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The Inn at Little Washington Greets Guests With Resident Dalmatians

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The Inn at Little Washington Greets Guests With Resident Dalmatians

Luray the Dalmatian may be a newcomer to The Inn at Little Washington, but the 3-year-old rescue dog isn’t the first of his breed to work there. The staff gifted chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell with his first spotted boy, Desoto, more than 30 years ago. A girl named Rose soon joined them at the Washington, Virginia, hotel.

Rose wearing her pearls outside The Inn at Little Washington.

Rose wearing her pearls outside The Inn at Little Washington. Photography courtesy of The Inn at Little Washington.

“Rose worked the front door wearing her pearls,” Patrick recalls. “She was trained to walk guests from the front door to the entrance to the dining room and then go back for two more. Guests loved her. The boy showed up occasionally wearing his black bow tie, but if they were together, they required a handler. They were even sent to ‘reform school’ boot camp after an especially naughty period.”

A pair of rescue Dalmatians, Jobe and Pearl, followed in their pawprints. Luray came next, arriving in May after a 10-year absence of four-legged employees. His name comes from the town in which he was fostered, after his original family could no longer care for him.

“Meeting all the kitchen staff in their Dalmatian trousers made Luray feel immediately at home here,” Patrick says, referring to their uniform of black-and-white spotted aprons and pants.

The Inn at Little Washington.

The Inn at Little Washington. Photography courtesy The Inn at Little Washington.

On-the-job training has begun, and Robert Fasce, director of business and brand development at the inn, as well as occasional petsitter, reports that Luray is doing quite well.

“He sits and shakes,” Robert says. “We’ve had him in the lobby to see people coming in and out of the front door so he can get used to that. He will eventually greet guests at the door.”

Luray will also say good night to those staying at the inn through a new turndown service in the works. It will include a card with his pawprint and a cookie shaped like a dog biscuit — for human guests, as The Inn at Little Washington doesn’t yet allow pets. There are plans to turn three cottages on the property into dog-friendly accommodations.

Also a possibility in the future: a companion for Luray. “Everyone keeps saying he needs a companion, so that’s under consideration for sure,” Robert says.

Thumbnail: Photography courtesy The Inn at Little Washington.

Pamela Mitchell is a freelance writer specializing in pet lifestyle and retail. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her Boston Terrier, Spot. Friend her at Facebook.com/PamelaMitchell

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Dug Up at Dogster: Honoring Ted Rheingold and Betty Liddick

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Dug Up at Dogster: Honoring Ted Rheingold and Betty Liddick

The Dogster and Catster brands have a very long history. Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy magazines, which have been around for 50 years, were merged with the Dogster.com and Catster.com websites four years ago to become today’s Dogster and Catster magazines and websites. Many, many people along the way have worked on these brands — Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Catster and Dogster — and given their hearts and souls to creating a space, be it print or online, where dog lovers and cat lovers can be a community, coming together to share stories and photos about their beloved fur family members plus learn about latest care and behavior information.

Honoring Ted Rheingold

One of those very important people is Ted Rheingold, who recently passed away at the young age of 47 from cancer, and we’d like to honor him here. Back in 2003, Ted co-founded an online community site for dog lovers and then cat lovers called — you guessed it — Dogster and Catster. It was groundbreaking in many ways. No surprise.

“He was a true innovator,” says my friend and former colleague Janine Kahn McCaffrey, Founding Editor of Catster and Dogster. “He started Dogster and Catster to give people what they didn’t have before: a place online to connect and talk about their pets — a place to ask health questions but also to post silly things and make friends.” She adds that this was back in 2004, and the web wasn’t as we know it today. Facebook was being born around the same time.

Now, I met Ted a few times throughout those early years. I’d been writing and editing pet content for the parent publishing company of Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy and would see him at different cat and dog events. I remember him as outgoing with a lot of energy.

Although I didn’t have the opportunity of getting to know Ted better, I did have the pleasure of getting to know the wonderful editorial team he put together, when we ended up working for the same company a few years ago at Lumina Media. (In 2011, after expanding the community site into a more editorial direction, Ted and his partner sold Catster and Dogster to Say Media, an online media company, where it could further grow and expand. Say Media later sold Catster and Dogster to Lumina Media.)

I was part of the team that merged Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy with Catster and Dogster. I would hear plenty of stories about Ted and those early days from the “Sters” editorial team: Janine, Vicky, Keith, John and Lori (and later Pam), passionate content and community professionals who adore their dogs and cats, plus are just plain truly lovely people. They would talk about Ted, so I felt in a way that I knew him. I do recall that Ted was delighted for Dogster and Catster to take print form.

After hearing of Ted’s passing, I reached out to Janine to help us honor him. As you would expect, Janine is deeply saddened but was happy to share her thoughts about Ted with the Dogster and Catster family.

