Dogs on Nantucket holidays (part 2)

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Hudson enjoying a Nantucket beach.

Following on from my last post, here are the remaining 5 tips to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday with your canine companion.

6. Places to walk

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Happy walking on Nantucket.

There are a ton of great places to take your dog on island. For helpful trail maps and information visit Nantucket Dog Walk. Please remember though that there is a leash law and your dog must always be under your control. While your dog may be “friendly” it doesn’t mean everyone else has to or wants to say hello to him/her! As for the beach, your dog should not be with you on beaches where there is a lifeguard in attendance. And please don’t forget to pick up the poop.

7. Dinner time

For health and safety reasons, dogs aren’t permitted inside restaurants. There are a few places to eat with outside terraces where it’s possible to sit fairly close to your dog without them actually being in the food service area. If you can’t leave Fido back in your accommodation you’ll need to arrive early to ensure you have your choice of tables. Lunchtime is definitely easier – think sandwich spots like Something Natural, Bartlett’s Farm, Claudette’s in Sconset or Millies in Madaket. All are great picnic spots.  While well-mannered dogs are welcome at Cisco Brewery, be warned that this is one of the busiest spots on the island after a day on the beach. With lots of people, children running around, live music and other dogs, is this really going to be a happy outing for you and your pup?

8. Doggie supplies

If you’ve forgotten any of Fido’s essentials Geronimo’s and Cold Noses are the places to go. From eco-friendly poop bags to Nantucket themed collars and leashes, you should be able to find anything you might need. For prescription diets Offshore Animal Hospital may also carry your preferred brand – worth calling them first before you drive over.

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Geronimo’s of Nantucket has everything you might need for your companion animals.

9. Pet services

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The Dog Wash

There are dog walkers and pet sitters aplenty on the island but do your research and book well ahead of time. The adage “you get what you pay for” is as true on the island as it is anywhere else. Offshore Animal Hospital offers outside daycare within an enclosed area making it a good choice for pups that might otherwise stray. And for the times when Fido finds something super stinky to roll in, clean him off at The Dog Wash.


10. Lost pets

With all the bunnies, deer and fabulous places for a dog to run, it’s no wonder that pups and people do get separated. Store this number for just such an emergency: 508-825-2287. This is the phone number for Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals (NISHA) – the island’s shelter for lost and abandoned animals. Any stray dogs picked up by the Animal Control Officers, or by the public, are brought to NISHA. You’ll need your check book, proof of identification and a rabies certificate to be reunited with your four legged friend. Consider a visit to them in any event and see first-hand the great work they do on the island. And their logoed merchandise could make pretty cool souvenirs too!

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One of NISHA’s amazing volunteers.

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