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September Went to the Dogs

September was one heck of a month to be a dog. On top of the fantastic beach weather we started off with during the first two weeks, there were two amazing events that totally went to the dogs. (…I mean that  in a good way.)

On September 20, Bartlett’s Farm hosted the first ever Dogapalooza, which brought together the island’s dog community for a few hours of fun and networking. Off Shore Animal Hospital was on site to share information about canine health. Geronimo’s Pet Store had a table set up with all sorts of leashes, toys, treats and other dog accessories on display. Visitors were welcome to take some treat samples and enter their names in a raffle for the chance to win more dog goodies. Volunteers from Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals were there to teach people about the services the shelter offers. People could also meet a couple dogs available for adoption at the shelter.

The highlight of the afternoon for me was watching the dogs attempt Joyce Jaskula’s agility course. Joyce was on hand for demonstrations, but it was almost more fun watching the amateur dogs attempt it for the first time. Sure it looks easy from the side lines, but once you are in the ring and there is a bag of treats on the line, the pressure can really get to you.

Overall, it was really special to just have a great groups of dogs and their owners hanging out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

As if that weren’t enough excitement for one weekend, I had to get up early the next morning and head out to Madaket to meet Janet Forest and company for the third Annual Pan Nantucket Walk for Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals. We left Millie’s parking lot at 10 a.m. on the dot and with agreeable weather we made our way down the bike path. At the Cliff Road juncture, Walter, Floyd, Theo and their owner were waiting to join the pack for a couple miles. After a lunch break at Children’s Beach, we set off and marched through town and kept trucking picking up a couple donations along the way. At New South Road, Cinda Gaynor of Nantucket Wild Flower, greeted us with some refreshments to get us through the last leg. We picked up a couple more walkers on our final stretch our to Sconset. Just as the Sconset Rotary came into view, the rain drops started to fall. We snapped a quick picture and scurried off for a post walk gathering. With the help of a few generous donations at the end, Janet reached her goal of raising $5000 for the shelter.

As I welcome the chilly breezes of October, the last few rainy days offer me all the more reason to stretch out on my bed and just relax and recover from the summer season. Besides I have to rest up for the Cranberry Festival!

Marty is voiced by Janet Forest a full time pet sitter on Nantucket.