We all want to spend as much time as possible with our dogs. Sharing our favorite hobbies and interests with our pets is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our lives.
And when one man wanted to share his love of the water with his Golden Retrievers, he went above and beyond to satisfy his devoted companions.
The two nicest things in life for David Bahnson, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Vermont, were traveling with his dogs and kayaking. In 2015, he came up with an inventive technique to combine the two: he developed a special kayak that could hold dogs.
David converted the luggage opening of a kayak into a beautiful “dog-shaped hole,” which was too small for another human but perfect for his dog, Susie. He also included a detachable ring to prevent water from entering.
“Our dogs have always loved to travel with us in cars, in my airplane, in boats,” he told Huffington Post UK. “Building a way for them to kayak with us just seemed like a logical choice, and the boats are fun to build anyway.”
When he got a second dog, Ginger, he made even more room, adding a second doggie hole to the vessel. “It’s like a triple kayak,” he told The Dodo.
With a dog-friendly kayak, David was able to pursue his favorite sport while keeping his loyal pups by his side, and the lucky dogs were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on a kayak journey, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
“They seem to love it,” he said. “They get excited when we’d pull the kayaks out and see that we were going. They are trained to get in the kayak themselves on command. They sit down, and off we go.”
Susie and Ginger sadly went away, but it’s evident that they got to spend some quality time with their loving owner, and that’s all that matters.
And the special doggie kayak has since been passed on to a new generation: “My wife and her friends still use the kayaks and she takes our newest golden, Piper, along with her,” he told Huffington Post UK .
“I love my dogs. I love training them, the companionship. We’ve gone miles and miles of paddling with our dogs,” he told The Dodo . “They just really enjoy going places.”
Source: Huffington Post UK , The Dodo ,Creative Woodworking.