Weekend Waterview: All Paws On Board


There’s nothing like the thrill and anticipation of a boat ride. . .


. . .whether you have two legs or four.  :)


We’re happy to be All Paws On Board!


The captain’s lap is the seat of choice. . .


Whether we’re under way or anchored to watch the sunset.



We all like to admire some of the beautiful homes on the lake by boat. . .





chloe and osprey

And to check out the osprey nests and see how the juveniles have grown.












Boating with Dogs, Lake Norman

Happy Weekend from Our Boat to Yours!

  44 comments for “Weekend Waterview: All Paws On Board

  1. July 18, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Mary! I absolutely LOVE this post…all of those gorgeous photos…of Chloe and Gracie!! Oh, and the beautiful houses too of course! :) Have a wonderful weekend and give those two pups a hug from us!

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    July 18, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Two cute little dogs..just precious and the driver of the boat ain’t bad either!!!😉😉😉 Which one of those lovely homes is yours??? I really like the houses but I sure wouldn’t want to clean them!! Oh well, if I could afford a house like that, I could afford to hire it cleaned!!! LOL!!! Thanks for sharing..🚤🚤🚤🐶🐶🐶

  3. Pattie Leonardis
    July 18, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Such gorgeous photos! Such sweet expressive doggies!

  4. Martine
    July 18, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Merci pour ce petit tour en bateau, avec la canicule que nous subissons actuellement, ces images sont rafraîchissantes. Les bichons semblent aussi apprécier. Vous avez pu apercevoir des maisons de rêve !
    Mon anglais n’est pas suffisamment bon pour que j’écrive dans votre langue….sorry !
    Bien amicalement.


    • July 18, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Merci Martine :)

  5. July 18, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Oh what a perfect cruise! The pictures with the pups running to the boat are adorable! The captain is quite the handsome one! The homes around the lake are magnificent! I can’t decide which is my favorite but I think I’m partial to the last one with all the stonework! Have a lovely weekend!

    • July 18, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Hi Liz, the last home is my favorite too, it has water on three sides! Happy Weekend to you :)

  6. Cynd
    July 18, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Nature’s Serenity on the Lake! Love, Love!!

  7. Elizabeth
    July 18, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Such adorable, expressive little faces! Loved all the photos, Mary!

  8. Melissa
    July 18, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Oh what lucky dogs!!! Adorable!

  9. Sue
    July 18, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Love the pics!!! I was just thinking as I read one of your posts the other day that it had been a while since we had seen the pups!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekendXOXO

  10. July 18, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Maizy loves to go on the boat, but she is not as tolerant of having her picture taken as your pooches are!

  11. Susan
    July 18, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Keeper says HEY!!! My little Bichon loves to go on boat rides at our lake house, too!! She’s not crazy about having her photograph taken, either. Your girls are precious!!

  12. July 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

    The pictures of The Girls running down the dock are hilarious Mary! Looks like everyone had a great day on the boat:@)

  13. July 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I love running dogs, it always delights me! Gorgeous mammoth homes are pretty fun too… great bird shots. How fun this is at your fingertips daily :-)

  14. July 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Happy Weekend! We decided not to go to the lake today due to the high temps, so no Crest pontooning for us! Finlay is hard at work writing a guest post about his Lake Martin adventures.


  15. July 18, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Chloe and Gracie could hardly wait to get their happy paws on board!! It was fun touring the lake with all of you, Mary. I enjoyed the seeing the gorgeous homes and the osprey nests. Thanks for the fun ride!

  16. July 18, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Everything about this post is wonderful. The dogs, the boat, the captain, the houses, the ospreys and all the beautiful views. Thanks Mary. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  17. July 18, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Adorable! Great photos, love the ospreys.

  18. July 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Just lovely, Mary! Thank you!!

  19. July 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Great post! Your adorable fur kids have big smiles on their faces!! I love the Osprey photos!! Awesome Pawsome! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  20. Beverly Cook
    July 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Gorgeous pix, adorable fluffs and not a bad captain either! :) Would it be safer if the gorgeous girls wore life vests just in case?? Thanks for sharing an amazing escape!!

  21. Yolie Browne
    July 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Wow! Amazing homes, amazing wildlife, luxurious boat, adorable pets, handsome husband – what a privileged life you have!

  22. July 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for the lovely post. Your furbabies are just adorable! Have a great time boating!

