The stretch of Russian River between Geyserville and Guerneville and can be a floating party in summertime, but after Labor Day the crowds disappear like magic and a mellow atmosphere rules. Russian River Adventures' inflatable, custom-made SOAR canoes are stable as a rock, easy to maneuver and as much fun for your dog as for you. A standard float trip starts with a safety briefing at company headquarters in Healdsburg (coffee served while you wait) followed by launching across the road at Healdsburg Memorial Beach. A shuttle bus meets paddlers at the take-out point 8.5 miles downriver. In between is (mostly) calm water and plenty of scenery to enjoy. “We offer one of the most fun days a dog and his owner can have,” says owner Larry Laba. Need a dog-friendly place to stay? Russian River Getaways maintains an inventory of dog-friendly vacation homes for rent in the Russian River region and elsewhere in Sonoma County.