things the hard way sometimes costs a lot.
In October and especially November marinas
in the Great Lakes
become cold, somewhat uninviting and desolate compared to the summer.
While a pet(a cat), may have lots of options for getting out of trouble in summer(lots of boats and lots of people), a slip into the water
in November is a death warrant.
My buddy . . ."Windsor", evidently fell into the water
on Veterans day about 4 am. He was found a day later next to my dock
. I'm told that bodies often sink in colder water and re-float about 24 hours later.
He was curiously found near my dock
, where he normally would've found a ladder(made for him) and flotation that was always in the water. He has used both in the past.
With my boat having been pulled, the flotation aids had also been removed.
In hindsite, I should've left the flotation aids in the water after the boat's removal
Windsor proved to have very unique qualities not often found in a cat and he was very well liked(an doted over), by other marina residents. Even the dogs
in the marina got along very well with Windsor.
I hope this serves as warning for those who take pets
to their boats, to remember that marinas
are much more dangerous in those weeks before and after the season . . . for people and for pets