Quincys' love for her routine.

You know, the life of a boat dog is stressful.  You never know if you’re prepping for sea or settling into shore life.  Do I do my business on the mat or wait for my owners to take me out?  Do I hope that they’ll take me on a dinghy ride to shore or am I jumping right off the dock?  Am I going to be heeled over to one side for endless hours in the cockpit or will my home be fairly stable for the night?  Leash, no leash?  So many things to contemplate!

As best I can tell, my owners have given up on the whole sailing thing so I’m maximizing my time here on shore.  Every morning I go for long walks for exercise and of course, to take care of my business – SO much better than trying to aim for that mat on a rocking boat!  I’ve tried to make friends with the locals, but they don’t seem to want to play.  Bummer, because I finally found some friends just about my size.

For the rest of the day, I close my eyes and ponder the deeper meaning of life, what my Thanksgiving doggie dinner will consist of and how to maximize the space on this boat….until the smells come from the galley – DINNERTIME!  They’ll surely need me to sample their food for safety!

I’m enjoying the predictable routine here in my neighborhood.  The temperature has cooled down which means I sometimes sneak down below and snooze on the couch.  I’m gone by morning, so there’s no drama.  There’s no room on the floor anymore because of something called the “exhaust repair” that my humans keep talking about, so I have to make due with comfy spaces as I find them – survival, you know?  I don’t know how much longer I’ll be a land lubber, but no complaints here.  Life is good – wishing you all a happy Sunday!

This post was written by Quincy the Great Dane with help from the HelmsMistress.  All photo credit goes to the HelmsMistress.

We (family and Great Dane) live on a cruising sailboat in the Sea of Cortez, but are still stuck waiting on our exhaust project to be finished.  We’re frustrated but careful still about deadlines, schedules and hurry.  These are the enemies of conservative weather prediction and safety.  So we sit here, waiting!  Once our system is finished and sea trialed, the festivity will commence and we head south to Central America as we continue to explore as a family.

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