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Notes from Land's End: Mar. 6


March 6th, 2012

When the Mayflower set anchor in Provincetown’s harbor on that fateful day in 1610, a Mastiff and a Springer Spaniel, both English, were on board, bringing to shore a canine’s sensibility that is still gloriously celebrated today. As the #1 friendliest Dog Town in America, there are an abundance of amenities: Pilgrim Bark Park with two separate areas for big and small hounds, pet portraiture, welcoming accommodations and even an annual Pet Appreciation Weekend.

I am, admittedly, a cat person but if I were to convert to a doggie-type, this spit of land would be the place to bring my pooch.

I am, admittedly, a cat person but if I were to convert to a doggie-type, this spit of land would be the place to bring my pooch. It would be delightful to come by ferry on a Bay State Cruise from Boston, arriving at MacMillan Wharf refreshed from a brisk ninety-minute jaunt across the high seas. We would walk to Gabriel's, a well-appointed Bed and Breakfast in the center of town, known for pet pampering and settle in.

Friends might come to join us by staking a tent at the Dunes' Edge Campground right across Route 6. Adjoining the National Seashore, we would go to the beaches for Frisbee romps and eco-woodland walks to sniff the flora and fauna. Other urban pals and their furry companions could go to the newly-renovated Harbor Hotel that allows pets, making this another affordable place to stay. Located across from Provincetown harbor, daily walks might include a healthy stroll into town.

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It’s a dog’s world along Commercial Street, where locals greet pets by name. My doggie and I would grab a biscuit at Seamen's Bank along with some cash. Then, we could stroll back to Nicoletta Poli’s gallery to get a gorgeously painted pet portrait. Next stop would most certainly be Solid Gold Pet Tea Dance at the Boatslip Resort September 29th from 4:00 to 7:00pm. The Pet Parade and Costume Competition are hysterically good fun while benefiting CASAS, Provincetown’s locally-loved and supported no-kill shelter. A part of Pet Appreciation Weekend (September 28-30), it would also behoove me to have my growing pup blessed at the Annual Blessing of the Animals at St. Mary’s Church.

After Tea, we must stop for a drink at the fountain and gaze at the sumptuously renovated town hall and sit at “meet rack” benches to see a parade of lovely animals that are truly man’s best friend.

There are leash and scooping laws in Provincetown, so bear that in mind as you clean up after your pet. We are a cosmopolitan town of mixed breeds, with thousands of visiting hounds from all walks of life.

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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