When Kyle finds a young dog almost drowned in a heap of seaweed on the beach, he claims the dog as his own and is happy for the first time in a while. He knows that his dog loves him, but whenever they walk on the beach, the dog swims out to sea and doesn't come back until Kyle calls and calls. Then one day, they run into an old man and it turns out that the dog may not belong to Kyle alone.
Dayle Campbell Gaetz got the idea for Sea Dog from a woman who found a dying dog on the beach after a storm. She nursed him back to health and kept him, but wondered why he would often swim so far out to sea that she could barely see him. Dayle lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.