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Happy Halloween!

We  had a Halloween get-together at Sunset Bay Marina today.  Sailor was the only dog wearing a costume.  I got there late and told Sailor to pose for a picture.  With all the distractions going on around him, he saw the camera, sat up and posed.

IMG_0982Eventually he fell asleep with his head on Mark’s foot.  We didn’t tell him his butt looks big in his costume.

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Sailor’s First Doodle Romp

Occasionally the Moss Creek Goldendoodles who live in the same area get together for a “romp.”  Today we went to the Delray Beach Dog Park, about an hour south of Stuart, to meet with nine other Moss Creek Goldendoodles, aka McDoodles, and a few non-doodle brothers and sisters.  These were the romping doodles:  Smoochie, Harlii, Barkley, Cadee, Cassie, Ozzy, Henry, LoLa, Sailor, and Sunnie.

This was Sailor’s first romp and he had a great time, although he started out white and ended up black and white, covered with dog saliva, mulch, and dirt.  It is a huge dog park and of course we were in the large dog area, with Sailor being the only puppy.  Sailor is fearless and spent a good part of his time rolling in the mulch with other young playful dogs, some doodles and some not.  Most of the doodles tended to stay near their people, but a few were enjoying the freedom of running off-leash.  After several hours, we drove a few miles to the Village Tavern Restaurant in Boynton Beach for lunch.  Below are some pictures from our first romp. At the bottom of this post is a slide show with more photos.

LUNCH AT VILLAGE GREEN IN BOYNTON BEACH

The white doodle at the far left is Harlii, Sailor’s uncle.  The white doodle at the center front is Smoochie, Sailor’s aunt. All of the other doodles are from Moss Creek and a few have the same father as Sailor, Bentley.

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DELRAY BEACH DOG PARK

Uncle Harlii with nephew Sailor

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Someone smaller than me!

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This is why he got so dirty……but boy was it fun!Sailor 1

Why is Sailor the only dirty one?

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IMG_3536Eventually, Sailor found a bench to sit on so he could rest and watch the other dogs “romping.”

Slideshow pictures below.  If they don’t change automatically, use arrows on the side to move manually.

Sailor’s First Beach Walk

Mark and I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and their forecast for the next two weeks is snow with lows in the 20’s. It appears they might get an early winter this year. Seasons in Florida are changing too.  When we first moved aboard the boat five years ago we were getting a car to rent and were picked up by a Hertz employee.  While talking to him about the weather he informed us that, “There are two seasons in Florida……hot and damn hot.”  We are now entering the “hot” season, with “damn hot” hopefully almost over. Today seemed like a good day to take Sailor for his first beach walk. Unlike Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, almost all the beaches in this part of Florida allow dogs and there are a number of designated “dog beaches” where they can go off leash.

Stuart Beach is just six miles from the marina. After we parked and made our way towards the water, Sailor seemed quite interested.  He had never walked in sand before and on the wide beach that’s about all he saw at first.  He was straining, obviously wanting to run across the sand, but we had no intention of removing his leash.

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For his first ocean beach experience, we probably should have gone to nearby Bathtub Beach, where there is a reef that keeps the waves off shore. Unfortunately, today the waves on Stuart Beach were a bit high and the tide was coming in.  We connected a long training leash to his harness and waited to see his reaction.  Sailor is always curious about new things and he stood at the edge of the water looking out at the ocean, not knowing that the edge would soon change.

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And then it did and he wasn’t quite so curious anymore. As the water came towards him, Sailor ran backwards while Mark let out some of the leash.

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Not wanting to scare him, we walked along the beach for awhile staying away from the water’s edge.  Eventually, two off leash dogs came by and Sailor got curious again. They played for a little while and then the dogs continued their walk.

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Daisy’s first beach experience was along the coast of Lake Superior and those waves scared her.  Eventually, she learned to love walking on the beach and I’m sure Sailor will too.  He has a lot of them in his future.

Weekend With Sailor

Sailor had his last puppy shots on Wednesday and on Saturday we decided to take him out to dinner with us and then to his first visit to the Stuart Bark Park. Below, Sailor waited for Mark to set up his ramp. He always sits patiently until we say “OK” and then he is allowed to walk  down the ramp to the dock below. IMG_3387During previous car rides, Sailor has been a bit unsteady sitting or standing on the back seat.  We bought him a “hammock” and this was his first ride in it. There are openings for seat belts, therefore he can still have his seat belt harness locked in. Yes, he is getting bigger and can now see out the car windows.  He weighed 23 pounds at his vet visit on Wednesday.

