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post #34 of Old 01-25-2012
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We sailed with our miniature schnauzer (20 lbs, 10 y.o.) across the Pacific. A custom "boat-made" harness clipped into the jacklines was used for walking the deck when the weather was calm. He relieved himself on an "as seen on TV" doggie mat twice a day placed in the cockpit. Once he did his business, it was easy enough to empty overboard and rinse the mat off with a bucket of sea water. He spent 60% of the passages down below, 10% in the companionway leashed to the handrail, and 30% in the cockpit with his harness on-out of the sun, wind blowing in his face, and enjoying the roll of the ocean. A doggie life jacket was used when swimming at anchorages. Never got sick, never complained, never noticed damage to our teak floors but we did keep his nails trim. He doesn't shed so never worried about hairy soup. He's a trooper!
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