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We live on our Samson C-Breeze 56-foot ketch in La Paz, Mexico (for now). We also have a Great Dane, Odin, living with us.

We get the question "How can you live on a boat with such a big dog?" all the time.

To answer this, I started a series on my blog called "Great Dane on Board."

If you're a dog lover, or just curious, you can Google it at "Penn Wallace." Click on the "Penn's Blog" tab.

It's been going for several weeks now, so if you're not a regular reader, you might want to go back to Great Dane on Board - 1 to catch the start of the series.

You can also read about our trip from Seattle to La Paz, which included a ship wreck and other unforeseen occurrences.

I hope you have a good time with it.

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We just bought a Clydesdale to go sailing with us. It'll be a bit tight, but she's really mild tempered. Pics and videos soon.
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There's no point in having just one Clydesdale, Smack. You need at least two, or she'll get depressed and lonely, going in circles around the capstan pulling the anchor up all by herself. PETA is going to find out about this, and after they do you won't be able to enter any ports once they get the word out about your sole sad horse. You really need to think this sort of thing through betteer if you want to avoid problems.
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We just bought a Clydesdale to go sailing with us. It'll be a bit tight, but she's really mild tempered. Pics and videos soon.
Wow you beat Lyle Lovet, he only wanted to ride his pony on his boat...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpM8FjO4Vko
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And you need at least two to pull the beer wagon.
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Re: Great Dane on Board

I find this on a great dane site:

"Because he is so huge and can be bossy if undisciplined, obedience training is essential, but Great Danes are also very sensitive and should be trained with cheerful methods. Harshness only confuses them and makes them distrustful.
Great Danes drool and slobber and lumber around in a rather bumptious manner. They are not good choices for fastidious housekeepers, or for those with no sense of humor.
Young Great Danes (up to three years old) can be boisterous, and unless supervised, will dismay you with the magnitude of their destructiveness."


The blog sounds fun to read.

Once you get past the puppy years it may end up being just a moveable wet piece of furniture.

I've got bigger problems this christmas.

My wife and I have plans to fly to the Rio Dulce to meet my daughter and boyfriend who who live in Guatemala city and have rented a house at a marina for a week. My son is joining us.

Now here is the kicker.
My daughter and boyfriend just got two (that's more than one) lab puppies a few months ago. They are wild and untrained and will be sharing the house with the five adults in the jungle.
I think it will be worse than one old great dane with two adults on a 50' boat.

Their paying, know spanish and Guatemala but I picked the Rio Dulce so it is new to them too.
My only job is to keep my mouth shut and not complain about the damn dogs.
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Our (late) great dane was the best dog ever. Sweet, even tempered, and yes, really big. They don't swim, though. Something about long thin legs and heavy body with little fat. We had a pool at the time, and she was terrified of it.
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I mean, he's no Olivier, but Derek Jacobi is still a pretty good Dane:

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Re: Great Dane on Board

We had a Great Dane when I was a teenager. I couldn't believe the amount of slobber! It would take a drink (Usually form the toilet... Ick!) I swear it could walk for more than a mile with drool from each jowl!
I wonder if they have some type of Dane davit system for # 2... You wouldn't want it dropping gone on the cabin floor for fear of it going through the bottom of the boat.
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Re: Great Dane on Board

My favorite Great Dane: Victor Borge.
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