and a current vaccination certificate. But you might not even be asked for those. Not once during the previous 15 Ha-Ha's have we heard of anyone having trouble bringing their dog or cat across the border — and there have been plenty. "I don't think Mexico really cares too much," said Chris Frost, owner of Downwind Marine in San Diego. "The hardest part is getting the animal back across the border." Indeed, the U.S. is much more strict about checking documentation, so hold on to those papers for your return trip. Although not required, it's a good idea to make sure your pet has some form of ID, whether on its collar or in the form of an implanted microchip. And if you're planning to sail with Polly the Parrot or Jake the Snake, you have a lot more legwork in front of you. For more info on sailing with your pets, check out Diana Jessie's Cruising with Your Four-Footed Friends, which gives practical advice for cruising with dogs and cats, and the recently released pet health manual Where There is No Pet Doctor by David W. LaVigne, DVM (both available on Amazon). ⇑⇓FIRST DOGS, NOW CATS The accompanying photo is of our cat Suen resting after 'tailing' the main sheet. It was taken while we were sailing at 3.9 knots on a beam reach between Catalina's Emerald Bay and Marina del Rey on June 22. Linda Immer & Harris Gabel Always Lucky, Baba 30 Marina del Rey "Trim for sun, please," says Suen. ⇑⇓DOGS, CATS . . . AND NOW A BEAR! When we returned to our home, Bellavia, after an extended absence abroad, we found our boat-guarding bear — perhaps a bit bored as a result of being left behind — had started reading a Latitude that was somehow left with him. No doubt he was making travel plans. Milton & Eva Tanner Bellavia, Passport 40 Emery Cove Even teddy bears need inspiration. ⇑⇓$50,000 TO TURN A LEVER It's nice to read the attitude in Latitude. In the last issue you wondered what a drawbridge operator was paid. Last month the California Department of Transportation was taking applications for drawbridge operators in Sacramento, Solano, Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties. The starting salary was listed at "$3,051-$3,338/month." That didn't include the benefits, of course. Jackie Philpott Dura Mater, Cal 20 Berkeley Marina Jackie — So with health, paid vacations, overtime and all that, we're probably talking $50,000/year — not counting Page 56 •
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The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.