21 October 2019

Dogs & Cats On Boats

Because we don't have a real-life cat or dog aboard our sailboat, I have to get my fix other ways. My Mollie McGhie Sailing Mystery series features a Japanese bobtail cat named Mrs. Moto and I occasionally blog here about an imaginary cat named Simon, but it's doesn't always hit the spot.

So I do what you'd expect - watch a millions cat and dog videos on YouTube. But I also read other sailing and cruising blogs / sites in order to live vicariously through their boat dogs and cats. I thought I'd share some of those links with you in case you're thinking of having a furbaby live aboard your boat or just enjoy looking at adorable pet pictures.

MJ Sailing

One of my favorite boat cats is Georgie from MJ Sailing. I've kitty sat her a number of times while Matt and Jessica were at Indiantown Marina (you can see some of my pictures HERE.)  Check out their YouTube channel and Facebook page and see if you can spot Georgie walking on her leash in ports of call or hanging out on deck.

The Boat Galley

Carolyn Shearlock not only is a guru when it comes to all things galley-related, she also has an adorable dog named Paz. She has a bunch of great resources for keeping a dog on board including:
Dogs on Boats 101
Boat Dog Food
Flying with a Small Dog

Denali Rose

Bill and Donna sail their Nauticat 43 in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. They have two super cute cats - Gus and Elsie - who feature regularly in their blog. Here are a couple of my favorite cat-related posts:

Kitty Mom - check out the cute shark bed
When it Happens - the time Gus fell in the water

Something Wagging this Way

Honey the golden retriever is sailing along the East Coast of the States with her humans. She shares info about dog-friendly places to visit and dog training tips and tricks. There are lots of fun and informative posts including:

Boat Dog: Everyone Should Have One
Taking the Dog for a Walk at Anchor

Bailey Boat Cat

Bailey is a gorgeous Siamese cat who sailed in Europe and even has his own book. I believe Bailey is now a land-lubber, but there is a new canine crew who are equally adorable. Check out their blog and Facebook page and be prepared to say "aww" a lot.

Do you have any dog and cat-related sailing blogs and resources to share? Leave a link in the comments and I'll add them to the list.

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  1. I wonder if Gus has learned since that incident last year?

    1. It seems that he has, he still races around the boat when we are at anchor, but is more cautious at the dock.

  2. Our Little Bit loved boating and she went everywhere with us. Wonderful memories.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

  3. My dog is skittish at home so I can't imagine her on a boat. Glad you found a way to vicariously enjoy cat and dog experiences. My daughter just got the cutest cat.

  4. I'm just trying to get my cat to go outside on a leash at this point. Probably a good idea to stay away from the water!

  5. The closest I ever got to owning a horse was Black Beauty. I still love that horse.

  6. Hi Ellen.
    When we lived aboard Zeta in Durban we had a live aboard cat by the name of Garfield. He was of course ginger and since my children were still so young they named him Garfield. I still have a photograph of him down below on my wall and we still speak very fondly and often about him. That was more than thirty years ago.
    Personally speaking, my children were more stressful on board than Garfield, he was very capable.
    Blessings from Geoff.

  7. Gus and Elsie want to say thank you for the publicity. Elsie says she deserves it, and Gus just says it's all in a days work. http://svdenalirosenc43.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-day-in-life.html

  8. I love pets - especially dogs. I am more of a dog person than a cat person although I do have some favorite cat friends.

    But even though I love dogs (and I always love the troubled ones the most) they are so much work. I admire anyone who has the dedication and love to keep a pet - especially on a boat.

  9. The Wynn's family have taken their two cats on their cat across the pacific. S/v curiosity on youtube!!!

  10. We bottle raised a kitten who got adopted and became the yacht cat for a family. They named him Horatio, and his little sister is Nelson.

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