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So glad it ended (relatively) well for this fellow, and for the dog!

A number of years ago I had sailed to an island group in Lake Superior. While hiking the shoreline I came across this dessicated carcass of a dog. It was not far from the beach.

It looked to me like the dog dragged itself up onto shore, and then died with it’s head resting on the log. Likely fell off a passing boat. Very sad.
 

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Sometimes not so happy an ending. Found mid Salish Sea a large white sheep dog..Probably off passing motor yacht .Not uncommon back when to find bodies in the gill net. Judging from the number of feet in runningshoes found on the beach, there is a correlation to the demise of salmon fishing
 

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One man's touching story is another man's religious pablum.
I have been mulling your comment since shortly after your posted it this morning. I wasn't going to respond but, frankly, I find the sentiment sufficiently offensive that I feel compelled to do so. That the man's dog survived in the circumstances is, for all practical purposes, miraculous. To him--and likely to most pet owners in similar circumstances--his prayers were answered, whether by chance or by some higher authority. Giving thanks in such circumstances would be, for most, quite natural and to the more devote, perhaps, to g_d, in either case heartwarming. I would think it more natural, for most, to share his joy, relief, and thankfulness. It takes a pretty callus character to hold that expression of thanks in contempt and to voice that sentiment is, itself, contemptible, revealing more about the character, or lack thereof, of the speaker than he/she might prefer be disclosed in a public forum.

You, buddy, have ended up on my "Ignor" list and I would not be surprised other's as well.

FWIW...
 

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3 miles out isnt very far.
Lucky for him.
Hopefully a lesson learned.
The cap will rethink and regroup...form new plan for his dream.

The Net is an easy and open outlet for unhappy people to disparage others. Why this gives them some pleasure or relief...i have no idea. Mental/emotional diversion maybe.
 

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An incident like that can take a non-religious man and make him religious very quickly. Regardless of how you feel about religion, only the most callous person would denigrate someone's emotional reaction to such a miraculous outcome.

One man's touching story is another man's religious pablum.
Beyond disgusting, IMO.
 

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Some of these comments sure make me glad I drink on a regular basis! ;)

We have a fellow Sailnet member who has a beautiful, black cat, one that can apparently swim quite well. One night while MarioG was anchored near the University of Miami, his cat decided to try to catch a fish that was splashing near the boat. It jumped overboard in the middle of the night, and swam to the nearby island. Mario and his wife, Sherry, figured the cat must have drowned, but still searched the nearby island for several hours before giving up. A few days later, they sailed to Marathon, spent a couple weeks there, then sailed back to Miami and dropped the hook in the same cove they been enjoying for years. Mario decided to go grocery shopping, put the dinghy in the water and rowed to the island's launch ramp, where he was immediately greeted by the cat.

Gotta love it when stories have a happy ending,

Gary :cool:
 

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One man's touching story is another man's religious pablum.
Yeah added to ignore list. It's not like this whole story was about him praying, blah, blah. I could say more but not worth it.

Anyway, really glad this had a happy ending, I know I would trade my boat and pretty much everything else (besides my wife of course) to save my dog since he has more humanity than a lot of people I have encountered.
 

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... I find the sentiment sufficiently offensive...
Of course you do, bless your heart. My tip to everybody is that if you are offended when somebody ridicules religious propaganda, then don't post religious propaganda.

Let me ask you: if that that story didn't involved praying and apparent answers to the prayers, would it have been newsworthy? IOW, if an unknown man had made a video with just an himself telling a tale of how his dog got swept overboard and then she swam/was washed ashore a few miles down the coast from where his boat had been towed, but no mention of a god, would you have posted it? Or consider another scenario where the man had praised Allah - would you have posted that? Would either of those stories garner a TV news segment? Try to be honest with yourselves.
 

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Quite a miracle considering the sharks, gators, coyotes, pythons, etc in Florida especially as you near the Everglades. Glad this one had a happy ending.

One acquaintance rescued a small dog off the coast of Puerto Rico and it slept with his daughter for a number of days until they brought it to a vet to asses its health. The vet told him he'd take care of it and ran out back with it. After a few moments of mayhem the Doctor came back to tell him that the giant rat was now dead and they would have to do some tests to ensure his family was not exposed to any diseases common to them. You have to be careful about what you pull out of the water.
 

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...My tip to everybody is that if you are offended when somebody ridicules religious propaganda, then don't post religious propaganda...
Wow. If you consider any of what's been posted to be religious propaganda, then you're either extremely oversensitive or delusional.

