Weekend Waterview: Boating with Dogs


We haven’t been boating much this summer for one reason or another.


But it’s one of our favorite things when it’s not too dog gone hot.


Early mornings or late evenings are our preferred times for a ride, avoiding the heat of the day.


There’s nothing like feeling the wind in our ears. . .


Or our tails. .


And enjoying the sun on our face.


Chloe boat

Chloe always begs to sit in the captain’s chair . . .


Mission accomplished. ;)


Here’s what appears to be a piece of the rainbow, known as a sun dog. . .


A colored patch or arc of light to the left and right of the sun, most visible when the sun is close to the horizon.



And here’s our sun dogs. ;)



 Hope you’re enjoying some fun in the sun. . .


Happy Weekend!

  34 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Boating with Dogs

  1. July 16, 2016 at 6:55 am

    A perfect outing, glad you took the time to have fun on the water. Summer passes us by way too soon.

  2. Diane
    July 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Thank you for this post I have been waiting to see “the girls” as it has been awhile. They look like they had a great time.

  3. Michelle
    July 16, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I Chloe and Gracie have it made! Lucky dogs!🤗🌴😎

  4. Sue
    July 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I love your pics!!! Chloe and Gracie are just the cutest!!! Happy weekend to you too!!

  5. Debra Boyer
    July 16, 2016 at 7:39 am


  6. Kym
    July 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Those pups are too cute! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ellen Stillabower
    July 16, 2016 at 8:40 am

    We are enjoying great weather this weekend!! No boat rides but just enjoying the outside!! Love the pups!! Thanks for sharing!! ❤️

  8. July 16, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Chloe and Gracie are precious. They do have a good life.
    So interesting to learn about sun dogs! I like learning new things.
    Have a good weekend.

  9. July 16, 2016 at 8:46 am

    What fun….those poochies look like they’re really enjoying the adventure!!
    Loved seeing your sweet hubby…why don’t we ever see YOU??
    Thanks for the link & info on “sun dog”…I learned something new from you, as usual.

  10. July 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Chloe and Gracie look so happy scampering to get out on the boat and enjoy the wind on their cute faces. Thanks for sharing the sun dog sky, Mary, which I never knew about. It’s a beautiful nod to an end of a lovely day.

  11. Cyndi Raines
    July 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

    HI Mary! They are so darling! They know how to poise for a picture – just naturals! Wish I could hold them. Buddy would love them too! The lake is beautiful and the sun dog picture is like a mini rainbow! Thanks for the information. Yes, we are enjoying our summer and it’s moving too fast. Still have to get to our beach. LOVED boating / pontoon-ing on Houghton Lake which is just a bit smaller than your lake. You are so lucky to be able to go out anytime you want. Your red bench is beautiful, matches your window box perfectly! Getting caught up on the blog -been super busy this week – glad the weekend is here!

  12. July 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I miss pontooning SOOOO much! Thanks for taking us along on your trips! My FIL’s dogs LOVED the pontoon rides too. The captain and his first mate look great:) Have a great weekend.

  13. July 16, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I have never seen such a look of bliss as is on Chloe’s face in the captain’s lap! Rain or shine, your sun dogs are always a bright spot in my day- hope you get to boat this weekend!

  14. Alice
    July 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

    It’s good for the soul to see the family peaceful and relaxed in this very corrupt world. Take the time to be thankful for the peace and tranquility God has given you. Thanks for sharing..

  15. Cathy
    July 16, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Really, really enjoyed your pics today. Your two girls are adorable! I have two Bichons also and I know they would love some time on the water like this. What fun!!

  16. July 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Happy Weekend to you, the captain, and the girls. Early mornings on the lake were always my favorite. Things were quiet, still, and usually not crowded. Enjoy the water!

  17. July 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Your post just put a smile on my face, thank you!!!!

  18. Chloe
    July 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I love posts about the girls…such cuties!

  19. Debbie
    July 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Love those girls!!!

  20. Linda L
    July 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    Rudyard Kipling
    Or in your case two! Enjoy the weekend.

  21. July 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    So happy to see Gracie and Chloe! We stayed home from the lake this weekend because of stormy weather *sadface*

  22. July 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I just love your dogs Mary. They are the cutest and they sure like a ride in the boat.
    Enjoy your weekend. We are getting ready for a HOT HOT week ahead, which I don’t look forward to. This weekend is delightful.

  23. July 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Looks like everyone is having a great time Mary! Although I do have to say I think The Girls are just a teeny~tiny bit spoiled… (as they should be:@)

  24. kathy waterhouse
    July 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Such sweetness….

  25. Cynthia Randall
    July 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    My word, these are just the sweetest dogs. Love the “smiles.” Thanks for sharing.

  26. donley1214
    July 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    What joy to share through the faces of the pups. Thanks for sharing those precious moments

  27. July 17, 2016 at 7:40 am

    SO happy to see Chloe and Gracie enjoying the pontoon ride! We haven’t used our boat much this year either…not quite sure why…except it has been unbelievably HOT and HUMID for us here in Northern NY! I cannot even imagine what it has been like for you! I love how much your girls enjoy the boat and the lake air. My two are the same! Happy Sunday to you! Hugs to the girls!

  28. Melodie Strickland
    July 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for sharing pictures of Chloe and Gracie enjoying themselves. They are so precious. It’s too hot for our Shortie (beagle/corgi mix) to be outside so she stays in where the air-conditioning is and close to my husband. He is recovering from his second surgery of the summer. Your lake is so beautiful and I had never heard of a sun dog rainbow. May you, your hubby and the girls enjoy the weekend.

  29. July 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    The girls seem so very happy when they are cursing the lake! Always enjoy seeing those cuties!

  30. July 19, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Adorable! Glad you were able to go out. We’re suppose to have a major heatwave later this week and we’ll be up at the cottage with the air on and won’t be out in our pontoon unless we want to cook ourselves in the heat.

  31. Stephanie
    July 20, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Just love your little poochies! I have a bichon/poodle mix. They are the best dogs.

    Finally got to visit our friends on Lake Norman this past June. What a beautiful area. You live in paradise :)

  32. Jain
    August 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Those little muffins must get so toasty with their thick fur, I love how the boat devote matches them ;-)

  33. Jain
    August 17, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I am so sick of auto spell changing my words, can you ever guess what I was really saying on several comments? I notice after the fact…

  34. December 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Reminds me of a great trip we did on a narrow boat in England with 7 people and a dog.

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