New acquaintances ask us the same question: doesn’t your dog jump off the boat?
We tell them that Honey isn’t a crazy water dog dying for a swim. But one thing will tempt her to jump.
Can you guess what?
Love Me, Love Me
The dog I live with is different from the dog many people meet.
My Honey is calm, relaxed, and mellow.
The dog many people meet is excited, affectionate, and a little hyper.
No one saw this more than the person I nominate for “Most Likely To Tempt Honey To Jump Off The Boat.”
And the winner is: Cathy the Doodle Mom from Groovy Goldendoodles.
How much did Honey love Cathy? Let’s just say that if we were coming into a marina and Cathy was standing on the dock, Honey would win the title for longest dock dive.
Except Honey’s dock dive would be from the boat onto the dock.
Dogs Are Okay; People Are Better
Honey was happy to meet the famous (and handsome) Doodle Dogs, Harley and Jaxson.
But after a little butt sniffing, an aborted humping attempt, and a few pictures, Honey had eyes for no one but Cathy.
When Jaxson gave his most alluring play bow, Honey frolicked for the briefest moment before turning her eyes back to the people.
Honey loves all humans. But not everyone attracts her most shameless attention-getting behavior.
While sitting in the cockpit, Honey paid little attention to my husband, Cathy’s husband, or me. She was too busy climbing onto Cathy’s lap and breathing hot doggy breath all over her face.
I love Charleston. I know we’ll visit again in the future. But this is my official, published notice:
Cathy the Doodle Mom is banned from being anywhere on the dock when we approach.
Because the last thing I want to do is launch a dog overboard rescue in the swift-moving current of Charleston Harbor.
Making New Friends
We arrived in Charleston, South Carolina last month for an extended stay.
We needed our mail to catch up to us, to get ready to anchor overnight now that the weather is warmer, and to make a little money to beef up our cruising kitty.
Most of all, we needed a good vet to look at a bump that appeared on Honey’s shoulder-blade.
As you can imagine, I was a nervous wreck. I’ve lost count of the friends we’ve lost over the years to a horrible illness that started with a little bump.
I knew that Cathy of Groovy Goldendoodles had recently moved to Charleston. So I took a chance on appearing too much like a stalker and sent her an email asking if she had any insights on vets in the area.
It was very comforting just to write to someone who I knew would understand my fears and to get a little support when I needed it most.
Luckily Honey’s bump turned out to be a cyst (darn dog, getting me all upset over a glorified pimple) and I didn’t need to cry on Cathy’s shoulder while making treatment plans for a horrible disease.
Which means that when we got together in town, we were able to get to know each other, talk about blogging, and just enjoy meeting an interesting couple and their dogs.
Isn’t the traveling life grand?
You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
Before the Doodle Family arrived, we wondered how we’d entertain everyone. Our boat is small.
Would Harley and Jaxson be willing to come aboard on Honey’s ramp? Would it be too crowded for three dogs who didn’t know each other well to share the space? Could we serve lunch or should we plan to eat somewhere off the boat?
One famous movie quote came to mind.
We didn’t get a picture of the comical view of four adults and three large dogs sitting in our small cockpit. But it worked out surprisingly well. Especially since we were sitting at the dock and not under sail.
That would have killed us.
Best of all, Honey was close to her new best friend and had no wish to jump off the boat.
Your Turn: Have you ever met someone you knew first online? Did you like them as much in person as you did on the internet?
Photo credits: All pictures were taken by Michael Webster except the picture of Cathy and me with the dogs (taken by Lee Bennett) and the picture of the husbands and the dogs (taken by Cathy Bennett).