I’m not expecting any gifts aboard Meander this season.
Or maybe I should say the gifts will be new fuel injectors, a repaired propeller, and the fuel lines my husband replaced.
But if I was giving Honey gifts, here’s what I’d do.
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4 Gifts For Honey
Instead of spoiling our pups, what if we got them
Something They Want
Something They Need
Something To Wear
Something To Eat
Even if I am not getting Honey something special for Christmas this year, I give her things inspired by the 4 Gifts list all year round.
Something Honey Wants: Friends
I could not buy anything Honey loves as much as making new friends.
Living in a boatyard for the past two weeks has been a little lonely for her. The boating season is long over for most people on the Chesapeake Bay so she’s not meeting other folks coming into the marina.
The folks who work here are very sweet to her. But they have work to do.
Hopefully we’ll heading south early next week and able to meet new people and dogs along the way.
Something Honey Needs: A Block And Tackle
We’re starting out slow on the cruising thing. We’ve stopped at marinas to make it easy for Honey to get on and off the boat.
But it’s very expensive—like staying in a hotel every night. So eventually we’ll be anchoring offshore and using the dinghy to take Honey to land for her exercise and breaks.
Honey is not the kind of dog to leap off the deck three feet into a waiting dinghy (although I know a few Labs who might be willing to give her lessons).
And I don’t even want to think about standing up in a rowboat while Mike passes Honey into my arms.
Instead, we’ve gotten her a Sailboat Lifting Tackle System to help lift her on and off the boat.
We’ll be attaching it to the boom (the spar the holds the bottom of the sail), pushing the boom out over the waiting dinghy, and lowering Honey down like a golden fairy princess.
Stay tuned to watch our progress.
Something Honey Will Wear: A Lifting Harness
Mike doesn’t look very comfortable in that rope sling he McGyvered, does he?
Only the best for Honey.
That’s why we’ve chosen the Ruffwear DoubleBack Harness. It’s made for lifting dogs when they need help while rock climbing. Although most people seem to use it for helping their aging dogs in and out of the car or up stairs.
We’re still working on fitting the harness to Honey. It’s pretty complicated.
But Honey doesn’t care if it takes months to figure out the harness. As long as she keeps getting liverwurst to help her feel comfortable with it.
Something Honey Will Eat: Cloud Star Chewy Tricky Trainer Treats
Liverwurst is Honey’s favorite high value snack. But when it’s too messy, we rely on Cloud Star Chewy Tricky Trainers, Liver Flavor.
They’re stinky. They’re soft. They don’t fall apart in my pocket.
And as long as we’re expecting Honey to do so many new things on the boat, we’ll be relying on yummy treats.
With these four gifts, Honey will be happy. Because that’s just who she is.
The Four Gifts I Wish For You
In 2016, Something Wagging This Way Comes will celebrate its sixth anniversary. Wow!
We’ve published over 1,300 posts, gotten over 24,000 comments, and met animal lovers from all over the world.
I wish I could give every one of you four gifts for making blogging so fun.
Something You Want: That the animals you love would live forever.
Something You Need: Never-ending love.
Something You’d Wear: A smile.
And since you’ll probably be getting more than you’d ever want to eat this holiday season,
Something You Can Read: Faithfully Yours: The Amazing Bond Between Us and the Animals We Love by Peggy Frezon.
I bet it would lift your spirits as it has mine.
I hope you’re enjoying a lovely holiday season. And that you’ll stick with us to see everything we have planned for Honey in the future.
Your Turn: What gifts would your pets want, need, wear, and eat?