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Captain's Letter

Life off the Leash

Fall/Holiday Season 2019 

The calendar may read late September, but the weather of the past few days has carried with it the warmth of the last Summer days.  The crowds have thinned out a bit, but there are still folks around, squeezing out the last bits of the season, enjoying a late day stroll along the beach, maybe even a quick dip in the ocean, perhaps wondering if it could be their last chance to do so before the air changes.  As I go through the motions of prepping my boats and wharf for the Winter ahead, I can’t help but enjoy these last bits of the season myself.  How lucky I am to have spent nearly fifty summer seasons welcoming friends, some new, some familiar, to our island home.  I have enjoyed teaching kids about sailing aboard the Tall Ship Shenandoah, watching their faces light up as we sing a sea shanty song before dinner or as they help raise the mainsail for the first time.  I am certain that they will make friendships here that last a lifetime, just as I have.

Our first off-island Cafe in nearby Falmouth Heights was the perfect gathering spot for a quick bite and a cold beverage.  Even the family dog is welcome to visit our outdoor space there, as well as in our General Stores.  Our latest store expansion in Mashpee Commons even includes a “water bowl bar” for our visiting pups!

In August our fans were given the opportunity to enter their dog’s photo in our “Life off the Leash” catalog photo contest.  We received hundreds of entries and our crew enjoyed looking through all of them. Reading the stories behind the photos, it was easy to see that your dogs are as important to your lives as to our legacy.  We are happy to not only feature our contest winner “Zeke” on the cover, but also many of the other dog photos and stories we received throughout the pages of this catalog.  As I look forward to the season ahead, I’ll hold these memories close. I hope you do as well.

Wishing you and yours a happy Holiday season and New Year.

Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

~ Captain Robert S. Douglas
Founder of The Black Dog Tavern Co.



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