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In this topic, our bloggers talk about the dog days of cruising.
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Karen and Jeff, Active Captain founders, have a series of "Dogs Onboard" articles on their website, and they also keep a blog on behalf of their two labs, Dyna and Dylan.
"Dogs and boating don't mix," says Stormy (Art of Hookie), yet Chloe the Springer Spaniel "has more sea hours than most licensed captains."
With a great sense of humor and finely-honed priorities, Golden Retriever Wylie describes what his life is like on Controlled Jibe. (Some great Wylie stories on the blog; e.g. Wylie and the Bobcat!)
On Living the Cruising Dream, Suzanne has a section devoted to Rudy: Rudy FAQs, Rudy clearing customs, and Rudy photo albums, etc.
SailCharbonneau.com hasn't been updated for several years, but it has great information and resources about safety, customs, and other practical concerns regarding dogs on board.
S/v Smitty sails with an Aussie mix, Summer, on board: and Jesse has tons of good advice about how to do it.
For summaries of most common cruising ports with links to the government sites for each country discussed:http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/info/customs/travelcustoms.shtmlhttp://www.caribbeancompass.com/dogs_cruising.html Look under the "customs" link of any country at http://www.noonsite.com/Countries
After sailing without a dog for two years, Deana started dreaming about adding canine crew - now Storyville has a Border Terrier, Luna, on board.
Carolyn (The Boat Galley) has written several posts about her experiences cruising with Paz. Start with this post; it links to the other posts, and also has links to helpful products.
As they prepared to go cruising, Andy and Monica (Savannah) made the heart-breaking decision to find a new home for their dog.
Jet provides his shipmates (Chris and Melody on Vacilando) with morning and evening workouts, in the form of five foot lifts in to and out of the cabin. This post includes a short video, showing how Jet has learned to sit "sideways" so he can be easily lifted.
On the MoFi Guest Writers' Blog, Dave (You Me and the D) details some "pros and cons" of having a dog on board and has advice about handling customs.
In the first post, Laurie (So Many Beaches) deals "with the specifics of having a dog aboard a sailboat in one country (Guatemala) and trying to move with him (legally) to another country (Belize)." The second link goes to an awesome collection of links, info and FAQs about having a dog on board (in general) and about Kemah on board (in particular).
Provisioning plans need to include ALL members of the crew, says Sally (S.V. Cambria):
What is it like to have "200 pounds of Chesapeake Bay Retriever" on board? Not much different from on land, according to S/V Octopussy:
Fred (Gimme Shelter) notices that dog owners out-number cat owners at his marina, and wonders why. He also wonders what a MOB pick-up would look like if the "M" is actually a 5-pound Maltese named Tex.
Did you know there is a DNA test kit to help you figure out your dog's "heritage"? Read about the process here, in this very funny post from Living the Life Aquatic:
Here's a slice of life from Belle, the boat dog on s/v Roughdraft. Mike, Belle's owner, is a regular contributor to the blog, Write on the Water.
Two posts from Sailing Chance; the first is a great reminder that when cruisers prepare the human medical kit, they also need to think of other important crewmembers. The second links to a one-minute video of sweet, happy dogs. If you're wondering how much space a dog needs to be content on a boat, watch this.
In this post, we learn about several products that have worked well on Moondance, to keep Chief Security Officer Bailey happy, healthy, and safe.
Even when it hurts, true pet lovers try to do what's best for their furry loved ones. Dani (Sundowner Sails Again) explains a tough decision:
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