A reporter asked Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor regarding her position on abortion when she thought life begins. She answered, “When the kids leave for college and the dog dies”.

We never thought we would get another dog after our Labradoodle, Adelaide, expired a few years ago. But, sitting at home in Covid lockdown in 2020 we decided we needed another dog. I suggested a rescue. Fiona was having none of that. Pipaluk, or Pippa, is a pure-bread Havanese who cost more than my freshman year in college. And, she is worth every penny.

When Fiona was a little girl living in London her mother took her and her twin sister to the London Zoo to see the newborn polar bear, Pipaluk. She never forgot that day and has loved polar bears ever since. Pipaluk is an Inuit word meaning “sweet little thing” and that perfectly describes our Pippa.

Pippa has spent nearly half of her life aboard Matilda. She loves paddle board rides with Fiona, running free on deserted beaches, consorting with pirates, and prancing around marinas where everybody wants to pet her. She doesn’t love being at sea in less than perfect conditions. She is a lot like Fiona in that regard.

Pippa will be with us on Matilda for our time in Costa Rica and Panama. Unfortunately, our circumnavigation starting in 2023 will take us through many countries with strict quarantine rules for pets. Pippa will be staying at her second home with our son Arthur, his wife Hannah, and son Cody. I think she may actually prefer their house to the boat, but she always misses Fiona.