The boat's been in the shop getting some items fixed up, so there hasn't been much happening on the Charlie-boat front. However, we did take a little preparatory step forward yesterday.
First I got Charlie dressed up in Harley's old harness. Before sweet wobbly golden Harley went to the Rainbow Bridge, we used this to help steady and support his walking. Designed as a search & rescue dog harness, it's comfy and strong enough to lift Charlie back on the dock if necessary. Assuming, of course, that an adrenaline-rush really can provide the strength necessary to lift 68 lbs. of squirming dog. (*Note: life jacket coming.)
A Charlie 'suitcase'
But most suitcases don't have teeth
Then we took Charlie to the docks and the boathouse. This is his second time there, and today he not only went into the living space, but allowed himself to be coaxed into the boatwell! Sans boat, but it's a start!
Deciding whether to enter the boatwell
Success!! In the boatwell.*
"Here, fishy, fishy, fishy..."
I think some of our friends are rolling their eyes at all this "slow-walking", but Charlie is suspicious, spooks easily, and once he makes up his mind against something, it takes trickery and treats to work around it. Seriously, it took almost an hour to get him to even try going up stairs when we first moved to Portland!
So this little outing proved very successful. Next up - getting Charlie on the boat! --------- *I just about freaked when he turned around on that narrow walkway, but he did fine!