Patton, Loblolly Beach, Anegada, BVI

Happy 15th Birthday Patton!

imageYesterday was a pretty important day aboard the Pilots’ Discretion. Patton, our intrepid, world traveling Cocker Spaniel turned fifteen (15) years old. Way back when we initially left the comfort zone of our home marina in Tarpon Springs, Florida (2 and 1/2 years ago) we had some concerns with how well our then 12 year old buddy would adapt to a life at sea. Our concerns were completely unfounded. Patton is the first one up every morning and the last one to turn in each night after surveying the boat to assure himself that the entire crew is accounted for.Patton Kindle

Patton crew

Patton crew

He loves excursions in the dinghy and he has his favorite spot picked out under the Captain’s helm chair for long passages.

Patton driving the dinghy in the BVIs

Patton driving the dinghy in the BVIs

Randy & Patton in front of Tthe Indians, B.V.I.

Randy & Patton in front of the Indians, B.V.I.

The story would not be complete without acknowledging there have been some concessions made due to the decision to cruise with Patton. We do not patronize places along the way that are not dog friendly. We have on rare occasions had more difficulty clearing immigration as a result of declaring Patton as part of our crew but all in all, he has been a very positive addition to our crew and we would not consider having it any other way.

Cable Car, Loma Isabel de Torres, Dominican Reupblic

Cable Car, Loma Isabel de Torres, Dominican Republic

 

For those of you following our blog who are not dog people, I am sure you just scratch your head when you see me acting like a very proud papa when talking about Patton. To the dog people following us, I know that I need to say no more.

Happy birthday Patton, the crew of the Pilots’ Discretion loves you❤️

Patton enjoying the sunset from The Bight, Norman Island, B.V.I.

Patton enjoying the sunset from The Bight, Norman Island, B.V.I.

 

14 thoughts on “Happy 15th Birthday Patton!

  1. Tom P

    My conure Mango recently turned 17. I have had her since she hatched. I can’t imagine not having her in my life. I am not a dog person, but a pet can easily become an important part of your life. I completely understand.

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  2. Frank & Anette

    Very happy birthday to your cute crew member, Patton!!! Oh yes, we totally understand the proud Papa and the joy Patton brings on board your ship!

    Glad you are healing nicely, Randy😘😘😘

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  3. Rick Odato

    Happy Birthday, Patton!!! Carry on,..

    * Capt Ric**hard (Rick) Odato, ATP, CFI*

    Sarasota, Florida U.S.A. Email: rick@odato.com Phone: (941) 730-4461 http://www.suncoastskyview.com *Official Matterport Service Partner*

    On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 10:48 AM, pilotsdiscretiondotcom wrote:

    > Randy posted: “Yesterday was a pretty important day aboard the Pilots’ > Discretion. Patton, our intrepid, world traveling Cocker Spaniel turned > fifteen years old. Way back when we initially left the comfort zone of our > home marina in Tarpon Springs, Florida (2 and 1/2 ye” >

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  4. Paulette Lee

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Patton!!!!!!! Wishing you all the cauliflower of your dreams!!!! (Wishing we were there to prepare some for you!!!) Here… finished Day #1(of 3) of Carnival! Quite different than Grenada, but still very colorful!!! A lot less alcohol involved! A real “family” affair!!! Fun to be a part of! Sending lots of hugs and petting to Patton for his special day!!! (O.K…. we send hugs to the rest of you too!!!! 🙂 Love to all, Paulette & John

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  5. btoung

    Happy Birthday Patten. We now have three aussies, Ellie May 7, Cabernet 2 and Pookie Lou, not yet 1.

    On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 10:48 AM, pilotsdiscretiondotcom wrote:

    > Randy posted: “Yesterday was a pretty important day aboard the Pilots’ > Discretion. Patton, our intrepid, world traveling Cocker Spaniel turned > fifteen years old. Way back when we initially left the comfort zone of our > home marina in Tarpon Springs, Florida (2 and 1/2 ye” >

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