Dec 29th

Gooseberry Island, Westport, MA

By Odin

For a cool place to take your dog, Gooseberry Island in Westport, MA is where it's at. Gooseberry is pet-friendly year round. The Island is located in Westport, MA just past Horseneck Beach State Reservation. Follow Route 88 all the way to the end, then take a right onto E Beach Road. Go Straight on E Beach Road and it will bring you right to the beginning of the causeway for Gooseberry Island.

The island is really an island, it is connected to the mainland by a man made causeway that you can drive your car on to get to the parking lot. During the busier times, the parking lot on the island fills up and some parking is available at the beginning of the causeway.  Cars cannot get by when the gate closes at 8:00 but people and dogs are able to walk in. It's not only a fun place to explore but beautiful ocean views and beaches.

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Nov 9th

2 Female/ 1 Male Pit Bull Terrier: An adoptable dog in Weymouth, MA

By Dude
3 Puppies looking for there forever home. Karma is the mother of these little guys. We got a call about a dog that was pregnant and the family didn't know what to do so one of our fosters took her in and has been caring for her and the puppies ever since. There is 1 male and 2 females. There is a adoption fee of $350. Which will include first set of shots. A contract will be signed ensuring that all puppies will be spayed/neutered by 7 months of age, puppy classes are expected, and a home visit will be done prior to accepted approval for any puppy. They will be ready for adoption around Dec 18th. Depending on there health. Please email or call Deanna at True Love Pit Bull Rescue.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/17755937
Nov 6th

Rocky Narrows Reservation

By Kappa & MIsha(little stinker)

After i found out that my company for morning hike in the Wompatuck state forest cancelled, i had to find something else to do, i wanted to bring dogs to new place but not as far away from home as Wompatuck was. After little research i decided on going to Rocky Narrows Reservation in Sherborne. 

It was only half hour away drive from home so its sounded good. 

I put reflective orange collars on dogs and inside-out my husbands bomber jacket on myself. I looked ridiculous but i decided that safety is more important than looks, all of that caused by the hunting season that is on right now.

I called reservation first to find out if the hunters are allowed there but the lady could not answer my question, i decided on going, hunters or no hunters.

The drive was easy and the place easy to locate. I was lucky, limited parking space may leave you with no choice but go back home, only 5 parking spaces, but there was one not occupied when we got there.

I saw a man getting back to one of the cars so i decided to ask him about the place,and if there were any hunters. He looked at me and laughed, he said he never has seen any hunters there for the last 15 years. SO he told me i could take the jacket off, i was so relieved, i did not feel comfortable with that thing on me.

Right behind the parking lot i found information post and maps. I took one map and we took off. I decided to follow red dot trail. The dogs constantly went off to the woods running. The weather was nice enough to keep steady pace without getting sweaty. the only thing i regretted was leaving my gloves in the car, it got a little chilly after a while. The trail was really good marked, i did not have any problems following the map. 

The dogs were running around in the swampy grass. After a little while we reached pretty nice ledge, with nice view on Charles River, i could see that if i tried i could go down the hill to the river. There were some people on the other side of the river doing some trials on small planes, i watched them doing flips in the air for couple of minutes. Of course i could not miss the opportunity for a swim for Kappa. I decided to climb down the rocks, dogs did not have any problem doing it, i had to be careful cause some of the rocks were slippery, after few minutes we reached the bottom and Kappa went for a swim, he fetched for me some sticks before we head back on the trail.  i took little off trail for a while but it dead ended so we had to go back to the main trail, the area was really nice, woody but open enough to enjoy walking.

We passed some narrow cliffs and headed for kayak landing. Access to the water was very nice out there, the dogs went straight to the river. After few seconds other two black dogs showed up and started sniffing around. Their owner showed up after a minute. 

We stayed at the water until they left. I noticed that KAppa started shivering so i decided to move on. We passed some more trail markers before i stopped to take some more pictures. And thats when MIsha took off. At first she was just running around with her nose in the ground like crazy and i did not think she would go anywhere but then she just went to the woods not turning even once. I thought she would be back right away like always but she did not show up, i could only hear her barking in excitement like she used to in the herding class, running after the sheep.

I could hear her bark fading away with each second. Somehow i had a feeling she would be back right away, but after 10 min she did not come back and i started to worry. I waited a little longer and i decided to go after her. I was not sure about that because the off trails area was swampy and wet, and bushy looking not accessible in many places.

I was charging through the bushes following the bark that i could still hear. Kappa stayed close to me, so i felt safer.  After a while i totally did not know where i was, and I barely could hear MIsha. I was calling her and whistling but she did not responded. I walked for another i think 15 minutes before i reached a path. I could hear Misha again but still very far away. I decided to get into the bushes once again. I had to cross 2 streams and my feet got wet, the ground was very soft out there and i started wondering if i could get stuck somewhere not being able to walk any more. 

