A dog's life...

Real Estate Agent with Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty

Hi, my name is Sophie. I always read my dad's blog about Real Estate and Restaurants and why people should come to Ulster County. And that's all great and good but then I thought, wait a minute! What about US? I live here too - and very comfortably. So, I see it as my duty to inform all my fellow kanines about what YOU can do around here. I'm pretty busy so let's get started: First of all, let me tell you something, I've been to Central Park once, a few years ago and I kinda liked it but that's nothing against what you can have up here. I chased several deer off my property the other day - what fun is THAT! Of course, the squirrells are great too. However, they always seem to disappear suddenly behind a tree and vanish into thin air. Not sure what that's all about. Alien obduction maybe... Anyway, there are some great areas to go to if you want to have fun. Obviously, if your mom and dad own a home with some property and maybe a stream, that would be awesome. However, I can tell you about a few places where its almost as good as your own. There are plenty of creeks and streams where you can just cool off and even swim. There are several nice swimming holes in and around Accord and the Kerhonkson area. There is, for example, a very nice stream off Dymond Road in Kerhonkson where you can hike in State Land along the water for hours. Then there is, of course, Duck Pond. You have probably read about it in one of the previous blogs so I'm not going to bore you with the details. Lots of fun, is all I'm saying. The pond is pretty spectacular, especially in the summer. Great to jump off the edge after a ball or a stick. Nice nature smells all around. Sometimes you've got ducks (ergo Duck Pond :-) but they are too far out. Don't even try to go after them.
Ok, so, one more amazing destination is Kaaterskill Falls in Tannersville. It's a 45 minute drive from Stone Ridge but it's well worth it. There is a long hike along the Kaaterskill Creek with plenty of swimmeable holes. After about 30 minutes, you'll go up the hill pretty steeply (definitely great to have 4 feet on the ground on this one) until you reach the falls. You can actually go BEHIND the water fall. Pretty amazing stuff. If you want to go further up, there is another steep incline until you come to the top of the falls. Great views, great swimming. You can relax on the warm stones and bake in the sun, once in a while cooling off in the stream. It's a hard life up here but, hey, somebody's gotta do it, right?
I usually get my food at Lucas Avenue Pet Supply in Kingston. It's a bit out of the way but he's got all the good food, like Wellness, Eagle Pack, and others. I usually go to Kingston Animal Hospital for anything related to my health. They have always been nice to me. There is another Vet in Stone Ridge that I heard good things about but I don't know them personally. Let me know if you hear anything.
What else? There are plenty of dog training facilities. I went to one when I was a puppy. I can't remember... Anyway, I think that's it for now. I'll try to write again some time. Right now, I have to go out and roll in the snow. Oh, toys are us has a great baby pool. Only about 6 dollars. It's blue and plastic and about 4 feet in diameter. Perfect for those hot summer days...
Hope to see you up here some time.
Yours truly,

Sophelina Principessa of Goodness
(you can call me Sophie ;-)

Comments (4)

Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Stefan

Jennifer Fivelsdal sent me over.

I really enjoyed reading this post by Sophie, If you will give him a rub on his head for me.

I can see why Jennifer picked you as a hidden gem. Your a fine blog writer. I have subscribed to your blog.

Have a good one


Feb 03, 2008 08:48 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Hi Stefan:

I also came over from Jennifer's blog.  I loved your story from Sophie's perspective.  It sounds like you live in a lovely place.

I do have one suggestion.  I think it would help me to read it better if you put paragraphs in.  My eyes are not as good as they use to be.

Feb 03, 2008 09:39 AM
Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Oh my - I love lab puppies and dogs for that matter - my max looks very much like this cutie... I also found you through Jennifer -
Feb 04, 2008 10:29 AM
otis and kk hogan

Sophie - your dad found our folks a great piece of land that wasn't even listed and we have lots of fun here too - the rail trail, deer and lots of other critters. Of course, it was not so nice when KK had a go 'round with the porcupine, but Dr. Samuels and staff opened the office at 5:30 in the AM to treat her and she is fine now. Still waiting for you to come swim in our pool. Maybe this summer!

Feb 21, 2009 11:19 PM