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 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.
Off exit 5 in Plymouth is The Home Depot. This is a store full of employees who love dogs, and will even get down on the floor to pet your pooch. At check out, if you can go early in the morning, the cashiers usually have time for a conversation, and it’s great to chat with other dog owners/lovers. In the winter it is also a great place to avoid rock salt and ice, by taking a walking tour of the store. Tris loves visiting this store because of all the fun things to smell, and all of the friendly people to meet. Sometimes they even have biscuits at the paint counter!
39 Long Pond Rd, Plymouth MA.
A couple of days ago we hit up Hedges Pond again to test our new GoPro Session camera out on the water. It was so easy to apply the dock to the kayak, and to then secure the camera on the bow. I guessed on the angle and was pleasantly surprised by how nice the framing was. The picture itself was so crisp and colorful, I was very impressed that such a small camera could create such and immersive experience for the viewer.
The editing and transfer process was intense, however, now having done it once I feel future edits will go much more smoothly.
Also, as a side note, be prepared to purchase an HDSD card for your GoPro Session as it does not come with one included.