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Cruising With a Dog - HELP!
I''ve never lived aboard, hope to someday, so I am hardly the voice of experience. Prepratory to living no board someday (hopefully!) I''ve been doing a ton of reading. The one book I''ve come across that talks about the impact of pets & world cruising is "Gentlemen Never Sail to Weather" by Denton Ricky Moore.
In "Gentlemen Never Sail to Weather" the author goes in to some detail about the trials and tribulations of having their dog and cat on board. The problems he relates are primarily tied to customs and quarantines.
Basically, in some countries their time to stay was cut short by their animals, they faced increased expenses and less flexibility in where they could anchor and moor. In some ports they were not allowed them to tie up at any docks. So food, water, fuel, etc. all had to be dinghied out. In many cases there was simply extra hassle and expense due to the presence of te animals.
Keep in mind this was written in re: a trip in the early/mid eighties. I''m not sure with all of the the Mad Cow/Hoof & Mouth paranoia if it''s gotten better or worse.
Anyone know - are pet lovers getting tormented by customs agents these days?