Best Places to Walk Your Dog on Cape Cod

Over the past couple of years living on Cape Cod, I have taken my dogs to some great walking trails/bike paths. It’s hard to stay active during the colder months so I wanted to share some places that may be new for you to try. Here are my favorites:

1.) The place I love most is the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth. The view is absolutely gorgeous. Oceanic views that lead into a quiet paved bike path with benches along the way. There’s also a charming small bridge.

2.) Bass Hole in Yarmouth. There are trails that loop around and the boardwalk is lovely. This place has special meaning to my heart now since I got engaged here this past December.

3.) Captain Bangs Hallet House Trail in Yarmouth Port. Not only is there some history to read along this trail but you can also see a gigantic weeping beech tree.

4.) Bayberry Hills Golf Course in Yarmouth. I used to go here all the time with my dogs. It’s a beautifully paved trail that goes through the golf course. Plenty of parking!

5.) The Cape Cod Rail Trail in South Dennis. We love to go on family walks here with the dogs and our daughter. It’s a peaceful paved walk and there are also wooded trails along the trail if you want to explore! There is also abundant parking here as well.

I hope you can find some adventure this weekend and future weekends with these trails. Things call only get better from here. Your canine besties need a break too:)

Stocking Stuffers For Your Baby & Furbaby!

It is almost Christmas and I have been thinking of some of my favorite stocking stuffers for you to get your babies and furbabies. I love to always get my dogs and cat something special for the holidays. They deserve to feel merry and loved too! It’s especially fun if you wrap their gifts and see them open it up with their paws. First I will list a few baby/toddler stocking stuffers that I love.

1. This toy has been a hit ever since my sister gifted it to my daughter for her birthday! Whale Bath Tub Toy

2. Here is an adorable winter hat and mittens set from Old Navy. You can never have too many sets, they get lost so easily. Winter Hat and Mittens

3. My daughter loves the wubba nub pacifiers and these also can get lost. It is always great to have a couple on hand and they have cute holiday ones like a polar bear and reindeer! Wubba Nub Holiday

4. This is a fun ball toy that your baby can continue to play with until they are older. It is safe and soft to throw. Helps them with their coordination and it’s fun! Baby Ball

Wrapping empty boxes under the tree and letting your baby open them is the best! They really love ripping the paper and playing with that instead of anything that is actually wrapped.

Next, I will list a few stocking stuffers for your furbabies!

1. For the fluffy kitty in your life, PetSmart has adorable holiday themed cat toys. Cat Toys

2. My pug Finn (and I think every other dog out there) has their lamb chop stuffed toy that they adore. Here is the cutest one with a Santa hat! Santa Lamb Chop

3. Instead of just buying your dog some treats, try making him some! There’s no better than something homemade from the heart. You can shape them with Christmas cookie cutters and make them festive! Here is a link to my favorite dog treat recipe: Homemade Dog Treats

4. My dogs don’t chew many bones but they love this one! Not sure if it’s the shape or flavor, but it’s a hit in our house. Wishbone

5. This last one can be a gift for your child if they are older to give to their pet. Who doesn’t love a paw ornament? This is a kit you do at home yourself! I think it’s the sweetest idea. Paw Print Ornament

I hope that I have given you a few ideas to fill up some stockings this holiday season! Wishing you all a safe and merry new year!

Dog Friendly Eats on The Cape

I don’t know about you, but I feel like my dogs have also felt the isolation anxiety during the pandemic. We were mostly inside for three months until things started getting back to the new normal. We only did shorts walks around the neighborhood and the backyard. So, when it was finally safe to be out and about, I knew they needed to go on some adventures too. These are my personal top five favorite dog friendly restaurants.

  1. Truro Winery in Truro- I have been here a few times this summer and the wait is never that long. The tables are socially distanced and everyone is wearing a mask when they are not at their table! You need to order from their food truck in order to get a seat. Bring your fluffy friend and enjoy some wine and food!
  2. Cape Cod Coffee- For breakfast or lunch, there are three locations! Mashpee, Mashpee Commons, and Hyannis. The coffee is great but on the pricier side of the spectrum. If you go to the Mashpee Commons location, you can also enjoy some shopping. There are plenty of great stores to visit.
  3. Pepe’s Wharf Restaurant in P-Town – Great lunch or dinner spot with a beautiful waterfront view. If you are a fan of coconut, try their homemade cake.
  4. Hog Island Beer Company in Orleans- They are doing a fantastic job with social distancing by having all of the tables spread out and wearing masks. The cauliflower balls and garden salad are awesome and they have a great cocktail menu, which is great for non beer drinkers. A fun place to go with your family and furry friends.
  5. WayDownTown Restaurant in P-Town- Another right-on-the-beach spot! Can’t go wrong here! All of the menus are disposable and tables are respectably six feet apart. The burgers are a popular menu choice here.

