Dogs tag along on paddle boards at Guilford Lake

GUILFORD LAKE – Dogs travel on motorcycles, skateboards, boats and other modes of transportation – now owners can paddle for their pets on stand up paddle boards.

The Humane Society of Columbiana County hosted a demonstration of the boards at Guilford Lake on Saturday, courtesy of Lauren and Craig Borden and their rescue dogs Roxy and Blue.

The Bordens own Bona Fortuna Boards of North Lima and agreed to donate $50 from the sale of each paddle board package in September to HSCC. A discount was available during the Paddle for Pets of HSCC fundraiser held at the boat launch near the Guilford Lake Grille, also.

“Anything to bring something new,” HSCC President Jenny Pike said.

During a walk at the lake last weekend, Pike saw the Bordens and their dogs on the water riding surf board-like boards. Each dog was wearing a life vest and standing on a board with either Lauren or Craig, who were also standing on the board using a paddle to maneuver through the water. Like surfers, they had one leg attached to a line which was attached to the board.

“When the dog was on the board I thought, how cool is that?” Pike said.

She struck up a conversation with the Bordens and the idea for the fundraiser was born, with them agreeing to the idea of donating a portion of their sales this month. The Guilford Lake Grille also agreed to take part by donating a portion of the cost of each meal ticket served up until 3 p.m. Saturday to HSCC. HSCC also had T-shirts and pet items available for purchase.

After the Bordens demonstrated the boards, visitors took their turn, with a few flipping over, but most able to easily stay afloat, even Pike.

The cost for the packages for demo boards is $1,000 for a 10-foot 6-inch model and $1,050 for a 12-foot model. Packages include one board, deck pad, 10-foot leash, full carbon fiber paddle, three fins and a board bag. The fins are positioned on the bottom of the board and the leash is what attachs the rider to the board.

According to Lauren, the boards are built for any kind of waves. She and her husband take them to Berlin Lake and ride the waves left by boats.

“People of any age can do it. It’s great exercise. It works your arms, shoulders, core, your back, but you don’t realize you’re working out. It’s like you’re walking on water,” she said.

They worked with three different engineers to get the rideability they wanted for their boards, which she described as well-balanced. Boards can accommodate up to 300 pounds.

“I think it’s unique for the area,” Pike said.

For information about Bona Fortuna Boards and Stand Up Paddle Boards, visit the website at and or call 330-402-5315 to make arrangements to try out a board.

Paddle for Pets of HSCC was the last summer event for the Perry Township-based agency.

HSCC will host pet parades at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon and the Salem Fun Fest and have a presence at the Columbiana Street Fair and Canfield on the Green. The agency’s reverse raffle fundraiser will be held in November.