Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Shhhhhh....

Charlie doesn't quite know it yet, but boating is in his future.

That's assuming he's willing. And Charlie is so fearful of so many things that I'm worried he won't be. Willing, that is.Yesterday we started the introduction process by taking Charlie to the Columbia River Yacht Club to visit the boathouse & start getting comfortable with the surroundings.He sniffed all around, went inside & out, poked his head into the boatwell (but wouldn't go farther), and even met Cheyenne, a golden retriever girl who explained everything to him (including that she's the boss).
The goal was to have a good, non-challenging, non-scary time and I think we succeeded.

Next step? Start getting Charlie used to the boat with the engine off. And excited about "going for a ride" in it. Oh yeah, and figure out how to fish him out if he falls in the drink. 'Cause, oh baby, when we finally do turn on that engine, I want to be prepared!

 

24 comments:

Randi said...

AWWW!! Charlie is gonna be a regular SKIPPER on the boat! He'll get the hang of it in no time!

Cant' wait to see more pics!

Love & Licks,
Randi

Shmoo said...

Where is Charlie's stylish puppy life vest? Spineless bionic hip puppy Sam wears a life vest when he goes swimming in a pool, so Charlie should have one!

Meeshka

Charlie said...

Don't worry, Meeshka, Charlie will definitely be getting a stylish puppy life vest!
- Charlie's mom

Lorenza said...

I am sure when Charlie gets used to it... he will love it!
Yes, he needs a life vest!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

jan said...

Yacht? Wow, all we get is a stupid raft.

Misty the alpha Poodle

Sami & Baylee said...

Oh Charlie I don't know what to tell you since I have never been on a boat. I love water! You will have to let me know how your boating goes! I bet you get some pointers from Amber-Mae she just got back from a boating ride.

Kisses,
Sami

Curt Rogers said...

What a good and careful companion you are! Charlie is lucky indeed! I can't wait to see his first adventure.

Amber-Mae said...

Charlie, you can do it. Just head over to my blog & check out the pictures & a short video of us, on a boat ride!!! It's really fun but Chloe didn't really take it too well. Not sure if she really wants to get on a boat again next time but just ignore her in that video. It really isn't scawie at all! I can assure you...

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Oh.. Will Charlie be a captain of a boat??

~ Girl girl

Thor said...

Charlie!
When you get used, you will have a lot of fun!

woof
Thor

BrandytheGreat said...

Aww, Charlie! Ibe never ever ever been in a boat!

Agatha and Archie said...

Well if you bring your chewies and a couple of stuffies and your cuz you should be ok.....Have a good time!! love A+A

Noah the Airedale said...

Ahoy ahoy...
Charlie just ask for a lifejacket matie. Have fun on the highseas.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah xx

Huskee Boy said...

I am sure Charlie will love it once he gets used to it!! Aye Aye Captain!

Sami & Baylee said...

Hi Charlie,
See my bloggie I tagged you,
Kisses,
Baylee

Moco said...

Charlie will be doing fine. How can he live so close to the mighty Columbia and not want to glide across it at times.

Lola Smiles said...

I'm betting Charlie is going to ace the boat ride! Boat rides are the best!

have fun Charlie

Orable & Charlie said...

Oh, a houseboat is a wonderful thing. Take it from me, Charlie, dogs LOVE boats!

licks & slobbers
-Charlie

Pacco de Mongrel said...

charlie, i don't think u are scare of boat...tell ur human not to worry...

BWTH Dog House said...

I never been on to a boat but I think Charlie can handle it.

slurpy licks,
BenBen

Curt Rogers said...

I just wanted to thank you for the great blog. Stop by Tuesday's While Walking Duncan to see what you've been awarded!

And hurry and get that dog on the boat already! I can't wait to see what happens, and maybe take some lessons for Dunc!

Chef said...

Before long, Charlie will be the captain. You are definitely initiating him well... he's going to love it. Right, Charlie??

xo
Chef

Max said...

Charlie... just a tip from one Golden to another... whatever you do, don't let them take you on a 3 hour cruise.... especially if there's anyone on the boat named "Skipper" or "Ginger" ... I'm just saying it could turn out bad.

Keep on Wagging!

Max the Golden Retriever

Chef said...

Charlie, I've got an award for you on my blog. Come by and pick it up when you have a minute.

xox
Chef