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October 2008

November Winds On A Dock in Maine

Wow -- some weather in the Northeast today. At least we haven't had snow. Some parts of Maine may see 60 knots of wind tonight -- NOT my favorite kind of day on the dock. 

It is time for us to begin winter preparations. I've gone to the storage locker twice so far, bringing home warmer clothing, hats and gloves, and cleats. The docks can get slippery long before we need boots and falling into the harbor would be a bad thing. Stew has ordered the plastic for the cover. We will shrink wrap shortly before or after Thanksgiving. Before that we will turn La Luna so she faces north into the direction of the prevalent winds of the season. We had hoped for one last sail, but the weather hasn't cooperated. So, now we get ready for winter, plan indoor projects and deck work under the cover on nice days. There is a danger of "cocooning" getting so comfortable below that we don't venture out except for work and errands. Some winters, we have done too much boat work and had no fun. This year I will plan for one event each month and look for other little things we can do for fun. Time to plan for winter. Are you ready?


Good-by to Jake, Sailing Dog


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The week before Labor Day, we had a nice -- now bittersweet -- vacation after which summer ended for us. 

Our beloved dog, Jake, was put to rest one week after our return. He was twelve; he was less active during our trip and it was apparent that this would be his last sailing vacation. The effort to get from dinghy to boat was simply too hard and he no longer easily tolerated the heeling of the boat on brisk sails. 

Three vet visits in a week confirmed canine bone cancer -- a death sentence. Stew had to make the final call as I was unable to do so. Knowing that this was the right choice for Jake did not make it an easy choice for us. 

 September 9 was the end of summer for us. We have wonderful memories of Jake on the boat, in the dinghy, and on many beaches in Maine. He was just over 12 years old and still full of love with an appetite as big as the world. Prior to the final visit to the vet Stew stopped at Reds Dairy Bar and presented Jake with a large dish of soft serve. Then, our long time veterinarian, Linda Bond, and four other vets and techs who knew Jake joined us in saying good-by and in giving him hugs and dog cookies. He went peacefully and with much love.

Jake was our friend and companion, our mascot, and just the best dog. Jake was the trainer’s “teacher’s pet” in obedience school, he was the favorite dog on the FedEx driver’s route, and he was the greatest walking buddy in the world. He loved his family, the vet, the kennel, power boats, kids, babies, belly rubs, going to work, the Great Island Boatyard crew, cookies, and “the big munch” – not necessarily in that order. He took care of his family, welcomed visitors, enjoyed new adventures and respected tradition. He repelled possible borders at sea, kept an eye out for seals and whales, assisted on the foredeck, and “vacuumed” the galley and dining area. He made us smile, gave us comfort when we were sad or ill, and frequently made us laugh out loud. He gave lots of wet kisses, painless nose nibbles, and unconditional love to all. When Jake came into our lives as a young adult dog, he just wanted a loving home. We did our best to provide that. He did his best always. We will miss him.