Kayakers enjoying restful lake and trees

Paddling the world one stroke at a time


Kayaking with My Dog at Newport Back Bay, California

The kayak did not afford her a level place to sit. Her front paws were too low making it uncomfortable and she decided to turn around. “Oh, no, here we go?” I am thinking, but with help from another kayaker, she managed to turn around without dropping us in the cold water. I gave her another treat as a reward and resumed paddling. Hmm, not so fast! Now she was facing me and knew I had her favorite treats. Lecture starts… “rah, rah, rah” [can I have another?] She is sitting too close (hopeful for another treat) and I don’t have room to paddle. I ask her to lie down but it is uncomfortable and she is up again. I try paddling over her neck. It works for a bit and she does not seem to mind.

Eventually the group turned around and we did the same. We meandered back to shore alternating between paddling and floating, all the while enjoying the Southern California sunshine.

Post Date: 1/12/2010, Article by: Mary Vassilakis, website...

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