Since I know my duty as a foster parent is to expose my foster dogs to as many new, different, mildly challenging but mostly fun situations as possible, I didn't object when Florian recently had an idea for a bit of an adventure involving Pager.
Although we all know Florian can go a bit overboard in the adventure department, the idea of going kayaking, and not having to leave poor Pager in her terrible crate, was too appealing to pass up.
Florian has been in heaven since our friend Francine left her kayaks in our backyard, and has been using them every chance he gets.
I've only been a couple of times, because of course when I have time for an outing I'd rather it be one that includes the dogs.
And the idea of going kayaking with Fozzie in my lap, or Lamar, just doesn't sound like a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Not even Florian's that crazy.
But with Pager, the idea didn't seem that far-fetched.
Now a really together foster mom would have had a doggie life jacket all ready, but since I am not that foster mom I resolved to just go really slow, hold her tight, and stay mostly in shallow water.
She was a bit nervous at first, and paced around trying to find a comfortable position just like in the car.
Except every time she paced around in the kayak, the boat lurched and we nearly capsized. Exciting!
Pretty soon though, she seemed to relax and have a good time.
She just looked out over the water, and found she was pretty comfy out in the open air and close to her foster mom.
No vomiting or peeing!
That was WAY more fun than the car ride.
I don't know if going kayaking is on any official lists of recommended activities for shy foster dogs. But it sure was a fun way to spend the day with Pager.