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Hah, yeah. We're extremely patient with animals (not so much with humans), we just spent a year rehabilitating a mistreated puddy cat, she's gone from a hissing spitting scratching little monster to one of the cutest, friendliest little things around.

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Sounds like he'll be in good hands.

Some people think dogs don't belong on boats, but mine even likes Patrick O'Brian ...

And she loves dinghy time because it means swims, walks and exploration.

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I'm jealous, you can row your dinghy

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Portable gangplank? Teach it to climb a ladder, like Rin Tin Tin? Shoot it out of a cannon? Okay, maybe that last one isn't such a good idea.
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Nice dog Paul. You have it right, teach them young and you shouldn't have any problems.
Our Landseer was 7 years old when we got the boat and I can't get him down on the wharf much less the boat.
Our GSD how ever has no problem as he has been exposed to boats and the water his whole life.

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Sorry malamute = huge dog! great dogs though.
Have you considered this?
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That's always an option, might disturb some quiet anchorages though

I'm hoping the dog will be big, but not *that* heavy, this breed of husky tends to be large but relatively slender. We met the mum last weekend, and when she stands up on her back legs, I'd say she's about 5'6" tall!

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Friends of ours use a folding pet ramp, something like this:

Pet Gear Travel Lite 66" Long Pet Dog Ramp - TL9166BB | eBay

It's long enough to reach from the dinghy to the deck of a Mirage 33.. and the dog seems to have adapted quite readily to it. They do fold in half and are still rather bulky, but it beats trying to stand in a wobbly dinghy and manhandle a largish, perhaps somewhat nervous animal.

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We have a Yellow Lab, "Rosie J. O"Stray". She is 4 and about 55#. We have had little or no problems entering or leaving the dingy, a 6'8" Montgomery hard dingy. We always have Rosie in her life jacket when on the boat if she is on deck. The life jacket has a handle on the back, which we use to help her in and out of the dink. She will stay in the dink or on the boat, on the stay command, waiting while we secure the dink to the side of the boat under the gate. We are able to reach down, grab the handle, and tell her to jump as we pull her on board with the handle. Entering the dink is much the same only easier. She will usually just jump in on command. This has become routine and is usually done an average of three or four times a day while anchored, as she always wants to go.

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We started with 4 , yes that's right 4 (four) dogs ranging from 20 lbs. to 65 lbs. also our daughter was only three years old when we first venture out.
Mostly the dogs were all strays at one point in there lives and from varying backgrounds. we used the dog-lifejackets ALWAYS , except for the Pomeranian with one eye (Fuzzy) as no one was brave enough to try to put one on him as he had very sharp teath and wasn't afraid to demonstrate their effectiveness.
I would suggest padding the straps that go around and under the animal to make lifting them less harsh on their underbellies. we did this and it works. Also we added a rear strap,padded that went around the back/butt to keep them from sliding out the back of the lifejacket as the ones sold in stores did not come w/ that strap.
As per loading and unloading. It is a chore, plain and simple often several times a day and in all weather and sea conditions as none of our animals would use the head onboard.
You realy have to be an animal lover to subject yourself to having a dog or dogs aboard.
My better half more than I, but it definately takes 2 people if you have to handle the animal.
The first year we had no (dependable) outboard for dinghy and I lost about 50 lbs rowing that year ! (bonus) Also it will greatly reduce your anchoring opportunities as you will want to anchor where you have an opportunity to land ashore, low tide can really suck.
I have landed on shell banks and sand bars to accomplish the task.
Finally , to minimize conflict with those ashore, alway have plenty of doggy bags in your pocket and be the good stuart after your animal.
The pups have all passed on now w/ the last (and largest) gone a year ago.
The crew misses them , me, well I guess I do to a bit. But I don't have any desire to put myself or another dog in that situation again as it is a big commitment and resposibility.
we now have a cat, and a ltter box.
good luck.
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