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Pets Aboard: Scooter 'Stands' Dolphin Watch


Dolphin watch was Scooter's job aboard Lady Hawk, a Brewer 44. The only time Scooter barks is when he senses a Dolphin near our boat. "Well someone has to alert the captain," says Scooter. "Then sure enough in a few minutes the race would be on."

Scooter is a wire haired terrier, who for the past five years has lived aboard with Bruce Turek and Dawn Turek as the explored every island of the Bahamas and beyond.

 Captain Bruce and First Mate Dawn took great care of me," Scooter says..

Most Pets Aboard entries such as Scooter are now eligible to become contest finalists.

ICOM, which makes marine VHF radios and navigational electronics, has agreed to sponsor our first ever Float ’n’ Fetch photo contest for dogs. First prize is an M92D handheld VHF; second prize is an M36 handheld and third prize is an M24 handheld.

To be eligible, the photo must consist of a single dog in a nautical setting. Use the high-resolution setting on your camera. Pets Aboard will continue to welcome photos of seagoing cats, multiple mutts and pet owners with their animals, but for contest eligibility a single dog is the rule.


The reason is that readers are going to help select the finalists, and we wanted to ensure a degree of basic equivalency—a level playing field.

Here’s how Float ’n’ Fetch will work. We will select shots of dogs from all Pets Aboard entries received over the past year and from now on until the deadline for entries, which is Nov. 1, 2014. We will pick 30 images.

These 30 images will be posted on the website on an interactive page that will allow website visitors to vote for their favorite photo. Then we’ll pick Float ’n’ Fetch winners from the top vote-getters after a month of balloting. Winners will be announced in a subsequent issue of PassageMaker magazine and then online.

To enter the Float ’n’ Fetch contest, send your dog’s picture via email to We will continue to accept cat photos and pictures of multiple dogs and dogs and owners for Pets Aboard, but only images of single dogs in a nautical setting can advance to the Float ’n’ Fetch finals.

Be sure to 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. And remember we need that image in high resolution to be able to print it in the magazine.


ICOM Float ‘n’ Fetch photo contest. 

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter.


Deadline for entries is Nov. 1, 2014. Winners will be announced in the January-February issue of PassageMaker magazine and on this website.

How to Enter

To enter, submit at least one photo and all requested information Entry must be accurately completed or will be voided. Limit 1 entry per person and email address. Duplicate entries will be removed and disqualified.


The Float ‘n’ Fetch photo contest is open only to legal and current residents of the continental United States and the District of Columbia who as of time of entry are 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of ICOM or AIM Media, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents, and foregoing employees’ household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter the contest.


One vote is permitted per person and IP address per day.

Judging Procedure

Readers will judge and vote on entries based on who they would like to see gracing the pages of PassageMaker magazine. Of the finalists with the most reader votes, our editors will choose a grand prize winner based on sheer cuteness and personality.


ICOM handheld radios for first, second and third place. Models of the radios are as stated above.


Finalists will be notified by email on or around Nov. 15, 2014.


All submissions will become the sole property of Active Interest Media, which may reprint or otherwise exploit the entry in any manner, in any media. By submitting the entry, you agree that your name, dog’s likeness and biographical data may be used by Active Interest Media for promotional and advertising purposes without compensation, unless prohibited by law. By participating in this contest, entrants and winner agree to abide by all contest rules and by decision of judges. Entrants and winner also agree to release Active Interest Media, and affiliated companies, and their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors and employees, from and against any claim, liability, loss or expense of any kind resulting from entry or participation in the contest or acceptance or use of the prize. Within seven (7) days of notification postmark must correctly complete, execute and return as directed an Affidavit, Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement including where lawful, a Publicity Release (plus any additional documents required at the discretion of Sponsor).