13 March 2007
Dogs 'n' Cats
Eli recently wrote a piece about the Dogs of the BVI, coming soon to Netflix and/or late night TV. That got me wondering, when did the shift happen from boat cats to boat dogs? When I was a kid, my Dad's boats always had cats. His friends' boats had cats. I remember seeing cats at marinas.
Now, I'm old and have a boat. And the darned marina is littered with Dogs. The liveaboard across from me has a mutt; my next slip neighbor has a lab of some sort. The guy down the way has a dog that he sails with. And if you look closely at this picture that I affectionately call "Giver Upper 400", you'll see a Westie in a doggie-PFD.
Hell, I even have a dog...Cairn Terrier above walking my kids.
I have one theory. Cats just are dumb animals. Case in point, my Mom used to throw their cat overboard whenever it did business in the salon. Hey, it was the 60s people were mean then. So, my parents divorce, my Dad must have lost and had to keep the cat. First time he sees the cat do business, he goes to pick him up, but the cat is too quick, but luckily not too smart, he immediately hurled himself overboard. Pavlov's Cat goes to Sea.