My Dog Boaz and Life Near the Lakes

Image of Bo wading into Little Sugar Creek

Image of Bo wading into Little Sugar Creek

Boaz also liked to pull me and my chair when we walk the path around Lake Bella Vista. He especially enjoys me letting him off is leash at the mid-way part where we are by Little Sugar Creek. He loves to walk and swim around in that area. He easily comes back to me so I can attach his leash again.






The leash I’m thinking about getting for him is this one: YOGADOG – Heavy Duty Dog Harness, Soft Padded with Special Extended Integrated Short Leash Design, Reflective Stitching, For Medium and Large Dogs (XXL)

I’m going to do a product review of this soon and let you know how it’s working for Boaz and myself. My order should be here in a few days.

Fun on Lake Avalon

image of shirley kayaking with Bo swimming

image of Shirley kayaking with Bo swimming

Mel and I having been checking out kayaks to purchase and use in the 7 lakes here in Bella Vista. We have tentatively selected a very stable one for me from a local kayak vendor. But this weekend, we both got to try out several different kayaks when a big kayak company brought many down to Lake Avalon for people to test “drive”. We both got to try 4 each and I loved several of the wider more stable ones. Bo got to start out on the first one I tried, then decided he wanted to swim rather than ride. Luckily, since it was my first time in a kayak, he didn’t tip me over. The kayak was very stable and big enough to hold him and me. Bo then just swam around following me in the water. We both had a great time and had no troubles getting in or out. When we do purchase our own kayaks, which I hope is soon, all of us will wear life vests, icluding Bo. I’ve already purchased his life vest and I’m going to write a review of it. This is the one I’m ordering which will be here in a few days.
Vivaglory Dog Life Jacket Size Adjustable Dog Lifesaver Safety Extra Bright Yellow Vest Pet Life Preserver, Extra Bright Yellow, Extra Large

I’ll be writing a product review of the vest also once we’ve used it some.

I can’t wait until we have our own kayaks and can take them out whenever we want. Bella Vista has 7 great lakes for us to float. We also have a local “paddle club” that Mel and I can join and do their floats with them. I’m pretty sure we will just be doing mostly lake floating, because, at this point, I’m not capable of walking and help to portage a kayak around. My legs are definitely becoming stronger and I’m walking more steps each day, but my wheelchair is still necessary for most of the time. I’m hoping to be writing about my new kayak soon with pictures and praising all the cool features. We will be looking at more kayaks in outfitters tomorrow and maybe we will actually bite the bullet and purchase one or even two for us to use.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.

– Shirley




2 thoughts on “My Dog Boaz and Life Near the Lakes

  1. Julie Harris

    Shirley, what a great dog Boaz seems to be! You and your husband are really blessed to have found him and have him work out so well for you – especially being of service to you! How wonderful. I will bookmark your site and come back for more of your stories of life with Boaz. I am a true and avid lover of dogs and love reading stories from other dog lovers.
    My chosen and favorite breed is Chihuahuas. I have four, all rescues. They are Katy, who is 13, Roscoe, 4, Ike, who’s also 4, and our latest rescue, Kissy, who came from a responsible breeder who released her to a rescue organization and she’s 8. I love them all. Most of them are very nice, loving dogs, good with people. Katy, our oldest, is an ankle biter, though. She is a “mean” dog. But we love her anyway and we are just very careful about who we let around her. We recently took all the dogs to the vet for their annual exams and Katy bit our vet. He wasn’t happy. It was the second time he had gotten bit by her. We do remind him every time we take Katy in that she is a biter, but he seems to forget.
    I hope you and your husband have many happy years with Boaz!

    1. admin Post author

      Julie, thank you for visiting my blog site and your comment. So sorry Kathy bit your vet – but I guess it’s all in days work for vets huh! We have to be careful with Boaz around folks too, not because he is mean, he isn’t – in fact he’s very friendly, but he’s just so big. 130 pounds of dog can literally knock you over, especially if he’s excited to see you. He’s a mouther too, he likes to lick and slime people to show how friendly he is. We are certainly hoping to have a lot of great years with Bo. The life expectancy of Giant Schnauzers is 12-15 years I believe. – Shirley


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