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Boaz is quite the “water dog”

Our Kayaking Schnauzer

Mel and I picked up our two kayaks this week and yesterday, we took Bo with us to the nearest lake, just down the cliffs from us – Lake Norwood for our first solo “float”.

My kayak's standup bar

My kayak’s standup bar

My kayak is a fire-orange Diablo Amigo, which is 12.5′ and very stable.  I had a “standup bar” attached so I can pull myself up and down from the seat.  The bar is actually for someone who wants to fish standing up in the kayak; but for me,  it is a help to get up and down.   I have no problem getting in and out of it now.  The kayak has room for Bo to ride with me when he wants and if he’s not too rowdy, he won’t tip us over.

Here’s a link to a picture of my Amigo.

My Dog Boaz and Life Near the Lakes

Boaz is now an adult

Boaz is now 2.5 years old and weighs just under 130 pounds. Yes, he has turned into a big boy, even bigger than a normal male Giant Schnauzer. We waited until he was almost two years old before having him neutered so his bone plates would close. The neutering did seem to calm him down a little. He has become nicer around people. Not that he was bad before, but he would sometimes get a little too excited around visitors. Now he calms down pretty quick.

I’ve also begun to let Bo pull me and my wheelchair frequently, especially when I need some help up a slight ramp. He does this very willingly and easily. For now, I’ve been just holding his collar, but I’m going to get a proper harness soon so he can’t be hurt. He walks very fast when pulling me and yet I’ve had little trouble getting him to turn the way I want to go. I take him in Lowe’s and in the tractor supply store and he is great. I’ve taken him in pet stores too, but he does sometimes show a little too much interest in the dog treats. Once, when he was younger and his groomer was at the back of a pet store, I would end up buying a treat he stole every time I took him for grooming. – lol.