Welcome East Coast Rico! All the way from the opposite side of our vast country!
Tell us, where exactly do you live?
I live in Coxheath, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada!
But I didn’t always live here. At almost 9 months old I made a long, long trip in an RV (big camper on wheels) with dozens and dozens of other dogs all the way from America.
Yep, from Palm Springs California. We traveled all the way to the mainland of Nova Scotia.
Now why did you do that?
Well, we were all living in an overcrowded shelter (300% capacity!) and we had to get out. Long story short, five rescue organizations in the Canadian Maritimes (that’s what they call the general geographic area where Nova Scotia is) heard about what was happening and agreed to take 100 of us! In the Maritimes most shelter and rescue dogs are quite large so they were very happy to take us as most of us were quite small.
What was that journey like?
During the drive up from Sunny California, we hit a major snowstorm in Massachusetts. The driver stopped and let us play! It was the first time any of us had seen anything like that. By the time we got to Nova Scotia, the same system had passed through so there was plenty of it left. I actually really love the snow, much to Mom’s chagrin. It’s all gone now…I bid a fond farewell to my last little patch earlier this week.
Tell us a little bit about what it is like there in Coxheath, Nova Scotia. Is it flat, hilly, on the coast, inland, city, rural?
Yes! It’s actually all of those things here. There are highlands here in the East Coast Island of Cape Breton. In fact my uncle KC (he’s a jack russell) has hiked the largest mountain peak (Mount Franey) with my Mom years ago, but she says I probably won’t make that hike. She does promise me walks along the beach come summertime.
Coxheath is a suburb of the small city of Sydney and there is a mountain with a groomed trail right here. I’m not sure I’ll get to hike that one either because we hear there are coyote who frequent that area. Speaking of which, there are loads of wildlife here in Coxheath. Mom says she has had raccoon on her back deck, fox on her front step, ducks in the back yard, eagles overhead, and assorted other small woodland creatures. I’m looking forward to meeting some of them, um, maybe.
How long have you lived there now?
I arrived in mainland Nova Scotia on Valentine’s Day of this year and was picked up by my new Mom to make another long drive to my home on February 23.
Who do you live with?
It’s just my Mom, but she takes me to her fitness studio with her every day where I have dozens of Aunties and a couple of Uncles. All of her clients give me cuddles and kisses!
What breed are you?
It is believed I am an Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix. Mom calls me a Chiggy!
Is your city dog friendly?
No! Mom says it’s one of the least dog friendly cities ever. Everywhere you go there are “No Dog Signs”. For that very reason she and a group of dog-loving strangers got together a few years ago to start the region’s first Flyball and Agility Dogsport group.
Do they have dog parks?
There is one just up the road from here. It is a paid park run by a veterinary clinic but Mom says she doesn’t want to go because it’s all big dogs and they don’t have small dog time…at least not that she knows of.
Are there any particular places you like to go walking?
It’s been very wintry weather since I arrived so I’ve been walking in the same neighbourhoods since getting here. Recently we started walking a little further into farm country.
Yep, there are two horses on our walk and the brown one in the foreground of the picture will meet us at one corner of his fence and walk the length of it with us. Don’t listen to Mom when she says I’m scared. I am so not scared! Mom says we will be taking some country and beach walks now that the weather is getting better.
Can dogs go in restaurants?
Oh heck no! Although Mom was in Baddeck last year and went to the Bell Buoy restaurant. Baddeck is a small, beautiful, very tourist friendly village about 78 km out of Sydney. Cape Breton experienced a particularly warm summer last year,I’m told, and she saw this sign: See attached picture
She’s not sure what they were willing to do to help, exactly, but Bell Buoy is her new favourite restaurant.
Can dogs go on public transit?
Only Guide Dogs as far as I know.
Do people there dress their dogs in clothes?
*giggles* I wear sweaters because I shiver in the cold. Mom laughs and says she never thought she’d see herself buying dog sweaters! Other than that we don’t see a whole lot of dressed dogs around these parts. I think this is probably because most of the dog population here are large breeds and, from what I understand, they just don’t get the clothing thing.
Do most people have dogs there?
EVERYBODY does! I’m sure of it! They are everywhere which makes it hard to believe the place is so dog unfriendly.
What is the climate like?
It’s warm, it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dry, it’s sunny, it’s snowy, it’s windy, it’s calm, it’s rainy, it’s…RAINBOWS!
What is your favourite local treat to eat?
Local treat? I don’t think I’ve had any local treats… :-S
What do dogs do for fun there?
We hike in the woods, run on the shores, and walk on the sidewalks but, sadly, not a whole lot more than that. We love our families and play with them every chance we get. Sometimes dogs participate in flyball and agility (remember I told you my Mom and a group of dog-loving strangers started the first Flyball and Agility club (Highland Hurricanes) in this area several years ago with my Uncle KC). Sadly, the majority of the members switched the focus from Flyball to Agility. KC (my mountain climbing flyballing super cool jack russell uncle is registered with the AAC and, as such, is allowed to compete in Agility…but he doesn’t.) Mom says she’s thinking of registering me for agility.
Sounds like you’ve had a pretty full life for a young dog Rico, I hope your adventures continue to get better and better in your new home in Coxheath, Nova Scotia Canada.