I heard MIsha again. VEry quite bark, but it gave me  hope, cause i started thinking that she might have drown in the swamp somewhere. 

After a while i got out of the bushes and started to look for some sign to find out where i was. I sat on the tree trunk getting hopeless. BUt i could not just stay there, so i decided to walk, thinking that i finally i would see a trail mark or some people. I heard some voices and saw two people. I got out on the trail and i saw them with their dog and MIsha around them, i could not believe that she did not even try to find me!!! I was so relieved, i asked them to tell me where i was and how to get back to the parking lot. I was not that far away so i thanked them and we went straight for the car. But after 5 min MIsha took off again, i could not believe i did not put her on the leash, but i thought she would not do that any more. she did not care, she just went straight ahead to the wilderness. It took her around 10 min before she came back, i could hear sounds of geese or duck being startled and forced to took off up to the air, that must have been MIsha.

WHen she got out i called her and put her on the leash right away,she was all wet and stuck of rotten swampy water. THe whole hike took us 3 hours.

After all i recommend the place for anybody, its very nice, has enough trails for 3 hour hike, some pretty nice views and access to the river, the trails are marked very well and you can get a map near the parking area. ANd if you lucky enough and your dog stay s with u all the time u r gonna have nice time!!

I parked my car on the forest st parking lot, enough space fore 5 cars, there is another access to the reservation from different st with 5 parking spaces.


Sep 13th

My Sous Chef is a Dog

By Tuckerman & Layla
We have our own food blog!  Please visit:

My Sous Chef is a Dog

We haven't been updating it for a little while because our Mom is busy reading cases - but we plan to get back to it!
Sep 12th

Camping with Jester our Big Puppy

By Jester
We are in CA and went to Sandy Beach.
Last Wed. to Mon. and we had a blast.
Jester stayed with us well and leason.
Chased the ball from way out in the water and back every time.
Sat next to us by the campfire and understod NO and Leave it.
At night his crate was right next to our tent and not one sound,
just as good as if we where home.
Glad all the worries about camping with are puppy are now gone.

Im glad casue I hate the ideal of leaving him home with someone chekcing up on him or putting him at a strange place while we are gone.
Id rather have fun with my dog than like others where they come back and they say wow my dog looks so much difforent casue
the family went away for the week. lol

It took us a long time before we bought a dog
and now I can see he was the right puppy to wait for
becasue he has made it so easy for us to take him where ever we go.

Don't know if this is a...  HELPFUL  WHY...  but it also helped.
I have taken our puppy in my car since the day we got him.
About 3 outings a week where we have to drive an hr.
We also creat trained him so I think it has helped him respect the car.
At home his crate is in the kitchen and he is only told to go in it for bed,
over night. Some times he gose in it on his own,
but we also have a bed in the livingroom for him to lie down on
durring the day. Creat isnt for being bad. ONLY bed time at night.

Hope you all are having a great September.
Still so very hot where we are in CA.
Jul 31st

California Dog Parks... Updated

By Jester


Dog Parks in California


                                                             


 Sandy Beach, (Rio Vista) Added to list
2333 Beach Dr.,
Rio Vista, CA
--- Beach where the dogs can get in with the people.
Can launch boats there, BBQ and even camp.
-- Day beach is $5. a car plus $1. per dog.
Camping I believe was $30. a night.

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Sand Beach, has been where you can find us almost every weekend... lol



King Park, (Brentwood) Added to list
1379 Bauer way,
Brentwood, Ca 94513
--- Fenced off leash Dog park
-- Also has Basketball court,
and kids playground,
and lots of grass area for children or dogs on leash to sit and eat,
kick a ball or fly a kit or ride there bike around
all next to it where parents can watch from the dog park.

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Brentwood is one I try & hit every night
from anywhere from 5pm to 830pm depending on the night.




Lake Elizabeth Dog Park (Fremont) Changes
Has been moved & is Redone.
There is now a Big & Small Dog Park apart from each other.
Directions is about the same only its right after Police Station
and Parking lot isn't so far back or the dog park.
Next to Basketball hoops,
Dog Shelter,
Playground, and bathroom..
can even walk around Lake Elizabeth from the dog park.
- I go to this one almost every Mon., Wed., Fri., from 10am to Noon



I want to try the one in Union City, CA.
Hope to next week in Aug. 2010
& will tell you what I think of that one.
I keep hearing good things.

                                                                                                           Jester Approved
Jul 28th

Dog Beaches on Cape Cod

By Darling

Barnstable beaches

Dogs are allowed on Barnstable public beaches from September 15-May 15 only.

