Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hank the Boat Dog

Our dog is probably more popular than we are; most dog owners know the feeling. We are known far and wide as "those people who drive Hank's boat." He is such a happy soul, he makes almost everyone feel better just being there.

Cruising with a dog has its challenges & down sides... it certainly is extra work & worry... but the rewards are tremendous!

When we stopped at the small town of Bolsover, along the middle part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, Hank met a young "marina dog" named Mercury. They played together most of a day, and we gave up hopes that they'd tire each other out. Merc was a star attraction already and the two of them really hit it off.

Hank is a real charmer, all right. Not being shy, he met these beautiful young ladies on the Port Severn dock and immediately invited them on his yacht.

The odds were not in favor of Hank's becoming a yachting dog; he was in the animal shelter and one day short of being euthanized. I suspect that he was aware of the situation, and looks at every new day of life as a gift & a bonus... an attitude we try to share.

Here are our new friends Lise, Ross, and Bailey. Hank invited them aboard the Winnie W when he heard that Bailey was also a yacht hound. Bailey keeps his cruiser at Penetanguishene, and he lets Ross & Lise drive it for him.

It is a gift to make friends in new places like this, and it certainly brightened our weekend to meet them.

We hope that Hank has cheered you up too!

Best wishes
Doug & Kathie

1 comment:

gracie116 said...

That top photo of Hank was wonderful: Hank the Hunk!

Please don't be too modest in your successful efforts to match Hank's appeal and charm -- you're great!

On the other hand, we were dashed to find out that we were just another set of pretty human faces on Hank's long list of adorers. C'est la vie, c'est l'amour!

Be safe, well and warm !

L+K, Joan & Kathy