So, I've been flying 2 - 3 times a week to the West Coast and thought I'd start racking up miles with Virgin rather than American for a change; try converting to a West Coast airline. I always book First Class or Main Cabin Select (like business class), despite it being about double the price. I book the more expensive fare because it gives you more space to work, and it tends to not have children or other distractions -- which allows me to continue being productive while traveling. I'm a mom and love children and pets, but these trips are business and I need to get work done during the substantial travel time. I was floored on my most recent trip to find out that my expensive seat got me . . . seated next to a man and his dog. And the dog apparently had something for me, so I spent much of the flight pushing him off of me and wiping his slobber (he was a licker). I tried to get some work done as planned, but finally conceded. Especially since the man and his dog had to get up several times. The kicker -- he told me they upgraded him for free. There was also another very large dog in First Class (not a service animal), with a 20-something year old female. Same thing. She was sat next to an unsuspecting stranger. I am a dog lover. But I don't expect to share my seat with a dog when I fly, particularly in First Class or Main Cabin Select. There's simply no good way to confine a dog in your neighbors' lap for 4 plus hours. My daughter is allergic to some animals, and what if it had been her?! When I called Virgin to talk to them about it, they shrugged and asked what they were supposed to do about it; yes, they allow dogs, not in carriers. Here's a suggestion for Virgin: if you want to cater to pet lovers without isolating other travelers, it just takes a little thought. Pets should be isolated to certain rows (perhaps the last two on the plane) with prior notice to passengers on those rows that they may be seated next to an animal so that people who don't wish to sit next to an animal or can't for health reasons can select other seating. Alternatively, people bringing pets on board should be required to buy them a seat, separating them from the person next to them. I have had to fly with my dog, but kept him in a carrier and under the seat. No passenger, much less someone paying full fare for First or preferred classes, should be required to sit next to an animal unless they've chosen to do so. I'm so disappointed, I was hoping to spend all my frequent flights on Virgin, but this has been a huge lick in the face.