This photo was taken last July at Devil’s Lake (or “D Lake”), just outside Lincoln City, Oregon. I love how both the boy and the dog are wearing life jackets. I often hear people scoffing about life jackets for dogs (“dogs can swim!”), but they’re really an essential item for dogs who go kayaking, canoeing, boating or sailing with their people. Not all dogs can swim, in fact, and even if they can, they can’t swim for long, especially in cold water or a current. (I’d bet you anything you name that the boy in this picture swims like a fish, but he has a lifejacket on because he’s not, in fact, a fish. Same goes for a dog.)
Chloe is not a strong swimmer, to put it mildly, and her fur weighs her down once it soaks through. We bought her an Evolution Marine One life vest because we liked the way it fit around her neck, and because it happened to be available (I can’t remember where — West Marine? Mud Bay?). It has the crucial grab-handle on the back, but I don’t know how it stacks up against the other dog life vest products out there. If you have a life vest for your dog that you really like, would you let me know about it in a comment?
Please send me links to your favorite dog travel photos! They’ll get listed below, for everyone to click on and view. Here’s how it works:
- Every Friday, I’ll put up a post like this one, sometime during the morning (Pacific time).
- If you have a blog or a website, post a dog travel photo on your site on Friday and link back here to the current week’s “Photo Friday” post so that your readers can see other great dog travel photos. Please take a moment to make sure that you are linking directly to your photo post instead of your homepage.
- If you don’t have a blog or a website, simply post your photo to Flickr (or Facebook, Twitpic, etc.).
- Using the inlinkz button below, paste in the link to your photo or your blog post. That way, Dog Jaunt will link back to you. Please include a few words in the “Name” box describing where you took the photo (in this case, “Name” refers to the name of your photo, not your name!).