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Pooping in Paradise

Jereme and I regularly laugh about how this whole cruising adventure is one big exotic potty break for Oliver. To every new island we sail, we are constantly scouting the best “toilets” for Oliver. It’s become a sad running joke between the two of us.

You know how they say cruising is really just “fixing boats in exotic places?” (That is true btw.) Well, we would also add that cruising with pets is mostly just “letting your dog poop in exotic places.”

Seriously. It is. ;))

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^^Look at that face. One happy little beach poodle.^^

Oliver has done his business on more beautiful beaches than the average person will ever even see in their lifetime.

He has also probably swallowed more sand than I would prefer. :(((

And caked bucket-loads of said sand onto his poodle velcro fur, thus requiring dog baths on the regular.

There have been wild donkey and deer encounters on some of these exotic beaches, plenty of pointy sea grass prickers collected in his poor paws, and a few tense moments trying to land our dinghy on some serious wave-breaking shorelines.

And as much as I’m sure that sounds like a chore to most (as opposed to say simply opening the back door of your house and letting the dog out), for us it’s been honestly some of our most favorite memories made on this trip.

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Every single day of this little life afloat of ours, we start with the same exact routine…taking Oliver to shore.

This is our usual three (or more) times a day task-a-roo. And it’s not as terribly painful as you might think. Our routine pretty much goes down the exact same way each and every time…

Jereme gets into the dinghy.

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Then, I do the old fashioned poodle hand-off, demonstrated below. ;))

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Oliver is well-versed in this little maneuver and has no problem being lifted, dead weight style, off and over the side of the boat and into Jereme’s waiting hands.

And then we make a beeline to the closest beach for Oliver to take care of business. He usually swan dives off the front of the dink as soon as it comes close enough to land. He would prefer not to swim in, but sometimes he miscalculates his jump to land ratio and ends up about knee-deep in water.

Oliver also pretty much always manages to get smothered in sand during these trips to shore. For him, potty breaks clearly = play time, and hence the sand smothering. This is more likely to happen when we are on a really gorgeous sandy beach. Oliver’s no dummy, he prefers running wild and free along a powdery white sand beach over a rocky one any day. But he’ll take what he can get.

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And if there’s a stick anywhere along the way, he will certainly find it!

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We always try and squeeze in a good bit of playtime for Oliver while we’re on land. I mean, being the best dog ever, he totally deserves it! ;))

But usually, he gets pretty darn messy in the process. We try our hardest to get as much sand off his poodle velcro as possible before dinghying back to the boat.

Most of the time Oliver’s paws are soaked with saltwater after a quick rant along the shore. So, as soon as we get back from taking Oliver, I rinse his paws with fresh water. (And sometimes, he’s such a mess that he requires a full blown bath.)

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We’ve found that saltwater logged doggie paws simply do not dry. The saltwater causes major irritation and results in Oliver chewing his paws into oblivion if left untreated. Our fresh water rinse has really helped combat the issue for him.

And that’s really our typical routine with Oliver.

I really can’t even imagine not taking our cute poodlepants off the boat for bathroom breaks and fun rendezvous on land. I mean, what kind of life is that for a dog? Yes, it would be great if Oliver knew how to “go” on the boat as a last resort during long passages, but the fact that he doesn’t isn’t the end of the world.

Cruising with Oliver has (more often than not) required us to launch the dinghy when we would be too lazy to do so, explore more off-the-beaten-path beaches than most, and allowed us to enjoy it all with our favorite furry family member in tow.

Oh, and we’ve amassed a serious sea glass collection in the process while waiting for him to do his business. So there’s that. ;))

Wanna know more about Oliver and his “boat dog” lifestyle? You can find all the deets >> here!<<

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Jeremiah & BrittanyFebruary 20, 2015 - 3:52 am

We love how positive your posts are! What a great outlook on life and it’s little joys!! We look forward to walking our little pups on the same beaches next year!

BillFebruary 20, 2015 - 1:55 pm

My dog, Riley, is the same way! Just can’t wait to get to shore. He usually finds a blown out flip flop amongst the weed line and insists on playing with it. So we’ve dubbed him the “finder of lost soles”. Crazy dogs…

PaigeFebruary 21, 2015 - 12:46 am

2 paws up on that blog post from Winnie. =)

Kelley - Sailing ChanceFebruary 21, 2015 - 1:59 pm

BEEN THERE! Riley’s favorite is to roll around in the sand making sure he gets sand in every possible place! But, how happy Dewey and Riley are running around on the beach make the whole cruising thing worth it :)

Caribbean Weekly Wrap UpMarch 6, 2015 - 12:57 pm

[…] Pooping in Paradise: You know how they say cruising is really just “fixing boats in exotic places?” (That is true btw.) Well, we would also add that cruising with pets is mostly just “letting your dog poop in exotic places.” -Story by LahoWind […]

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Boat Life Lately. According to my iPhone.

Life lately has been a big mix of hustling to pack in as much sight seeing fun as humanly possible with visitors on board, along with a decent chunk of total utter relaxation and not doing a thing in between sets of visitors. A nice little balance, if I do say so myself.

After running around BVI and USVI with family for two awesome weeks, we spent the past week kicking back in Christmas Cove, St. Thomas (awaiting our next round of visitors).

Here our a few of our most recent iPhone photos (all posted over on Instagram of course)!

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Tuesday Tell-Tales.

