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post #7 of Old 06-29-2002
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Dogs on boats.

With our lab, a life jacket is a necessity. With out it, I''d have no handle with which to get her out of the water. Our double-ended Westail has a lot of freeboard and there is no swim platform. With the life jacket, Sadie swims over and I snag the handle with boat hook and up she comes!

When anchored in a cove, her potty breaks are scheduled at the begining and end of each day, so as not to cause an interuption of the day. First thing after breakfast, I load her into the dingy and ashore we go. In the course of the day, there always seems another opportunity for her to get a break. After dinner, she gets fed and run ashore again.

In general, we follow the same rituals as home, so she has adapted very well. She loves love the water, sailing, and the boat and we love having her with us. She is part of the family. I highly recommend it.

Now, our cat is a different story!

Good luck.
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