The Free Dictionary says to "It's a dog's life": Something that you say which means that life is hard and unpleasant.
I don't think our lifestyle complies, even though we are living in a cramped space and sailing can be unpleasant at times. Nooooo, life is good on a boat.
There are some sailors here in the marina with dogs. Quite a lot actually. The most famous example would be Sven and Ulrike with dog Frida. Frida sailed all the way from Germany to Portugal and probably is one of the happiest dogs on earth. Now this is not only because she lives on a boat (a sad dog's life ;-)), but has a lot to do how Sven and Ulrike treat her Frida. The definition from the dictionary definitely doesn't fit with Frida's life.
The definition fits better to those thousands of dogs here in Portugal that live on chains, stray around or languish in shelters. Some of the sailors here help out in the shelter. They clean, go with the dogs, feed them and generally try to be there for them once or twice in a week.
Last Friday we went with them. I tried to avoid shelters all of my life, because the word alone makes me sad. We were a bit excited, not only because we would see a shelter for the first time in our life, but we had a reason to go there :-).
It wasn't that bad a all. In fact the contrary... Here is a little video clip Stefanie took with some uber-sweet puppies that the shelter received recently.
If you want a dog, please let us know. We can put you in contact with the right people.
WELLLLLL, the reason we went to the shelter in the first place is this little dog.
What do you think? Would he be a good boat dog and companion? to be continued :-) ....