DIY Dog Grooming

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

One big worry about cruising with a dog is what to do about grooming. Eleven years with a “poodle-ish” mix has taught us quite a bit about DIY grooming . . . and it’s really not hard!

Boat Dog Food

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

I am not an expert on dog food. But I can tell you what we’re using and why we like it.

Getting a Bahamas Pet Permit

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Step by step instructions to get a Bahamas pet import permit, which your furry friend needs in order to accompany you

Protect the Kids & Pups: Lifeline Netting

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Kid boats and dog boats . . . lifeline netting adds a bit of safety to both. A few notes on installing it and where to get the best price on the netting.

Finding a Great Dog Sitter in a New City

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Need a dog sitter but haven’t found the perfect one? DogVacay offers personalized care so you can get just what your furry family member needs!

Paz’s Amazing Recovery

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Paz is recovering amazingly well, doing more and more every day. Here’s an update with lots of photos for everyone who has been asking

One Tough Cookie

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Our dog, Paz, was seriously injured Sunday night. Her chances for complete recovery look good, but it’ll take a while. In the meantime, I’m behind on everything!

A Dog-Friendly Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Got a boat dog? A few simple things will help them be more sure footed on the boat. Help them feel comfortable and avoid injuries.

Flying with a Small Dog

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

If you cruise very far from home, it’s likely that some day you’ll have to fly home. And you’ll want to take your dog with you. Here’s what we’ve learned about flying with small dogs.

Cat Litter on a Boat

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Less smell, less mess and less to store . . . Tidy Cats Breeze system might be the answer for “cat boats”

Boat Dogs & Separation Anxiety

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Got a dog who hates being left alone on the boat? That was Cathy’s problem. I asked for tips on TBG’s Facebook page and got lots of good suggestions.

Dog Treats – DIY

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

The whole concept of “companion dog” is foreign in many places — there, dogs are for work and security. So it’s sometimes hard to find treats — or you may just want to know what they’re eating or avoid certain ingredients. It’s easy to make your own!

Gamma Seal Lids

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Need a large air- and watertight storage container? Keep dog food, cat litter, spare baking supplies and more in heavy-duty buckets and storage bins, yet easily accessible with Gamma Lids.

Cat Aboard!

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

I’m not an expert on cats at all. But thanks to a reader, I now have answers for a couple of the most frequently asked questions, including the best way to store their food.

Dogs on Boats 101

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

A few things to think about if you’re considering taking Rover on the boat, whether for an afternoon or a lifetime.

Tick Removal

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If your dog — or you — ever picks up a tick, this little tool is by far the easiest and safest way to get rid of it!

Water Bottle for a Small Dog

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Dogs need water bottles for hikes and shore excursions, too! Here’s a simple way to make one for small dogs — and it’s almost free!

Pets & Storms

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

As you’re planning for the safety of your boat and yourself, don’t forget the furry crew members! A few tips for them, too . . .

A Sure-Footed Dinghy Dog

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

An inexpensive way to give your dog sure footing for dinghy rides . . . and end those unplanned swims!

Training a Dog to Be a “Boat Dog”

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Want to take your dog aboard your cruising boat? Don’t want to be obligated to take it ashore several times a day? Train it to use a piece of carpet on deck.

Storing Dry Dog Food

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

Just like your food, storing your dog’s food needs a bit of special attention on a boat. Three easy steps to make sure your dog’s food stays fresh and bug-free.