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Re: Boat Pets
Just this past year, we met some friends at anchorage and arranged a sundowner aboard our boat that evening. They have their dog aboard, which they can't (or won't) leave aboard alone, as she whines. They will leave her in their dinghy when they come over and the dog behaves reasonably well then. Nice dog, but wants to play.
They come over and a few cocktails later, I let her aboard to play myself. This great idea was naturally induced by the cocktails. The dog behaves well and stays relatively put by her master.
The sun was down, so I had no idea what was brewing below my feet. The following morning, I couldn't believe the amount of dog hair that could be deposited all over the cockpit by one animal that hardly moved around. I was sweeping and vacuuming black hair for an hour and still didn't get it all.
If you have a boat pet, no-shed breeds should be considered a requirement. Wow.
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