Quinn — aka Molly Quinn McMuffin — is Ellen’s 13-year-old Golden Retriever Hearing Ear Dog. She and her brother Dakota were the first dogs participating in the Maine Prison Pup program, and she is named after the woman who initiated the project, Sister Pauline Quinn.
Quinn and Ellen — a late-deafened adult with miraculous cochlear implants — were a team for 12 years thanks to NEADS, the Princeton, MA-based association which is the longest continually running program providing dogs for deaf and disabled Americans.
Quinn, who is now retired, went from being an inmate to being an innmate, and alerted Ellen to sounds Ellen cannot hear by tapping Ellen’s leg with her paw.
Charley, our new resident Bichoodle hearing dog, now alerts Ellen to sounds by jumping to touch her. Thanks to Quinn and Charley, Ellen has never been late for breakfast! In the morning, Charley hears the alarm clock, leaps on top of Ellen and insistently taps her until she gets out of bed. What a wonderful way to greet the day!
Quinn, and now Charley, also let Ellen know when the stove timer goes off — no burned chocolate chip cookies here! — as well as the door bell, smoke detector, etc. Cookies are their reward for a job well done. And they like to be the first at the door to greet guests and guest pups at our Lenox Inn!
At breakfast, you’ll often find Quinn by the fire, hoping you’ll drop something on the floor but please don’t! Quinn is on a very strict diet. A born innkeeper, Quinn circulates throughout breakfast, making sure you are well taken care of. She may also join you for afternoon tea.
Both Quinn and Charley love playing ball, and you’ll often see them with one in their mouths, ever hopeful that you’ll play with them outside. And they love walks, especially in Kennedy Park across the street from our Lenox B&B.
They absolutely love our homemade doggie cookies and have taste-tested all of the recipes in our Fun for Foodies’ Dog Day Afternoon dog cookie baking class, which they attentively supervise.
Because Charley (and previously Quinn) is a service dog, he is Ellen’s constant companion, and you’ll often see us in Lenox at our favorite restaurants, shops, and at Tanglewood.
With her warm chocolate eyes, loving smile, and magnificent tail, Quinn makes friends wherever she goes. Just give Quinn a pat or two, and she’ll be your friend for life!Toss a soft fuzzy ball with Charley and he’ll follow you everywhere.