Thursday, August 14, 2014

Paddleboarding and a blind dog?




We had a perfect Sunday, Harley and I decided to go for a late afternoon swim, as we walked down the beach toward the water we noticed a young woman with a Sheppard mix not far from us.  She had a paddle board with her next to her blanket.  If you are not familiar, a paddle board is a more substantial surf type board that the rider stands on and paddles.  I have tried it and it seemed like quite a lot of work for the return on the effort. 

As Harley and I were swimming around, jumping in the waves, and chatting we noticed the young woman putting a doggie life vest on the dog.  Once he was secured in the vest they headed for the water.  It was obvious she was talking to her four legged friend as they walked toward the waves, she had a leash in one hand and her paddle board under her arm. When they got to the water she had the dog get on the board which he wasn’t too keen about but did hop on with the gentle coaxing of his master.

As she was attempting to get the dog closer to the middle of the board I went over to try to help them get settled on the moving board.

As we chatted the rest of the story came out, the dog has been blind from birth and this was their first time paddle boarding in the ocean the other times were in the Intracoastal Waterway which is much calmer, this was their first outing with waves.  Once the dog had settled to the middle of the board she very gracefully boosted herself on the board and off they went. 

It didn’t take long for the dog to settle down and the two friends seemed as happy as they could be on a hot summers eve in South Florida.  

God Bless,
Teri
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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