Icelandair’s staff in Seattle have adopted four puppies who were unexpectedly born to Pepper the sled dog while in transit on route to Stockholm with her owner Torsten.
The four puppies have been named after Icelandic volcanoes, Hekla, Askja, Keilir and Katla.
Icelandair have explained on Facebook that laws prevent puppies from flying for at least two months after being born, which is why they did not follow mother Pepper to Sweden (though they did spend some time with her before she had to leave).
After consulting a veterinarian and considering the limited options for the puppies, Icelandair’s staff in Seattle decided to step in and adopt them.
Pepper has now returned home to Stockholm with Torsten and the puppies are being monitored and looked after by their new owners. They have been checked by a veterinarian and Icelandair insist they will receive all of the necessary check ups as they grow up.