Monday, September 2, 2013

Cape Cod 2013

We had a fabulous two weeks on Cape Cod, exploring, hiking, cycling, swimming, shopping and eating amazing local seafood, especially truly is our slice of heaven.  The dogs had a blast, running in the marshes, on the beach and Savi loved swimming and retrieving in the marsh and bay.  They enjoyed meeting new people and shopping with us in all the dog friendly shops.  Our girls are amazing travelers and it feels just like home having them with us on vacation.  I really enjoy photographing the dogs and sharing their adventures.  
Daily hikes in the salt marsh are fun, give the dogs and people plenty of exercise!
 Truro is our favorite spot on the cape with rolling hills, salt marshes and fantastic bay and ocean beaches.

Running through the hills and swimming after ducks!

The dogs settled into our new routine there pretty quickly and with much planning and packing, we were well prepared to make their vacation with us an easy one.  It is important to make sure when traveling with pets that you not only have their food and depending where you go, water, extra leashes and ID on their collars, but all kinds of medications (check with your vet) and first aid supplies (vet wrap, hydrogen peroxide, super glue, etc) in the event of an illness or accident. We always carry anti-diarrhea medications and antibiotics.  Also, check to see where the nearest vet and emergency animal hospitals are located.  Since Cape Cod is also known for its ticks, we make sure to apply Frontline or Vectra to the dogs a few days before we leave to give them adequate protection.

Just like at home, we set up crates and dog beds for the dogs in the house and show them their potty area and bring a pooper scooper for clean up.  A few favorite toys, treats and special chews, new knuckle bones from White Dog Bone, kept the dogs busy, especially on rainy days. Another important piece of equipment that we "schlep" with us are the xpens, which we attach to the deck.  Since our rental house did not have a fenced yard, it allows the dogs to hang out with us on the deck or alone while we are home, in a safe, contained outdoor area.  For practical reasons, it works great to put them in when we get back from the beach and they are wet and sandy; you sure do not want them in the house full of sand!

I took a ton of pictures and will continue to share some of my favorites in future posts.

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