Kaspar de wonda Dawg (see profile pic) has a thing about jet skis - HE HATES THEM. He chases them furiously around the deck of our cat (boat not pussy).
His first over boarding happened before I erected nets when he kept going off the port bow and did a creditable half pike into the water
. Luckily we were at anchor
and he makes quite a spash. He swam around to the stern but was quite a hoist on board. We call the net "the Dingo Fence" now. He had terrible postmuzzle drip for weeks afterwards.
He also has a PFD
(pet flotation device) I bought from the US for retrievers that is high visibility (to stop trigger happy hunters taking a pot shot) with TWO water
actuated strobes. (I work on oil
rigs and one rig had to throw away a hundred perfectly good brand new life jacket strobes which were not compliant with Brazil's regs - it never ceases to amaze me the wastage in the oil
NO K de WD's PFD
, it does not have a whistle "for attracting attention".
Kaspar hates his PFD even more than he hates jet skis.
If we are crossing a coastal bar or sailing at night, I put it on him and he instantly just lies down on the bridgedeck floor and just does not move until I take it off.
I also bought him expensive dog rock climbing boots but he and the wife won't tolerate them. He just stands there trying to lift
all four feet off the deck at once LOL. I reassured the wife he woould get used to the boots but she won't let me put them on him. Ho Hum
Episo0de #2 He walked off a marina dock once when he was with my wife. He has this stupid habit of walking while looking backwards, if a dog or cat on another boat gets his attention. He weighs 45 kgs when he is dry and my wife had a hell of a job getting him back onto the dock as it was late at night and there was no one around. To make matters worse, the marina was in Cairns and there was a resident salt water
crocodile that would often lunge at people on the walkways at night.
She was in tears when she got back to the boat and I really copped it when I asked why she and the dog were so wet. He now has to have his lead on when he walks down the docks.