It’s not unusual for boats around here to have four-legged crew members. Most are dogs, rarely there’s a cat, and more rarely there are both. Thus, we’re not surprised to see a considerable amount of advice on the Internet as to how to handle a canine sailor when at sea.

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This includes what to do if Fang or Fluffy slips or jumps overboard, which apparently happens more that one would think. Getting a wet, rapidly peddling dog back into a boat, especially in a choppy (or worse) sea, can be very difficult and dangerous.

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Necessity being the mother of invention, there are now canine life vests that supply added pet buoyancy and have handles that can be grasped or hooked. (Brooklin, Maine)