Dog Aboard


    While retired Long Beach harbormaster Joe Pitisi captains the vessel Happiness is …, his 4-month-old golden retriever puppy, Rooster, has other plans. “He [Rooster] thinks it’s time to take the helm from the captain,” says Pitisi.


    Captain Benford mans the wheel of his 1961 14-foot Glasspar. A local company when it began, Bill Tritt started building Glasspar boats with fiberglass hulls in 1947 in Costa Mesa. Eventually, the company was sold to Larson Boat Works. Vintage Glasspar boats are favorites with many boaters!


    Cali, a 3-year-old Shih Tzu and poodle rescue from Arizona, loves to sail aboard with her owner Paul Newman. “Being adopted within weeks of our 2009 Carver 47 MY arriving from Florida, naming her became obvious,” says Newman. “She thinks she is the captain, however, rarely barks out orders.” Newman also comments Cali is a great car companion, calmly making the six-hour trip to set sail.


    Tuna the Boating Bulldog has traveled more than 8,000 nautical miles, not including his countless adventures kayaking and paddleboarding. His owner, Kipp Ots, says “He absolutely loves any water activity and we can no longer say the ‘F’ word (Fish) without him going completely bonkers. He often wears himself out to the point of exhaustion, finding the most peculiar places to nap, making for some funny photos.”


    Kona, an 8-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback and German shepherd mix, spends a day out with her owner Brandon Post on one of their frequent boating trips in Huntington Harbour. Post says, “[That day] we came across a whale cruising the harbor and helped him find his way out to sea!” An islander, Kona resides in Avalon when she’s not exploring the ocean.


    Pictured here, Malaika Grace, a 10-and-a-half-year-old American Hairless Terrier, explores beautiful Newport Harbor aboard her Harbor 20. Her owner, Debra Haynes, says, “She is my heart and soul. Since I am allergic to dogs with fur or hair, I have her because she is a hairless breed. She is a good girl and a great sailor!”


    One of the perks of California is that the weather can be summer-like in the month of February. Here Brandy, a 12-year-old golden retriever, enjoys the sunshine aboard Knot On Call while visiting Avalon on Catalina Island.

  • Traveling at Turbo Speed

    Turbo, pictured on his boat navigating San Diego Harbor, loves to chase and bark at seals. His owner, Kerry deAvila, swears Turbo believes they are dog mermaids!


    Benny lives aboard a 43-foot Bayliner with his family, James and Laura, on the San Joaquin River. One of his favorite activities is kayaking on the vast, wide open river Benny calls his backyard. A stickler for safety, Benny always wears his life vest on a kayaking adventure!

  • Titus sails the San Pedro Channel

    A five-year-old French bulldog, Titus loves to take excursions on his owner’s 1981 Catalina 27 in the San Pedro Channel, and always takes necessary safety measures and precautions including wearing a safety jacket. According to owner, Mitch Manker, Titus believes it’s his own boat. Manker says, “At the dock he [Titus] periodically does ‘rounds’ to make sure everything is ship-shape from stem to stern.”

  • Managing Mischief with Trixie

    Trixie enjoys all SoCal boating life has to offer – including sun, fun and the ocean breeze blowing in her fur – aboard her favorite skiff, Mischief Managed.

  • Lounging With LouSea

    LouSea, a Bichon Frisee, recovers from a long day at sea by taking a nap on the deck.

  • Where-the-dolphins-go

    Huey the Shar-Pei chases dolphins aboard his 36-foot sailboat, Molana. One of his favorite voyages is traveling from Oceanside, where Molana moors, to Avalon in Catalina.

  • Captain Cooper aboard Pilar

    Capt. Cooper sets sail on Pilar, a 1979 60-foot Hatteras sportfisher, from his home port of Cabrillo Isle Marina in San Diego. A 12-year-old Boston terrier, he loves to accompany his 8-year-old sister and owners Martha and Jose Suarez to Catalina Island several times a year.

