GO SPLASH AROUND

Mary and her dog, Marv, share how paddleboarding brings them together – plus their go-to gear for paddleboarding with your dog.

Marv wears a Float Coat™ Dog Life Jacket in size medium..

All paws on deck! Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to find balance and try something new with your dog canine first-mate. With the Float Coat™ Life Jacket and our floating toys, get ready to make a splash. Here's what Ruffwear employees Mary & Marvin particularly love about SUPing together.

The GO: "Marv and I love to go paddleboarding in the Cascade Lakes during the summertime into early fall. He gets VERY excited when he sees the SUP and his Float Coat™ get packed into the car. 

When we are on the board, Marv gives me a look that let’s me know when he is ready to jump off the board and go for a swim, usually to another friend/dog board to say hi. He swims back to me and I hoist him back on the SUP from his Float Coat handle."

The GIFT: "Spending time in and on the water with Marv makes me feel connected to him and the water. We have to have partnership and balance in order to make the board balance. Our favorite parts of SUPing together are seeing sights from a different perspective and almost always going with friends!"

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