I’m hoping this title is read like an update on the pups and not about a date with pups. (Although, Ham has been flirting with a three pound Yorkie that lives in our building…)
It’s been six months with having two dogs on my own, and I feel like I’m finally in a good routine with them. It’s so hard, and I often feel outnumbered, but it’s not like they’re kids. It also helps that Hamilton is one and a half years now. The extra “half” makes ALL the difference. That dog has five times the energy Teddy does… phew!
I think the one thing that keeps everyone (the dogs and myself) sane is utilizing the fantastic dog daycare place in town. I love them, and the dogs love them even more. I get a little break, and the dogs get to socialize. It’s an added expense in the monthly budget, but worth it, especially since I work from home and spend nearly every waking minute with them anyway. They’re actually really spoiled there. I was dropping them off one day, and the guy that does the overnight shift asked if it was okay if they slept in the bunk room with him instead of the crate because they like to watch TV with him. (See, very spoiled.)
When I booked a Nantucket rental for a week in July, I did it in early December with the intention of bringing the dogs along. I’m not going to lie, I immediately (like literally seven months ago) started to plan in my head how I was going to get two rambunctious dogs to the island.
I had this whole scenario built up in my head like a nightmare. Teddy HATES driving in cars and Hamilton is unpredictable. The day would include a two and a half hour drive to New Bedford, a short wait at the ferry terminal, a two-hour ferry ride, and then a car to the house.
While I was on the ferry back from Round 1 to collect the dogs for Round 2, a woman a few seats over from me had a cat in a bag. The poor cat got really sick on the ferry, and my heart went out to the woman. It also set in a deeper fear that my dogs would not be okay on the boat.
It turns out I worried over nothing. The dogs were perfect on the ferry, and I think it was the best part for them. Ham snoozed the whole time on my lap the way there, and on the floor the way back… and Teddy enjoyed the attention from all the kids and grandmas on the boat who just wanted to give him all the head scratchies.
Do I sound like a crazy dog lady yet? Spoiler alert: I am!!!
The dogs and I had the best week together on Nantucket. I especially love knowing that I can travel with them more. They’re good sports, and as long as they get a little exercise, they’re good to go!
Also, people were legit pulling their cars over to say how cute the matching gingham was. I 100% recognize that this is over the top and downright ridiculous but guys… I loved every second of it.
Photos by Carter Fish