New Addition

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality. We truly appreciate your making room for us when we were having such difficulty finding a room. Your friendliness and warmth made our stay very comfortable and we felt very welcome. Breakfast was great and the bed very comfortable. Lots of luck and joy to you both with your new addition, Apache. He’s a good dog! Thanks again and I’m sure we’ll be back. — East Longmeadow, MA

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Great Dog!

Great hosts! Love Apache — great dog. Wonderful food. Will be coming back. — Locke, NY

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Fluffernutter

Put Apache in harness for the first time, took him around the trail system and into the neighbor’s field between us and the river. Discovered a new trail with him! He likes to be wherever we are. Our friend Bill “Fitz” calls Apache “Fluffernutter” because he’s fluffy and nutty!

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Breaking In

Introduced Apache to J.C. Palermo, our wonderful veterinarian, friends and neighbors, including horses Ike, Boss and Shammy. Got his tags, license for his collar. Took several long walks and runs, which helped him burn off a lot of energy. He’s a chewer and has adopted the brick fireplace as a favorite spot. Needs training but seems smart. Learning sled dog commands easily. Teaching him to speak on command more of a challenge. Hard to know who is breaking in whom — we are adapting to each other, I guess. Bill wants to call him “Boll Weevil,” can’t imagine why. I’ve nicknamed him Fuzzbucket, Doodlebug, or “Patch.”

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New Fuzzbutt in the House!

We are the proud adoptive parents of a new 9-month-old purebred keeshond (pronounced CAYZ-hund) named Apache. This dog is also known as the Smiling Dutchman or the Dutch Barge Dog, for their origin in the Netherlands and their perpetually happy expression. Our little guy is about 46 lbs, a medium-sized dog and small for us, since our last two dogs were 65 lbs and 72 lbs respectively. He has a face like a grey fox, complete with the characteristic spectacles, a thick double coat of black, silver and cream fur, and the requisite tail that curls over his back. Joanna travelled to the Southern Tier to pick him up today from a lovely couple (Thank you, Emma and Mick!). When they arrived at 10 p.m., the first thing Apache found was a clump of Yoda’s hair, which he promptly sniffed. It was a fitting if poignant way to enter what had been Yoda’s domain until only two weeks ago. We discovered that Apache was born at Snow Angels Kennels, and that the Apache people are related to the Athabascan natives of Alaska. Somehow, even though he never met our two Alaskan dogs Yoda and Jupiter, it feels like they are related, that it is appropriate that Apache landed in our home. Welcome, Apache!

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An 11-year-old’s Viewpoint

I really liked playing with Yoda and feeding the horses, and I really enjoyed walking in the woods. — Lowell, MA

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An 8-year-old’s Opinion

I liked Yoda and the hot apple pie cider is good! — Haslet, TX

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Jupiter Ascends

Our sweet girl, Jupi, at age 18 crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. Always wanting to please, she had a gentle way about her that stole a piece of our hearts away forever. She will be missed.

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A Snappy Comeback

We greatly enjoyed the experience and hospitality here at your bed and breakfast. We’d love to come back again and re-visit the beautiful scenery here and the surrounding area. … The food was wonderful as well. From now on we’ll probably stay at B&Bs.  Thank you for everything! I especially loved your dog Yoda! I hope to own a Yoda dog for myself some day. — FFA, Canastota, NY

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Jupiter Spotted

Still missing. Making calls. Jupi seen in town in neighborhood of Sabad’s Restaurant & Laurie DuFresne’s Hair Salon on Second St. Customer saw her around creek bed west of Sabad’s. I found her laying on a bed of twigs by the water. She couldn’t get up. Tony, owner of Sabad’s, went down after her and rescued her. He’s our Hero! … We’re so grateful to all who helped. I’ve never been so happy to clean up dog poop in our yard before!

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