“Ted was an incredible person — equal parts warm and witty — and a true visionary. I was so lucky to have him for a friend and mentor at Dogster and am completely heartbroken for his family (Molly, Mabel and Moxie). He loved the internet and social media and was always keen on building community and sharing ideas. I’ve been re-reading Season of the Witch, Ted’s cancer journal on Medium and saw that he ended his first entry thusly: ‘If you’re ever wondering what you could do for me, please just share a funny gif or picture of beauty with me.’ Though he’s no longer around to send one to, I’m sure he would have loved to know you shared one with a person you care about on his behalf.”

Let’s lift a “muttini” or “cattini” to Ted. Thank you so much for being such an integral part of the Catster and Dogster family. We will miss you.

Honoring Betty Liddick

I want to honor one more member of the family, editor Betty Liddick. I met Betty when she was the editor of Dog Fancy magazine, Dogster’s “dogfather.” Although, once again, I didn’t work closely with her as I was working on some other pet publications at the time, I do remember her as both a passionate editor and dog lover. Betty went on to become the editor of Cornell University’s DogWatch, published by Belvoir Media Group. Strangely enough, a few years after Dog Fancy merged into Dogster, Belvoir Media Group became the brands’ and my home.

I was so excited to be a colleague of Betty’s again! Unfortunately, before I had a chance to reach out, Betty passed away following a brief illness. We were all shocked.

“She had a passion for bringing solid information to her readers, believing that a pet owner’s knowledge and understanding contributed directly to the health and happiness of the animals she loved,” eulogizes my boss and Vice President of Editorial Content for Belvoir Media Group, Tim Cole, who Betty worked with a number of years. “She was a skilled professional, a constant friend and a leading light. Those of us who knew Betty will remember her with great fondness.”

I reached out to my friend and former colleague, Steven Biller, who worked on Betty’s editorial team on Dog Fancy and then took over the editorship when she left. Steven says he was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of her passing. “She was an incredible editor and wicked funny,” he tells me. “Betty had a passion for words and genuinely cared about our readers and their dogs. Together, we created a bright magazine — active, positive, informative — that allowed emotion and action to burst through every story. Betty was the real deal. A total pro. I miss her.”
Betty, I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you being a part of history, our family. Both you and Ted gave so much and had passion, dedication and a genuine care for people and pets that you shared with others. It’s this history and these people that have helped make Dogster and Catster what they are today.

Thank you, and we honor both of you. Rest in peace, Ted Rheingold and Betty Liddick.

Stay tuned for more from Executive Editor Melissa Kauffman on Dogster.com’s Dug Up at Dogster column and on social media with #DogUpatDogster.

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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?

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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?

Who would think that a bed shaped like an intimidating underwater creature would make a cute sleeping spot (and perfect Instagram photo op)? The shark bed collection — which comes in traditional gray as well as blue, blue polka dot and pink — is just one of many cute accessories from actress Regina Hall’s pet lifestyle brand, Puff Puff Paws.

Regina’s bright, fun and functional accessories are especially Instagrammable. Deck your dog out in pet-sized backpacks shaped like pigs, LED dog collars, camo harnesses and striped jumpsuits. Even bath time is fun with pet bathrobes that look like bunnies and ducks.

Puff Puff Paws creator actress Regina Hall.

Puff Puff Paws creator actress Regina Hall. Photography courtesy Puff Puff Paws.

And, it’s all for a good cause. Regina, who starred in this summer’s anticipated Girls Trip alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah, shows her support of animals by donating a portion of Puff Puff Paws’ proceeds to Animal Hope and Wellness, which rescues severely abused and neglected animals. Now that’s something we can really “like.”

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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?

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How Adorable Are These Pet Accessories From Puff Puff Paws?

Who would think that a bed shaped like an intimidating underwater creature would make a cute sleeping spot (and perfect Instagram photo op)? The shark bed collection — which comes in traditional gray as well as blue, blue polka dot and pink — is just one of many cute accessories from actress Regina Hall’s pet lifestyle brand, Puff Puff Paws.

Regina’s bright, fun and functional accessories are especially Instagrammable. Deck your dog out in pet-sized backpacks shaped like pigs, LED dog collars, camo harnesses and striped jumpsuits. Even bath time is fun with pet bathrobes that look like bunnies and ducks.

Puff Puff Paws creator actress Regina Hall.

Puff Puff Paws creator actress Regina Hall. Photography courtesy Puff Puff Paws.

And, it’s all for a good cause. Regina, who starred in this summer’s anticipated Girls Trip alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah, shows her support of animals by donating a portion of Puff Puff Paws’ proceeds to Animal Hope and Wellness, which rescues severely abused and neglected animals. Now that’s something we can really “like.”

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