Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kayaking With Dogs – What An Odyssey

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Cynthia and I recently became kayaks enthusiasts, and of course, we had to bring our canine companions along with us in this fun ride.  Well, it depends on what you consider fun.  The first time we took them with us, it was chaotic and crazy, but we managed to keep our sanity throughout this ordeal. 

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We learned very fast that in order to enjoy our outing, food was a must, so we made 4 sandwiches, one for each one of us, chips, and a lot of water,  We inhaled it all on our first stop.  To our surprise, Bella, although she is a pit mix, loved the water so much that there were times when we had to tell her to get on the kayak.  She probably thinks she is a funny looking fish.  Anyway, Alex, on the other hand, needed a bit of encouragement, but by the second time we went kayaking she was swimming without any encouragement at all.

ky3By the way, in order to accommodate Alex and Bella in our kayaks, they weigh 50lbs each, we bought a Wilderness Pungo 120, along with flotation devices for all of us.  Please, if you decide to take your dog kayaking, buy a flotation device for her. 

kyk1This is right before we got to the water.  They were both so excited that they started to whine in stereo, but once they were out of the car they were fine.  We all had a great time, but our bodies were killing us since we had to paddle with a dog weighing 50lbs.  Ouch!  If you decide to embark in this odyssey, please go at it slowly and don’t scare your dog.  The point is for them and you to have fun.  Do you kayak with your dog? 

Have A Great Life Handsome Dexter

Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R)

Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R).  This was the last time Dexter stayed with us.

We met Dexter, a very handsome Boxer mix, about 2 years ago during a pack walk in Annapolis, MD and the impression I got of him was that he was a quiet and gentle boy and you know what?  I was right. 

Dexter stayed with us for almost 3 weeks this time, and I was glad that we had all that time with him before he and his mom moved to Phoenix.  Will I miss him?  Yes, I will miss him dearly, but I hope that he does not miss us at all.  Leave that to us.  I want him to be happy.  That is what I want and wish for all the dogs that stay with us.

chao2I don’t board a lot of dogs at one time because I want to provide the care, attention, love, exercise, and so many other things that a kennel facility is not able to do.  The only bad thing about it is that I end up falling in love with all these beautiful dogs, but I don’t regret it.  Have a wonderful life our sweet, handsome, gentle Dexter and may your life be full of love, peace, and a lot of treats.  We love you, always.