Dog Saves Man in Cold Harbor Rescue
Jim Hickey

An Island man who fell into the Edgartown harbor was saved from drowning on Sunday by a pair of unlikely heroes: a patron at the Wharf Pub who had stepped outside for a smoke, and a determined four-year-old Bouvier des Flandres named Maui.

Bouvier des Flandres is a breed of Belgian retrievers known for their intelligence and for protecting their masters, two attributes displayed aptly by Maui Sunday when he played a pivotal role in saving the life of his owner, Leonard Fogg of Edgartown.

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An Old Friend Recalled
Dorothy West

Editors’ note: The following essay written by longtime Oak Bluffs columnist Dorothy West first appeared in the Vineyard Gazette on August 9, 1985.

By DOROTHY WEST

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Bad Luck for Hot Dogs: County To Enforce Ban at State Beach
Remy Tumin

Beachgoers whisking their dogs onto Joseph Sylvia State Beach for a quick spin hoping no one notices may want to think twice this summer — the Dukes County commissioners are calling for a volunteer-based patrol program to help enforce the no-dogs policy.

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Call Off the Dogs from Out of Town
Peter Brannen

Out-of-towners leave your dogs at home, the West Tisbury parks and recreation committee has decided, at least if you are going to Lambert’s Cove Beach with your pooch.

On Wednesday the committee agreed to restrict dog privileges to town residents, amid increasing complaints from beachgoers who have watched sunset picnics blemished by uncontrolled canines and unretrieved dog droppings.

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Olive, Won’t You Please Come Home
Sarah Durham Wilson

She’s the talk of the Island. They’re musing about her in the coffee line at Alley’s and she is the subject of after-class rumblings at the Yoga Barn. Passengers discuss her on the ferry. Your sister heard about her at a bar — in Brooklyn. Lately it is hard to find someone who is not involved, at least conversationally, in the search for Olive, the missing black Lab.

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Time to Shake Paws in Dog Debate
Nicole Galland

There’s a special town meeting coming up for West Tisbury, on Tuesday June 5. It seems to be generating some confusion about the dog situation on Lambert’s Cove Beach. It would be great if no time were wasted at the town meeting clearing up the confusion, so I would like to politely offer clarity on three particular points here.

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West Tisbury Special Town Meeting Goes to the Dogs
Remy Tumin

The long-running debate over dogs on Lambert’s Cove Beach isn’t over yet.

West Tisbury voters, who agreed three weeks ago at their annual town meeting to let residents walk their dogs on the beach on summer mornings, are being asked back to a special town meeting on June 5 to decide whether they want to pay to enforce good behavior by owners and their pets. The warrant is expected to ask voters to back funding for a seasonal assistant animal control officer to patrol the beach, as well as to consider bylaw changes addressing leashes and litter.

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Aquinnah Selectmen Take Action In January Dog Bite Incident
Remy Tumin

Aquinnah selectmen took disciplinary action this week against a dog owner whose Labrador retriever bit a houseguest in the face.

Selectmen learned that a yellow Lab rescue dog, Mac, belonging to Ariana Feldman, bit Benjamin Higgins in the face on Jan. 6 in a social situation, resulting in 32 stitches. Mr. Higgins was visiting Ms. Feldman for dinner. This was the dog’s second biting incident.

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Selectmen Hear Neighbors’ Dog Dispute
Peter Brannen

Tisbury selectmen were called on last week to mediate a barking dog dispute.

Since last spring Nick Mosey claims he has had to withstand relentless barking from a group of five Shetland sheepdogs on an abutting property on West Spring street. But Mr. Mosey told the selectmen his formative upbringing in postwar London prevented him from contacting the town earlier about the problem.

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For Better or Worse, Dogs Are Like Us
Tom Shelby

Vampire bats share blood with sick bats too ill to get their own. Who would have thought? Rats laugh when tickled. Who would have thought? A biologist recounted how his dog followed a cart carrying the body of a mule who had been his companion for 12 years. When the mule was buried, the dog walked slowly over to the grave of his friend and wailed. Who would have thought?

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