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By Tucker Baackes

Greetings, humans! Man’s best friend here. I know — it’s been a while since we caught up. To be honest, I think my mom was kind of jealous of all the attention I got last time I guest posted. I see it all the time when we go on walks. But considering she’s currently sidelined by jetlag, I thought now would be a good time for me to step up to the plate — did someone say plate? feed me! — and fill you guys in on our Memorial Day trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

I’ve been vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard since I was a pup, but this was my new BHFF (best human friend forever) Ian’s first time on the island. Mom says that she calls Ian Bearded Bartender on this blog but I said that was stupid. After all, I have far more facial hair than he does.

Dogs on Steamship Authority

Yup, Martha’s Vineyard is pretty darn great. I’ve been seeing a lot more of the place since mom’s mom bought me a new house there a few summers ago. These humans sure know how to spoil me! Anyway, Mimi (Kathryn says if I call her grandma she’ll drop me off at the pound, so I go with mimi instead) very generously tries to give mom and Aunt Livi each a chance to have the house to themselves and host friends once a year. Last summer, mom and I invited some of mom’s best friends from Albany. This summer, we invited some of mom’s best friends from Brooklyn, Liz and Matt.

Mom said to be on my very best behavior, because she was so excited to repay some of their hospitality in hosting her whenever she’s in Brooklyn. Even I’ve been to their apartment! I’m not actually sure what hospitality is, but I think it’s kind of like when I go to another dog’s house and their human gives me treats because I’m actually the cutest canine they’ve ever laid eyes on. I’m pretty sure that’s what it is.

Memorial Day Weekend Martha's Vineyard

Memorial Day Weekend Martha's Vineyard

Liz and Matt arrived on a Saturday evening, and after a thorough sniff session, the humans went out to my mom’s favorite restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, . OBVIOUSLY I stayed back at the house in protest over them not going to the instead. I mean, of all the hued animal restaurants on the island, they pick that one. The nerve! Don’t get me started on when my mom listens to .

Mom says she’s working on a post about the best restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard, and this one is definitely going to top the list. Whatever, as far as I’m concerned, all restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard get two paws down — we’ve yet to find a single one that is truly dog friendly. Rude! After dinner, I stayed up late to guard the house while the humans went on a Circuit Avenue bar crawl, starting with drinks at sophisticated and ending with a live music dance session at . Memorial Day weekend is kind of opening weekend on the island, and when mom came home and woke me up to snuggle, she told me it was one of the busiest nights out she’s ever seen in Oak Bluffs.

Red Cat Kitchen Martha's Vineyard

Red Cat Kitchen Martha's Vineyard

Red Cat Kitchen Martha's Vineyard

I’m glad they had fun and all, but personally I prefer when my crew eats at home. I mean, sure, they’re nice to be around and all, but mostly I’m interested in the possibility of catching scraps during both the cooking and eating portions of the dining experience. Not to brag, but I pretty much run the show when it comes to pre-rinsing plates around here — with my tongue, duh. Gotta give that dishwasher a break sometimes.

On Sunday morning, Mimi and her man friend Miller even showed up! They were on a day trip to the island to meet with their architect, and they just had to swing by to try one of Ian’s infamous brunches. I love when all my humans are in one place.

Brunch on Martha's Vineyard

Brunch on Martha's Vineyard

After I did dish duty, we all piled in the car to drive up-island. That’s what Vineyard-ers call the West side of the island as it’s ever-so-slightly above sea level. It’s the least developed area of Martha’s Vineyard, and I’m not entirely sure exactly what that means but I think the gist of it is there’s plenty of room for me to run off-leash but very few specialized dog boutiques and nary a Petsmart in sight. Yes, I think that’s it.

Our first stop was West Tisbury, to drop by the weekend and the iconic . Mom was annoyed to discover “no dogs” signs at both doors, and so we waited outside while mom scratched my ears and muttered curse words — I couldn’t really hear what she was complaining about over the sound of my own happy panting, though.

Up Island Martha's Vineyard

Up Island Martha's Vineyard

Alley's General Store

Martha's Vineyard Galleries

Martha's Vineyard Glass Blowing

I’m a cocker spaniel of fine tastes — I enjoyed my trot around the ‘s outdoor sculpture garden, and waited patiently while the humans took a spin through . That’s one place where I was quite happy not to go in — after all, I don’t have the most total control over when and where my nub wags.

Next, we drove all the way out to the Southwest tip of the island, the Aquinnah Cliffs. All I can say is I don’t know how those really famous dogs like Lassie do it — it was pretty exhausting the way tourists were constantly fawning all over me. What can I say? I bear an incredibly striking resemblance to a stuffed animal. I can’t help it that I’m cute. Mom says I should be a tax write-off for how much joy I bring to the general population of the world.

Up Island Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah Cliffs

Martha's Vineyard for Memorial Day Weekend

Aquinnah Cliffs

Aquinnah Cliffs

Once we’d had our fill of cliff-peeping, it was off to Menemsha, the islands’ most famous spot for sunset. I’m a big fan of Menemsha due to the potential for guilting humans into giving me pieces of their lobster rolls. My crew had big plans for a sunset picnic on the beach, and I was ready to nab a front row seat.

First step? Picking the perfect lobster. I was all over it.

Menemsha Gas Station

Menemsha Fish Market

Menemsha Fish Market

Menemsha Fish Market

Menemsha Fish Market

Menemsha is a little more laid-back than some of the other island towns, so we took the approach of casually strolling in without stopping to ask if dogs were totally technically allowed inside. This went well.

