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Pets Aboard: Hachi the Goldendoodle Cruises Lake Michigan


Hachi, a miniature goldendoodle poses onboard the Island Gypsy 32 trawler Takara Maru.Takara's home port is Racine, Wisconsin, on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Human companions Tony and Linda Giovingo put a cap on Hachi's head and snapped a couple of pictures for us.

As you may know, goldendoodles are a cross between golden retrievers and poodles. The original purpose of the cross was to attempt to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies. The goldendoodle is sometimes called a designerdog.Common coat colors include white, cream, apricot, gold, and red. Goldendoodles may also be black or a light sandy brown.


Send pictures of your dog or cat to, and we’ll put him or her on display like Hachi. 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!