Sawyer behaved admirably well during the long car ride. W arranged for Sawyer to have full access to the back seat area, allowing him to stretch out and sleep. However, he preferred the front passenger seat advantage, on my lap or between us! Keep in mind, we are talking about a 100+ lbs dog!
Our modest, cozy cottage was situated on Silver Lake, on a quiet road, in the Cranberry Lake region. The dock and "cocktail deck" were nestled in a secluded forested area, giving us much-needed peace & solitude. This was one of Sawyer's favorite haunts. He kept busy attempting to haul water-logged branches and logs out of the water onto dry land, eventually building up a private stash. Throwing his "logs" back in the water kept him occupied and tired out.
We were blessed with excellent weather. Blue skies, warm days and cool nights. Thankfully the cottage was equipped with a rowboat, therefore allowing us to include Sawyer on our little rowing expedition on the lake. It took a good 5 minutes to convince him to hop in the boat. He just wasn't sure what to make of this contraption. Eventually we launched off, with W rowing and myself to control Sawyer from tipping the boat. He was very restless trotting from side to side, while I was counterbalancing the weight on the boat! Needless to say, once rowboat trip was enough for both of us!