Sakura, I have to disagree with Mark on this occasion. If you have sailed for more than 24 hours around Scotland
without stopping you will have missed something really special on the coast you have just passed. A fabulous part of the world and I want to go back there again once retired for the whole summer as does Viv.
We sail with 40 kgs of Labradoodle called Angus. He can quite easily decend the companion way steps when ever he likes and has once climed up them, but is too lazy normally so I have to give him a shove. He can also climed down onto a pontoon without problems but doesn't like the life lines when trying to get back on board. Around the deck, no problem, he always seems sure footed but I wish he wouldn't lie down on the solar
just because it is nice and warm doesn't mean its his bed
Its an interesting experience lifting him in and out of the dinghy
even with a swim platform, but he knows the drill so just waits to be lifted on and off. He loves the dinghy
btw because it means its time for walkies ashore.
He can hold on for at least 12 hours, so cross channel isn't a problem, but I do feel guilty for using Alderney as a poo stop each time. We have only had one accident
and that was going to St Vaast, after 16 hours he had to go. Wasn't a problem and quickly washed down.
We have also taken Inky our Pug sailing. Now this is more of a problem because she would easily slip under the lifelines
, she is also daft as a brush.
Whilst we have life jackets for both we prefer to keep them clipped on in the cockpit
or put them downstairs if the weather
is wet or cold. You need to watch coming alongside because they get excited and try to jump ashore before you are ready. Indeed Angus jumped ashore in Jersey and ran right up to the Imigration Officer before we had completed the customs
"Anything to declare or pets on board?"
"yes Officer, a big black dog thats just put muddy paw prints on your clean white shirt"
We got Angus at the same time as the yacht, so started off just walking him down the jetty and on board. Then little trips around the Solent and slowly built it up. He didn't like jetties to start with because they move, but now is fine even with thin finger pontoons.
During a couple of rough crossings we have put his dog bed
(large round duvee thing) in the stern cabin
and he is quite happy to go to sleep on that.
However, be warned that a large dog can reach you in bed with a wet cold nose. They wake up at Dawn and want to go and do stuff, so thats 5am in the summer