knew what was happening-ice was forming in the carburator. I applied carb heat and the engine returned to normal. Gizmo looked at me, relaxed his face and went back to sleep.
I do not understand how he recognized the icing up of the carburator considering the engine noise and his Mutt Muffs, but he did. All I know is now I have a co=pilot service dog.
Submitted by Allen James, president of the PBY Catalina Foundation