Have you wondered how Honey likes being a boat dog?
Here’s a pupdate.
Life On A Boat With A Dog
As temperatures lower, Honey has become a highly valuable member of our crew. Especially at bedtime.
Boats aren’t well insulated. And with a morning temperature aboard as low as 48 °F (9° C), Mike and I both seek out Honey the fuzzy heater with our feet.
When we’re underway on a cloudy day with wind, I’m thankful Honey is so cuddly.
But that’s what we think about Honey being on the boat. What does she think about it?
What Honey Loves About The Boat
Have you worried about Honey getting enough exercise?
That is no problem.
As newbie sailors, we’re reluctant to travel after dark. So we stop somewhere every night.
And to make up for Honey’s confinement on a tiny boat, we take her with us almost everywhere when we’re ashore.
Today we’re in Delaware City, DE. As soon as we settled into the City Marina yesterday, we set out to explore the town. Honey got a long, sniffy walk as she does most days.
We also play fetch with Honey every time we find a large grassy spot to play. And after breakfast and dinner, Honey likes to play fetch with Mike in the cabin.
Honey thinks she’s a lap dog.
There’s nothing she loves more than to crawl onto someone for lovies or a nap.
On travel days, Honey will lean on the leg of whoever is not at the wheel. Or if we’re both busy moving the boat, she’ll lie on the seat behind the helm so she’s poised to go in either direction for when someone sits down and makes a lap for her to sleep on.
If it rains or conditions get dodgy, we put Honey below in the cabin. She’s normally fine with that. Until we pull up to a dock.
Whether we’re arriving at a marina for the night or just pulling up to fuel the boat, Honey lets out an “I’m here, I’m here” bark as soon as she hears a stranger’s voice.
We spent the last week visiting Mike’s animal-loving brother and his family and Honey was in heaven.
Honey’s favorite activity as a boat dog is sitting in the cockpit on a dock, soliciting love from everyone who walks by.
Do you think she might be an extrovert dog?
What Honey Hates About The Boat
There’s a lot of togetherness when you live on a boat that’s 34 feet long by 10 feet wide (10 meters long, 3 meters wide).
But sometimes we have to break up the family. And Honey hates it.
A few days ago, Honey saw Mike go into the shower building at a marina. He returned to the boat when Honey wasn’t looking.
But nothing I said convinced Honey that he wasn’t in the shower any longer. She planted her feet and kept looking at the men’s room door for him to come out.
I finally coaxed her back to the boat where she looked relieved to find Mike waiting for us.
When Mike stayed at his brother’s house overnight so he could get wi-fi to plan the next leg of our trip, I thought Honey would make me nuts.
Amazingly, she was quite content on the boat with just me. She saw Mike step off the boat and had no reason to believe he was somewhere near so she settled in for a girl’s night in.
So when I worry about the resulting problems from being forced to push my husband overboard, I guess that Honey won’t be one of them.
Life On Board
Living on a boat is fun.
I love the rocking motion, having a small and tidy space to take care of, seeing new places, and spending time with my husband and Honey.
Honey likes food, playing, and being with us.
As long as the temperatures stay above freezing and we can avoid being out in storms, we all have a lot to be happy about.
Keep looking for more pupdates about Honey’s life as a boat dog.
Photo credit: Marsh at Cohansey River taken by Mike Webster
Your Turn: Do you have any questions about a dog’s life aboard a sailboat? What would your dog love and hate about being on a boat?