BustopherJones Posted October 15, 2007 Report Share Posted October 15, 2007 I thought you would get a kick out of this. My doctor has been after me to lose some weight. (Is there anyone who has a doctor who doesn’t want them to lose weight?) Wanting to combine work with pleasure, and being one who loves the water, I purchased a small Backwater 7.5 rowboat on the Internet; this allows me to combine exercise with fishing (my favorite sport). Now keep in mind that the name of the boat is exactly what it is, a seven-and-a-half foot rowboat; so there isn’t a lot of room in the boat. It is, however, the ideal size and weight (49 pounds) for throwing in the back of the pickup truck (no trailer needed) and heading out to local small lakes. DW suggested that I take Annie out with me to see if she would enjoy the activity, so I purchased a life vest for Annie, and gave it a try. Well, the first trip out was interesting. I thought that combining rowing with fishing on her first sojourn might be a bit much, so we just did the rowing thing. Annie was not quite sure what to make of this, especially when I lifted her by the life jacket (the jacket comes with a handle) to put her in the boat. She spent the first trip lying, for the most part, in the forward part of the boat, but at least did not try to bolt over the gunwale for shore. The second trip was a riot. Now that she knew what to expect, she spent most of the trip sitting up and looking around, posing regally as if she was the captain and navigator. She also ensured that she could function as an audible warning device, barking at any boat that happened to come near us. Now we have settled into a routine, and my Border Collie seems to enjoy fishing as much as I do. She looks quizzically at any fish that I on occasion am actually able to land in the boat (which is not very often; it’s a good thing my family doesn’t rely on my fishing skills to eat regularly); but she has really taken to this boating thing, especially since I am the one doing all the work. Recently, a photographer from a local paper took our picture out on the water, and published it in the local edition; unfortunately, I was not able to retrieve it electronically, but next season (the boat has been put away for this season, as October and beyond are not considered ideal boating months in New England) I will have DW take a picture with the digital camera that I can post. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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