  • Bentley McStockton visits Catalina Island

    Bentley, a 19-year-old Bichon Frise, is caught resting on the bow of his 34-foot CHB trawler, Sea Jack, after a long day. Boating and swimming in Avalon are two of his favorite pastimes with his owners, Carolyn and Paul McDonough.

  • Cruising Huntington Harbor with Stella and Stormy

    Stella and Stormy, residents of Seal Beach, are pictured here enjoying the boating life. Captains of this dingy, they are always excited to go on a ride. Catalina and Huntington Harbor are Stella and Stormy’s favorite destinations to explore with their family members.

  • Lounging on Monkey Girl with Olive the Chihuahua

    Olive sets sail aboard Monkey Girl, a 47-foot Beneteau MV, from Kona Kai Marina on Shelter Island, San Diego. The Mecca of megayachts, Kona Kai Marina boasts some of the best amenities on the California coast for these remarkable vessels.

  • Whale Hunting with Chloe

    Brenda Curet-Chandler submitted this photo of 7-year-old Chloe at the wheel and navigating through Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay in search of a baby whale. Also on board was 15-year-old Luccabear.

  • Cruising with Cooper

    Bill Burton submitted this photo of Cooper enjoying a beautiful calm morning ride. Cooper loves to ride around Point Loma in his dinghy every chance he gets, Burton wrote.

  • All aboard, three dogs on a tour

    Sky, Pancho and Spartacus are pictured here (left to right) enjoying a day on the water aboard Scooter, a 25-foot Trojan in Dana Point Harbor. Skylar is a full breed Pomeranian. Pancho is believed to be a Russell-mix. Spartacus seems to be in between a standard size Pom and a Teacup Pomeranian. “We call him a ‘coffee cup’ Pomeranian,” owner John Bercsi wrote. All three of these water dogs are rescues.

  • Cruising with happiness

    Viper cruises Newport Harbor on a beautiful sunny day with a smile on his face. His happy place is on a boat, whether it’s cruising on the ocean or on the lakes. Viper enjoys rides on the towable behind Michael Pohl’s lake boat and is just as content to spend the day out on the ocean watching his humans fish. Viper is a two-year-old Mal-Shi, a Maltese and Shih Tzu hybrid.

  • A star on a ship

    Polaris is pictured here aboard Liberation, a 1984 Uniflite Aft Cabin 36. Polaris is a Miniature Bull Terrier, like the Target dog and Spuds MacKenzie (the dog in the Bud Light Beer ad campaign). Polaris hates the water but loves boats, according to her owner Gretchen Stoltz. “We call her Old Salt, because she would be a great ship dog,” Stoltz said. “The boat is her playground.”

  • Pug and Trawler

    Catherine Brisson submitted this photo of Meatball enjoying a kayak ride with his daddy. Meatball is a 13-year-old pug who also likes to sun himself on the Brisson’s 1987 MMC Trawler in Santa Barbara Harbor and play with his toys in the boat’s salon.

  • From stray dog to Capt. Jackshund

    Asher, a seven year-old Jackshund (Dachshund and Jack Russell mix), resides in Playa Del Rey with his adoptive parents, Naomi and Noah Hochman. Asher went from living on the streets of Encino to becoming captain of their 42-foot Chaparral, Puffin in Marina del Rey. He enjoys barking at sea lions, sunning on the bow and riding shotgun (hood ornament-style) on the dinghy. Asher is also the unofficial mascot of the California Yacht Club. To be a part of his nautical adventures, you can follow him on Instagram at @asherthehound.

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3 thoughts on “Dog Aboard

  • July 23, 2016 at 7:07 am

    In your November 11-24 2005 issue you published DOG ABOARD picture of my husband and our dog Woody one of our Kayaks. Woody lived to the ripe old age of 16. The water must be good for dogs:-) The other day, we initiated our new puppy Misi to kayaking. She took to it just like Woody. Check out my 23 July Facebook post, the pictures are so similar it is amazing.

  • May 29, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Great when you can bring your best friend on board with you and make it a positive boating experience for the whole family.



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