Woof! I’m Charley, Ellen’s hearing dog for the past three years. As you know, Quinn has been retired for several years and is living the good quiet life at the Inn, so she has asked me to take over the blog.
Quinn wants you to know that even though she is an elderly Golden Retriever at 16!, she is doing just great! Oh, yes, there are a few problems on stairs and she needs an assist to get in the car – her back end isn’t what it used to be – she still loves to “work the dining room” when Ellen lets her, roll in the grass and snow, trot down to the village, have lunch at Bistro Zinc, and visit her good friends at Glad Rags. Her ears don’t work well but there’s nothing wrong with her “sniffer” – she can smell a treat a mile away!
I’m what Ellen calls a Bichoodle, a Bichon Frise-Poodle mix, but I also may have a bit of Westie in me, too. I was a shelter dog, “sprung” by NEADS (National Education for Assistive Dog Services), based in West Boylston, MA, to be trained as a service dog. As I supposedly once said sitting with the Eight Broads in the Kitchen in a farmhouse kitchen in the south of France, this life “sure beats the shelter.”
Over the past three years, I’ve done a lot of traveling, a lot for a dog that is. Because of my traveling with Ellen and because Ellen happens to like John Steinbeck, I’ve decided to name my blog, “Travels with Charley.” I hope you enjoy my blog as much as you have enjoyed Quinn’s.
On a daily basis you’ll often see me in restaurants in Lenox and throughout the Berkshires as well as at Guido’s Marketplace (I just love the produce section because people drop veggies on the floor all the time – asparagus and green beans are my favorite!), Stop and Shop, CVS, Glad Rags (they’re very generous with their dog biscuits)… I know where all the dog biscuits are in town – hint: in addition to Glad Rags, there are great cookies at MacKimmie & Co., the Lenox Town Offices, Chez Pet, and O’Briens. There aren’t any at Chocolate Springs, but that’s okay because they’re so friendly there!
And every few months, Ellen and I get to travel. Paris (yes, I’ve been to the Louvre!) and the south of France (love those markets! And you can’t beat the French for bread). Napa, Sonoma – just love the wine country! – and San Francisco. Santa Fe. Charleston. Key West. And Alaska!
As an inn-mate, I get to meet so many interesting people and dogs, as Birchwood Inn is dog-friendly, which is why I call my home Birchwoof Inn. And as Ellen’s hearing dog, traveling everywhere with Ellen, I get to go to unique places, stay in some great bed and breakfasts, and dine on some outstanding nibbles!
I’ll be sharing my many adventures in future blogs. Stay tuned!