Boatyard Dog® — Issue 153
Annabelle and Max
Four-year-old Australian Labradoodle Annabelle is a snowbird, but that’s okay since it means she can hang out on the water year-round. She spends her summers in Biddeford Pool, Maine, with her family—the Masseys—and her big brother Riley, a soft-coated wheaten terrier (and former MBH&H Boatyard Dog). Summers at “The Pool” include keeping a close eye on waves, buoys, and seagulls while boating on the Marion B, the Masseys’ Cape Dory trawler, and taking long walks on the beach. Annabelle and her family spend winters in Naples, Florida, watching the birds and dolphins play. Does a dog’s life get any better?
Many boatbuilders will tell you that their canine crew are key contributors in the workplace. Take Max. A 5-year-old black Lab mix, he was adopted as a puppy from the Pixel Fund, an all-volunteer pet-rescue organization. Max is the current boatyard dog at John Lentz Wooden Boats—the third dog to hold that job. His duties include destroying cardboard boxes, keeping squirrels at bay, barking at the UPS driver, and, most importantly, keeping the couch cushions warm. Lentz recently took over the Pulsifer Hampton business, whose founder Richard Pulsifer always had a corgi or two on hand. Max has big paws to fill. But he’s up to it.