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Yup, just another regular joy of life afloat. Commercial laundry facilities, driers in particular, are not always the most reliable. And hence, we oftentimes find ourselves schlepping back a few loads of clean, yet wet laundry…that needs drying!

We hang as much as we can on the lifelines around the exterior of the boat (it obviously dries way faster in the sun and wind), but when we run out of exterior space and/or clothespins for our clothing and linens, what’s leftover ends up down below.

Now, this is the glamorous side of cruising!

I kid, I kid.

I know I’m guilty myself of posting mostly only the glossiest (is that even a word?) and prettiest photos on the blog, but deep down, I want to remember and document it all. The good, the bad, and the hilarious. You know, celebrate the everyday.

And having to dodge wet undies as you walk through the sailboat cabin is hilarious in my book. :)))

I must admit, we’ve worked out a perfect clothesline system, even inside. We simply use our favorite paracord (I wrote about it and some of our other most overlooked yet beloved items on the boat >> here <<) and string it up from one mounted hook to another. Open a few hatches/windows to get a good breeze blowing through the cabin and you’ll have dry undies in no time!

Okay enough about wet undies, guess what we’re up to this week? Yup, more awesome visitors! We are prepping for Jer’s parents, who arrive later this week! Yippee!!!

And we are cranking out a few loads of laundry, making sure the boat is spick and span, and grabbing some fresh groceries in town. And each of those small tasks takes about a day each to complete. Lol. Life on a boat, I tell ya.

Happy Tuesday!

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Caribbean.

Felicia KasFebruary 17, 2015 - 12:27 pm

I freaking love this!!! Way to show all aspects of the journey! Don’t get me wrong through, your beach photos are exquisite.

LISA YOUNGFebruary 17, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Hope you guys have a perfect week with Jereme’s mom and dad!!!! See all the sights you can and enjoy everything.

Bath time.

Visiting the Baths is a total must-do here in the BVI. I’m sure I’m the nine millionth cruiser to post about the famous boulder/water hike on Virgin Gorda, but hell it’s just that neat!

But don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with any tips on when to go, how to get there, etcetera etcetera because there are plenty of others out there who’ve got that covered. Instead, I’m just going to tell you that we absolutely loved it! LOVED it!

Sadly, my GoPro did not love the hike as much as we did and just kept fogging over as we roamed about the massive rock formations.

I’m not sure what exactly has gotten into my fav underwater camera companion, but my GoPro has just been the pits lately. The waterproof housing has begun to fog like no other as soon as I take the camera out into the elements. It’s so bizarre. I’ve cleaned it. Dried it. And still, fog. Ugh. If anyone has a good solution for this annoying issue, pretty please let me know.

Luckily, a kind German lady on the beach let me use her towel to clean my GoPro housing (after we had swam to shore directly from the boat) before we entered The Baths. And it worked okay for a little while, but of course began fogging up again mid-baths. Talk about annoying.

Anyhoo, here are some of the shots (and VIDEO!!!) I salvaged from our fog-o-riffic camera. And it’s all from two separate trips to The Baths…in case you’re wondering why I have a change of bikini throughout the vid. Lol. But seriously, check out this awesome tourist spot if you go the the BVI’s! It’s really a neat place to see!

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ScottFebruary 16, 2015 - 1:26 am

I’ve had times when the gopro starts fogging up. Not sure why but I use these. http://amzn.com/B009QXFFYS. Do you get amazon prime delivery there?? Great video. Love reading the blog. Heading to the baths this June. I’ll bring you some anti fog strips then if you haven’t gotten them yet :)

chris knocheFebruary 16, 2015 - 2:51 pm

I get a bang out of anyone that uses the word “anyhoo”. Guaranteed they are fun people! Lol!

KateFebruary 22, 2015 - 2:29 am

Have you guys checked these out? http://www.tribord.co.uk/content/easybreath-snorkeling-mask

I’ve heard some pretty amazing things, thinking about getting one myself. Thought I’d share!

Indian Snork!

Fluttering sea fans. Colorful coral gardens. And boatloads of fish swimming on by. If you like snorkeling, then you’ll love the Indians!

Our current count stands at three separate trips to the Indians. Yup, three.

We did a quick tour of the popular snorkel site (just outside of Norman Island) ourselves before deciding it was definitely worth bringing others back to see. Stops two and three occurred when we had Jer’s cousin and sister aboard earlier this month. And although this is one of the more popular charter stops for most vacationers in the area, honestly, even after three visits, I would go for my fourth in a heart beat.

It’s been super easy to grab a mooring ball, jump in, and swim over to the reef to check out all the underwater action and sea life living around the four protruding rocks known as The Indians. Our highlights so far have been a massive permit fish, a small shark, and plenty of interesting tropical fish we had never seen until now.

Of course, I toted along the good ole GoPro for some underwater footage of our snorkeling adventures…

And, holy smokes, we even got our short snork video to upload and actually make it through the red tape over at Vimeo! Hooray!!!

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Tim barberFebruary 13, 2015 - 3:54 pm

If you have an active blog sending to email would u please enroll me. Thank u

Jesse K on SmittyFebruary 17, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Did you check out the caves while in that area?

If not, its worth a return trip. Anchor in the Bight and then take the dink around the point and there are some great caves to snorkel.

Chartering in that area is what inspired us to do it full time. Can’t wait to get there on our own boat.

Fair winds,

Jesse

DeeFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:29 am

Same as previous comment. If you have an active blog sending to an email, please add me.