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This weekend is the hardest part of leaving – saying goodbye to our two best friends, Jude and Trixie.
Jude is a Great Dane/Black Lab mix. I adopted him in August of 2008, when he was 4 months old. He’s the most laid back dog I know. He lets other dogs (including his sister) jump and chew on him. He is afraid of my cooking (for the noise, not the taste). He is the biggest mama’s boy I’ve ever seen. He sheds like crazy, big black hair everywhere! He once got chased around by a mare. My dad dog sat for me once, and I only found out years later that he just let Jude run a muck and unsupervised around the open 5 acres, with no fence to keep him nearby. He also suffered a Hurricane Ike injury – he tried to jump through a downed fence and got hooked on a nail.
Trixie is a golden retriever mixed with a lot of other things. David adopted her in February 2008. She chewed up his two bathrooms in his first apartment. She loves to chew on her brother’s ears and legs. She’s getting that classic white golden retriever face. She’s not a cuddly dog – except for the moment you put her in her room for bed time. Oh, and she LOVES her room (her crate). Even though she doesn’t cuddle well, she’s very loyal. When either David or I close the door to a room we are in she sits and stares, waiting for us. She’s also neurotic. She likes to eat palm nuts from my mom’s backyard and barf them up days later. Trixie will willingly run away any chance she gets.
A lot of people have been surprised that the dogs aren’t coming with us, but having dogs on board creates lots of problems. There are some countries that the dogs wouldn’t be allowed to leave the boat. That doesn’t sound very fun for them, or would mean that we would avoid some areas of the world. Also, in sailing our day sailor, Trixie has taken to hiding in the head. Jude extends his claws and freaks out any time I leave him. I don’t think they would be happy on the boat. Never mind all the dog hair in a small space.
Fortunately David’s parents are going to adopt Jude and Trixie. They will be with people they know. They will have a backyard with a doggy door and a brand new fence. They will be together. I think they will be very happy, although we will miss them terribly.