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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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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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Stop Going to Work!

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Stop Going to Work!

Callie is a rescue pup who has very bad separation anxiety, hence the need for the veterinarian style crate as she has destroyed all weaker crates! Today she broke the bottom of the crate and proceeded to shred the innocent bag of food that had been laying next to it. Genny, her food loving rescue sister, had a marvellous time until the tummy ache set in later that afternoon.

Signs read “I broke my crate and destroyed a $70 bag of food. NOT SORRY…STOP GOING TO WORK!


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I Honestly Don’t Know how big I Really am…

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I Honestly Don’t Know how big I Really am…

All Febe Buffay wanted to do was play with her neighbour…


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