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SYDNEY, NSW - SEPTEMBER 28: Quarantine detection dog Willa inspects passenger's baggage at Sydney International Airport September 28, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) has been on high alert for avian products (poultry meat, feathers, and eggs) at international ports since Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) was discovered in Asia. The recent outbreak in neighboring Indonesia has caused concern that the importation of bird products could lead to the disease arriving within Australia's borders. Australia currently has one of the strictest quarantine policies in the world. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

You know how people post photos of their pets sitting on their suitcases and say, “Aw, they don’t want us to go!”  Well, here’s what happens when the pet kicks things up a notch.

A Texas couple named Jared and Kristi Owens were flying to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway earlier this month.  Everything was going smoothly until they went to check their bags, and one of them was five pounds over the limit.

They opened it up to see if they could rearrange some things, and there . . . inside the suitcase . . . was their DOG.  She’s a Chihuahua named Icky.

They were shocked and didn’t know what to do.  But a Southwest Airlines agent named Cathy Cook volunteered to babysit Icky for them until they got back.  And they took her up on the offer.  (This was back before Southwest was canceling all their flights.)

As wild as this story is . . . and how cool it was of Cathy to help . . . Jared admitted that this could’ve easily been a VERY TRAGIC story.  If the bag was not overweight, Icky wouldn’t have been discovered, and could’ve died.