The Bite Martha's Vineyard

The Bite Martha's Vineyard

However, after a seafood sampling at several of the different shacks around town, my people were getting pretty chilly. Looks like some humans forgot their fur coats once again — dummies! So they decided to scrap sunset after one last stroll. Personally, I was toasty and warm as we trotted around the harbor of this traditional fishing village. Did you know much of was filmed here? Um, yes, dogs can know movie trivia too. Please.

Up Island Martha's Vineyard

Menemsha

Menemsha

Up Island Martha's Vineyard

Menemsha

Well, I actually have a whole lot more to tell you about our weekend but it’s nearing nap-o’clock here in Tucker Land, and there’s also a fly that needs chasing and a squeaky squirrel that needs a lesson taught. It’s pretty busy ’round these parts!

Don’t worry, I’ll be back! Stay tuned for Part II… as soon as I finish going through the garbage. Just, you know, to make sure the humans are sorting their recyclables. You’ve really got to stay on top of this crew.

Dogs in Martha's Vineyard

Talk soon,

Tucker

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34 Comments...
  • Kathryn
    September 25 2015

    Oh, Tucker! You make Mimi miss you! Who knew there was yet another writer in the family?

    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      He learned from the best… and he misses you too!

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    September 25 2015

    Oh Tucker, your storytelling abilities are getting even better, and I swear you totally know your good ‘side’ for photos. Nice work! I’d share a lobster roll with you anytime.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      Not if his mean mama was in sight… I have to be on constant treat patrol with this little stinker. He’s so good at begging, if I didn’t he’d be 10,000 pounds!

  • Shaun's Cracked Compass
    September 25 2015

    This is absolutely hilarious. I haven’t beaten a dog a movie trivia yet… but mark my words, ONE DAY!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      Good luck… it would be pretty tough with a sharp shooter like this guy!

  • Marni
    September 25 2015

    I would read a book full of Tuckerisms, because this was adorably hilarious. Who knows, maybe with Tucker’s influence a dog-friendly restaurant will open up there!

    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      We would love that! We were digging the dog menus at restaurants in San Diego… I’m inspired. Unfortunately Boston is the same way so I think Massachusetts just has much more conservative health codes (no surprise there).

  • LC
    September 25 2015

    Good man Tucker, you keep those humans on task!
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  • Kacy
    September 25 2015

    Adorable! Any travel time spent with a pup is the best. I try to take mine everywhere I go, but of course there are limits. But I still don’t understand why human children can ride free on laps, and dogs cost a million dollars and have to ride in cargo or under the seat. This is my biggest soap box. Anyhow, Martha’s Vineyard looks fabulous Tucker, way to represent!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      Ugh, tell me about it. And why can your shrieking child run rampant through a restaurant but my well-behaved dog can’t lie under my chair?!

  • Lili
    September 25 2015

    Ah man! I’ve always had cocker spaniels as pets and Tucker is adorable!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      Aren’t they the best? I’ve had two amazing dogs, both cocker spaniels, and I just adore them!

      • Lili
        October 2 2015

        Yes! I’ve also had two cocker spaniels, both that red color, and they are the best pets! I feel bad when I travel though, as mine get horrible separation anxiety.
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        • Meihoukai
          October 2 2015

          Aw, that is tough. Thankfully Tucker’s routine is pretty much having no routine, as he’s been on the move since he was a pup!

  • Joella
    September 25 2015

    Oh Tucker- you are the cutest! You’ve really got the hang of this blogging thing now- can’t wait for your next post 🙂
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  • Tucker! You make me miss my own pup! I think once I’m ready to have another dog in my life again, cocker spaniel is definitely in the running. You sure are a cutie, Mr. Tucker! 🙂
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  • Julia Nix
    September 26 2015

    HAHHA. what a cute blog. tucker, good job.

    • Meihoukai
      September 27 2015

      Tucker says arf! — er, thank you 🙂

  • Janice Stringer
    September 26 2015

    Loved it!
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  • I’ve just found your blog and this is the cutest post ever! Tucker, you are one special dog & seem to be as spoiled as my fur baby Asha!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 28 2015

      Ha, thanks Meihoukaiandra 🙂 We always say Tucker hit the dog lottery… sounds like Asha did too!

  • Amy M
    September 27 2015

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it took me a short while to realise it was Tucker’s post. Quite literally got to the ‘more facial hair than Bearded Bartender’ part before going WAITWUT.

    Looks like Tucker and his Humans had a lovely time at M’s Vineyard though – sure does make me miss having a pooch! xo
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    • Meihoukai
      September 28 2015

      Ha, I think others commented the same last time Tucker guest posted… I need to find a way to make it clearer, as apparently the byline is easy to gloss over! 🙂

  • Francesca
    September 28 2015

    Argh, way too much cuteness for one post!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 28 2015

      Thanks Francesca! Tucker says “arf” 🙂

  • Jenn
    September 28 2015

    Writing as your dog is just not ok… this is the cheesiest thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Tucker
      September 28 2015

      If you think this is the cheesiest thing you’ve ever seen, you shoulda been there for the pizza leftovers I pulled out of the trash the other day! xo, Tucker

  • Emily
    November 15 2015

    Ok, this is AMAZING Meihoukai. Most creative blog post ever!!!

    And hey Tucker – one of my dogs is named Tucker too! If I had to guess I think his blogging would be a lot less happy and exciting-sounded than yours because he is a grumpy old man 🙂 but his little puppy-brother Deacon sounds a lot like you, Tucker!!

    Thanks for another great post!

    • Meihoukai
      November 21 2015

      Aw, puppy power to dogs named Tucker! I miss my little man so much right now.