After living on the North shore of Massachusetts for a few years, I am returning to my original home of the South shore. The big difference this time is that now I have my very own dog. I adopted Tris from Schultz’s Guest House in Dedham MA three years ago. During those three years we explored the city of Salem, and some other beautiful spots on the North shore. We had made friends, dog and human alike, at all our local haunts, and now we are beginning to explore the dog friendly spots of Plymouth and Cape Cod. Feel free to check out all of our favorite dog friendly shops, restaurants, and parks, on both shores!
Every Saturday for the past three years Tris and I have volunteered at either a hospital, nursing home or rehab center. Since we moved to the South Shore we found a lovely nursing home in Plymouth to visit. Over the past year we have visited many of our elderly friends. Sadly sometimes they have to change care centers, or even worse, pass away. Not only do I get attached to these amazing people, but Tris does as well. One of her “Boyfriends” that had moved away, wasn’t doing very well. Before he had gotten ill he told all his new nurses about Tris, and recently one of them reached out to us. We drove to see him and Tris cuddled right up next to him in bed. As we walked into the room I saw he had printed paper photos of Tris from the internet. He loved her so much.
Tris knew his time was short. She laid her head in his unmoving hand and gave him some kisses. That night after we left, he passed away.
These moments we have, and memories we make on a weekly basis, are not just to benefit the residents, they benefit Tris and I as well. My advice? Volunteer, put yourself out there, you might just make a life connection that will stay with you forever. And boy does it feel good to have made an impact on someones life in such a positive way.
Therapy Dogs International is a great organization with fairly inexpensive annual membership fees. They are a great place to start exploring if you want to volunteer with your dog. (Www.TDI-Dog.org).
So our 6 new chickens are on their way from Iowa, and Tris knows something is up. I recently cleaned out an old 30 gallon fish tank to use as a brooder. Our garage shelf seems to be the perfect home for it. Agway of Cape Cod, and the book “The Chicken Chicks Guide to Backyard Chickens, have been our top two informational resources. The coop is also on its way from ChickenSaloon.com, and should be arriving sometime next week. Since chickens have 3 stages of growth the brooder will be their first home, then the coop’s interior, and finally I will add in the run. The run is a chain link dog kennel with a wire top, and I’m most excited about creating enrichment for the hens in this space. I hope to make a branch swing and roost for them to play on, as well as a sand pit for dust baths. So here goes, our journey begins this May. Stay tuned for more!
Stage 1 Shopping list: Shavings, brooder/tank, radiant heat plate, waterer, feeder, and starter feed.
Every month Tris eagerly awaits her BarkBox, but this month was even more special. We noticed a special holiday colored BarkBox on our front step today, and she simply couldn’t contain her excitement. As she sat in front of her box crying for me to get it open, I grabbed the camera ready to document some of the holiday goodies she found inside.
The stuffed toys, and edible sticks and treats, are tied for first place. She loves her holiday lamppost and already devoured the duck stick. Next up will be the holiday themed bags of treats…
Thanks for the early Christmas joy BarkBox! We love your whimsical designs and delicious treats!
If you have ever walked from one end of the Cape Cod Canal to the other you would know about the park in Buzzards Bay. It is still being developed/renovated but so far there are benches, a beautiful gazebo, and some walking paths that lead right to the train bridge. This park featured a neat monument to fisherman, many personally engraved bricks along one of the sidewalks, and even some bronze fish atristically placed within the cement. We saw many people, and dogs, headed down the bike path towards the Bourne Bridge. With loads of open grass, and a mystery project off to one side, maybe a soon-to-be playground, there was so much to explore.
Whimzee dog toys are two toys in one, well at least for Tris. She tends to not devour these edible toys right away, instead she carries these potato starch creations around and plays with them for weeks and weeks before deciding to chew them to pieces. She loves to toss them, and occasionally sneaks them outside to bury. For Tris a stocking full of the (medium) Hedgehog Whimzee is the best holiday gift she could ever imagine. And this Christmas Santa has her covered.
With the Holidays slowly approaching, I realized I wanted to make a little something for the people Tris visits every week. I decided to do a paw print, and after a few experiments, I thought it sort of looked most like a Christmas tree. So one very green left paw later, we had our cards “printed”. This works great for any size paw, just make sure to trim the hair beforehand, and have a bowl of soapy water ready for afterwards. Otherwise, you’ll have a fading trail of green paw prints leading through your house, or across your deck!
-I used a sharpies and washable acrylic paint for this project, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result-
Having errands to run isn’t such a hassle when your dog can tag along. I find she makes for great conversation and ends up cheering people up when she’s with me. Especially at the bank. We have visited both the Salem and Plymouth MA locations, and have always gotten a biscuit, or four, during our visit. Once she even got a leash light and a bandana! At the lovely Pine Hills TD Bank she felt right at home (see below).
Thanks for being so welcoming TD Bank!
We decided to Go Pro it with our new dog friendly camera harness ($39.99 at GoPro.com) during a hike in the Blue Hills. We loved the wide flat trails that seemed to go on forever. There were lots of friendly off leash dogs, and even though Tris stayed leashed (since she has a strong urge to track squirrels) she enjoyed the smells and sounds of the forest. Her buddy Sherlock also joined us and made his first ever GoPro film. A special treat was finding the raised boardwalk, and even better, was discovering the small restaurant and patio area where we could get a great lunch after a couple hours of hiking. It was a splendid afternoon, and this would be someplace to head back to especially as the fall months approach.
Located on Cape Cod, Sandy Neck is a super long beach (close to 6 miles) to walk along or go off roading. With an annual permit you can even take your vehicle or camper out for a fun day or two. Tris enjoyed the clear water and shallow flats at low tide, while Lacey the lab preferred the repetition of fetch in the ocean with her beloved tennis ball. But the most fun was had when Tris decided to channel her inner cheetah and try to catch a flock of flying seagulls. Especially fun for off leash adventures in the winter months, this beach is a go-to for dogs and beach hikers alike.