Gus the Boat Dog

Gus the Boat Dog

While Steve has had dogs nearly his whole life, Kimberly’s experience with pets is limited to fish and hamsters. So when Kimberly suggested that a dog might be a fun addition to our family life at sea, Steve was a bit surprised to say the least. But when the suggestion was posed to David, he was all on board. So shelter shopping became Kimberly and David’s pastime for several weeks while reading up on the kinds of dogs that would adjust best to gaining their sea legs. Labradors kept coming up high on the list as great candidates for our family life situation. They are people-friendly, smart and adaptable, do not shed much, and like the water. Perfect for us! But would we find an adoptable Labrador in a shelter near us while we were temporarily docked at Naval Air Station Patuxent River?

We were excited to find out that Last Chance Animal Rescue was having an adoption day on August 5 and there were a few dogs there that we were interested in. One look at Gus and we knew that we had found the perfect addition to our family.

Gus was 10 weeks old at the time and is a mix of Labrador and Hound. When he is on the boat with few distractions, the Labrador in him is most evident and he is focused and learns/recalls commands quickly. When he is running off leash in the fields of the Naval Air Station with his nose to the ground, he is all Hound! Regardless of his breed, he is all ours and we are so happy to have him with us on our journey.

He loves running up and down the gunnels, sitting on the hatch on the bow, or curled up in the cockpit with a bone. Gus the Boat Dog has made himself at home and found himself a forever family filled with love and adventure!