Stylish choices abound for both visiting and year-round canines
By Judy Keenan
Whether your dog is a year-round resident or summer vacationer, you can give them accessories to wear and treats to eat which are particular to Cape Cod. At the Chatham Beach Dog in Chatham you can find leashes and collars in many colors with both Chatham and Cape Cod woven into the design. Nautical motifs and beach themes on collars and leashes are also available from Hot Diggity in Mashpee Commons. They include lobsters, whales, sea shells, flip flops, anchors, pirates’ skull and cross bones, nautical code flags and the universally recognized Cape Cod outline. Both stores have cute seafaring thematic doggy bandanas (lobsters and the Cape Cod outline) for dogs that want that rakish look.
Fenway flavor on Cape Cod
It’s safe to assume that Cape Cod dogs are Boston Red Sox fans so both stores carry everything Red Sox from leashes and collars to doggy shirts and doggy baseball hats, even treats and toys with the Red Sox team logo. There is even a baseball bat chew toy at the Chatham Beach Dog that plays “Take me out to the ball game” when your dog chomps on it. The Chatham Beach Dog has the Yankees logo on collars but it would take a tough dog to wear one on the Cape. Just kidding.
Drink up, Spot
How about a dog bowl that says, digging the Cape? These can be found at Hot Diggity along with picture frames and coffee cups with the same saying. Another choice for a Cape Cod dog's bowl could be one that has a beach ball and sand pail on the inside with Cape Cod in big, bold letters on the outside. Or perhaps your dog would prefer to drink from a bowl sporting a giant sea shell. At the Chatham Beach Dog there are dog bowls with cute paw prints, nautical code flags that spell dog, lobsters and anchors.
Tasty barkery treats
Doggy biscuit treats with Red Sox, Happy Birthday or Chatham in the shape of baseballs, hearts or dog bones look surprisingly yummy with their white yogurt based frosting. Hot Diggity has a bakery chest full of fresh dog treats that resemble French pastries and could easily be mistaken as fit for human consumption. Most are carob based. Many of these are made in Wareham at Preppy Puppy, a commercial bakery catering to dogs’ appetites. Both stores say that dogs love these treats. It must be the frosting.
If you want to celebrate your dog’s birthday, either store can get you a personalized birthday cake with your dog’s name. Perhaps your dog doesn’t indulge in cake. Then you can buy a plush toy birthday cake complete with candles that sings “Happy Birthday” when chomped on.
There is a plethora of doggy treats with ingredients way beyond the usual super market dog food aisle. Consider Blueberry Crisps from Hot Diggity or Power Bones (think Power Bars) at the Chatham Beach Dog. The latter food was developed by a man who loved to hike with his dog as his companion and always had his own stash of Power Bars with him for a quick energy boost. One day he realized that his dog might enjoy the benefits of a power bar also and, voila!, the Power Bone was conceived.
Welcomed with a wag of the tail
In both stores, owners' or employees' dogs greet customers with tail wags. At the Chatham Beach Dog Oliver, a young rescue dog from California of mixed breed--most likely German Shepard and Aikita--has huge paws foretelling a potential future as a very big dog and at Hot Diggity you can meet Cooper, also a rescue dog, this time from Tennessee. Cooper is full grown and looks like he may have some Labrador Retriever in him. Golden Retrievers are the logo dog of the Chatham Beach Dog and can be found on almost every item. Trix, a ten-week-old Golden Retriever with a soft, fluffy, light yellow coat is the new pet of the owner at Hot Diggity and will be increasing his visits to the store.
To be a well dressed, well accessorized and well treated dog on Cape Cod a trip to the Chatham Beach Dog or Hot Diggity is very rewarding. Most of the many other pet stores on Cape Cod and the Islands carry Cape Cod themed items and treats as well. You should go out and see for yourself at all these new and exciting doggy accessories and treats.