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- The general well being of the pet and the added hassle of it's health.
I think most dog breeds will not be suited to a cruising lifestyle. Living aboard dockside, sure. Really cruising, I have my doubts. Most breeds, big and small, need to run and play and exercise on a daily basis, especially when young. I can't speak from personal experience of cruising with a dog, but as a dog owner I just don't think it would be fair to the dog in most circumstances.
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I can't speak from personal experience of cruising with a dog, but as a dog owner I just don't think it would be fair to the dog in most circumstances.
I'm erring on the side of agreement, except in a case where the breed (I'm totally un-educated on this area) was suited to lots of swimming. I'm told something Spanglish might be great for this.

On the other hand, Cats I get. Long shipping tradition, Mathew Flinders, Trim, etc. And no matter what animal it was, I'd be getting it from a registered Australian organisation such as the RSPCA.

Back to the point... South East asia... Thoughts, opinion, comment?

To coin a phrase I heard in a pub one time "Grow a pair", and have your say.
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I'd be wary of taking a pet anywhere they might be on the menu
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Re: Boat Pets

Personally, after witnessing several dogs and cats aboard the many, many boats here in Boot Key Harbor, I sincerely believe it is cruel and unusual punishment for the pet. The dogs, some left aboard by their owners during the day while the captain is somewhere ashore, are forced to withhold their bodily excretions for endless hours until their owner returns.

The two boats I was invited aboard smelled a lot like the vet's office I remembered back home - overwhelmed with rancid odors that were trying to be covered up with a variety of fragrances emitted from spray cans and wicks.

If you want a pet, get an aquarium. Better yet, find a bevy of young ladies to accompany you on your voyages. They smell better, look better, etc...,etc...etc...

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I'm erring on the side of agreement, except in a case where the breed (I'm totally un-educated on this area) was suited to lots of swimming. I'm told something Spanglish might be great for this.
I have a water-loving dog (labrador retriever), but she cannot swim from my boat, and I doubt most dogs could enter and exit the water from most sailboats--forgetting about currents and swell. So, you'd be passing the dog into a dinghy, to get to shore, to swim. And that's only an option in ideal conditions in a good anchorage. Your dog will be miserable on passages, if not terrified by the movement of the boat. Many get sick just riding in a car.

SE Asia? Gonna be hot. Do you have AC on the boat? What do you do when you need to dinghy into the laundromat and grocery store, or want to do some sightseeing on land? Your pet will die locked in the cabin in 90+ degree weather. Someone will always have to have the pet, which really hinders what you can do off the boat.

If the point of cruising is to get out and see and experience the world via sailboat, a pet is not an ideal companion.
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While drinking my coffee in the cockpit between 5&6 am, my usual entertainment is watching sleepy people take their anxious dogs to the beach.
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Re: Boat Pets

I have not done long distance foreign sailing; but I've taken my cat with me on my annual 2 week Chesapeake cruise.

The first several hours underway (especially if under power), she is miserable and seasick. It usually clears up by the time the first anchorage is reached or she pukes up her dinner, whichever comes first, at which point she becomes queen of the domain.

She is always under foot. She likes to walk the deck (scares the hell out of me; but an active cat is very difficult to contain down below). She has found a hiding place somewhere that I can't figure out, disappearing for hours and causing a fair amount of concern that I left her swimming somewhere back in my wake. A litter box is more convienient than twice daily dog walks, and provided it is scooped frequently, doesn't get too obnoxious smelling (every time I come below I check and scoop if necessary). Finding a good place for the litter box might be a challenge on some boats.

When coming dockside she wants to get off the boat and go wandering though. I spent a good forty minutes with the fuel dock attendant in Oxford, Maryland chasing her down (the attendant was a fun gal and seemed to enjoy the hunt). But it clearly illustrates that Penny the Cat will not be contained if docked in a marina. I suspect other cats might want to go wandering, too. I'm not sure how other slip holders (or marina management) would feel about that.

I worry about her falling overboard (it's happened twice, once at anchor where she managed to scramble up the swim ladder before her splash registered in my brain, and once while docking when she made an ill timed leap for the pier), and will probably install new life line netting to help protect against that, even though I seriously dislike the looks of netting.

There are challenges; but she is generally good crew and good company and will probably spend many more seasons with me on the water.
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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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