Honey won’t swim.
But so far she has ridden in kayaks, been on ferries, cruised on river boats and now, she has sailed.
How did she like it?
Let’s check the photographic evidence.
Honey the Sailing Dog
We saw a little bit of this:
And we saw a little bit of this:
And the next evening, we even saw a little bit of this:
I’ve looked at dozens of pictures and only see relaxed ears, a soft mouth, and a sleepy dog.
Looks like we’re successful in expanding Honey’s comfort zone with new things.
And now I need to give thanks where it’s due.
It Takes a Village to Sail a Dog…
When I first cooked up the scheme of sailing as a family, I knew Honey would find it tough.
We got help from a local trainer, Russ Hollier, who taught us how to make slow and steady progress in building Honey’s confidence.
The first time we met with Russ, Honey was afraid to walk on a ramp lying flat on the ground. Now look what she can do:
After months of using agility equipment to simulate the motion of sailing, how would she would handle the noise of a gybe or the heeling of a boat? And who could we convince to allow a sweet but steadily shedding dog on their boat?
Amy Burkert directed me to her article on dog-friendly Provincetown on the Take Paws blog at Go Pet Friendly. And there I found out about Captain Ro and Dog Gone Sailing Charters.
Yes, a charter captain who loves dogs! And who is willing to invite dogs aboard! Hallelujah.
We had a beautiful half day sail on Tuesday followed by a lovely sunset sail on Wednesday. Captain Ro, First Mate Silvie, and canine crew member, Mini Mate, were very welcoming and we had a wonderful time.
Thank you to each of you for helping us take another step toward our dream.