IMG_3403This was his third visit to Toojay’s and once again he behaved perfectly.  He slept under the table while we ate and when we were finished he sat and waited while we got ready to leave.

IMG_3392After dinner, we walked next door to West Marine to buy some hose for our new washdown pump.  West Marine allows dogs in the store, especially ones as well behaved as Sailor.

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Next we went to the dog park.  We brought him into the  “little dog area” but he seemed to want to be in the “big dog area” on the other side of the fence. Actually, the little dogs felt that way too, either barking at him or refusing to play. They were nice dogs but weren’t interested in rolling around on the ground with a puppy.  Perhaps there needs to be a “puppy area.”

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IMG_0972More fun was in store for Sailor on Sunday.  We had been in contact with another Moss Creek Goldendoodle family who live near us in Palm City.  We met Marilynn, Ray, and Smoochie at the Downtown Stuart Craft Show, a short walk from the marina.  Smoochie is the sister of Sailor’s father, Bentley, so today he met his aunt.  It took a long time to walk through the show because we had to stop every few feet for people to admire and ask questions about Smoochie and Sailor (aka Mini-Me).  We met quite a few other dogs, including several Goldendoodles.  One, named Max, turned out to be another “relative” from Moss Creek.  Stuart is a very dog friendly town.

We met in the park near the marina and Aunt Smoochie had to explain to Sailor, with a few barks, that she wasn’t interested in puppy play.  Eventually they calmed down for a picture and we walked to the craft show.

IMG_3441One of the dogs we met at the fair was another Moss Creek Goldendoodle named Max. By next summer, Sailor will be the size of Max who is much bigger than he appears in this picture.

IMG_3447After a fun time, and four new scarves for Sailor purchased from one of the venders, we headed back on the boardwalk.  When we got to the boat, an exhausted Sailor slept for the rest of the day. As a boat dog, Sailor will be meeting many new people as well as lots of dogs, and this weekend he showed us that he is up for the challenge.

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Introducing First Mate Sailor Doodle

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On July 24, 2013, our wonderful dog Daisy Doodle died.  You can read about her here. At first we didn’t know if we would get another dog while living aboard the boat.  However, after realizing that Daisy was a big part of all of our cruising adventures, we decided to start looking for a puppy.  We visited the local animal shelter and most of the dogs were pit bull mixes.  Nearby rescues didn’t have any Goldendoodle puppies available. Eventually we found a breeder in Florida, Moss Creek Goldendoodles.  We called Kelli, the owner, and she told us there were two puppies available.  We found out later that this is highly unusual since most of their puppies are taken before the litters are even born.  They do temperament testing on the puppies at six weeks and as soon as she had done this, she chose which puppy would be best for our living conditions.  The other available puppy went to a family with children.  We wanted to give him a nautical name and chose Sailor.
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We got to see him when he was eight weeks old.  Moss Creek does not allow visitors until then because they are worried about the puppies getting Parvo.  We fell in love but did not take him home right away.  We decided to leave him there for another month to live with a trainer and attend “Boot Camp.”  When we picked him up on September 7th he was very calm and well behaved.  He was housebroken, walked nicely on a loose leash, was on a schedule that matched ours, was crate trained, and knew the basic obedience commands.  He sits for everything: before he eats, before he goes outside or comes in, when someone wants to pet him during his walks, before he goes in his crate, etc.
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Of course, a very important thing for a boat dog to learn is to “go potty” on the deck.  Daisy would never do this.  It’s rarely needed as we can almost always take him for walks ashore, but there are times when we must sail overnight or can’t get ashore due to weather or not finding a beach near an anchorage.  Sailor was already trained to ring a bell when he needed to go outside.  We took him on his leash to the front of the boat where we had placed a piece of artificial grass on one of the trampolines.  By the end of the first day, he was “going” there.  We also take him for four walks a day, after each meal and before he goes to sleep at night.  In between, he uses the boat, since puppies “go” a lot.
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Sailor is turning out to be more than we hoped for in a new member of our family.  We will always miss Daisy but are so happy to have Sailor onboard with us.