|On the lookout for beavers|
I had been on a paddleboard twice before, during our vacation last October, so mom knew I wouldn't have any difficulty staying on the board. (See my mom's guest blog post Dog Paddle - Learning to SUP With Your Dog and my post Fearless Friday to read about our first time SUPing together.) I did really well - I didn't even come close to falling off or tipping the board over - and we had a wonderful time paddling around Swift Creek Reservoir with our friends. It was overcast and drizzly, but we didn't mind - we love being outdoors and mom LOVES paddleboarding. We saw a bald eagle, a muskrat, a number of great blue herons, and a couple of beavers! (And, no, I didn't try to chase any of the creatures we saw.)
|Using mom's foot as a pillow|
(As you can see, I'm strangely relaxed about
being on a tippy floating thing with a
notoriously clumsy person.)
|Modeling my Ruffwear PFD|
(PFD stands for puppy floatation device)
If you're interested in trying stand up paddleboarding with your dog, we recommend the book How to SUP With Your Pup, available through Amazon. (Also check out the How to SUP With Your Pup Facebook page.) Our friends at Paws and Pedals also recently wrote a helpful post about paddleboarding with a dog, SUP Dog - Paddleboarding With Dog.
|Photo courtesy of Ripley's momma|
Before you try SUPing with your dog, it's best to first become comfortable on a paddleboard without your dog. If you're anywhere near Richmond, Virginia, mom and dad highly recommend taking a class with Black Dog Paddle. Brian and Camille are awesome instructors, and - most importantly - they're dog people. They even named their business after their black lab Emmy. If you don't live near Richmond, you can search this List of Certified Instructors for an instructor near you.
|Dad wasn't comfortable on a paddleboard at the |
beginning of this summer, but he rocks it now!
|I just hope she doesn't expect me to help paddle|