Animals and Pets

Tree swallow spectacular

Tree swallow spectacular

August 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

Guest perspective: Sue Cornell There are some bucket-list experiences which, when ticked off, make it to the to-do-again-next-year list. The autumn tree-swallow spectacular on the Connecticut River is a perfect example. Not so long ago, only a few birders and locals knew about the phenomenon in which up to 400,000Read More

Boating with your dog this summer?

Boating with your dog this summer?

June 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

At Points East, we know quite a few boaters who can’t help but bring their dog along on their sea-faring adventures. While some dogs absolutely adore being out on the opens seas with their owners, there are a number of safety considerations that should always be made when bringing aRead More

’Bird Dog

’Bird Dog

March 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

Guest perspective/Paul Brown The ’Bird: A Thunderbird 26 sloop is a so-called one-design “racer/cruiser.” In 1958, it was the winning design, by Seattle naval architect Ben Seaborn, in a plywood association’s contest for the best sailboat fashioned from marine plywood. The objective was a low-cost “Volkswagen,” simple to build andRead More

Cats onboard

Cats onboard

July 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

You often hear about, or see, dogs on boats. There is a TV ad for boating featuring dogs on boats. But no cats. A decade ago, a pot-bellied pig corresponded with Points East. But never a cat. Perhaps cats, knowing they are superior creatures, don’t feel the need to tout their cruising lifestyle.

Pets aboard!

Pets aboard!

July 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm

New England harbors are surprisingly pet-friendly when cruising with dogs and cats, and your home afloat can be a comfortable, non-threatening dwelling for your four-footed crewmates.

What if whales weren’t big?

What if whales weren’t big?

August 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

August 2008 By David Roper The four of us were sitting around a mesquite-wood campfire at the base of a canyon amid the hills way outside of Tucson, near the old Tucson to Tombstone stagecoach road. We had spent all day in the saddle, my horse and I following JoeRead More

Critter crisis on the high seas

Critter crisis on the high seas

September 1, 2007 at 2:34 pm

September 2007 By Dodge Morgan I know a sailing couple with a small child and a large dog. When they go cruising, they place the kid with a baby-sitting relative and bring the animal aboard with them. How’s that for setting priorities! And not that uncommon in this weird worldRead More

A day at the beach is a good thing

A day at the beach is a good thing

August 1, 2006 at 11:03 am

Words from a seafaring dog.

Gaylen steers while Tahoe keeps an eye out for any trouble to windward.

Life aboard

June 1, 2006 at 12:44 pm

Tahoe hadn’t signed up for the boating life, but that’s what he got. Now, like his owners, he’s a natural afloat.

Shipmates Paul Lariviere, the local harbormaster, and his Jack Russell terrier Oreo relax dockside. Photo by Randy Randall

A case for critters in the boatyard

February 1, 2006 at 12:41 pm

Sure life would be easier without them, but it wouldn’t be as interesting