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Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Ian Bas­ton Bris­tol

Even as a non dog-own­ing sailor I was in­ter­ested to read the ar­ti­cles on Seadogs (PBO Sum­mer 2018). How­ever I feel that some own­ers do need to have more con­sid­er­a­tion of other sailors when it comes to the mat­ter of ca­nine toi­let train­ing.

Over three nights on the off­shore pon­toon at Dale in July we wit­nessed a dog be­ing walked up and down and uri­nat­ing on a fixed cleat: very un­hy­gienic for the next un­sus­pect­ing sailor us­ing this cleat for his lines. And we woke one morn­ing to find a lit­tle present on the pon­toon. Once again, re­ally un­hy­gienic for the next ar­rivals jump­ing onto the pon­toon and find­ing them­selves ‘in the poo’.

The vast ma­jor­ity of sail­ing dog own­ers are con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers, but I’m sure we’d all ap­pre­ci­ate it if own­ers pre­vented them from con­tam­i­nat­ing pon­toons and equip­ment that’s go­ing to be han­dled by oth­ers.

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