The Zen of Basset Surfing

Stressed? Under pressure? Feeling the heat? Boy, do I have a therapy for you.

Take one video of a basset hound surfing, once a day, and all your troubles will melt away.

See, this isn’t some ‘funny dog video’ of a sunglasses-wearing beach basset catching a wave. This is surfing the hound way. A gentle glide along a river. At sunset. With the wind in your ears. And Elvis – the star of this video – is a natural.

Elvis was rescued by Barb Ayers (the one holding the oar) some 13 years ago. Back then, he hated water. But with the help of Barb and Howdy – the original surf basset – he soon realised the secret of true happiness was riding along the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, while thinking deep thoughts. You can read Elvis’s story – in his own words – here.

Then there’s Dude, who takes things up a notch by being a surf basset who is also blind. Dude was also a rescue and sadly lost the sight in both eyes to glaucoma. But that hasn’t stopped him enjoying the sounds – and smells – of a good surf down the river.

I implore you to check out the Surf Dog Diaries website here and also to follow their adventures on YouTube and Facebook.

Surf Dog Diaries, Columbia River Gorge, OR
Barb, Dude, Elvis and Doodle the doxie. Image used with permission of Surf Dog Diaries.