Our 30 hour road trip led us to our first stop in Virginia. Nick’s parents have a house on the lake so we were really excited to see how the pups took to all the activities that come with lake life.
Warning: This post will be picture overload!
In the back yard of the house, they have a nifty little beach area. This was pyrfect for helping to keep the pups in one place. As you can see, the beach is surrounded by a rock ‘wall’. There are stairs entering the beach so Mauja and Atka could easily exit, but it helped teach them boundaries.
I’m not going to lie, Mauja and Atka decided to try to go on a few adventures. For the most part, they would stay on the beach or go over to the dock. A few times, they thought it would be an excellent idea to explore the area and other docks.
The majority of the time, we were able to shake the Bravo treat bag to get them to come back to us (or pause long enough to grab them).
Atka loves to swim. When we’d let him go to the lake, he would run right into the water and start swimming around. He wouldn’t be going after a toy or to a location, just swimming laps. It was absolutely adorable.
At one point, we decided to go out on the boat without the pups to go wakeboarding and skiing. Mauja and Atka stayed behind because it wouldn’t really be safe for them to join. My mother-in-law decided to stay on the dock with the pups.
Not too long after we got going, Nick heard some screaming and thought we should head back to see what the commotion was about.
Atka had jumped off the dock and came swimming after us. Apparently, he swam about 100 yards until he lost sight of us and decided it would be best to turn back around. We turned the boat around so Nick could get Atka.
Holding onto collars was not optional every time the boat came by the dock. They really were upset every time we left 🙁
The most amazing part of the trip was when Mauja decided to try to swim! Well, I don’t think she meant to try. Mauja decided it would be a great idea to jump off the dock. She had never tried to swim before so I panicked. Her swimming wasn’t pretty at the beginning, but over the next few days she got much more comfortable! She really enjoyed fetching the noodles 🙂
We took the pups out on their first boat ride and they absolutely loved it! They enjoyed having the wind in their faces and getting to enjoy all of the new smells.
After a long day of swimming, boating, and playing, relaxing in the sun was just what they needed 😉
Check back in a few days to see how part two of our trip goes! I have so many pictures from this trip, so expect to keep seeing more!