Sunday, May 19, 2013

Man's best friend . . . the dog or the kayak?

Now there's one heck of a question that I don't have an answer for.

Put the two together, and it's awesome.

They all look good in orange too: Man, dog, kayak.

The water is still very cold in Canada. Dogs get cold quickly on the back of an open kayak or in a canoe after they've jumped, or fallen from the boat into the cold water in spring and get wet. Add a light wind. Even though the day is warm and sunny, and despite a well-fitting life jacket, the dog still gets the shivers within 10-15 minutes sitting or laying on the back deck of a sit-on-top fishing kayak or inside a canoe.

Stay warm and safe, and remember the doggie too. We don't go far or stay long on the water with the dog unless the water is warm and so is the day.

In spring and fall in Canada, the dog is better off running into the water and swimming back and forth along the shore where she can get out, shake off, and run around to warm up.

Happy spring paddles!
The BaffinPaddler


  1. What a happy looking Riley! So lucky to have a kayak just to accommodate her!

  2. Yes, that's why we bought it mostly. Never mind fishing!

  3. Looking good! The right boat for every situation - that's the sign of an experienced kayaking family - and I see that Riley is properly fitted with a PFD :)