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post #11 of 15 Old 10-30-2009
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Ya know, forget the dog. I don't want to be cooped on on a boat with a seasick pit bull/mastiff who might just go psychotic & start eating crew members around Jamaica. Sounds like the new Stephen King movie: "Idealistic young medicoes set off on the journey of a lifetime with their faithful dog Cujo. As they pass the Bermuda triangle, a strange light begins to grow n Cujo's eyes. Their dream sail is about to become a nightmare."

Invest in a decent burglar alarm. Eats less, doesn't crap on the decks.

Buoyancy matters. Can pit bulls swim? Cuz these dogs can't:



Don't sail with one of these. All the experts agree.


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Train the dog to tail while you are pulling in the sheet on the winch. Maybe you could train the dog to bark at the winch or crank it too! Shouldn't be so hard. Cezar Milan says dogs like to have jobs. Too bad he is not a cat expert also.
Felines are natural hunters though so if you can train your cat to go after flies, mosquitoes and no-see ums then you may not need as much screening while in the tropics. Cats will instinctively go after mice if they are not too fat and lazy. For the bigger rats you might consider bringing along a Maine Coon cat 'cuz they are bigger still.
On the other hand, all of these animals can get just as seasick as you can.

On a somewhat more serious note, I just finished reading the biography of Beryl & Miles Smeeton "High Endeavors", who sailed their yacht 'Tzu Hang' around the globe with their Siamese cat 'Pwe'. Their cat died on land after they sold their boat at the old age of about 20 years. It also fell overboard once but they rescued it.

Good luck however you work it out.

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We have friends who cruise with animals (other than the Captain). One was kind enough to contribute a page on our web-site, The Frugal-Mariner (this will take you to it.)

Another, has a lovable Sheltie on board, We met and became friends with them during our current cruise. The have a section of their blog which gives advice on cruising with dogs. Check out Moondance.

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Cats will instinctively go after mice if they are not too fat and lazy.

On the other hand, all of these animals can get just as seasick as you can.
I'm still trying to understand why cats only chase the thin energetic mice. I'd have though they would be harder to catch.

Ref seasick - never though that cats would get seasick until mine did....not nice...not nice at all.....

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Fat and lazy as in the cat, not the mice Fuzzy! I know you were just having fun and your comment was quite funny... thin, energetic mice, LOL.

Actually, I found Larry's link to the Frugal Mariner web page quite comprehensive. I hope the floating MD's can figure out how to deal with Fido and the feline at the same time they've got it made.

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