Going to the dogs: Watch the Chihuahuas fly home live

Update: The Save-the-Chihuahua movement got a boost from Virgin America, which at this very minute is airlifting a gaggle of the little guys out of San Francisco and into the waiting leashes of some New York families -- people who apparently appreciate the value of Chihuahuas more than Californians who have been turning them into animal shelters in record numbers.

Virgin America sent the dogs off in high-style today with a red carpet departure from San Francisco International Airport, complete with champagne cocktail "Chi-mosas" and cupcakes for flight guests and doggie treats and toys for the Chihuahuas, according to a press release, which added, " Virgin America offers guests and Chihuahuas alike a unique flying experience, complete with mood-lit cabins, touch-screen entertainment and Gogo® In-flight Internet on every flight."

The Chihuahuas were escorted by a veterinarian and Virgin America teammates during the flight to New York, which already guarantees them better service than the humans on the flight. The dogs were set to arrive at 4 p.m. ET today at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The public can learn more about the Chihuahuas by calling 212-876-7700 ext 3210.

Actually, at the time of this posting, it's already after 7 in New York City. Presuming their flight was on time, the California Chihuahuas are either sitting in traffic or headed to dinner at the latest hotspot ... no doubt shots of their late-night antics will be on Facebook before long.

In the meantime, if you're dying to see what those crazy dogs were up to in-flight today, dog-lovers can visit the airline's Facebook page to see videos and photos posted from 35,000 feet via in-flight WiFi between 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET.

Kudos to the publicist who thought this one up.
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