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Pets Aboard: Sydney Is a 'Poster Pup' for Safety

Sydney in dinghy and Tralee in background

Born a short distance from Camden Harbor, Maine, Sydney now lives a stone’s throw from Stage Harbor in Chatham, Massachusetts. She's a red “tri-color” miniature Australian shepherd. Intelligence, loyalty, agility and keen desire to please are all traits of this wonderful herding breed. Extremely devoted to Abigail and David Doherty, Sydney absolutely loves being on or near the water, but not so much in it. "She is not especially fond of swimming; thus she has worn a life vest since she was 2 months old-- a “poster dog” for the Coast Guard," David Doherty Says.

As an aside Doherty and Abigail are beginning to think transitioning from our Tartan31 sailboat into a trawler. "Lots of homework to do, but we are both very excited about switching over to the “dark side,” he says.

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