Friends of Falmouth Dogs


Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Would you be surprised to know that there were two dogs that might have been present at the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621? According to “Mourt’s Relation,” a document written by Edward Winslow in the early 17th century, two dogs, a mastiff and a spaniel, came over on the Mayflower with 25-year-old Pilgrim John Goodman. Both were credited with keeping Goodman and another Pilgrim safe and warm when the two men became lost on a hunting expedition. Unfortunately, Goodman died that first winter, but historians consider it very likely that the other colonists took care of his dogs, as the canines would have been vital for hunting and security.

And although the Pilgrims didn’t eat what we would consider traditional Thanksgiving fare, there was a wide variety of plentiful food items available for the feast. Lobsters, eels, mussels, clams and oysters were abundant and were likely the primary foods eaten. Pumpkins and other indigenous squashes were good sources of starch—in fact, according to, the earliest pumpkin pie may have been a hollowed-out squash filled with milk, spices, and honey, which was then roasted in hot ashes. Given the abundant nature of the food, there is no doubt Goodman’s loyal dogs were well-fed.

As we prepare to visit friends and family at this special time of the year, we at Friends of Falmouth Dogs also want to say how grateful we are for the longstanding support of the Falmouth community. We appreciate the donations, large and small, that we receive from so many residents who embrace our mission to help the needy stray and surrendered dogs here on the Upper Cape. We are grateful for the continued support of local businesses, such as Deer Run Veterinary Clinic, Uptown Dog, Falmouth Pet Center, The Black Dog, Atria Woodbriar, the chamber of commerce and The Falmouth Enterprise, as well as the numerous shops around town that collect spare change for us through our donation cans. Last but certainly not least, we are also grateful for the countless hours of labor provided by dedicated volunteers and local dog trainers, many of whom have given years of service to this organization. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

Now to provide an update on Angel. This sweet girl has a heart condition, so we are taking her to a specialist. She has had many visitors over the last week, and much interest, which isn’t surprising given her engaging personality and curious nature. However, until we find out more about her situation, we are not accepting any more adoption applications. Angel has really blossomed over the last week and is a more confident dog around people. We expect even more progress in her behavior and temperament over the coming weeks. She will be in foster care until we get more definitive information about her veterinary needs. Please keep watching this column, as well as our Facebook page, for updates on our delightful Angel.

The FFD office will be closed to the public Thanksgiving Day so that our volunteers can enjoy the holiday with their families. We wish everyone a warm, safe holiday, and remember, no cooked turkey bones for the dogs!

FFD still has beautiful 2020 calendars for sale ($10 each) featuring alumni from the past couple of years. These make great gifts for your dog-loving friends and support the efforts of FFD to provide much-needed health care for Falmouth dogs. They are available at the shelter, at Uptown Dog, and at Falmouth Pet Center.

FFD is at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon, and Monday, Thursday and Sunday from 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742. Visit

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