Since I was young I’ve wanted a dog to call my own. While on a holiday last April I was lucky enough to meet “Ahsoka” (ahh-so-kah) through a rescue organization and foster close to Los Angeles, CA. She was 10 months old, already had a litter of puppies and was in need of her fur-ever home. I knew we were a good match from day one. We bonded over lunch and I arranged to take her home.
When I first met my dog Ahsoka I couldn’t help but think about how she was the perfect size for kayaking. Now comes the introduction to the kayak. After having her for a few days I encouraged her to sit on top of my fishing kayak while on the floor in the garage. I would join her in the seat, as she didn’t want to be far from me and if I was in the kayak so was she.
Next step was the appropriate safety precautions. Ahsoka got her first raincoat and PFD, and she didn’t mind wearing them. I found the sizing a bit challenging for Ahsoka because she is small in girth but long in the body. The one I have now seems a bit too short but it does the job and she loves swimming in it. I would recommend trying a few options on before deciding to use a size chart to purchase, and make sure your dog enjoys swimming in it.
Finally, time to get on the water. Ahsoka’s first paddle is on a nice calm lake. We took it easy and didn’t venture far from shore or go for very long. She did amazing. At first she just sat still and then after a bit she gained the courage to move around to test the stability of the Wilderness Systems Ride 115 we were on.
It took a bit of patience with Ahsoka to get her not to bark as I cast, and to not go after the hook when it’s near her, especially while fly fishing. She still likes to chase birds even if they are in the water. I guess it’s a good thing she likes swimming. Still a work in progress but getting better every time.
Now Ahsoka and I are the best kayak fishing buddies. Every chance I get she is on the boat with me, I even got a bigger kayak! It took some training but well worth it to be able to take my furry friend fishing with me.