Muskoka Road Trip With A Dog
I saw a photo of our Godson Nick paddle boarding with a beautiful puppy. It looked like they were having so much fun and they both looked really fit. Nick is a med student going into his final year in Ottawa and has always been sporty and active. It turns out that he was on a road trip with his dog. They were enjoying their first visit together to a lakeside cottage in a gorgeous Ontario area called Muskoka.
We are privileged to have a series of beautiful lakes north of Toronto and west of Ottawa to explore- actually we have some in every direction. Check out Discover Muskoka for more information. On several occasions, Muskoka has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine as a special place to visit. Muskoka is one of their top 20 Best of The World – Must-see places and was chosen as the #1 pick for the Ten Best Trips of Summer. Recently it was recognized as one of the ‘100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life.”
Lake Muskoka is about 2-3 hours away for me and I am debating taking Kilo with me in July.
I asked Nick to do a post about his adventure for FitDog Friday and share a few more photos. He graciously agreed:
Nick’s first lake adventure with his Labrador Retriever
In May, my girlfriend and I got a puppy, 5-month-old Guinness. We did a lot of research on different breeds and decided on a chocolate lab from a responsible breeder in North Bay (I grew up with a beautiful Golden Lab Jessie, who passed away recently).
I was lucky enough to coordinate a week vacation despite a hectic schedule at Med School, so my girlfriend Alana and I packed up the Jeep and headed east on the beautiful drive to Alana’s family cottage on Three Mile Lake in Muskoka.
This was our first real trip with Guinness. Being a lab, he was a dream in the car. It seems he’s always happy to be confined in a space with his owners. He did not appear to be bothered by the blasting music and snoozed happily.
First boat ride! Guinness had a blast the whole time. With the rush of wind and his ears flopping all over, he was wagging his take from start to finish.
We introduced him to the water off a beach and made sure he could swim (it did not take long- he was a natural). Then we got him chasing the frisbee…He got an amazing workout swimming and running in the water. (see related Talent Hounds post here on the benefits of swimming)
After his swim, I decided to put his balance to the test as we went for a ride on the paddle board. Paddle boarding is great for the core. He eventually settled and passed out for a nap. Somehow I managed to stay dry.
Then, after a long day on the water, we crashed in front of the fire, ready to do it all again the next day.
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