Three Generations of Bright & DH vs. SUP

Dear Husband had never been to Salmon Lake or tried the Stand Up Paddleboard (aka SUP), and so off we went with one SUP and three dogs. Although his attempts at the stand-up part of SUP were not quite a rousing success, they did make for some fun photos. NOTE: No Dear Husbands were harmed in the taking of these photos!

We took the three dogs most likely to enjoy a swim in the lake: Zoey, Sparkle, and Claire. How fortunate we are to have three generations of Berners -- and to live in Montana!


A Grandma! How can that be? At almost nine, Zoey continues to have the energy and the drive and the Fun Factor she has always had.

I am forever grateful for this wonderful dog, who is always game for my wacky ideas of fun. FYI -- I call them SIT UP Paddleboards.

But Dear Husband kept trying that whole Stand Up thing!

Consumer Warning: Balls with feet float for a bit but then fill up with water and sink. Unlike Dear Husband's sunglasses, now a permanent resident of Salmon Lake and no doubt being worn by a super cool fish who is the envy of the rest, Zoey's ball made it safely home, if a bit waterlogged.

One of Zoey's  Best Gifts -- SPARKLE.

GCH CH Kaibab's Incandescently Bright TD OJP NA DD BDD

Sparkle is so comfortable in water, and she LOVES to swim. Here she is making sure Dear Husband is okay after one of his SUP misadventures...

Sparkle doesn't really understand the problem -- she thinks the Stand Up part of SUP is easy!

Dear Husband? Not so much...

The Next Generation -- Kaibab's Justifiably Bright. Baby Claire!!! Holy Fish -- she also is a swimmer.

And a retriever -- insanely so like Zoey.

(And there he goes again -- it was hard to know where to point the camera!)

Back to six-month-old Claire...

I would describe Claire as bold and biddable, which is a really excellent combination in a working dog. 

And she is also quite lovely. I am excited about her future, and think she is a worthy girl to carry on the BRIGHT traditions.

As for Dear Husband -- sometimes he even put the SU in SUP!

Yay Dear Husband!

And then it was the easy drive home, stopping in Missoula at the Big Dipper because the girls needed their ice cream cones.

A Dog's Life in Montana -- Zoey says, "not too shabby!"

I hope you have a Bright and Sparkly day!



by Kay on Sat, 07/15/2017 - 09:04

Those must be the luckiest dogs in world! What a great group (including the utterly soaked Kim).

by Carmen K on Sat, 07/15/2017 - 09:52

SUP---Summer's Utterly Phun!!! Fun post of determination and living in the moment with people and dogs you love! Thank you for sharing :)

by Kay Lynn Odle-Moore on Sat, 07/15/2017 - 10:30

So glad to hear that " No Dear Husbands were harmed in the taking of these photos!" Fun photos all round. Glad to see he was standing in one. The photos of the 3 lovely generations of Berners were wonderful. Such a happy post! Made me smile Mary-Ann. Thanks

by Mari on Sat, 07/15/2017 - 20:48

Even without the excellent descriptions, the story in the photos is clear - Summer Fun!
(well, maybe not how DH would describe it?)

by Sue on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 04:29

Loved the tale of the lake adventures! Thank you for sharing a fun day! Perhaps to help dear husbands next attempt at SUPing he could YouTube some techniques for nailing the stand up bit. I had my dear husband help me, and managed to stay upright!! I know, unbelievable!! Not looking down when you're starting to stand worked well! Good luck
Beautiful place for summer play, lucky you!

by Robin Korotki on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:22

What a wonderful story with a happy ending. Thanks for sharing.

by keli on Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:31

this day looks like a slice of heaven to me!

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