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The Intrepid Seadog
The salty adventures of a canine first mate
The seadog goes to sea
Windy and rocky and rolly
05/17/2008, West End, Grand Bahama

Land Ho! I don't know why the Captain said this but she got excited and seemed happier than she had been all day.

For some strange reason, we left in the middle of the night. There was a big orange moon in the sky behind us over the city. Pretty soon the boat was not so good for sleeping - which, hey, is what I do at night. I couldn't figure out why we left a perfectly good sleeping place and went out into the ocean where sails flapped, the motor roared and I had trouble sleeping.

After the sun came up the boat started to roll some more. I tried to make myself comfortable on top of the Captain's white sweatshirt. You can tell from the look on my face in the photo that it wasn't all that comfortable. Pretty soon my tummy didn't feel so good. As a dog, I know what the solution for that one is. Brrrrrup, brrrrup, bwwwap. After that I felt so much better, but the Captain was making her mean face when she pulled her white sweatshirt out from under me. I was glad she took it away because that big pool of yellow stuff was making it hard for me to get comfortable. I just shifted over to her nice soft towel.

My tummy didn't make any more funny noises, but I couldn't sleep well, and I wasn't really hungry even when the Captain offered me cheese. Now that's something! So when the Captain started running around on the deck, taking the sail down and getting out dock lines, I figured it was a good thing - because now I really had to pee.

This new place has good smells and lots of grass but I was mostly happy that the boat stopped moving around and I could go to sleep.

May the wind always be full of good smells!

Chip

05/23/2008 | Pat Rufino
Hey, Chip, you write really well. Next time the captain gets writer's block maybe you can help her out...or better still why don't you write your own book....
Getting Ready at Cooley's Landing
Hot in the sun, cool in the shade
05/07/2008, On the New River, Fort Lauderdale

Hi there and welcome to my world. My name is Chip and I am a seadog. I live aboard the Talespinner with the Captain. We're getting ready for our big voyage to the Bahamas, and I think we're gonna be leaving pretty soon. Sometimes I get nervous that I'm not going to get to go - like when the engine starts up. It makes lots of noise and I run and hide in the forepeak.

The Captain and I brought the boat up to this cool marina on a river. There's lots of grass and big trees with squirrels and pigeons. Any time I go ashore, I run really fast and clear them out with one bark. They take off like, well, squirrels and pigeons. It's awesome.

The captain is getting ready to take off to go buy more stuff. I sleep while she's gone. Then when she comes back and starts putting away all the groceries and parts, I have to supervise. I especially have to watch where she puts the doggy treats!

May the wind always be full of good smells!

Chip

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