Pets Aboard: From Slumdog To Sailor, Osita Patrols Oyster Bay

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Osita, the Slum Mutt Dog, hails from Costa Rica and is seen here enjoying a shady spot on the stern of his owner's trawler. 

Osita, Spanish for "little bear," cruises Oyster Bay, New York, with owners Larry and Carol Schmidlapp aboard their 48-foot Offshore Trawler and enjoys baking in the midday sun and letting his ears flap in the ocean breeze.

Send pictures of your cruising pet to, and we’ll put him or her on display like Osita. 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!