Honey Waits Out Joaquin

Usually Honey loves meeting new friends.

I’ve explained to her that Hurricane Joaquin is not someone she wants to meet.

I think she understands.

Honey the golden retriever in the boat cockpit.

Someone, come visit me. I want to play.

Honey’s Day Of Storm Prep

We tried to take advantage of lower winds and rain yesterday by doing most of our prepping above deck.

While we took down our two forward sails, removed most of the protective canvas, and put the seats and oars for our dinghy away, Honey napped quietly below.

I’ve never been so proud of her in my life.

Honey the golden retriever at High Spot.

It helps that you took me for a long walk the night before and a little smackeral of something at the restaurant.

Not Exactly Singing In The Rain

Many models are now predicting that Joaquin is most likely to travel east and north and not make landfall in the United States.

But we’re still looking at lots of rain and wind over the next few days.

The heat of our three bodies is causing condensation on all the metal ports (windows) and hatches (skylights).

I’ve tried to tell Honey to breathe less but she’s not buying it.

We took advantage of somewhat mild-ish winds and only steady (as opposed to torrential) rain this morning to take Honey off the boat for a potty break.

No one was interested in playtime or walkies.

I’m thinking today we’ll be Sleeping in the Rain, not singing.

Honey the golden retriever in bed.

I bet this bed will be crowded today. I’m glad I claimed my spot.

Your Turn: What do you do when bad weather keeps you pinned down? Do your pups cry and complain? Or can they veg out until things get better?

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  1. We don’t usually let bad weather pin us down. Mind you, we don’t have to deal with tropical storms or hurricanes, either. Be it rain or snow, we dress for the weather and go outside anyway. Snowshoeing with snow coming down is fun. If it’s really windy, we wear ski goggles.

    • I wouldn’t have thought of ski goggles. But we could have used them. There was a lot of spray from the river.

      I’m guessing you’re part Norwegian. They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. :)

  2. I don’t remember. We haven’t had rain or bad weather for years.

  3. I’ve been thinking of you guys what with the weather forecast for the weekend. Several damp days on board a boat may well get a bit claustrophobic, at least it would for me! Even my house feels confining in this weather. If I were you, I’d be searching out the nearest Motel 8 and enjoying a night of dry air….and bedding!

    My post for today also features our lovely weather!

    • Mike was starting to lose it with all the wind and rain. I kinda liked having an excuse not to do much.

      But jumping on and off the boat with extremely high tides was more excitement than I prefer. :)

      Bet the boys are glad to see the sun again.

  4. The weather has to be REALLY bad for us to stay inside, because we all for walking every single day. If we really have to be put, we are fine just vegging out because the pups never have any pent up energy :-) Enjoy your cuddle time inside the boat and be safe!

    • We didn’t miss a walk. But I’ll have to say they were a bit shorter. At times we were struggling just to stay upright in the wind. :)

  5. Had you on my mind this morning. We’re bracing for some flooding and high winds. The Boys are doing okay. We are still at my sister-in-laws house until Monday (waiting for the movers to arrive) so I’ve got all the things we would need. I’m walking them one at a time, and balancing the umbrella the best I can. I pray you are somewhere safe and the boat is secured. Prayers to you and your family.

    • Hope your move wasn’t affected by the flooding and everything went okay.

      Thinking of you in all this chaos. Sometimes you just have to chill out and not expect too much of yourself.

      We came through everything fine. The sails are back up. The sun is out. And we should be sailing. :)

  6. I was thinking about you and Honey when I was watching the news yesterday morning. It’ll be interesting to see how the storm impacts you guys. Stay safe.

    When we have bad weather, as long as there aren’t high winds, I get up early and got for a walk – bad weather tires them out more (and me too). I then come home, freshen everyone up, and settle in for some writing and TV watching.

    • Yeah, we didn’t miss a walk either. But one of the things I don’t love about life on a boat is how hard it is to warm up and dry off. We can’t take a shower or just flip on the heat to warm up. There’s lots of condensation so if you get wet you stay wet.

      We need to buy a good set of foul weather gear (and maybe some for Honey too). But I don’t know what it will take to get me to spend hundreds of dollars on gear that’s supposed to keep us dry even in a gale. :)

  7. Stay safe! We just found out it will not be coming close enough to us here in MA! Hooray! Keeping our paws crossed for you!

    • We made it through just fine. The wind wasn’t fun. And the high tides have made it tricky to get on and off the boat. But no one has fallen in yet. :)

  8. You need some good two player games for you and your hubby!
    We recently discovered this one – Pandemic Board Game http://zmangames.com/product-details.php?id=1246

    It’s a two player game but it’s co-op! It’s you and your partner or partners versus the board. :-) I got tired of playing games against my husband and losing.

