A tether and life jacket are an absolute must at all times. I had a bad situation happen on our boat a few years ago when a fellow who lives on a boat with his dog came aboard for a day sail and insisted his dog didn't need a pfd
With the boat well-heeled over and about two miles out on a windy day, first the pooch fell overboard
, then the fellow who was fully clothed jumped in after the dog, during March when the Pacific ocean
is cold and without a pfd
... Leaving only me on board to save the two of them. Very ugly.
Fortunately, it ended well with both being rescued.
If you care for your animals
, zeehag has it right in the previous post.