Man Customizes Kayak To Take His Two Dogs On Adventures

08 Oct 2016 | by | Posted in: Wag News

What’s life if you don’t have your best friend along? David Bahnson is a retired orthopedic surgeon. He lives in Vermont and has two best friends in form of his adorable dogs, Susie and Ginger. After retirement, David found the best way to share his favorite hobby with his pets. You won’t believe how, but he did an amazing job. He built a kayak keeping in mind that he would take Ginger and Susie to his adventure trips.


Image Source: Linda Bahnson


Bahnson mentioned, “They seem to love it, they get excited when we'd pull the kayaks out and see that we were going.” It all started with taking Susie along. David built a kayak from kit by Pygmy Boats. Soon his wife and Ginger also joined the kayaking trips. Hence, it was time for another modification in the kayak.
Bahnson added by saying, “When we got Ginger, I just put in another hole. It's like a triple kayak, only there isn't enough room for the paddlers to put their feet — but it's perfect for a dog.”



Image Source: Linda Bahnson


He also said, “They are trained to get in the kayak themselves on command. They sit down, and off we go. When we come ashore, they'll stay seated until I tell them it's OK to get out. They never hopped out into the water, actually. We've seen other people kayaking with their dogs, but they usually have them in the cockpit with them. That's kind of awkward, so this just worked out better. They each have a little-dedicated space, and they just sit and enjoy the ride."


Image Source: Linda Bahnson


Unfortunately, Ginger and Susie both passed away recently. David had filled their lives with a lot of fun and escapade. Now, the family tradition continues with the new pets in his family. The passerbys surely appear pleased seeing dogs kayaking, but the passengers enjoy the ride more than anyone.

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