What’s so great about a hobby if your best friends can’t come along too?
Fortunately for David Bahnson, a retired orthopedic surgeon from Vermont, he’s figured out the perfect way to share his favorite pastime with his pets — by building a kayak designed with them in mind. Now, any adventure out on the water can be complemented by the addition of his happy dogs.
“They seem to love it,” Bahnson told The Dodo. “They get excited when we’d pull the kayaks out and see that we were going.”
Bahnson first had the idea after seeing how easily his first dog, Susie, could fit inside the baggage compartment of his kayak, which he built from a kit by Pygmy Boats. The addition of a ring, or “coaming,” around the opening helped her stay cozy and dry as they piloted the vessel through the water on their outings.
It wasn’t long before Bahnson, his wife and Susie were joined by another canine family member, Ginger. Not wanting to leave the new pup out during their kayaking trips, he made yet another modification to the boat.
“When we got Ginger, I just put in another hole,” said Bahnson. “It’s like a triple kayak, only there isn’t enough room for the paddlers to put their feet — but it’s perfect for a dog.”