Maria + Bodie, Riley, & Willow

Maria + Bodie, Riley, & Willow


Maria Christina Schultz is an outdoor enthusiast, American Canoe Association-certified stand up paddleboard instructor, and author of two books. Her dogs are her constant companions while paddling, camping, mountain biking, and running. They’ve joined Maria on rivers, lakes, trails, and road trips up and down the east coast and have paddled all five of the Great Lakes. Maria has discovered that sharing the paddleboard with her dogs strengthens their human-canine bond and inspires her to push the boundaries of what’s possible. She shares her passion for paddling with her dogs through her books, How to SUP with your PUP: A guide to stand up paddleboarding with your dog and Paddle Tails: Reflections on people and dogs who find balance on the water. Maria also teaches clinics and regularly contributes stories to the Ruffwear dog blog.

Ambassador Maria Schultz Testing Grip Trex Dog Boots with Riley
Ambassador Maria Schultz Paddleboard Instructor Poses with Riley and Kona in Ruffwear Float Coats

Riley and Kona are my paddle partners. I may not be the fastest paddler on the water hauling around two Australian Shepherds, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm most happy when the three of us get to enjoy adventures as a pack.


My 115-Mile Tidal Potomac Expedition

This past spring, I set an ambitious goal: my Australian Shepherd Kona and I were going to stand-up paddle the entire length of the tidal Potomac River.

Two Weeks, Two Dogs and Five Great Lakes

It had been on my bucket list for a few years – to paddleboard on all five Great Lakes. Having spent my childhood along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, I was almost halfway to my goal.