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Old 19-06-2009, 18:38   #16
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Aloha Shad,
The books title is “Sailing Grace”. I'd recommend it to anyone with a health issue but especially for those folks who have had a bit of a heart problem. Amazing true story.
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Old 21-06-2009, 06:07   #17
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Originally Posted by Shad View Post
Next question.
Ive had my dog for 8 years. I Love him hes my best friend.
He now is 12-13 years old. If I leave him behind I will miss out on his last years. But if I dont go it could be my last years.
My question is how do you get a full sized shepard to do his business at sea? A piece of artificial turf? Plastic fire hydrant?
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Mate I've just joined the forum, I'm from OZ (Australia). I have a Blueheeler cattledog and I going to see if he copes with life on the water. Give it a go Shad, start slowly, read up as much as you can. This forum has 'Cruising with Pets', personally I could not leave my boy 'Blue' behind... tongaboys
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Old 21-06-2009, 07:45   #18
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Like others have said, it's the fact that you're out there working on your dream that makes a life worth living. And with the your dog, it is just one of the issues that you'll be resolving along the way but don't that let that stop you from being involved in living out your desires.
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Old 21-06-2009, 08:03   #19
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Welcome to your Dream.

Could you start slow? weekend trips all along learning the ropes (oops I mean lines) along the way. Take day sails and such while you get the boat in blue water condition. Then the day that your life long companion passes away your door will open for your new journey. By then you will have experience under your belt, your boat will be in better condition and you will be free to venture in what ever direction your heart desires.
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Old 21-06-2009, 14:06   #20
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Three heart attacks within a few months, the last 5 months ago? Never mind the rah rah of eventual recovery what has been done and have you done to prevent a fourth as a first step would be my question. Initial boat ownership and solo sailing can be stressful at least for some time. Pottering around for a while with a boat may be good for you. But rather than feeling if I don't do it now I may never, I would also think of making the now rather longer and you live and sail for a hopefully long time.
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Old 21-06-2009, 18:31   #21
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get a catamaran. you and the dog will both be more comfortable.

welcome to this internet anchorage.

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