Does it take a little extra effort to bring your pet on vacation? Yes.
But it pays you back tenfold! After my son’s recent college graduation, we decided to try and have a family vacation ON Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire before he heads off into the world. With some on line research, were able to find a house on VRBO.com that would accommodate a dog (there were actually many listings with different amenities).
This home in the beautiful town of Meredith was smack on the banks of the quiet, picturesque Fish Cove. Abutting a loon sanctuary and tucked away in a residential area, we had the best of both worlds! We had quiet peace in the mornings for jumping off the dock and kayaking, and yet we were a quick boat ride out to the main part of the lake for tubing and sight-seeing. This was not our first visit to Lake Winni, but certainly our best!
Seeing the lake from the water was so much fun and interesting—we decided they may need some signs for navigation out there…it’s so huge! The boating was a bit of a challenge from a newbie’s perspective as the lake is known for the massive amount of rocks to maneuver around. Our Navigation Map purchased at the local Mobil station helped immensely! NH isn’t called the Granite State for nothing!! Donning her life vest, Brya came everywhere on the boat with us and there was plenty of public docks to stop and walk around in each of the main towns around the lake.
We found many eateries when we docked the boat that would take the dog. All patio venues will allow dogs to dine and some even offer water bowls and treats. Many ice cream spots will give you a doggie cup J When in Wolfeboro, we dined at Dockside with a covered patio and great simple but tasty summer foods. My kids tell me the fish & chips were awesome! I was amazed at how many dogs we saw in our travels boating this enormous lake.
The water was definitely the draw to this vacation. Although we walked our area of Stonedam Island daily, Brya LOVED kayaking with us. We usually get in the kayak on Cape Cod from the shore, but by day two in NH she was jumping in from the dock into her spot in my kayak ready for our next adventure. We found a few islands that were purely conservation that we got out and explored. My favorite spot was “Sally’s Gut”, a little canal that is VERY shallow and boats must be careful and slow but is a kayakers dream!
In Brya’s 2 ½ short years of life I have found that not only has traveling made her a happier dog, but she is so easy to take anywhere! By being exposed to so many different situations, we have increased the bond of trust between us ………never mind it brings both of us a lot of joy ! Give it a try!