(All photos by Deborah L. Schneer)
Lucky rose to a new level when I took off in my kayak, launching himself off the dock and paddling out to assist me. (I didn’t tell him that there is a canine sport called Dock Diving [see our book Canine Sports & Games], in which dogs are judged on the distance of their flight — that could be a very slippery slope.) We spent lots of happy time exploring. When he came along I was careful, of course, not to paddle more than 20 feet from shore.
Swimming and kayaking may never be the same. Without Lucky they'll be serene, but something deep yet playful will be missing: the special bond with an eager, bright-eyed canine companion by your side. In that watery world you are everything to each other, and that’s a surprisingly glorious sensation.
Now if we could just train him to find my towel and bring it to me wherever I choose to get out of the water....
This is a dog who will sleep well tonight.
— Deb Burns, Acquiring Editor