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Sailing Dogs | Fredericksburg Virginia Dog Photographer

For the last two years David and I have kicked around the idea of getting a sailboat and this year we finally got one!  We looked long and hard and passed on some good ones and some not so good ones and we lucked out when my father in law found an awesome one for us.  So we are the proud owners of a small 23.5 Hunter sailboat and this was the first weekend we took the girls out on it!  Now being the super dog mommy I am I researched life vests for doggies and found a great article on BoatUS comparing 4 different vest on four different doggy types.  The RuffWear vest was highly recommended for larger dogs so if you are looking for a life vest for your pup I would definitely check out the article.  I did pick the RuffWear life jacket for both girls and measured them per the website around their chest.  Sadie our lab fits the medium red perfectly.  Maxie on the other hand has a big barrel chest so her jacket fits great at the front but is a little loose at the back.  There is no way she would fit a medium though and after testing lifting both girls in the jackets by the handle it is just fine.  They girls have already been stopped by the impressed boat goers around our dock and had their snazzy jackets admired!  We haven’t had one go overboard yet but David and I are very happy knowing there is handle to grab onto to get them back in the boat.  RuffWear is not paying me for my endorsement in anyway I just thought I’d share my experience for the other dog lovers out there on the water 🙂  Now on to the eye candy!!!

 

dog on sailboat
Hanging on the bow with Daddy, surprisingly she was willing to come up here several times. She and I even hung out up here for awhile just lounging and enjoying the breeze!
laughing guy on sailboat
Here is my husband David laughing at me. The 5 photos before this he gave me his serious stare, I just waited until he couldn’t hold it anymore and then took the photo 🙂
yellow lab
I just like the symmetry of their faces lining up.
yellow lab, life jacket
Haha, she looked! She is so pretty, I think she is giving me her “Knock it off Mom” look.
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I just love that she is looking at me out of the corner of her eye, like I see you but I’m not going to give you the satisfaction of looking at you.
smiling rottweiler
My big girl Maxie, she was just lounging around on the seat loving life. I think she is smiling here 🙂
sleeping yellow lab
Sacked out not a care in the world.
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Doesn’t she look sporty!
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Sweet Sadie Mae
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  • KorieMay 26, 2010 - 4:58 am

    beautiful photos of your girls and hubby! and a sailboat?! that’s AMAZING!!!

  • melissaMay 26, 2010 - 5:53 am

    Thanks Korie! We are attempting a weekend cruise over memorial day with them on the boat so we shall see how long it takes one of them to go overboard 🙂 We are taking bets that Sadie (our lab) will find the water too enticing and jump in for a swim!

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