When you think about a flooded street, you probably picture most folks hunkering down indoors. But then there’s Bo, the adventurous pup who sees flooded streets as a chance for some boogie board action.
Peter Rosen, Bo’s owner, got the idea to teach his four-legged friend to surf about a year ago. It all started when a massive storm turned Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into a giant waterway. Rosen figured that if Bo learned to surf, they could have a blast whenever the streets flooded again.
Rosen told The Dodo, “I remembered the board, and as soon as it was out, he hopped right on.”
So, picture this: Rosen and Bo were all set to hit the waves, and their neighbor Rachel Frank couldn’t believe her eyes. She spotted them while attempting to walk her own dog through the watery streets. By the time she returned from her walk, the duo was riding the waves right there on the flooded street.
Rachel Frank said, “I couldn’t stop laughing and filming. I had my dog with me, and she was just itching to go in and play, too.”
When Rosen initially tried to teach Bo to surf, the small waves in South Florida weren’t quite up to the task of moving the board. That’s when he had a lightbulb moment – the flooded streets could be just the right setting for Bo’s budding surfing skills. He started by pulling Bo through the water by hand, helping him regain his balance. And eventually, they added an electric bike to the mix.
Rosen proudly exclaimed, “He’s got some talent.”
Now, let’s talk about Bo’s backstory. He was adopted by Rosen around three years ago after Rosen stumbled upon him in the Cayman Islands. Bo’s previous owner couldn’t care for him any longer, and when Rosen and his husband met him on vacation, Bo just clicked with them. He joined them on a hike around the island, and their adventures together have never stopped. It wasn’t long before Bo officially became a part of their family through legal adoption.
But surfing isn’t the only unique mode of transport for Bo. You might spot him tucked away in a papoose while Rosen skateboards or riding in the sidecar of Rosen’s Vespa.
As Rosen puts it, “He supports anything I want to accomplish. He only desires my company.”
Now, when it comes to dogs and surfing, not every pooch is cut out for it. Just like humans, they have their preferences. Some dogs may love the water and catch a wave with enthusiasm, while others may want to stay dry. So, while surfing with your dog sounds like a blast, remember that it’s not for everyone – both the human and the canine should be up for the adventure.
Surf’s up for Bo and Peter Rosen, and they sure know how to make the most of a flooded street. But just like people, not all dogs are water sports enthusiasts, so always consider your furry friend’s comfort and preferences when embarking on such thrilling adventures.
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