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Because some of you will understand (sailing with dog related)...

There really aren't a lot of places someone can post something like this to a crowd who might "get it." This morning, we awoke on the Wye River in Maryland--a gorgeous fall morning I might add--and I did something that I've done over and over with no success. I brought our dog to the foredeck to her PupHead (fake grass thingy), expecting that she'd blow it off, likely not even bothering look at it while gazing longingly at the shore. Instead she went straight to to her astroturf throne and peed! It was the first time she'd done so, and I felt like jumping up and down and yelling!

We rescued our dog over this past winter, but she was already almost a year old. It's been tough to retrain her on her potty habits, but we keep trying and trying.

Of course, getting her to repeat this behavior will be the next trick. But at least she did it this first time, and she was rewarded handsomely--she must have thought she'd won the lottery with all the treats and praise she got.

I love our dog, but I loathe the dinghy rides back and forth and changing our cruising habits just so we can be in places where we can take her ashore. My attitude has been that if she's going to be sailing dog, we need her to be able to stay (and "go") on the boat (of course if we don't succeed, that's just the way it goes). So this was just the first step, but it was a big one. If we can get her to do this a couple more times, then we're in business.

Thanks for letting me share my inane elation at a dog peeing on my boat.

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