Please make sure your doggies are well behaved and know their basic commands before taking them to any public restaurant. It won’t be enjoyable for you or other customers if your dog is constantly barking! I have been the person with the barking dog, so I know the “Oh no they’re giving me the your dog is ruining my meal look.” Most dogs do enjoy sharing a meal or two with you, so you may get lucky with the good behavior. If you have a puppy, it is so important for their development to be socialized, even at a distance. It is never too early to start training puppies to have good table manners!

How to Prepare Your Furbabies for Your Baby

There was no doubt in my mind that my dogs would absolutely LOVE my daughter. They follow her around now like they used to do to me. If she cries, they are concerned for her well being. They lick her tears away. They let her experiment with patting and grabbing their fur. They wait by her bedroom door in the morning and sniff to make sure she’s in there. They can’t wait for me to wake her up so they can wiggle and parade around for her. They have become more territorial on our walks and warn any other dog that she is “their baby.” Yet, there are a few things I did before my daughter was born and continue to do now to make sure this special bond will last:

1). Have someone from the hospital bring home a blanket with your baby’s scent so they can smell it before you come home! I know this can be tough to do now because of Covid 19.  If you are able to have someone watch your dog(s) the first couple of days you are home with your newborn and give them a blanket instead. That way, they can adjust to the new baby smell before coming home to their new favorite tiny human!

2). Play youtube videos of babies crying so they are familiar with the sound.

3). Have a baby scented candle around the house (yes, these do exist).

Baby Scented Candle

4). Baby toys squeak! Just like dog toys. Try to have a few baby toys around before your baby is born. Throw them on the ground, hold them and make them squeak! When your dog shows interest, tell him to leave it and direct him towards one of his own toys.

5). Once she/he is here, try and include your dog in daily activities. Going on walks together is a BIG deal. They were the only ones in your life before the baby! So let them know that your new bundle of joy is now a part of the pack.

All of these suggestions will make your dog(s) more comfortable with your baby but the most important thing to always do is be patient and kind. Their whole world has instantly changed and it may take them some time to adjust. Not all dogs are happy like mine about having a new baby in their life. They may rebel and act out to get your attention. I have seen dogs go backwards in training and act like they aren’t housebroken anymore. When this happens, it can be extremely frustrating for you. Just remember how they must feel and try to work through these set backs. Usually they aren’t getting much attention when they rebel, so try taking them on a special adventure! Bring them to their favorite walking trail or get them their favorite treat. Of course, don’t do this after they do the unwanted behavior because it will confuse them in thinking they are being rewarded for it.

I hope these tips will help you feel a bit more confident welcoming your newborn into the life of your pets. Feel free to e-mail me with anymore questions and I will be more than happy to help!

The Stray: Part I

When I woke up this morning I could sense that something was going to go horribly wrong. The earth felt off balance. I put two different sneakers on, forgot one of my client’s keys, and didn’t have time to get coffee. My schedule is so tight that I needed to get right to work. At least the company I have is adorably fluffy.

I opened the door and Darwin greeted me with her usual spins and insisted belly rubs. Her canine grin making me feel welcome. I grabbed her leash and placed it on her collar. Our walk around the Arlington neighborhood was consistently the same but also ever changing with the seasons. The smell of Spring and nearby coffee shops lingered in the air as we made our way down the street. I could see Darwin’s hackles rise as we turned a corner and I knew it was her usual feline nemesis. The cat always hid in the bushes, waiting to pounce and I was always a step ahead, crossing the street to avoid the fight. We were heading back to Darwin’s house when I noticed a flip phone in the grass next to the sidewalk. I’m not sure what made me pick up that phone, but it changed my life forever.

I glanced at the phone and could see that it was a young girl’s phone by her most recent contacts of “Mom” & “Bff.” I put the phone in my pocket and continued my walk with Darwin. When we got back, I left a note for her owners that she did her usual Number 1 & Number 2. I finished my dog walks for the day and decided to call the contact listed “Mom” from my phone.

“Hello?”answered a cautious motherly voice.

“Hi, I think I found your daughter’s phone,” I said.

“Who is this? Where did you find it?”(a bit more anxiety this time in her voice).

“I was walking a dog and found it near the Dunkin Donuts on Broadway,” I explained.

“Can you meet to give me it at the Walgreens parking lot on Comm Ave. in an hour? I will be in the red minivan” she muttered.

“Sure , no problem!” I said.

I was waiting in the parking lot for about 15 minutes when I saw the minivan pull in a few spots next to me. I went over and gave her her daughter’s phone and didn’t think twice about it.

Later that evening, I received a phone call from my client. She asked me if I had found a phone that afternoon. When I said yes, she told me that the teenager that owned the phone was missing and the police wanted to talk to me.

My heart sank so low I couldn’t breathe. I began to sob uncontrollably because I thought the worst. I thought she was picked up by some creep and taken away to be murdered. Maybe I watched too much CSI lately but that terrifying feeling haunted me. Where could she be? I wanted to go and look for her but I had no idea where to begin. I turned on the news and heard them referring to me as “a stranger” who found her phone.

It was around midnight when they found her at the Boston Public Library. Who runs away to a library? Something didn’t seem right and I had to find out…