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The Guest Who Is Staying a Bit LongerThan Normal

The Guest Who Is Staying a Bit Longer Than Normal

grandmom and grandpet

My son and daughter-in-law are having a house built for them in Arlington, Virgina.  They have (my first four legged grandson named) Toby, who is a Boston Terrier.  Unfortunately the place they are staying temporarily, does not allow dogs (how unfortunate).  So I was asked to take care of him for 2 weeks, which transformed, or course, into over 2 months! Presently Mr. Toby is still with us from his arrival on June 25!!   Their house is progressing, but you can imagine easily, how timetables are rather nebulous and it takes longer than expected.

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Mr. Toby is absolutely adored by our guests!  He LOVES people. In fact he received a report card from doggie day care that stated he does not play well with other dogs.  I suspect he thinks he is a four legged human.  A few problems, he is not a dander free pet and he jumps up on you.  So Mr.Toby is always behind our kitchen gates, much to his sorrow.

Maggie and Lila are not jealous, which surprises me.  It is quite a feat to have both dogs in my lap at the same time (Toby and Lila).  The girls even wait for me to get Toby’s harness on before they run out into the back yard.  We cannot let Toby run loose.  He is very muscular and very fast.  Being a terrier, when he gets free he stays just out of your reach, running in circles, stopping to make sure you are trying to catch him with a huge grin on his face.  It is rather annoying and time consuming to catch him.  Thank god he really just wants to be where I am, so eventually he tires and let himself be escorted back in to the house.

So we are now a family of 5 (temporarily) here at Applewood Manor Inn.  One wide open Boston Terrier and two lazy Silky Terriers.

 

A Harley, My Husband’s Midlife Crisis Answer

Grandson filling in for Larry at Applewood manor in Asheville NC

Grandson filling in for Larry

I was a bit leery of my husband, when he decided he needed to purchase (second hand of course) a motorcycle so he could experience what Western North Carolina had to offer for recreational and avid motorcycle enthusiasts.  Since he is only 6 generations from this Asheville/Buncombe County area where he was raised and had his children, he is a walking encyclopedia on off highway and scenic routes for miles from North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina.   All day trips to relax, regroup and private time.

After research and ‘lady luck’ he found just the motorcycle he wanted. A Harley Sportster 1200 I think a 2007 or 2008.  It has a Maroon body and front fender, lots of chrome and noisy.  He has added things such as a high back support for me, new tires, louder horn, speedometer, saddle bags, and more.  Helmets, leather jackets with protective panels, gloves, Harley boots and more.  I have to admit he looks rather sexy in his riding outfits and on the motorcycle.

He is a cautious rider, and prefers the windy off main roads routes.  He especially loves to go to Hot Springs for a very short ride.  His bother-in-law rides with him and yes, the have ridden the ‘Tail of the Dragon‘ !  As long as the weather is sunny and there is nothing demanding his attention at Applewood Manor Inn, he sets out for an hour or two.  He even tries to educate our grandchildren about motorcycle safety for the future.

Lila & Maggie

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We have two Australian Silky Terrier mascots for Applewood Manor.   They are named Miss Maggie and Miss Lila.  Two totally different personalities, but mischievous little devils at heart!  Maggie (on left of above photo) is spoiled and a bit of a snob.  She will come when you call but she may get within inches of you and suddenly do an about-face!  She does not walk she SWISHES.  At nine years of age, she is now the alpha of our little pack.  She has taught Miss Lila every bad habit that a dog could think of, from barking to looking totally pitiful.  I swear she practices sad needy faces when we are not looking.  She also has an ability to scent other dogs before they even get out of the car for our pet friendly Cortland Cottage.  She has been part of our family since she was 12 weeks old, and though the runt of her litter, she is truly a beauty to look at.  Beauty or not, she ate our leather sofa, which is now reupholstered in NEW leather, and sits in the Winesap Suite on the third floor.  She also has consumed more than a few pairs of Larry’s shoes, during her puppy years along with a hearing aide or two!IMG_5400

Miss Lila (on left of above photo) has been with us for only a year and a half.  She is our approximately 7 year old Amish Puppy Mill Rescue Silky from Georgia.  She lived in a cage for those 7 years, made to have puppies (to sell to pet stores), has a tattoo in her left ear, had her babies taken from her and is missing 21 of her 42 teeth, all in the front!  She is petrified of most men; dare to ruffle her ears or move too fast, she yelps like you have killed her!  She is a sweet curious. faithful, loving little dog who was traumatized for most of her life.  To have endured that terrible living condition, I think she is remarkable!  Maggie adores her and Lila forces Maggie to be the alpha dog.  Lila will not go out without Maggie leading the way.  She is a bit of a Couch Spud being not large enough to be called a Couch Potato.  She hates getting up in the morning, so after treats or her breakfast she can be found under my computer, on a king pillow in the pantry, napping.  She has figured out that when breakfast dishes are removed she might pick up a morsel or two.  She is my constant shadow but until more time passes, we try to restrict her roaming the common area to keep her from being too frightened.  She has found her permanent home, we just need to make sure she knows she is loved and protected.  Everyone of our guests are so kind and understanding of her past, and allow her to approach them on her own accord.  She has been known to snuggle next to guests on the leather sofa in the living room during social hour, but she has to decide if she wants to.