Man Builds Special Kayak So He Can Enjoy His Favorite Hobby With His Dogs

As a retired orthopedic surgeon, David Bahnson had a lot of time on his hands to relax and do what he loved most: kayaking.

The only downside was that taking his beloved pups along with him proved to be difficult…so he decided to make a custom solution for Susie and Ginger, his beautiful Golden Retrievers.

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He ordered a boat kit from Pygmy Boats, but made a few very important modifications. Instead of letting the pups sit with him in the “cockpit,” he decided to make two different seats for them.

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That way, the dogs could safely jump out of the kayak if they need to — and they wouldn’t be in their dad’s way if he needed to paddle.

The good girls took to boating like ducks to water! They were trained to get in the kayak, sit down, and prepare themselves for an aquatic adventure. Then, whenever their dad would paddle them to shore, they would patiently wait until he told them it was okay to disembark.

Source: Photos provided by Linda Bahnson

Thankfully, even if there was an accident on the water, the dogs were enthusiastic and strong swimmers, so David was never worried (although he did bring life vests along for the dogs).

Source: Photos provided by Linda Bahnson

Unfortunately, since David build this custom doggo-kayak, both Susie and Ginger have passed away. But, he had such a blast on the water with his two girls, the retired surgeon is already training a new pup to go out on adventures with him!

Source: Photos provided by Linda Bahnson

As long as you can do it safely, taking your dog along with you on an outdoor adventure is a treat! They know how to make almost every situation better.

Plus, who could say no to a paddling break filled with snuggles and wet kisses? Just remember to put on life jackets on you and your fur children 🙂

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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet
Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.

While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.

These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.

1) Akita

When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.

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2) Boxer

This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.

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3) Skye Terrier

Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.

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4) Beagle

This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.

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5) Shar-Pei

This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.

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