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07-17-2011 09:29 PM
CaptainForce We lost a dog overboard and didn't see the event, but discovered him missing some time later. We turned back a were gratefull to find that another boat had picked him up. While we were searching the area, we didn't think to call for other boat's assistance on the VHF. The only boat in the area was the one within view that saved our dog. I agree with the plan to make a general call for assistance on the VHF, but I would never think of burdening the Coast Guard or expect public funding with such a task.
07-17-2011 09:13 PM
CalebD Don't loose that precious pooch David, I know you two do love her. It is a good idea to think about how to rescue your canine now rather then when it happens at the wrong time.
Hope you are getting in some precious summer boating time on whatever vessel you find yourself on.
07-17-2011 08:38 PM
davidpm Well we did have a COB (canine over board today) at the mooring. The dinghy will not hold 3 people safely so I had just rowed the first person back to the beach and had returned to the boat to finish putting it to bed. I had just tied the dinghy off to the boat when the dog slipped (jumped), no one saw her over board. She swam all around the boat finally got to the stern where she boarded the last rung of the swim ladder that is just about at sea level. She hung out there a minute or so before I got the dinghy setup to to retrieve her.

We learned that the hoop at the top of her life jacket and the boat hook don't match up too well so I'm going to have to work something else out.
07-10-2011 02:32 AM
St Anna Is it sailing dog [SD] we are referring to? A whole new range of views here

I think the comment above - to inform others via a calling frequency (eg VHF16) and then attempt to retrieve.
07-08-2011 03:07 PM
Bene505 Good thread David.

Originally Posted by treilley View Post
...Our dog wears a life jacket while sailing(I think congress is trying to make this a requirement for all dogs!)
Now there's some real danger. We all need a life jacket when congress is in session!

07-08-2011 02:28 PM
davidpm I called Sector Long Island Sound search and rescue.
The coastie on call said he has been with the CC for 11 years and never had the question before.
Apparently dogs are better at staying on boats than people.
He said that he had never been asked but at the very least he would expect that they would issue a one time securete.
Apparently smackdaddy is right most folks just pick the critter up themselves.
But as expected they would not deploy resources but if a boat happened to be in the vicinity they might look a little if they had nothing else to do.
07-08-2011 12:19 PM
kd3pc why would you all not get a harness and stake the dog out to the appropriate life line. Or get the harness that has the handle for the little princess in your that you can boat hook them when close.

As Tim, says they will swim back, given a chance. The problem, just like with human crew is getting them aboard, and again like human crew they will be paniced and fight you (they have claws) most of the way.

The other thing, is the doggie "pfd"s do more harm than they will tend to negate the effect of the dog's coat to stay dry and warm and be well as weigh them down, most dogs do not swim with a lot of freeboard, if any at all. Most water breeds (check their little feet for webbing between their toes) can out swim you or I, so just be patient and prepare to haul them in.

All of you dog experts should consult with your vet and explain what you are currently doing...and I would bet that he will suggest a better strategy, or to leave them ashore...

And no, I am not a dog hater person, have owned them in the past and loved them to death, they are actually far better than most human crew...

To answer the OP, call the USCG sector in your area, and ask...But if you don't want to know the answer....tis better not to ask, I know what the answer is for Baltimore and Hampton Roads (MOB = MAN overboard). Just prepare you and your dog. That being said, I would not expect people who can not be responsible for their kids (wear a pfd, behave, etc), to help with your dog...

07-08-2011 11:35 AM
sailortjk1 We routinely day sail with 2 dogs on board. (They stay at home for extended cruising). Both wear their little doggie PFD’s. One Dog never leaves the cockpit, but the other one wanders all over the place. I am always concerted that she is going to fall overboard and my BIGGEST concern is that it will be in the middle of a congested channel with no room to maneuver. I have thought about what I would do in case of a puppy overboard and have decided if I can’t get to her I would simply make a general broadcast to any vessels in the area; assistance would be appreciated or simply get out of my way because I am in rescue my dog mode. Open water? Do your best like smack said to get her on board asap.
07-08-2011 11:31 AM
Tim R.
Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Why wouldn't you just stop the boat, go back, and pick the thang up?
Obviously a dog lover

Seems like it would be easy but I can tell you that the dog would attempt to swim back to the boat if it can see it. That in itself may make it difficult to come around and pick him up. Dogs ability to swim is instinctual for most breeds but they do not understand how to float. They will continue to keep moving so getting them to stay put is tough unless you train him to swim in circles on command.

Our dog wears a life jacket while sailing(I think congress is trying to make this a requirement for all dogs!)
07-08-2011 10:44 AM
smackdaddy Why wouldn't you just stop the boat, go back, and pick the thang up?
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