Turbo - Giant Schnauzer (dog)
Name: Pat Thompson
Boat name: Maratime II
Boat model: Nordhavn 46
Years cruising with pet: Two years part time
Scariest moment: Taking her for a pee late one dark night and she fell between the boat and the dock. I caught her neck collar and hauled up the 115 lb dog, almost killed myself. It could have been a horrible accident, but it taught me a lesson to be prepared and don't take the exit from your boat for granted.
Most treasured memory: Taking him aboard the dingy and heading into a secluded area for a walk.
Unexpected/unanticipated difficulties: If your dog is not groomed and clipped, when she swims she can come back and make a big mess aboard.
Unexpected/unanticipated joys: Their company when I'm alone on the boat.
Worst thing about traveling with pets: They can be a distraction when you are trying to concentrate.
Best thing about traveling with pets: Seeing her up at the bow as I steer the boat from the wheel house.
Advice: Purchase a proper retractable aluminum ramp. When you cruise you have no control where you may end up docking - be ready for anything. Also, if you have a big dog, make sure you carry a harness as I've had to use the boom a few times to get her on board. Too bad I didn't think to take a picture of that one.