So once upon a time we cruised with our 50 pound German Shepard Chow mix mutt. We were young, we had no kids
, we pampered the dog, and frankly it went fine.
Now we have a bigger boat, a child, and bigger cruising plans forthcoming. Our dog is still with is, but we're fairly sure he won't be once we leave again.
Soooooo... do we cast off without a dog or bring another mutt with us?
Now that I am a mother to a human baby, my views on caring for the dog have changed a bunch. What seemed charming and doable BEFORE --
now is a major pain when it comes to the dog's needs. Frankly I have sworn several times that we are not going to cruise
with a dog again and that our next family
pet would be a pet rock. Or maybe a hermit crab.
That said ---- there is an AMAZING sense of security
that goes with having a toothy 50 pound Shepard mix on your boat. Nobody and I mean NOBODY gets near our place when we're not aboard... even if they know us and the dog. He's pretty good even when we are aboard if someone strange comes around.
That's a nice piece of insurance
in sketchy ports
So what do you all think -- is the hassel worth the protection?
p.s. This is Schoonerdog's wife using his logon to post a message...