I am a married mother of 2 girls and I live in Perth. We emmigrated from the UK in 2011. I am a freelance writer and a Pet Carer and feel very lucky to do something I really love www.petfriends.net.au
Published January 26th 2018
Pawsome fun for you and your dog
If you love the outdoors, enjoy stunning scenery, like to keep fit and you have a dog, this is the perfect thing to keep you and your dog entertained on Saturday mornings. Sup Tonic Australia had a vision to bring all these things together and in 2017 Pups on SUPs was born. It is essentially stand up paddle boarding (SUP) for dogs (and owners) at Sandy Beach Reserve, Bassendean.
We stumbled upon this wonderful activity whilst walking a friend's dog along the river. It not only caught our eye, but also that of all the dogs that walked past. We watched at a distance to begin with and then we wanted to know more so approached the shoreline and enquired what was going on.
Maree, the very friendly and experienced owner operator, explained that it is SUP for people and their best fur friends. When we were there, there were a whole host of dogs and owners that were out and about on the beautiful Swan River SUP-ing together, taking advantage of SUP Tonic Australia's hire facilities and expertise.
Our 'adopted' dog for the day, Charlii, was in awe of the boards and we decided to 'take the plunge' and have a go. She was so interested and we fancied a go too. Maree was just fabulous and gave us some basic tuition and safety instructions finishing with 'it is all about having fun.'
We started with getting Charlii used to the board and letting her walk on it; that was no problem as she was so keen.
Other owners were getting their dogs used to the boards by way of a food reward. This was working well for them and was premeditated. Charlii didn't need a food reward, thank goodness, as we didn't have anything with us.
It was a happy atmosphere to be around and was infectious to those that watched on. It was one of the best things we have done in recent months and will definitely borrow our friend's dog and do it again (our dog is 17 and not up to it).
Maree advised that she gives a donation from each board hire to SAFE Perth. SAFE Perth is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and rehoming of homeless and abandoned pets in Western Australia.