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Old 01-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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We are looking forward to getting our boat soon, we know the disadvantages of having an animal on board, but still would like to bring a dog with us. Can anyone provide advice on a small breed that does well?

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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I have a Parson Russel Terrier and it's a perfect dog to have onboard! My dog is very athletic and have no problem going around the boat. He is also very adaptable and have no problem going to a new place every day, actually he really likes it. The dog is also very small and have no problem with small areas since the race is a burrow-race. The race needs to be activated but have no probelm laying arounf for a day or so. Though one thing you need to keep in mind if you bring a dog is that they need to do there needs. You can't be on the sea for to long, they need to pee and so! Except that the dog is never a problem, just good company
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We were thinking about a jack russell, but I will look up Parsons terrier. I so appreciate your feedback!
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We want to circumnavigate, do you know of places we might have problems bringing a dog along?
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:50 AM   #5
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Lots of places with problems. If you don't already have a beloved pet, I'd suggest that you plan on cruising without one. I love animals and have had cats for all my life, but when our last cat passed away we decided not to get another until we're no longer cruising or something changes in the international world making it easier to cruise with pets.

You might check out these pet related CL threads.

One of our members, Gypseastwo, has numerous threads about their recent cruising--and they have two cats-- Here's a search of all their threads:

http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/sea...?searchid=2795

Other posts about dogs and cats--
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...sels-3653.html
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...-cats-304.html
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...ific-3223.html
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f33...oard-1703.html
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We are looking forward to getting our boat soon, we know the disadvantages of having an animal on board, but still would like to bring a dog with us. Can anyone provide advice on a small breed that does well?

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From time immemorial dogs accompanied sailors. There are numerous written evidence. And even some early photos

French_Bulldog_on_Submarine_1917.jpg

Lieutenant Commander Frank Jack Fletcher, USN, Commanding officer of Margaret (SP-527) at left; talking with Lieutenant Stuart O. Greig, USN, Commanding officer of K-6 (SS-37) on board the K-6 at Horta, Fayal, Azores, in December 1917. Note the dog.

Our dog (also French Bulldog) is a part of our family. He is a great sailor and best friend. Some other breeds are good hunters, some are great patrol dogs. And for French Bulldog the meaning of all his life is to be your most loving friend, nothing more and nothing less. He will never run away from you, will always be watching all your moods and ready to cheer you up, always smile to you and play with you. He never gives up and always, does everything from the heart. Full of energy and optimism.
"Do or do not. There is no try." - this is his attitude to life. His a great dog, but your true love is vital for him.
He is afraid of nobody and this is a problem. He never starts the fight with other dogs first, but if offended or protecting you he will fight to the end, no matter how big or how many opponents he has - you need to avoid these situations and protect him, as he protects you

Check this great book :
"Doggy on Deck: Life at Sea with a Salty Dog Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Before Cruising with Fido"
Amazon.com: Doggy on Deck: Life at Sea with a Salty Dog Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Before Cruising with Fido: Everything Else

This book helped us to find the answer to the main question: "How does he go potty on board?"
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Heather,

Have you had dogs in the past? If so, what breed(s) did you have?
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The best boat animal is a cat. I have a Norwegian Forest Cat. Cats are quiet, small, affectionate, warm and are provided by nature with four wheel drive.
Vive le Cat! - as they say in swahili1
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I grew up with dogs and cats myself, but hubby and I have only had cats. That's 30 years of cats. Mostly Maine Coon but we did have one Norwegian Forest Cat. He was more interactive with other people than the Maine Coon cats were. Don't know if that was just his personality or what. At present we are without a pet (since the boat cat passed away almost two years ago) and we thought we'd stay pet-less. However, we are craving a cat. LOL.

We have pics of our ship's cat here

Here's a pic of Skog (the NFC) greeing trick-or-treaters and handing out candy. Always nice when the cat does all the work!
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Thanks for all of your helpful responses! My sweetie and I have had both dogs and cats in the past, we are leaning towards a cat, nut are just in the process of buying our boat now. Hopefully taking possession Ina month and 2 days...but who's counting! We are going to wait until we get her and acclimate first! Any advice on provisioning, and receiving medications while sailing would be highly appreciated. I'm epileptic, and have to get my meds....there are also pain meds I take that I have to visit my doctor every month to get. Also, I want to set up a really good first aid kit, and would love to know of any books on first aid on the water I would love to have them. We are going to be cruising...so all of this is super important as we will not always have access to a port.

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Skog is the SPLITTING image of Thomas - down to the mannerisms! Exactly the same colouring. It's uncanny!
Thomas' greeting is call that is a half-purr.
He is very demanding. He has been top of the pecking order for 12 years - ahead of two labridors, a minature sausage, another cat, three adults and five children! He used to strut around the property and ruled his kingdom with a rod of iron, until he was injured by being kicked by a neighbour. He now has a stainless steel hip and is not nearly so dictatorial, but every now and then there is flash of the old spirit - if ignored he takes the nearest bit of skin gently (?) in his teeth and pulls until you yell! He gets attention!
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Solo--Both Skog (the Norwegian Forest Cat) and the ship's cat Beamer (a Maine Coon Cat) looked very much alike. However the NFC was smaller--he was about 18 lbs and fat! whereas the MCC was 24 lbs and not fat at all.

In regards to another "ship's cat" for us, we are likely to try and find one more the size of the NFC because the MCC was really a big, BIG cat to have aboard. He couldn't even go into a regular litter box, we had to make one big enough for him to get into. Similarly, his cat carrier was actually a dog carrier and took up a fair bit of space aboard.

Heather--glad to hear that you're thinking about kitty cats as well. They are a bit more flexible in terms of space and ability to live aboard. Certain breeds are better than others with change in their lives so you might want to make sure that you get one that is OK with the lifestyle you're embarking on.

You're also bringing up some very important questions about health issues aboard. There are some other first-aid related threads here. If you do a search you'll find these:

http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...isers-882.html
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...-kit-4889.html
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12...-aid-5809.html

I have copied your post to the first one and responded there (rather than in this thread on dogs/cats).

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I can't comment on cruising with a dog..yet. We are working on that. But I can speak as to the adaptability of one Jack Russel Terrieriest to boats. Our's has lived with us here in these islands for six years, and he absolutely loves boats. He is sure footed, and swims great. He's the first one in the water. We've had him on our center consoles ( much slamming) and he rides on the tramps of our Hobie Tandem Island when we are sailing that. He's a great boat watchdog, for whatever boat he's on at the moment becomes HIS boat. I could rent him out for killing rats if the opportunity ever arose. He's incredible at it.
I think he's smart enough to figure out the new procedures for biological functions if we take the time to go over it with him slowly the first few times. I think I can find something that will work with him. they're smart dogs. don't eat much, either.
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