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Old 05-02-2008, 07:12 AM   #15
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Hi Robin,

Good to see you back! where have you been ?

What do you feed Lava on ?

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Old 05-05-2008, 12:25 AM   #16
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I'm not really back.. too busy preparing for a 6/6 departure to Bermuda aboard the s/v William Bligh. Lava and Elvira both eat Purina Pro Plan chicken and rice, and will share the Feline S/D perscription when I get that.

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Old 05-08-2008, 11:39 PM   #17
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In the Post regarding Trim the Cat in the Topic "Chagos Archipelago" a link was given the Matthew Flinders' cat Trim.

Here is a link to another famous cat Simon - the only cat awarded a medal for bravery :- Simon
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:38 PM   #18
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Would a SAR operation make me leave Lava to his death?
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:29 PM   #19
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Would a SAR operation make me leave Lava to his death?
Not necessarily so, Depends
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:34 PM   #20
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Not necessarily so, Depends
A question to the ones who knows. At the moment we are sailing without an animal onboard, which we find somewhat empty. We lost our lovely Labrador 2 years ago, she was old, 15 years, and decided that she didn't want to live anymore. But living with animals have been part of both my wife's and my life since we were children and we are contemplating getting a ships cat. The problem we can forsesee is when we one day enter New Zealand or Australia with their stringent import animal laws. Does anyone know if there has been any change in New Zealand and Australia concerning animals onboard? Even if the animal does not leave the ship, do they still require 6 months quarantine? All information concerning this question would be welcome.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:56 PM   #21
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Would a SAR operation make me leave Lava to his death?
Obviously no crew member of a SAR unit is going to risk a life for the sake of a dog or a cat. On the other hand, every time I was involved in a SAR operation we saved the pets too, if any were involved.

Generally, if possible we would rescue those in distress by saving the vessel and all aboard. This included the pets too.

So, the answer to your question is that the pets would be saved as long as it involves no risk for the SAR crew

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While anchored at St. Croix, a friend asked me to babysit her cat for a couple of weeks while she was off island. When I first took Kiki out in her carrier to my sloop, she ran around the deck and then promptly hid herself behind a sailbag and wouldn't come out for hours. She had previously lived aboard a trawler on a sea wall and could go ashore at will. When she finally came out, she took a look over the cockpit coaming at the water all around and yowled mournfully and I thought that this was going to be very hard on her. Within a couple of days, Kiki settled into a routine of enjoying herself, playing on deck and climbing up the rolled up headsail. My dodger and bimini are at the end of their service life (UV rot) and I decided to discourage her from going on them by squirting her with water. That worked and when my friend returned it seemed that she was not anxious to take Kiki back and so it was left undecided what would be in her future. I was worried about losing her while sailing but during the first couple of daysails that I took, she climbed onto a shelf behind the radios and stayed put, not venturing into possible danger, and so I decided that she could stay.

One night, I heard more noise out of the anchor rode than conditions called for and went on deck to investigate and found a soaking wet Kiki wandering back from the bow, grabbed her, rinsed her off and all was well. Another time, I was tossing a toy on a string and Kiki jumped on a piece of foam & fabric covered lifeline chasing the toy, found herself upside down and falling, managed to grab the tail of the jibsheet with one claw and held on as I raised her back up...another time a pelican went swooping by very close and Kiki wiggled into attack position and launched herself across the stern and splash - swim. I have kept a towel tied from a stanchion in the water for her to climb back aboard with, but not waited for her to find it when I could offer her a line.

When I finally took her on a passage, she was fascinated by the big seas around us and safely stayed in the cockpit. When conditions moderated, she would want to venture on deck, but underway I strongly discouraged that and she seemed to listen.

As a singlehander, Kiki's wonderful companionship. I felt a bit guilty about keeping her cooped up on a 37' sloop, where previously she'd had roaming ability, but she seems happy aboard and last time I had her ashore, she jumped out of the dinghy too soon anxious to get back to the home.

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Nice post, nice photo and nice cat.

Have many good voyages together!

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It's been awhile since we've heard about the travels of Lava--how's it going?
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Thought you'd all enjoy a quick video of our cat grooming herself on the foredeck.

Sailing Mahdee» Blog Archive The Ship's Cat Grooming on the Foredeck » Sailing Mahdee
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Cute... we are planning to take our kitty along too.
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Loads of cute. On our blog, if you search term "Beryl" you'll find stories and some pics of our boat cat.



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