I’ve always thought people who took their dogs long-distance cruising were more than a little crazy. But after reading Peter Muilenburg’s A Sea Dog’s Tale: The True Story of a Small Dog on a Big Ocean, I’m no longer so sure. Muilenburg’s story concerns Santos, a schipperke who logged some 75,000 sea miles with Muilenburg’s wife and sons, and in the process was twice given up for dead as a result of his many adventures, which included everything from a kidnapping to hurricanes. Bred to serve as guard dogs and rat catchers aboard Belgian canal barges, schipperkes, with their high energy and persistent bark, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But rest assured that with a schipperke aboard, there will never be a dull moment afloat. In Santos’s case, the result is not just a good dog story, but a good sailing yarn, period—which should come as no surprise given Muilenburg’s long writing career, which has included numerous articles in SAIL. We should all be such tenacious and loyal shipmates as Santos.
A SEA DOG’S TALE
Published by Cadent Publishing