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12-06-2014 10:07 AM
Re: Dogs?

No less than three, and sometimes as many as seven dogs running about our little slip. One owner asked what kind of dog I had.
I responded with "OPDs"..
She asked "what?"
"Other People's Dogs" was my retort. A pocketfull of treats makes friends with near any dog . The resident and visitor canines know. where my treats arre stowed by now and come to "visit" with regularity.
Enuff "dog time" for me
12-06-2014 09:00 AM
Re: Dogs?

sailed for a couple years with 4 dogs,then 3,then 2,then one old collie.
we went back and forth from FL to NY. the first year dingying to shore 2-3 times a day rowing, making 2 trips depending on weather. I lost about 100 pounds, which was a good thing.
I wanted to go cruising /sailing. My wife and daughter would not even consider leaving the mutts, well one was my mutt.
So,I had to compromise (see give in) and went from a handy trailerable 24' to a 32' boat with all manner of landlubber accessories.
It was the price I had to pay to do what I wanted to do and still remain the family Guy.
now the dogs are all croaked and a cat has stowed aboard. he's taken over the aft head adjacent to MY cabin, at least he doesn't want /need to go ashore.
My daughter asked me why I didn't want another dog,I explained that it was fun for her,she got to pet and play with them,I got to dingy to shore in all weather and land in low tide in mud,angry landlubbers,and often carry them through it all.
She likes the cat,I'm learning to,and the cat doesn't bite me as much as a couple of the dogs liked to when putting on the life jackets.
12-05-2014 09:44 PM
Re: Dogs?

Our excitable little dog really relaxes once we are under sail. We only take her out once or twice a year, and only for daysails. We did take her on an overnight marina cruise to Philly once, but we've never taken her out long enough to have to worry about dinghying ashore to do her business. She has started to lose her bladdar control a little bit (can only hold it a few hours) so we re-trained her to use wee-wee pads when we're out of the house. Now that she's trained for that, it's what we would probably do on the boat instead of dinghying to shore.

Note in the pic below that we have a clothesline safety tether for her when she's on the boat.

12-05-2014 01:47 PM
Boogie Nights
Re: Dogs?

12-05-2014 01:46 PM
Boogie Nights
Re: Dogs?

I have a chihuahua. he's a perfect dog for a small boat. he's grown up with it and is totally cool and relaxed (except when i run the engine, he doesn't like that, pretty much like me)
my parents dog is absolutely terrified of walking down the pontoon, never mind getting on the boat. I'd be a bit nervous about bringing a German Shepherd on board if it wasn't confident around water.
and definitely, always make sure pets wear some sort of harness or harness floatation device.
retrieving them when they inevitably fall in is made that much easier if they have a handle on their back. Finding one the right size for a chihuahua, is a devil of a job. Theirs heads are so close to the water even with a flotation device, means a chin flap to hold their head up is ideal.
11-21-2014 04:50 PM
Re: Dogs?

Originally Posted by knuterikt View Post
do you believe everything you read?
That is impossible.
It just seems like it sometime...
11-21-2014 04:28 PM
Re: Dogs?

Originally Posted by PhilCarlson View Post
I read somewhere that a seasick dog can actually vomit twice its body weight.
do you believe everything you read?
That is impossible.
11-21-2014 03:45 PM
Re: Dogs?

I read somewhere that a seasick dog can actually vomit twice its body weight.
11-21-2014 03:28 PM
Re: Dogs?

Originally Posted by irasman View Post
Two questions
1. Large dog how where to take a dump?
We try get the dogs ashore to do this - a dinghy is necessary so we can get ashore.
When we are at sea for more that 8 to 10 hours they can be convinced to do it on deck. A bucket of sea water can be used to flush.

I know that some have trained their dogs to do it on a piece of astroturf with a rope attached - just throw it overboard after use for cleaning.

Originally Posted by irasman View Post
2. how to prepare the dog and or the deck so that the dog does not slip and slide?
By keeping the dogs claws short, our dogs (2 boxers and 1 German shepherd) have got surprisingly good sea legs.

Relaxed sailing (watching the dinghy)
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
Re: Dogs?

Two questions
1. Large dog how where to take a dump?
2. how to prepare the dog and or the deck so that the dog does not slip and slide?
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