Water Skiing Going to the Dogs
by Ted Lund
Boating and water skiing have officially gone to the dogs, thanks to a Chicago-based pooch that has a love for both.
Duma, the nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier, got her love of boats and the water from her owner, Cliff Bode. Her obsession will be highlighted on Extreme Edition: America’s Got Talent, June 16th at 8pm.
So how does a dog learn to drive boats and water ski?
When she was a puppy, she’d go on boat rides on Lake Michigan with Bode.
“I let her drive a couple of times, and eventually she decided that was the place for her,” says Bode. “Now, even if somebody else is driving, she’ll try to take over.”
Bode says that water skiing actually was a secondary boating activity for her.
“She got so much attention for driving, we started thinking what else could she do on the water?” says Bode. “She stands there with a really good grip.”
In addition to her television appearance, Duma has a busy schedule attending boat shows around North America, where she struts her stuff, and has appeared in multiple publications, including a recent issue of National Geographic for Kids.
But the seafaring pooch isn’t just an innovator in the sports field; Duma also shows off her environmental prowess by employing the help of green outboard power in the form of Torqeedo electric motors.
Torqeedo is the world leader in electric marine propulsion solutions from 1 to 80 hp. Torqeedo’s engines deliver the best overall efficiency in their class, converting battery power into propulsion better than other drive systems — rewarding boaters with longer, more powerful performance.
Duma’s outboard of choice is the Torqeedo Cruise 4.0. The motor — the equivalent of an 8-hp gasoline-powered outboard – has been improved to meet the demanding challenges of everyday commercial use; making it ready to take on the harshest environmental conditions. The Cruise 4.0 is capable of powering dinghies and sailboats up to 4 tons. The company also has a number of solar charging options.
For more information on Duma the Water Skiing Dog, follow her on Facebook. To learn more about Torqeedo’s innovative line of green boating power solutions, visit www.torqeedo.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com