The whirlwind summer is at an end. We are finally home for good and it's wonderful. I don't think Summit cares much. He's so used to travelling now. When he sees me packing up our stuff and loading the car he starts to get really excited because he knows we're headed out for a roadtrip... which means a comfy bed to sleep in for hours.
We headed up to Sault Ste Marie for my boyfriend's cousin's wedding. I won't bore you all with the photos and details since you're all here for Summit's adventures. And there were many adventures for our adventure hound.
First we visited the family camp where Summit got to lounge around, meet some other dogs and drink out of the lake. The camp is right on Lake Superior and although there are lots of camps all along, this one is almost the very last one which means it's very quiet and doesn't have much traffic going by. It's a very relaxing place to be in the outdoors. He also had the distinction of being the best behaved dog there which meant everyone loved him. The BF's parents were very proud that their "granddog" was the best behaved doggie there.
The next day we took Summit for his first boat ride. I bought a life jacket for him back in the spring in preparation for this ride. We had to lift him down into the boat so the big, strong boys did the heavy lifting. I expected Summit to be nervous once the boat got up to speed, but surprisingly he was fairly unperterbed. He had trouble finding a soft spot to settle down, but he did and when he wasn't lying down he was sniffing the wind and seemed to enjoy himself.
|Just a boat ride. Booooring!|
And no, I did not photoshop out his leash. That greyhound is leash free! GASP! Now, before the lynch mob comes out, let me add this disclaimer. This is a very small island. It is private. The only way to reach it is by small boat and you almost never have to share the island with anyone else and there are no vehicles. It's far enough from the mainland that there is really no wildlife. Add to this a dog with good recall and this is about the safest place you could off leash any dog, not just a greyhound. It was great to see him wander around on the beach without his leash and he even got up to speed and did some zoomies in the sand. No, I would not trust him off-leash at home in the city. This was a very special circumstance in which I felt it was acceptable for him to be off leash.
If only all ground could be soft like sand. I have never seen Summit sit on his own as much as he did on the beach. He chose to sit instead of stand or lay down. It was like having a non-greyhound!
Well then we thought he did so well with a small boat... why not a BIG boat? We left Sault Ste Marie and made our way down through Manitoulin Island to Tobermory in the Bruce Peninsula. We planned to do some camping and hiking. To cross from the island to the mainland you have to take a big ferry called the Chi-Cheemaun. So we loaded the car on, grabbed a blanket and Summit's life jacket and took the 2 hour ride. We had to stay out on the decks because dogs aren't allowed in the lounges. Luckily the weather was very good, though it was windy and the waves were very big. Once again Summit did very well and didn't mind the boat ride at all.
I was a little nervous about camping with the dog. Well, maybe not nervous, but I wanted to make sure I thought of everything. I brought his x-pen to put around the tent entrance so we could open the flap without worrying, and so we could leave the tent open and allow the dog to be inside or outside in the evening while we cooked dinner. It worked out great. Being a typical greyhound he mostly chose to sleep inside on our sleeping bags, but he did also spend some time outside hoping for tidbits.