 

 

Cape Cod National Seashore

Dogs on a leash are allowed year round except in lifeguard protected swimming areas and posted shorebird nesting areas.

Chatham

Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off season.

September 16-March 31.

Dennis

 

Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off season.

Labor Day-Memorial Day.

 

 

 

Eastham

Dogs are not allowed on any of the town beaches at any time from May 15 through Labor Day. They are, however, allowed at Dyer Prince Road/Rock Harbor Beach Area before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. All dogs must be leashed.

 

Falmouth

Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off season.

October 1 through April 30.

 

Harwich

Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off season.

Labor Day-Memorial Day

 

 

Orleans(Nauset Beach)

From a point South of Nauset Beach parking lot to trail one, dogs are prohibited from May 15 to Labor Day. From a point South of trail one to the Chatham lnlet, all dogs must be on a leash of not more than 30 feet at all times, unless below the high tide mark, from May 15 through Labor Day. Dogs are prohibited from areas closed to vehicle or human traffic for Piping Plover protection.

 

Sandwich

 

Dogs are allowed on the beach, on a leash, only during the off season.

October through March.

 

Wellfleet

Dogs are allowed, on a six-foot lead, before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. on the following beaches from the 3rd Saturday in June through Labor Day: Duck Harbor, Newcomb Hollow, Cahoon Hollow, White Crest and Maguire Landing

Race Point Beach in Provincetown

 

 

When it comes to Cape Cod dog friendly beaches, Race Point Beach has to be the #1 choice. Dogs are allowed year round on the beach, and here's the best part, they are allowed off leash from 6AM to 9AM all summer long. So yes, you can let Rover run in the sand and romp in the surf...on Cape Cod...in the summer...you've got to love it!

 

Race Point Beach is a very wide beach on the Atlantic featuring some of the most scenic dune landscapes on the Cape. The water here is chilly, with big surf and strong undertows. Amenities include:

Lifeguards

Restrooms

Showers

Located on Race Point Rd. off of Rt 6

Jul 28th

Dog Parks in RI

By Darling

Newport Dog Park
City: Newport

State: RI
Website: http://www.rik9.com/dog_parks.htm
Dog Park Info: The City of Newport's off-leash park is located on Connell Highway at the base of the Pell Bridge (directly across the street from the Newport Playhouse). The park is free and open to the public from 6AM to 9PM. All dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed.

Mt. Pleasant
Meridian Park

Located on Meridian Road near High Street
trees, parking, water. Comments= it's just an off-road park running by the river, secluded and from off a not-busy road

Providence
Barc Parc

Located on Patterson Street, cross streets Rhode Island Avenue and Nesbit Street
Open 6am to 9pm daily. Fenced (partial), tables, handicap access, trees, parking, trashcans.
Comments= Located in a wooded area in the midst of a 40 acre preserve in the heart of providence's East Side.

Wanskuck Park Dog Park
Located on Woodward Road, between Branch Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue
Open 24 hours.
Fenced, benches, handicap access, trees, trashcans.
Comments= a nice dirt walking path and a large open grassy area. Leash laws may be enforced so use at your own discretion. Fencing in disrepair and area is next to the street so use caution

Jul 28th

Dog Beaches In MA

By Darling
MA Singing Beach; Manchester-by-the-Sea Dogs allowed from Oct. 1 thru Apr. 30
MA Cape Cod National Seashore Dogs allowed on beach on lead except fron May 15 to October 15. During this period dogs are prohibited on nature trails, bathing beaches, and shore bird nesting areas (often whole beaches) and the restriction extends to Nauset (town) ocean beaches in Orleans and Eastham and the Nauset Inlet and Pleasant Bay beaches during this period.
MA Cape Cod Rock Harbor Beach allows dogs off leash but is now off limits between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.
MA State Parks Dogs allowed on lead in all state parks with the significant exceptions of Gallop Island, George's Island, Halibut Pt., South Cape Beach (as well as some inland sites).
MA Provincetown The last time we were up there, all of the beaches allowed dogs on lead. Found no restrictions to the contrary.
MA Duxbury Beach Dogs allowed on beach on lead or other effective control year round, with specific area restrictions from May 1 to Sept. 15
MA Plum Island Dogs allowed on beach off lead from October 15 to May 15.
MA Nantucket Many beaches on the island are dog friendly.
MA Cuttyhunk Island (northwest of Martha's Vineyard) Entire island (including the beach) is dog friendly. Dogs should be leashed in public areas.
Jul 28th

Dog beaches In NH

By Darling
NH State Parks No dogs allowed on NH State Park beaches except as noted below.
NH Rye (including the State Beaches Dogs allowed from Oct. 1 thru Friday before Memorial Day weekend (unrestricted) and from Memorial Day weekend thru 9/30 -- before 8am and after 6pm