I found this story I had written back a ways. My trusty old friend is now going on her 11th year and is slowing down considerably which is expected but makes me sad. We only do short trips, just a pole upstream to some sandbars where she can relax in the water on those hot days and then back home. We're still going out there and as long and she is comfortable we'll keep going!
By Doug Doremus
Why is it so important to me to bring my Sadie Dawg on my adventures in a canoe? Love is one big reason, for she is my best friend. It’s all that unconditional stuff with master and hound yet for my Sadie it is the facts that I want her to experience life. Not be treated like so many other dogs, chained or kept with only a leash walk. How mundane, how soul breaking can that be to a spirit and breed that wants to run, sniff, and explore?
By Doug Doremus
|Are You Ready Yet?|
We weaned her early to the canoe, I believe around eight or ten months for we got her very early in her life. Day one was a trial but by the end of it she didn’t need any encouragement to hop into the canoe and looked at us with impatience to move on downstream.
We soon moved on to solo trips, just me and the Dawg. It was a memorable moment for both of us on the Merrimack River. We hit a shallow spot; Sadie was antsy moving all over the front of the center thwart rocking the boat. In a flash she launched herself over board into the water and stood there looking at me with what seemed to be a defiant glare for her young age. Planting my pole into the river bottom and tying off my boat to it I got out into the river with her and talked to her. Letting time pass she calmed and I lifted her back into the boat and stood back. She meandered around a bit and finally settled into a spot, her choice was at the base of my seat where my feet rest. It has been her place since, right where we can talk, right where I can reassure her when the waters get rough.
|Sadie's Spot in the Canoe|
Perhaps the best part has been the friends she has made in this paddling world. The people I paddle with totally accept the fact that there will be a Sadie Dawg along for our jaunts. She’s part of the crew, tried and tested, as hardy as any of us.
Our journey is in mid-stream, we’ve had our beginnings as paddling pals and it’s my wish to continue this trip. Those brown eyes need to keep looking to the waters and shores for new adventures.
|Sadie and Doug|