  23. cindy skarin
    July 18, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful post! We live on at a lake, we have 2 dogs that we take on our pontoon for lake cruises BUT they sure don’t look like these! HAHA

  24. Sandi Allen
    July 18, 2015 at 10:31 am

    What a wonderful Post! Love your Beautiful photos! Looks so calm and peaceful out on the Lake. Beautiful Homes and your 2 dogs are Adorable! Such sweetness!

  25. July 18, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness as I always say, this is one of my favorite blogs of all time! I love those sweet little faces of your precious fur babies and love the views from the boat! The Osprey nest photos are some of my all-time favorite! Thank you for all you do and all the work you put into this blog it is absolutely beautiful!

  26. July 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

    You have WONDERFUL photography skills!!! These pictures are amazing (and they make me want to go for a boat ride right NOW – even though I don’t have a boat). My bestie & I have decided we will both get bichons as our next dog. They are CUTE!!!
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com
    P.S. I would like to invite you to pop over to my blog! :)

  27. Tricia
    July 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I love the posts with your dogs, and how you include them in your daily life. We have two cats and do the same- they are our babies. You are a great photographer and I love seeing all your pictures of the lake and the houses there. I showed my husband and he really enjoyed the post also. Great job!

  28. July 18, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I just love your posts! I am on disability and I get to see things I would never get to see otherwise! Thank you for giving me bright spots in my days. Love your Bichons. I have 2 cats now so my landlord won’t let me get a pup. I always thought I’d want one when I can get a pup again.

  29. July 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Oh, how I miss having a boat sometimes. Your lake has beautiful homes close to water’s edge. Lake Travis, where we sailed, has homes that sit well above the lake because it isn’t a constant level lake. It’s a treat to take them all in. I could move right into the last one you’ve shown. Looks like it has lots of light. The best part of this post though is seeing Gracie and Chloe enjoy the outing. Running with excitement and sitting up to take the wind in their face. What a life! Could they be any cuter?

  30. rattlebridge farm
    July 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    What a fun trip across the lake with Chloe and Gracie–they are so adorable!

  31. July 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    thanks for the boat ride Mary! I loved seeing the gorgeous homes on your lake, especially the homes of the ospreys! Your fury sailors are so enthusiastic, and incredibly irresistible! I am envious as I am stuck in land locked Birmingham for a few weeks, wilting in the summer heat~ how I would love a breezy boat ride :)

  32. Cheryl Burgess
    July 18, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Oh my goodness! How precious are those puppy dogs! Beautiful photographs. I too love watching ospreys. Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful day with us. :)

  33. July 18, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    What a wonderful post! Love your little puppies..so adorable! The Eagles are so amazing!


  34. July 19, 2015 at 1:32 am

    What a great time Gracie and Chloe had out on the lake, stunning scenery, beautiful homes and amazing views. So enjoyed being on the boat with you all this weekend.

  35. Sherry Myers
    July 19, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Precious, just precious, Mary! What a beautiful post. Thank you!

  36. Paula
    July 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Love those sweet pups !! (giggle) they are so cute! The wildlife is amazing in the sunset.
    Yes, I too liked the last home best, kind of English village style. Bigger isn’t always better ! Being with my sister who is fighting stage4 cancer, makes one realize what is important in life.


    p.s. May I have a mailing address for you?, I have something I would like to mail to you!

  37. cozinest
    July 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Your photography is killer! Love this post!

  38. July 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    What lucky dogs and what lucky owners to get to have such a wonderful lake with such wonderful scenery to get to take in as you cruise around! The houses are just stunning! How blessed you are to enjoy living on the water. I would love it if you would stop by and share this or any of your wonderful posts (especially your beautiful tablescapes) over at Celebrate it Sunday.

  39. bobbi Duncan
    July 20, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Mary, your little babies are too, too precious, and what hams for the camera. Thank you for the great tour of wildlife and magnificent homes which, unfortunately, will have to suffice until we come down to visit our son and enjoy that beautiful lake in person. Lake Norman is on our short list for retirement.

  40. Robyn
    July 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Love your sweet little fur babies! The pic of them running on the dock is adorable. Loved the pics of the houses on the lake. My nephew & his wife just bought a house on Lake Norman and they love it. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics!!

  41. July 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    The girls are just so adorable!!! Just love to see them! and I am picking my jaw off the floor after seeing those amazing, amazing homes on the lake. I think the time nearing sunset is the best time to cruise the lake…such a great way to top off the day!

  42. Cynthia Raines
    July 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    The babies are TOO cute! What little dolls! Beautiful scenery – loved the pics of the birds too. Thanks for the boat ride! ha.

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