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Old 02-15-2012, 02:50 AM   #15
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Having watched numerous people with dogs on boats I suggest you postpone acquisition until you have cruised at least a year. Almost every boat I know has at least one member of the crew that would "love to get rid of the damn dog." Usually this is the husband who is tasked with taking it ashore in all sorts of weather to do its business. Having a dog on a boat is nothing, I repeat nothing, like having a dog on shore unless you really don't live on the boat but live at a marina.

I have a cat, a Tonkinese, known by breeders as the "cat that thinks he is a dog." Very affectionate and playful. Even so traveling with him is a very large expense. I single hand so I am resigned to the cost for the company. But I seem to remember you started out with "we."

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #16
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:15 AM   #17
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:47 AM   #18
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I love dogs but having one on board your boat to me is just cruel...they need space and not to be confined on a yacht ...
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:53 AM   #19
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My problem with cats ( and I've had a number of them over the years) is that they are basically useless. Might as well have a bird.

Speaking of birds, my biggest problem with cats is that they indiscriminately kill small animals for the fun of it.

We've got a Jack Russell Terrier, he loves boats and the ocean. He's a great burglar deterrent, and watchdog. He loves to swim. He's intelligent company, compared to a lot of other life forms I could name.

There are a number of other dog breeds that do well with boats.
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:45 AM   #20
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My problem with cats ( and I've had a number of them over the years) is that they are basically useless. Might as well have a bird.

Speaking of birds, my biggest problem with cats is that they indiscriminately kill small animals for the fun of it.
Wow--you've really had some duds as cats haven't you.

I keep our boatcat indoors--she doesn't get the chance to be outside unsupervised. Therefore--no kills. Useless? I don't know. Depends on what you want. If you want something to bark and scare away people, yep, cats are useless. If you want an affectionate and smart companion, cats are great!

Here's hubby with our cat:

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Old 11-05-2012, 02:01 AM   #21
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I have come to the conclusion the best pet that I know of for cruisers is a 8 or 9 year child (blonde hair is the best) I can't count the number of times cruising friends have told me how much fun they had when visiting the atolls and islands of the Pacific using kids as an introduction. Kids adapt very well to the lifestyle. They can be taught to sand teak woodwork, stand short watches,and they don't drink your cold beer. New Zealand and Australia will not incinerate them if they go ashore imediately after landfall.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:38 AM   #22
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^And, as a general rule, they are toilet trained.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #23
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some local tribes would even love to have them over for dinner. Well done, kid!
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:23 AM   #24
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Anyone who thinks cats are useless has never had a rodent on board. Mine's dispatched a dozen or so over the years, and I even loaned her out to another boat who were plagued with a rat below decks. She sat in the one spot not moving for about 12 hours, and eventually came forth with the rat (dead) between her teeth.

Having said that, Jack Russells are pretty good against the rats too, perhaps not as patient as cats but they are small and fast enough to make the kill when it counts.

Rats are the worst pests to have on board for any number of reasons.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:10 AM   #25
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Default One Saturday morning

Now I just know I'm going to get hate mail for this but we all thought it was funny at the time and whenever I come across the subject of dogs afloat it always comes to mind.

Saturday morning at our local Whitworths chandlery, understaffed, over crowded and we're all standing in long lines waiting at the checkout while some teenage girls who wouldn't know one end of a vessel from the other battle with identifying a host of marine parts that could be alien artifacts for all they know.

We're in Cairns, Far North Queensland and its hot and the aircon is on the blink.

The door opens.

In marches an old dear, complete with pearls and a midget dog under her arm she later identifies as Pepi. The poor embarrassed mutt has a hair cut that would put a punk rocker to shame as she steps to the front of the line and demands to know what are the best lifejackets for her precious Pepi and someone needs to show her where they are?

To her credit, the youngster at the counter did rustle up the courage to pipe up and say she would have to go to the back of the line please.

The blue rinse dear lady took no notice and insisted that someone show her immediately the best jacket for Pepi.

Forgive me all you dog lovers but I couldn't resist speaking up.

'Sure, I can help you there' I replied. 'What you want are the dog jackets with the reflective tape on the collar'

'Really? she beamed back. Are they better? she asked.

To which I replied…

"I have no idea but the reflective tape sure attracts the fish when you are trawling with them!"

I swear, the girl behind the counter peed her pants along with half the guys waiting in line as she stormed out.

We never saw Pepi again

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Old 11-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #26
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Spanish Water dogs.
If you don't already have a pet, I would agree with Reboot and recommend you cruise for awhile before getting one.

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