Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kayak Trip with Winnie

Conditions were right so I took Winnie on her first kayak trip today! Up till now we've only practiced right around the house but I thought she was ready.

And sure enough she hopped right in and was ready to go!

She settled right down and just observed the hundreds of geese and ducks we passed along the way. We even got a nice patriotic fly-over from a bald eagle!

She really seemed to be having fun! We went about 3/4 of a mile upstream to that bridge, then turned around and came back.

Every now and then she'd look like she was going in after something but she never did.

Most of the time she'd lie down, facing the back, and just watch. This is also what she does in the car, face the back and watch where we've been. She is odd.

When we got back to the house she didn't want to get out!

So we played fetch for a while.

She STILL didn't want to get out! While I was getting the kayak and gear out of the water and changing my shoes, she sat down in the water this far away and just waited. What a dork.


Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to get a kayak to do the same very thing with my vizsla.. what model is yours? any other model suggestions? Problem is the ones that would fit a dog too are more expensive due to size. glad she enjoyed herself, Luna can be a dork too. ;-)

Ed. said...

Mine is the Wilderness System 'Ride' 135. It wasn't cheap, but should last a lifetime.

Hey I wrote a pretty detailed article about the whole training for kayak process just based on my experience for my dog club newsletter. If you'd be interested in that, email me at and I can send you the PDF of the article.

I don't think I'd want a dog that wasn't a dork!

Tia said...

Don't get to see too many wire-hairs, and think they're fascinating. Thanks for sharing your kayaking adventure, Winnie. If you're up for a pool swim, our Vizsla meet-up,on Facebook- DC Vizsla Meet Up -is meeting at the Pirate's Cove Water Park, Lorton VA on Sept 11, Noon to 4pm. Check FB events for more info. We going for a V dog "presence"!

Ed. said...

Well that's pretty neat, Tia. I didn't know there was such a thing. I'll be in Montana that weekend but I'll find you guys on facebook! Thanks!