Kayaking With Dachshunds

Every year we have a little family tradition where we all go on a kayaking trip for the day – my brother Oakley and I included.

So early in the morning we pack up our gear and kayaks and head up river. At the start, Oakley and I pick out which kayaks (or paddlers) we’d like to command, yet this always ends up changing once we start hopping to other kayaks or falling off and being picked up by someone else.. Sometimes even ending up on the same one!

Kayaking with Wiener Dogs!

We prefer to each captain a different kayak though so we can keep track of who’s ahead of who. If you haven’t realized by now, brotherly love is often a matter of competition. You may also notice that in many of the following photos Oakley is all wet, which is of course because he’s always falling in.

Oakley on a Kayak

I kept telling him not to get so far over the front tip of the kayak. Yet, he was always just so excited that he’d be hanging right over the edge – so much so that his balance would be compromised at the slightest irregular movement in the kayak, thus leading to a little dip in the river.

Oakley on tip of Kayak

I didn’t make too big a deal of it, because after all, it was an excellent source of entertainment throughout the trip.

Anyway, whoever we’re with, you can tell we get frustrated with our paddler at times for not keeping a satisfactory speed – hence the need for us to switch boats occasionally. For instance, I can count on Dad for good speed bursts (which however makes the kayak a little unstable for me), while Mum is good at a nice continuous stroke.

Occasionally, Oakley and I would end up on the same kayak. Being the eldest and the lifetime-appointed expedition leader, I held the position at the front as commander and captain.

(As a sidenote, I think that at this point in my celebrity career I need not even mention that I’m flexing – it’s a given).

Crusoe and Oakley Kayakin

At times I worried if taking the very front spot of the kayak was a good idea. Oakley was always trying to butt in from the side, but I didn’t want to give it up. It ended up that we were both barely balancing on the tip of the kayak while Oakley kept pushing me closer and closer to the narrowing tip.

I’m not sure if he just didn’t realize that he was putting me in a precarious position or if this was some tactic of his to toss me overboard as an “accident”. That would be more like a wire haired to do. Anyway, it didn’t work – as I never fell off (from that).

In fact, I’d say it backfired because Oakley ended up falling in a few times while trying to edge me off. I couldn’t help but lick my chops in satisfaction!

Crusoe Kayaking!

After a couple hours of kayaking, we stopped for a nice break and lunch on a sand spit of the river. This is a great time for us to go stretch our legs, run around a bit, chase some squeaky balls, go for a swim, and crunch some sticks.

Oakley had a blast retrieving the ball in the water, as the little guy just loves to swim. I prefer to just let him retrieve it for me (I’m not as much a water guy).

Dachshund Swimming

We also soon discovered that when you throw a ball in shallow water, Oakley has a very nice ‘water-gallop’, which you can see in this video – as filmed with GoPro:

Then it was back to the kayaks for the final stretch!

When we weren’t on separate kayaks competing for leadership of the pack, it let us better appreciate our beautiful surroundings. Here we are together, no worries in the world except what might lie around the next river bend.

Kayaking with Small Dogs

As we slid under the last bridge before the exit, Oakley lost his footing and somersaulted frontwards into the water. It was the best thing ever, and I so wish someone caught it on film.

Oakley just loves the water though, and no matter how many times he fell in, it didn’t phase him one bit, while I on the hand will shiver and demand to be wrapped in a blanket for at least 10 minutes before re-emerging to take my position as captain once again.

Crusoe doesn't like being wet!

So that was our kayaking adventure. I look forward to next year’s trip!

My vacation with Oakley may be over, but I have one more adventure of ours to share with you, so the summer’s not over yet!

Keep paddlin’,

~ Crusoe

What fun activities do you do with your dog? Let me know in the comments!



22 Responses to Kayaking With Dachshunds

  1. Crusoe I can’t wait to read about your next adventure with Oakley. You two make my day. You sure were doing a lot of flexing on the front of that kayak. Too bad there weren’t a lot of babes around to see you!! ❤❤

  2. I am always in awe of you Crusoe, I love to hear about your travels and exploits, what a dog.
    Daisy in London x

  3. you two have the best experiences ever and wow do you have a gift of gab…. I think your writing and setting up scenes for us to enjoy are worth a Noble prize in literature 🙂

  4. That was SO awesome!!! The two of you are so much fun to watch. How funny to see Oakley trying to nudge his older brother from the front of the kayak. That reminds me of the carved figureheads found on ships from the old pirate days…svelte, flexing Crusoe on the prow of the kayak! You are (dare I say?) KING of the WORLD!
    Love the GoPro!
    Sailorly, semitropical, squeaky & still looking,
    <3 BonBon <3

    • lol @ “semitropical”. Just how I like ’em!

      “King of the World” kind of has a ring to it. Hmm. Wish I could have caught Oakley falling in on video. You would have liked that!

      Thanks Bonbon and mom! : )

  5. Hi Crusoe & Oakley..We are 2 doxies also male..Franky & Radar..We love to see your adventures as we have some of our own..everytime we see what you guys are up to..it is a great vacation for us to..we love ya..keep lifting out spirits you crazy & funny dogs..Bye..YEA!

    • Heya there, thanks so much! Glad to be an inspiration to fellow adventurers. Send me a pic sometime of what you’re up to.

      Keep ballin’

  6. We take our longhaired dachshund walking in the woods and canoeing. We put a quilt in the bottom of the canoe which makes it more comfortable for him. He is a good swimmer like Oakley and a good snowplow, as well. Your blog showed this dachshund owner what these little guys can do. No trail is too tough for my dog. He’s eight inches tall and all go. And go we do! Thanks, Crusoe! You encourage us to have adventures.

    • You got that right! We are hunting dogs after all. “Eight inches tall and all go” – nice line, I may use that ; )

      Keep goin’,

      ~ Crusoe

  7. Crusoe, your adventures with Oakley are the best! I can’t wait until the next one!

    P.S. I think Oakley has a little otter in him. 🙂

  8. Crusoe and Oakley you are so brave! You are a inspiration to my jewels Priscila and Penélope. But I think we will beguin with a ligth swim at pool before we go kaiaking…just for safe, hehe.

  9. Hi, Crusoe!! This one was a heck of a trip!!! I think you really enjoy your little adventures with Oakley, even if you need to share the spotlight..after all, he won’t hold it for long 🙂 Loved the way you two RACED in the sand! Does the sand make it more difficult to run for a doxie, as it does for a human? And last question: Is Oakley really your brother (same mommy and daddy from birth) and does he live with you all the time, or just on vacations? I’m kind of new in your lives but enjoy it tremendously. A word to whoever filmed this clip: Great Job!!!

  10. Hey, Crusoe and Oakley,
    I love the music in your videos!! The music makes the adventure all the more fun to watch…. Crusoe, don’t get your beautiful Patrician nose out of joint, but I have to say, your brother is also quite the extremely handsome young man!! I think the two of you complement each other very well, so even though you would like to gather all that spotlight onto your lovely profile, keep that good lookin’ brother around, as he and you are more than the sum of your parts….1 + 1 definitely equals 10~!~

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