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Staff Highlight: Rio

13/08/2014

NAME: Rio

NICKNAME: Rio dog or Little dog.

GIVE US A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF.

I'm only a year and nine months old but boy, have I done a lot in my life so far. I've hiked mountains, rafted and SUPed rivers, met tons of new dog friends, and played a lot of fetch.. I sure do love fetch.

Some of my favorite things to do other then playing fetch is to go hiking, chew on my dog toys, roll in dead things, playing with my Cat sister Kyra, and give lots of kisses.

I love people, and other animals and get really excited when ever I get the chance to make new friends. My parents tend to scold me when I jump up on people, but all I'm trying to do is give them kisses on their face. I've heard that's what you do to people you care about, and I haven't met anyone that I don't care for.

I love people, and other animals and get really excited when ever I get the chance to make new friends. My parents tend to scold me when I jump up on people, but all I'm trying to do is give them kisses on their face. I've heard that's what you do to people you care about, and I haven't met anyone that I don't care for.

I love to smile.This is a photo of me at my favorite beach along Tumwater, just outside of Leavenworth. That is my favorite Frisbee (Zisc) made by West Paw Design.When I was 5 months old I got to visit the Columbia River Gorge for the first time, and now we go back every August for our White Salmon rafting season. I especially like picking up poison oak while hiking and giving it to all my co-workers that pet me.I love to play with my sister Kyra, but I also like to snuggle with her.. and I know she appreciates the mellow time with me.I love every season...here is a photo of me making turns down the hill this past winter.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RIVER THAT WILDWATER OFFERS?

I would have to say that my favorite river that Wildwater rafts would be the Wenatchee. It is my home river, and the first experience I had with whitewater. I love the main section for rafting and the lower section for stand up paddling.

My Dad took me for my first time on a stand up paddle board. I like that I match my Dad on the river, and everyone thinks it's cool that I can SUP.This photo was taken on Icicle Creek during a girls play run that my Mom invited me on.. I sure love SUPing with my Mom.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RIVER OR MULTI-DAY TRIP?

My favorite multi -day river trip is the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. I joined my parents and some friends on the Rogue river last October to celebrate my Dad's 30th birthday. Boy did we have fun! 5 days spent rafting, hiking, and running around on the beaches and banks of the beautiful Rogue river was a blast. I even SUPed with my Mom and swam through a rapid. I can't wait to get back out on the Rogue River, maybe we will get to go back this Fall.

A family photo from our Rogue River trip. Fall on the Rogue River is beautiful and so much fun!My very first multi-day river trip on the Rogue River. I'm thankful to have my NRS - CFD to keep me safe while on the river.My first day on the job when I was hired to be the security manager at Wildwater. I've learned a lot since the first day.I may have been hesitant at first, but my Mom was patient with me my first time rafting on the Wenatchee River.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL AND WHY?

My spirit animal is a Honey Badger because most of the time I don't really care what happens as long as I have a toy to play with.

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This is my third time using Wildwater River Guides and I continue to have great experiences each time. Spencer was our guide down the White Salmon and we're planning on booking a couple more trips and requesting him specifically. If you're new to rafting or looking to try a new guided tour, I highly recommend Spencer and the team over at Wildwater River Guides.

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