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Originally Posted by bblument
I did a quick search of the forums, but didn't find any posts discussing dogs on board... perhaps I searched poorly.
In any case, my wife and I are new sailors... OK, so new that calling us "sailors" is actually pretty funny. I was out once with a very experienced friend of mine, and then I took my wife out and we did OK.. no boat bending, and we made it back. Pearson 26.
Soooo... we'd like to get real serious about this. Get out there for a couple days. The issue? As our three sons grew up and left the house, we added one dog for each son. We now have a 90 lb German Shepherd, a 60 lb retriever mix, and a 7 lb waste of dog kibble (ooops... I mean, chihuahua). We hate to leave them alone; it's not fair to the kind beasties. Can two small yet active and silly adults coexist for a day or two (or three) on board a Pearson 26 with a German Shepherd with the energy level of a chihuahua, a geriatric retriever mix who can still make it up stairs (barely), and a chihuahua that's.... well.... sigh.... a chihuahua.
Any and ALL hints/observations/anecdotes/advice would be most welcomed...
Best to all...
Don't know where and for how long you are going to sail, based on my experience..
We have two boxers and my brother have a German shepherd and we have sailed with all three on summer cruise.
Having a dinghy to get the dogs ashore is essential - they need to get ashore for exercise and going to the toilet (they can be trained to do the last bit on the boat - but most dogs refuse to do so where they live..)
Getting of and on the dinghy for large dogs can be a task - when we bought the current boat a swimming platform that could be used for stepping on of the dinghy was a requirement.
Get a god PFD for the dogs, it's almost impossible to get a slippery panicking dog out of the water w/o anything to lift in.
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