    • That games looks like fun. But I’m wondering where we’d store the box when we’re not playing it. I chose all our boat games for their compact sizes (banangrams, dominoes, cards). :)

  9. Our pups are pretty used to vegging for long periods of time – we can’t do much out side during the summer.

    Monty and Harlow

  10. I’m crossing fingers that the predictions will hold and you’ll be safe. Storms like that are scary! We rarely get anything that dramatic in Oregon, although we do get our share of rain. I’m already planning to teach myself to knit this winter, so I’ll have something to keep my hands busy when the days are long and wet.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

    • We’ll be heading toward Florida at the end of October. But if I need a cold weather hobby, I’m thinking I should work on some of my knots. :)

      Of course, your idea of knitting at least gives you something to snuggle up in when you’re done. And I bet your pups will join you too. :)

  11. Rain? Hmm, let me think, don’t recall much of that since June. I’d love to see some though in the next week or so. Much more so than the white stuff. 😉

  12. One of the joys of having senior dogs is that they are OK with a day of relaxation every once in a while, so the girls are great. Luke does not do so well with it…there are days I think he never sleeps and I need an endless supply of new toys to entertain him!
    We hope Joaquin goes way around you, and that you don’t get too much bad weather!

    • We lived to sail another day. And we learned all kinds of things about taking down sails in high winds. :)

      I tried hiding treats for Honey to help her get some stimulation on the boat. Does Luke enjoy that game?

      • I’m glad things turned out OK and you stayed safe!

        Luke loves to play the hide the treat game….he is really good at it. We hadn’t played for a while since we’d had so much nice weather, but when we finally got some rain recently, we played again. I’m sure we’ll do a lot of it this winter!

  13. Batten down the hatches!!! Prayers for your safety!

    • Thanks, De. Everyone’s good wishes helped us.

      But we’re feeling terrible for the many people who were affected by the storm. One person’s good news is bad news for someone else.

  14. I have a feeling there will be some serious wet dog smell on boar very soon! Hope the weather isn’t too bad!

    • We’ve become very in tune with the weather. When the rain slowed down we’d hurry up and go outside to walk, play, and do whatever. :)

  15. Veg for sure! If it’s warm enough, I leave the motorhome door open … they lay on their beds and gaze out until eyelids get too heavy. I join them.

    • Sounds like a cozy way to watch the rain outside. I wish we could leave our doors and windows open but we’d probably sink. :)

  16. We’ll be thinking of you in all of the icky weather! I’m glad Honey’s handling it so well. I don’t know if it would work well on the boat or not, but I got some DampRid hanging bags and tubs that pull moisture out of the air because my windows are old and drafty and get condensation all over when this change in weather rolls around–they’ve been awesome at keeping things from feeling damp or smelling musty :)

    • I’ve been curious about the DampRid bags. A lot of people who close their boats up for the winter use them to keep the moisture down. But I’m not sure if it would work so well since we’re constantly adding moisture by breathing. And the boat is such a small space.

      Maybe I’ll see if I can get a deal on a few at this weekend’s boat show and try them out.

      • I got mine for like $4 as an add-on item to an Amazon purchase–I don’t know if it’s easy to order things when you live on a boat, but that’s an option if you do need something on Amazon :)

  17. Stay safe. Happy to hear Honey is handling it so well.

    Rainy days are perfect for indoor training sessions :) We play with balance discs, paw pods, and work on tricks and obedience skills. We’re lucky that we live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of bad weather. Most storms have fizzled out by the time they reach us.

    • We get lots of agility practice on sunny days just getting Honey on and off the boat. But we did try some nose work on the boat while the rain was really coming down.

      It was interesting to see how hard Honey had to work with the confusing air currents on board.

      It’s always good to have some indoor games in your rear pocket, isn’t it? :)

  18. Sleeping in the rain sounds like the way to go. Unfortunately, I’m pet sitting this weekend so I will be out walking in the wind and rain. Stay warm and dry!

  19. Shadow is fine with napping all day; but Ducky gets rambunctious and goes on Zoomies binges. As a matter of fact, it’s getting close to treadmill time. First I have to soak Shadow’s foot in the water & Epsom salts for a few minutes, dry it off, put some Neosporin on it, and then cover it with a clean sock.

    You guys be careful up there! Hurricane or not, Charleston is having local street flooding and all of North Carolina is under a state of emergency. I saw last night that Virginia Beach was pretty soggy already, too.

    • Hope you weren’t so affected by all the rain in your state.

      We came through just fine. Unfortunately, many didn’t.

      That’s the terrible thing about bad weather. One person’s good fortune is another person’s disaster.

  20. Thinking about all three of you! Stay safe!

  21. Look after yourselves!