Some years ago, my father planned a week's fishing at a private fishing lodge in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada (1,000 Islands area, that advertised as being pet friendly). As it was a long drive from Long Island to the fishing lodge, I begged Dad to take our one year old German Shepherd, "Lobo", along with us. He loved riding in a car, and sticking his nose out the window, and besides, it was much cheaper to take him along than board him at a kennel for the week.
After about an eight hour drive, we arrived about an hour before dinner, and checked into our beautiful second story lake front room, with a large balcony actually overhanging the lake. Unpacking, we put Lobo out on the porch with some food and water and went downstairs for dinner, with the rest of the guests. Our dog seemed happy in his new surroundings, and greeted us warmly when we returned from dinner with some table scraps, and then took him out for a walk before turning in for the night.
Early the next morning, Dad and I decided to paddle a canoe around the lake and explore a bit on our own, before our guide took us fishing later on in the day. We loaded our canoe with some food and water, and some photography gear, while faithful Lobo watched us from his balcony perch, whining just a bit. As we started to paddle away, Lobo sensed he was being left behind, in a strange place, and for longer than a dinner interval. In the wink of an eye, he launched himself like Greg Louganis doing a 2½ front pike from the high board, and dove from about twenty five feet into the water near our canoe.
Although he had never been into any deep water, he paddled like mad to the canoe, and futilely tried to climb aboard. Dad leaned over to help him in, I leaned in the opposite direction to counter balance, but not enough to offset Dad's and a wet dog's combined weight. In an instant all three of us were all in the water, the canoe over-turned, and our gear sinking to the lake bottom, all to the great amusement of the other guests and guides who witnessed this post-breakfast entertainment.
Written by: Gerald Levine - Shelter Island, NY
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