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Do You Paddle With Your Dog?

Alex, "Mom, do you need help?  You are taking too long.  Please hurry up."

Alex, “Mom, do you need help? You are taking too long. Please hurry up.”

We try to include our canine companion, Alex, in as many activities as possible in order for her to enjoy herself, spend time with us, and be a balanced dog.  While in Maryland, we went kayaking in Annapolis and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Before I forget, make sure your dog is wearing a life jacket.

Alex, "Mom, I am really tired.  What's for dinner?"

Alex, “Mom, I am really tired. What’s for dinner?”

The above picture was taken after we finished kayaking and Alex was falling asleep.  She looked so tired that you would have thought that Alex was the one doing all the paddling.  No ladies and gentlemen, I was the one paddling with a cute cargo, Alex, of 45lbs.  She did better than any other time.  I was glad because that day the water was choppy and a little windy so we got wet when a couple of waves hit us head on.  Not to worry, the waves were very small.

Alex, "Will I get treats for posing?"

Alex, “Will I get treats for posing?”

Kayaking with Alex is always fun, and if we are ever back in Maryland we’ll make sure to kayak early in the morning or late afternoon in order to avoid excessive heat.  Have a great weekend!

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?