MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Dog Sitting On The Vineyard …


Back in 2009 a friend of my daughter Deb’s asked us if we’d like to dog sit for their two Labs, Silas and Balou.  Absolutely yes, so Deb, her dog Chappy and I set out for MV.

My creation No matter how many times I go to the Vineyard my heart skips a beat or two when I see the above sign and the rotary welcoming you to Cape Cod.

 This was our first time sailing on the beautiful ferry, Island Home.


Seven miles and 45 minutes later we touched tire in Vineyard Haven.  We were about to start a new Island adventure.


Here is Deb surrounded by a happy, friendly threesome.  Chappy on the left, Balou in the front and Silas being petted.  We have never met nicer dogs, they were well behaved, sweet, gentle and loving, patient and fun. There wasn’t one moment that we didn’t enjoy being with them.  Oh, okay, maybe when Balou was trying so hard to tell us things and we just were too slow on the uptake… but generally speaking (or woofing) things went very, very well.



The next afternoon we were all sitting around relaxing… well, some of us were but Silas and Balou seemed antsy and clingy.  We finally figured out that since they lived in a house with two little children that there was always chattering and things going on.   Things obviously were a little too quiet for them.   I don’t remember the book I was reading at the time but I simply began reading out loud and before I knew it I had three dogs sitting at my feet listening to me.  I think we all enjoyed it, I know I did.


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Things continued to go well … except for the weather…Two of the days we were there were wet… very, very wet.


The picture below was taken from inside our dry car looking out at Edgartown Harbor.  Wet, wet, wet.  It was windy too.  And wet.


But there were times of no rain and actuall brilliant sunshine and so off on our walks in the woods we would venture.  The 4 leggeds were happy to be out and about sniffing, walking, and being together.



In too short a time our dog sitting adventure came to an end and it was time to  head home. Chappy is waiting to say goodbye to his new friends.  He had a great time with Silas and Balou, we all did.


The Island Home is waiting for us.

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Setting tire in Woods Hole.  Back to reality.



Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Dog Sitting On The Vineyard …

  1. love it!! especially the part where you started reading aloud and ended up with an audience….i read and sing to mine also, and it seems to have a calming effect….doesn’t matter what i’m reading/singing, i think it’s just the sound of my voice…..God knew what he was doing when he gave us dogs….they’re the best friends!!!

  2. I agree, dogs are the best… you can’t look in their eyes and see anything but love and devotion 🙂

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