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Old 12-13-2015, 04:40 PM   #21
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Likewise Kevin. We feel the same way. And...we have a busy cat aboard as well. Jenny and Lilly complete our experience.
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:21 PM   #22
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Everybody feels differently about their dogs.

We feel like our dogs are not possessions that we can give away at will. They are our family and we would never consider giving one away, any more than we would have given one of our kids away when they were in our care.

Please understand that I'm not judging here... It's just that our dogs have a more significant place in our lives than some.

And yes, taking the dogs to shore can be unplesant on a cold rainy day, but what we get in return far outweighs any inconvience.
We feel that way too, so reread that post, we gave the dog to one of the kids. Kids are family too, you know (don't you?). The only entities we wanted making the decisions for our cruising lifestyle were us. We have many cruiser friends with dogs, and for all practical matters, the dog ran the show and the agenda.
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:35 PM   #23
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...It's just that our dogs have a more significant place in our lives than some.

And yes, taking the dogs to shore can be unpleasant on a cold rainy day, but what we get in return far outweighs any inconvenience.
Absolutely. With regard to the second sentence, I've found that some of the coolest, most memorable experiences I've had in my life so far came as a result of doing something I had to do, not necessarily something that I wanted to do.

Like taking Albi ashore in Grace Harbor late at night and being totally blown away by the patterns and bursts of phosphorescence deep in the water from the large fish that were swimming and feeding there. I never would have experienced that were it not for paying attention to what the dog wanted to do.

Sure, putting on rain gear and deploying the dinghy on a cold, rainy night and picking my way to shore with a flashlight is not pleasant to contemplate from the inside of a warm, dry cabin. But once the inertia of not doing it has been overcome it becomes quite the mini-adventure and one I'm glad I undertook when I think back on it.

Like Kevin and Murray up the coast, we feel the rewards are well worth the effort.
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:48 PM   #24
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Because of Zain's size he stays and sleeps on the aft deck unless the horseflies, no-see-ums, or mosquitos are insane, then we bring him into the boat.

On really hot summer days while I'm photographing ashore there's nothing quite like falling asleep on a cool slab of granite in the shade;
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:59 PM   #25
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Very cool (literally) photos.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:28 PM   #26
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We feel that way too, so reread that post, we gave the dog to one of the kids. Kids are family too, you know (don't you?). The only entities we wanted making the decisions for our cruising lifestyle were us. We have many cruiser friends with dogs, and for all practical matters, the dog ran the show and the agenda.
The simple fact is that your dog might have known your kids and that's fine... But unless your kids lived with you they were not "family", (to the dog) they were not part of the dogs "pack"

Its done and over now, and everybody is better off because dogs, like kids can sense their owners emotions, and just want their owners happy.
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We got the dog after we got the boat and have never looked back.
It helps that he loves the water !
(the yellow line is a stern tie)
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