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08-30-2013 10:16 AM
Re: Dogs?


Haven't taken the dogs sailing yet, mostly just because I don't feel confident enough in my own abilities to deal with watching after the dogs while I'm still learning to sail well. We need to get life jackets for the dogs and maybe do a few MOB/DOB practice sessions to make sure we can get everything we need rigged quickly for recoveries, should they ever be necessary.

We HAVE taken the GSD and the ChihuaCat to a nice deserted lake beach and given them extensive swimming lessons. Not bad. The Chi does fine, but won't enter the water on his own. Once he's in it, he swims fast and calmly. The GSD loves to romp in the water... weird for that breed. Once it gets to the point where he HAS to swim and can't reach bottom or "porpoise," he gets a little panicky and heads for shore although, like all dogs, he swims just fine. He seems to try to swim "up and out" more than forward, but I think he'll relax eventually.

Mel (the GSD) and I spent the night on the boat last night, and he was great. First trip down the floating dock he freaked a bit ("Dad... the earth is MOVING!!"), but he got used to it and I can't keep him OFF the boat now. We had a great night sitting on the foredeck, watching the stars, and got a good night's sleep inside; he was really relaxed the whole time. Next, we'll motor and see how he does with that... then sail. I think it'll work!

Oh... I found a great vacuum cleaner.... "Dos Manos." Sigh. He sheds a LOT. I just went around the boat, clumping the hair together with my hands. It really wasn't THAT bad, but I'm sure it'll get old.

Thanks again for all the helpful posts!

08-30-2013 09:59 AM
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Does anyone have a vacuum cleaner that deals with dog hair well and isn't huge? We have a Miele canister vac that came with the boat but it just takes up too much space. Heard good things about the Hoover Sidewinder but I'd rather not use the beater brush on the teak & holly.
08-21-2013 01:59 AM
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Some gorgeous dogs in this thread. Whilst I'm not shocked to see a lot of small dogs are being taken sailing, I'm (pleasantly) surprised to see the big ones seem to like it too. We've got one of each (hers = small moodle, mine = siberian huskie). Her dog will do anything so long as it's with us... the huskie, not so much.

Though, having the mother-in-law has chihuahuas and this line just cracked me up
Originally Posted by bblument View Post
I'm a dog lover, and the chihuahua is just a really, really loud cat.
08-20-2013 08:35 PM
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Beautiful dogs
08-20-2013 09:06 AM
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By all means give it a try. A friend of mine "had" a chihuahua but he didn't know they tend to fall overboard at night. It's a win-win situationfor you. You'll find out how the dogs do and the chihuahua...well... you know, they tend to fall overboard at night.
08-20-2013 07:23 AM
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She is still nervous about sailing, but she hates to be left behind.
08-19-2013 10:45 PM
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We bought Mac's at Amazon
08-19-2013 09:56 PM
Cap'n Russ
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Ours is made by Ruffwear. We searched the Internet last year until we found a good price on it.
08-19-2013 09:40 PM
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Where can I get dogs lifejackets?
08-09-2013 05:03 PM
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