Pet Corner

Town News

Ah, summer. We love getting out into the fresh air and enjoying lots of fun activities like hiking, bicycling, kayaking and swimming. But what about our canine kids? Where can we take them where they’ll be a welcome part of the travel & tourism scene in our beautiful Down East Maine? Let’s explore some places throughout our region where our pets can join in on the summer fun!

Calais and Eastport have plenty of places to bring our dogs. Both destinations are pet friendly and offer lots of fun things for dogs to do. From splashing in lakes to walking nature trails, both towns offer lots of outdoor activities for you and your dog. Calais offers a scenic waterfront walking path along the St. Croix River, and Devil’s Head on the River Road offers some pretty awesome views as well. The Calais Cemetery has long been a favorite with the locals here in Calais (and was a huge hit with my handsome little goober, Ando.) 

Eastport is another great place to visit with your dog. One of the things I really love about Eastport in the summer is that many of the local businesses put water dishes out on the sidewalk for traveling dogs to drink from. We sometimes forget that our dogs get hot and overexerted much faster than we do, and they only have their paws and noses to sweat from. Bravo to Eastport business owners for helping ensure dogs have access to fresh water while their enjoying their stroll through downtown. 

How about lakes? Does your dog enjoy swimming? We are lake rich here in Washington County, so let’s explore! There’s Round Pond on the Charlotte Road; Meddybemps Lake on Route 191 (which also has a great public boat landing complete with human port-a-potty – (bonus for us humans!)  Keene’s Lake on the Shattuck Road (off Route 1 in Red Beach); and Nash’s Lake, which is right next door to Keene’s. These lakes are all worth dipping paws into, and your dog will be happy to splash along the shoreline or dive right in. 

Don’t forget to bring food a collapsible bowl with lots of water on your adventure, along with doggie waste disposal bags. Please remember to clean up after your pet. By doing your part you are being a courteous, responsible pet parent, and you are helping prevent the spread of parasites and infectious diseases — some of which can be deadly to your dog. When we all work together to ensure nature in Maine can be enjoyed by all, we feel better about ourselves. Have fun this summer! 

Catherine Howland is a professional pet sitter based in Calais. For more information please visit