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Quincy, the Inn Dog
Springtime 2009: Springtime was a happy time for all of us at the Inn...especially Quincy. We saw our first bluebird ever and the Inn's bluebird house had an unwelcomed intruder take up residence there for the entire season! Quincy was thrilled with his new backyard friend and apparently the intruder squirel did not feel at all threatened. He resided there until Autumn took hold and added to the backyard excitement for Quincy until then.
September 2009: Quincy takes his vacation every September to Martha's Vineyard...he loves the island and takes to the water in true Labrador fashion with boundless exuberance, unending energy and excitement! This year the weather was not the greatest for daily swims for Q, but he managed a few days at the 'locals' dog beach in Edgartown.
Christmastime, December 2009: Quincy had a rip-roaring December at the Inn (along with us!)! Besides all the gifts from family & friends, many of Main Street Manor's generous guests arrived for their stay bearing gifts for the resident retriever!
February, 2010: We decided to take Quincy back to our old stomping grounds in Vermont...back to where we used to go before our days of owning the the Inn, with our old friends and their dogs...Only now we return with just us...without old friends and old dogs.
We have always loved the Combes...its a place where you can just unwind and decompress...and not even have to drive for a great dinner. (Ruth's dinners are excellent!). We took 5 days in early February before the Valentine rush to have some 'just us' time. We have always wanted to visit Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vt. ...and this was the time to do it! We took a 1 1/2 hour drive to artist Stephen Huneck's a chapel that he built as an homage to his Labrador Retriever Sally. The Dog Chapel' on St. Johnsbury's 'Dog Mountain is a place for pet lovers to visit and leave a message for their pet...and WE did just that. Well, we visited Dog Mountain & Chapel and left prayers, photos, messages & ashes from our two Labradors who passed...,our Black Lab, Marcus in December of 1992 and Beau, our Yellow Lab who we lost in in January of 2006. Quincy was happy to oblige us and enjoyed the ride and his visit to the chapel. We believe that the spirit of this sacred place matured him a bit and made him very proud of this special task he acomplished...below are the photos from the ride to and our arrival at the Chapel...
...Below are the pics once we arrived at the Chapel...The large Black Lab Sculpture greets you at the entrance to the Chapel. The other photos are of of Ken (and Quincy) leaving the ashes and notes for Marcus and Beau behind...REMEMBER...DOG is GOD spelled backwards for a reason... :-)
February 2011: EEK...!!! It has been such a long time since Quincy's last entry! Life at the inn has been busy and this past year Quincy has really matured, becoming a 'dog' ... no longer a puppy. He is still an exuberant young man with his manners in place. And we do not stress out as much when he meets an old or new friend on the street (for the most part). His outward displays of affection have become a bit more restrained although he still cannot help himself when he sees his 'girlfriend' Ruby (another yellow Labrador Retriever who lives locally). The urge to lick her ears and get as close to her as possible overtakes him when they meet up on Main Street. Quincy is totally beside himself when they are able to have 'a date' and actually take a stroll together. (With 'the' Ken's supervision, that is!)
Aside from maturing into a pleasant young man, Quincy has taken on another job....and it is one that suits him perfectly and adds to his maturity and his NEW sense-of-self!
Quincy takes his new job as paper - delivery - dog VERY SERIOUSLY...and at times on a walk he will see a neighbor's freshly-delivered paper and move to pick it up and carry it back home! It is the cutest thing to see but we have to explain to Quincy that he would be stealing if he were to take their paper...we tell him that if he were to abscond with the paper it would be frowned upon big time by the neighbors...(and we don't want to pi_ _ off the neighbors!)...So we take the paper from him gently (sometimes this is met with Quincy's dis-approoval!) and toss it up on the neighbor's front porch! (The innkeepers always want to stay in the neighbor's good graces!)
June 2011: Now that Summertime is almost upon us, Quincy takes to the River on Sunday afternoons after weekend guests check out! His favorite new spot is the boat launch area in Stockton cause he can run right straight in! He is an amazing swimmer but still a bit of a scared-ey cat when the current is moving!
Springtime 2012 ~ Wow! Another year has passed and Quincy is really inn-to the mode of property manager and security assistant. He enjoys helping Ken set up for the many outdoor weddings that the inn has hosted...so here's a sneak-peek at Quincy inn-action, surveying the ceremony set-up for a wedding early this Spring!
November 2012 - Mr. Demille..."I'm ready for my close-up" OR should we say " Miss Jenna, "Catch me if you can"!!! This Fall, we asked our fave (wedding!) photog, Jenna Perfette to come to the inn for a little photo shoot of Quincy (and us!) Well, lets just say that Jenna had awesome patience and managed to catch all of Quincy's personalities in about a half-hour! Here are a few of the really lovely ones!
This is Quincy's 'serious' face...his pensive, thoughtful look when he has something on his mind!
...Anyone who has EVER tried to take a dog's picture knows that the best way to get a 'happy shot' is to bribe him with something that is a beloved treat! In Quincy's case...its a strawberry! His amazingly beautiful face just shines...and you'll notice the blurred berry in my hand on the very top of the page.
Next up...just a funny shot of Quincy's lack of patience with the whole photo-shoot-thing and his Quincy-sense of humor!
and Lastly...the Quincy face we see the most and continue to giggle at even though he is SO serious!!! Its the "I'm done with you" face...(those of you with teenagers will recognize this look as well!) We love our boy no matter what face he wears...and we continue to enjoy the heck out of him every day!
August, 2013 - WOW! Its been a long time since Quincy updated his page...well, he'll tell you its been quite busy around here with all the changes on the property and all the weddings we have been doing! Here is Quincy telling his story of the ast few months inn his own words...! He has become quite the innkeeper and enjoys days here with us with whatever comes along...as crazy as it may be!
"I help my mom & dad set up for the weddings sometimes and they even allow me to walk through the rows of chairs before the wedding guests arrive to see that there is ample room for the guests comfort! Here's a pic of me checking things out before a wedding we had here at the inn on June 1! I love to help out with all this 'cause I get extra treats!"
"During a wedding, guests will ask 'Don't you have a dog?' because they have looked at the website and seen my face. I guess they ask because I am so used to these weddings that when they happen I just go into my house and take a nap for a few hours. After the wedding is over and the guests leave, I help with cleanup and lay in the kitchen listening to the commentary on the day from Dad, Mom and our wonderful inn family! Usually the day after a wedding my mom and dad will take me for 'a Quincy day', 'cause I have been a good boy and behaved (by not barking!) while the wedding is going on! Most recently we went to the towpath in Stockton for a walk and visited the Prallsville Mill. It was really nice and even though it was a hot day it was fun. Here are some pics from the day!
Me & my mom walking cause dad was letting me be too close to the poison ivy plants...so she took over. We walk at a quicker pace than dad does. His knee was hurting so we let him take a break for awhile!
This is the historic Prallsville Mill (they tell me!) Oftentimes art events are hosted here and its quite a draw for locals and out-of-towners alike!
And as a tribute to me ALWAYS being a good boy, the latest new thing is that my mom took a 'Paint Your Pet' class at a new Studio right here in Flemington! She's really not an artist, but she said that the teacher was wonderful and helped everyone make their pet look really great! There were 6 dog painters in the class and just one cat person. Mom said the class was fun and that the teacher helped her to make me look like me! Here's her painting and another shot of the class with their creations! I think my mom did a wonderful job capturing my essence and my dad has already hung the painting over my chair in our family room! Here's a peek at mom's painting of me and some peeps in the class and their work as well!
Can you tell my pic???
There's my mom and her painting of ME! Didn't she do a great job???
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