Kaspar de Wonda dawg has been on the boat for the last 3 years. We got him from the pound when he was 4, onto the high seas when he was 9. His 12th birthday is next month. We usually day sail in OZ but crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria which took 4 days, he EVENTUALLY went to have a pee on his astro turf after 40 hours and a crap on the third day. He is always rewarded with a treat for visits to the turf. Now he does a token wee to earn an extra treat after eating dinner.
We have taken him to Indonesia
and are now in Thailand
. Muslim countries are a real difficulty as Muslims HATE dogs
. Even floating dog hair has caused great upset. There are so few dogs
in Muslim villages that the cats often don't know to be afraid when they see him. This upsets him cause they don't bother running. It takes all the fun out of it.
During night watches, he lies on the cockpit
cushion. If the weather
is bad he is allowed to get up on the bridgedeck lounge. He is terrified of lightning
and needs a good hug for the duration of the pyrotechnics.
He has fallen off twice. Both times at anchor
when he was chasing jetskis and skidded off the stern scoops when he couldn't stop. If we are too slow going ashore, he just jumps into the dinghy
even if it hanging off the davits
and gives us a dirty look until we take him ashore.