As a retired orthopedic surgeon, David Bahnson had a lot of time on his hands to relax and do what he loved most: kayaking.

The only downside was that taking his beloved pups along with him proved to be difficult…so he decided to make a custom solution for Susie and Ginger, his beautiful Golden Retrievers.

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He ordered a boat kit from Pygmy Boats, but made a few very important modifications. Instead of letting the pups sit with him in the “cockpit,” he decided to make two different seats for them.

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That way, the dogs could safely jump out of the kayak if they need to — and they wouldn’t be in their dad’s way if he needed to paddle.

The good girls took to boating like ducks to water! They were trained to get in the kayak, sit down, and prepare themselves for an aquatic adventure. Then, whenever their dad would paddle them to shore, they would patiently wait until he told them it was okay to disembark.

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Thankfully, even if there was an accident on the water, the dogs were enthusiastic and strong swimmers, so David was never worried (although he did bring life vests along for the dogs).

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Unfortunately, since David build this custom doggo-kayak, both Susie and Ginger have passed away. But, he had such a blast on the water with his two girls, the retired surgeon is already training a new pup to go out on adventures with him!

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As long as you can do it safely, taking your dog along with you on an outdoor adventure is a treat! They know how to make almost every situation better.

Plus, who could say no to a paddling break filled with snuggles and wet kisses?