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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

So, Jereme and I were just chatting about how we have “ALL” now fallen off the dinghy at least once. And by all, I mean Oliver included. :((

Yup, we had a doggie overboard incident the other day!

You see, Oliver really really really likes to stand on the wee edge of the dinghy (the very tippy top of the outer edge where he shouldn’t ever sit or stand). It’s a battle we are always fighting since he constantly jumps up there and we constantly yell at him to come down. It’s like a merry-go-round of Oliver teetering on the edge.


^^we wouldn’t mind if he just put his paws up like this, but he literally gets all four up on the dinghy edge and tries to balance himself.^^

The other day as we were dinghying over to snorkel the mermaid-piano sculpture, Oliver finally slipped and fell off the dinghy after trying to stand on the edge in choppy waves.

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

The good news is that Jereme and I have discussed our “Oliver overboard” protocol at length and Jer knew to immediately shut off the dinghy engine. We have always said if Oliver falls off, he could quite possibly fall out AND under the dinghy, and the last thing we would want to do is run him over with the engine. While I was yelling “engine off, engine off, engine off,” luckily Jereme had already turned off the engine and I was able to somehow snag a handful of fur on Oliver’s head and hold him towards the front of the dinghy before he slipped under. Oliver’s not the world’s best swimmer, although we’ve seen him hold his own on occasion. We quickly pulled him back into the dink and had a firm “talking to” with him about “staying inside” (aka not standing on the edge of the dinghy). Regardless, our sopping wet poodle was quite proud of himself and happily wagging his soaked squirrel tail immediately after re-boarding the dink. Typical. ;))


^^this is usually as far as Oliver likes to go…chest deep, no more.^^

Speaking of things going overboard, we’ve also started a running log of everything we’ve dropped into the ocean. Here’s where we’re at so far and I’m sure this list will continue to grow on our travels…

  • A brand new LED flashlight (never recovered)
  • Jereme’s iPhone (recovered but no longer works)
  • Our grill insert (never recovered)
  • 2 allen wrenches (never recovered)
  • Several cans of food (never recovered)
  • 1 stuffed pig dog toy (never recovered)
  • 1 stuffed bunny dog toy (recovered via dinghy)
  • 1 stuffed squirrel dog toy (recovered via dinghy after noticing several seagulls dive bombing it)
  • 1 pair of prescription sunglasses (recovered via snorkel thank god!!!)

Side note, we just peeked at the price of a case of Budlight here in George Town today.  Any guesses on the going rate for a case?????

Well, a single case is $52!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, fifty-two.


Whoa! That’s insane. So glad we brought 312 cans of bud light from Naples (that would be 13 cases if you are doing the math)…although our supply is starting to run thin. :(((

Oh and we sorta got our wifi situation fixed. A little.

We took our SIM card over to the Batelco office here in George Town and had them cut it to fit the iPad instead of the stupid MiFi mobile hotspot device that only supports the 2G network. So at long last, we are now rocking 3G wifi on one device. Yippee!!!!

Happy Tuesday!

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Erkko RuohoniemiMay 20, 2014 - 6:39 am

Hi, thanks for the great blog. Sailing with a dog myself, I was wondering whether you have a life vest for Oliver? We have a cocker spaniel which is regarded as a good swimmer but we never leave the dock without putting his vest on. Cool winds to you guys!

Kelley - Sailing ChanceMay 20, 2014 - 6:56 pm

I can honestly say I’ve never fallen off the dinghy (yet), but I have definitely jumped off the dock after both dogs when they misjudged the distance between the boat and the dock. The things we do for them!

Uncle PaulMay 23, 2014 - 1:30 am

Kim. $52 for beer. In Canada we call that “on sale”. As a good Canadian would say. 52 dollars for beer. The the joy it brings………… Priceless. You can always forego breakfast for a month.
Glad Ollie is fine. Like father like son, sort of. Hope Ollie didn’t lose his barkberry in the drink like the captain !!!

LAHOWINDMay 23, 2014 - 4:05 am

Lol!!! Yes, very true. That’s a discount for our Canadian friends + family. 😉 I almost forgot about the “beer store” and LCBO. Talk about culture shock for us Americans. -Kim

BillMay 24, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Have you tried a tether on Oliver? We have a short one that we carabiner off to the handles on our dink and then to our dog, Riley’s life vest or harness. Keeps him in the boat, though he does still try to climb up on the tube 😉