Lake Livingston State Park

Kuma is a great swimmer              As you have probably learned, my family got a boat this summer. We took the vessel up to Lake Livingston State Park recently, located just eighty miles north of Houston (300 State Park Road 65, Livingston, Texas.) Apparently, Lake Livingston is the second largest lake within the Texas borders and is thirty-nine miles long and seven miles at its widest point. Yowsa! That is some 450 miles of shoreline and 93,000 acres, baby. Driving up, all you see is blue water as far as the eye can see.

The park itself offers over 5,000 campsites, 100 boat ramps, and great hiking trails. Since we were on another boating quest, we only walked the short, quarter of a mile nature trail right by the entrance. We will definitely have to head back up when the temps come down. Summer gets in the high 90s and even 100s. The forest is dense and full of all sorts of exciting things for a dog, but we’ll wait to hike when things cool down.

Whether hiking or boating, the park entrance fee is $5.00 per human, and dogs must stay on leash. We had no line for launching the boat, and we were out on the water lickedy split! Many humans were picnicking in grassy areas along the shore. We brought ours with us and ventured out in the wide blue yonder.Kuma is happy and cool

Mom drove the boat for the first time. I must say, she looked great at the wheel. I howled for her. She doesn’t go quite as fast as daddy, but I love her anyway. We headed to Pine Island where many boats were anchored up. After my life vest was put on, I was ready to jump in. “Hold the phone,” you might be saying, especially if you read my last boating adventure. I know I said I wasn’t really a water dog, but I’ve changed my mind. Hey, I’m a Shiba Inu; I can do that! The day was hot, and the water was fine. I decided to jump right in, with a little encouragement from my mom and dad. The vest helped me float a bit, and splash! I was in swimming away. In the distance, I saw land. Naturally, I swam toward it. My humans tell me I went a quarter of a mile, a record for me. Yeah, that’s how I roll, what can I say.

Kuma jumping in again            Once on shore, we went for a fun walk in the sand. We saw oyster shells and lots of paw prints from deer, birds, and raccoons. Folks were sun bathing, playing games, and enjoying the day. I just ran and ran. What fun! Then I got to swim back to the boat. I was having a ball. My dad put me back on the boat, but I jumped right in again. I am good at this jumping from a boat thing. Anyway, I played and played all afternoon, staying cool and refreshed.

We drove the boat to another section of the lake and parked to eat our lunch. The birds were hanging out around us, so I ate fast. I didn’t want them to steal my yummy food! I don’t trust birds, to tell you the truth. My dad threw a pole in but didn’t catch any fish. Oh well, we still had a good time.

Such a good time, in fact, we will indeed be back! Lake Livingston State Park ranks very high on the Kuma Adventure scale at a 9.0! Don’t delay; go visit today.


Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing squirrels out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, was kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and inspires people to live healthy, balanced lives through personal training, life coaching, and workshops. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at

You never know what he’ll be up to next!