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Pets Aboard: '12 Dogs of Christmas' Opens With Jackie Tar, a Golden Doodle


Welcome to Pets Aboard’s special “12 Dogs of Christmas” edition. We begin with Jackie Tar, a miniature Golden Doodle, who cruises aboard Catalina Sunshine with Greg and Beth Parker, sometimes PassageMaker contributors. This picture was photographed at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau.

“Jack Tar” is an old term for a British sailor. Tar was short for tarpaulin, the type of water-resistant cloth used for their clothing.

With dozens of dogs in the queue, we decided that we would pick up the pace over the holidays. So every day between now and Jan. 5—the 12 days of Christmas—we will feature a new mutt.

Usually we do this Friday afternoon (or Saturday morning when we get behind), and since we have dozens of entries, it will take a while to post them all so be patient.

Send pictures of your dog or cat to, and we’ll put him or her on display like Jackie Tar. Ideally you will include the names of the human companions, the make, model and name of boat, homeport, and a paragraph that provides context for the image or describes what makes your pet special. If you’ve got the image in high-resolution, that would allow us to publish it in the magazine, or a calendar…We just don’t know where this will lead yet, but it’s fun.

Though not exactly a contest, the editors are thinking of providing some kind of material reward to anyone who sends a truly striking image. Cute counts!