You are ridiculing a sweet story with a happy ending, and attaching conspiratorial motives to someone's spontaneous expression of joy. Time for an attitude adjustment, pal.
 
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One acquaintance rescued a small dog off the coast of Puerto Rico and it slept with his daughter for a number of days until they brought it to a vet to asses its health. The vet told him he'd take care of it and ran out back with it. After a few moments of mayhem the Doctor came back to tell him that the giant rat was now dead and they would have to do some tests to ensure his family was not exposed to any diseases common to them. You have to be careful about what you pull out of the water.
Seriously? That legend has been around since I was a kid. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-mexican-pet/
 

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Very lucky for the dog (and owner). I completely appreciate why people travel with pets, and I will not say they are doing anything wrong, but it's not for us. Our dog passed away just this January from cancer, we have been dog people our entire lives. However, now that we are getting more seriously into the cruising dream we have opted to not bring another dog into our lives. Honestly nothing fills me with dread more than the thought of a dog falling overboard in the dark and it swimming around seeing the lights from the boat getting further away until it's alone in the dark and it's fate. I know that's a bleak way to look at it, and yes pets should be tied off and looked after properly, but that 1\4 second when a mistake or accident happens would haunt my nightmares.
 

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Seriously? That legend has been around since I was a kid. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-mexican-pet/
I know the girl who did it and we still tease her and her parents about it to this day.

So this passes the test that Snopes reporter was not able to do since I do know the exact names of the people involved along with many of their relatives. The girl gets quite put out when anyone brings it up and her father got quite a ribbing since his crew thinks its a hoot that a US Coast Guard Officer could make such an error while showing off his sailing skills to his family.

The glossy photograph of their daughter asleep with the "dog" cuddling up with her in their hotel room which her mother put in my hand went quite a ways towards sealing the authenticity of the event. There were also photos on the boat when they scooped the "dog" up out of the ocean, bathing the "dog", etc, etc.

So yes seriously.
 

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I know the girl who did it and we still tease her and her parents about it to this day.

So this passes the test that Snopes reporter was not able to do since I do know the exact names of the people involved along with many of their relatives. The girl gets quite put out when anyone brings it up and her father got quite a ribbing since his crew thinks its a hoot that a US Coast Guard Officer could make such an error while showing off his sailing skills to his family.

The glossy photograph of their daughter asleep with the "dog" cuddling up with her in their hotel room which her mother put in my hand went quite a ways towards sealing the authenticity of the event. There were also photos on the boat when they scooped the "dog" up out of the ocean, bathing the "dog", etc, etc.

So yes seriously.
You must understand that no rational person is going to believe your story shared here on the internet when it is almost verbatim a long standing legend told around the campfire for decades.

Just like you probably wouldn't believe my tale about seeing a headless horseman.
 

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Of course you do, bless your heart. My tip to everybody is that if you are offended when somebody ridicules religious propaganda, then don't post religious propaganda.

Let me ask you: if that that story didn't involved praying and apparent answers to the prayers, would it have been newsworthy? IOW, if an unknown man had made a video with just an himself telling a tale of how his dog got swept overboard and then she swam/was washed ashore a few miles down the coast from where his boat had been towed, but no mention of a god, would you have posted it? Or consider another scenario where the man had praised Allah - would you have posted that? Would either of those stories garner a TV news segment? Try to be honest with yourselves.
Excuse me? I'm about as nonreligious as they come, and I still enjoyed the story.

If the only thing of interest to you was the man's beliefs, I'd say the lens you view the world through has a remarkably narrow focus.
 

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I know the girl who did it and we still tease her and her parents about it to this day.

So this passes the test that Snopes reporter was not able to do since I do know the exact names of the people involved along with many of their relatives. The girl gets quite put out when anyone brings it up and her father got quite a ribbing since his crew thinks its a hoot that a US Coast Guard Officer could make such an error while showing off his sailing skills to his family.

The glossy photograph of their daughter asleep with the "dog" cuddling up with her in their hotel room which her mother put in my hand went quite a ways towards sealing the authenticity of the event. There were also photos on the boat when they scooped the "dog" up out of the ocean, bathing the "dog", etc, etc.

So yes seriously.
Well, I fell for it :rolleyes: But the Snopes argument ("Another Urban Myth. One of those far side stories that takes on a life of its own and keeps popping up in the strangest places. And people swearing it’s true") is a pretty good one.

Looks like you have to round up a picture of the cuddling 'dog' to prove your point.
 
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