Innspiring Pets

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Innspiring Pets

Many do not talk about their pets here online, but it seemed that nearly all B&B's we visited did have a family pet or two... some of us enjoyed these pets, not all of us are pet friendly guests, such as all of us encounter in the biz. This is fun stuff!

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You missed the Maltese, all 3 of them.  But you met my DH, I thought that was enough!  wink

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

Keep the room doors closed. I know this is funny to see but it's horrible for those of us with allergies. Some cats don't bother me at all, some of them I walk in the door and my lungs shut down.

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Madeleine wrote:

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

Keep the room doors closed. I know this is funny to see but it's horrible for those of us with allergies. Some cats don't bother me at all, some of them I walk in the door and my lungs shut down.

 

And I know this, which is why they are not permitted in the inn.   But they are wiley.   Training continues.  They are kittens.

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And I know this, which is why they are not permitted in the inn.   But they are wiley.   Training continues.  They are kittens.

Don't I know it! After DH's cat died I STILL saw it running ahead of me down the stairs! (Yes, I lived with a cat. This one didn't bother me unless she sat on my lap and rubbed her head on my chin. Then my chin would get itchy, but no breathing problems.)

Our dog used to go all over the inn with us. I had to wipe pupkis off the windows all the time. The only windows she could see out were in the guest rooms.

It was when she stopped following us that we should have realized she was getting old.

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

Keep the room doors closed. I know this is funny to see but it's horrible for those of us with allergies. Some cats don't bother me at all, some of them I walk in the door and my lungs shut down.

 

And I know this, which is why they are not permitted in the inn.   But they are wiley.   Training continues.  They are kittens.

Agreed, they run, you chase. This is what they do. They love it! Have fun with the kittens!

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

How can you not love them dearly! I think that is so cute.

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

How can you not love them dearly! I think that is so cute.

Yes, it is cute, but my eyes, nose, and breathing apparatus would not think so. Stayed with #1 daughter once who said her cat was not allowed in the room we would be in. Walked in to see said cat walking OUT of that room. Slept in room 2 nights and the third night I got dressed and slept in the car for fear if I fell asleep I would not wake up. Yes, it was that bad. (and once we came in, I kept the door shut)

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gillumhouse wrote:

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2 cats.  We have told them to stay in the apartment and out of the inn, but they aren't listening.

They know, though.  When I catch one on a bed in the inn, she gives me a look.  She knows she's being naughty.

How can you not love them dearly! I think that is so cute.

Yes, it is cute, but my eyes, nose, and breathing apparatus would not think so. Stayed with #1 daughter once who said her cat was not allowed in the room we would be in. Walked in to see said cat walking OUT of that room. Slept in room 2 nights and the third night I got dressed and slept in the car for fear if I fell asleep I would not wake up. Yes, it was that bad. (and once we came in, I kept the door shut)

 

Hearing you.  I understand and have friends with bad alergies, but your personal story is a very valuable reminder.   Just getting to know this house and the heat is tricky.  We are leaving the doors open for heating purposes but are getting that fixed.  (thermostats are in the hallways which screws up the reading of heat needed.  We are having the thermostats moved to inside the rooms.)   Once that is taken care of, doors can be shut.

 

In the meantime, we have had only three guests since November, so I think we have time before we fill up again to make sure all is clean and cat free.

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Hearing you.  I understand and have friends with bad alergies, but your personal story is a very valuable reminder.   Just getting to know this house and the heat is tricky.  We are leaving the doors open for heating purposes but are getting that fixed.  (thermostats are in the hallways which screws up the reading of heat needed.  We are having the thermostats moved to inside the rooms.)   Once that is taken care of, doors can be shut.

 

 

We always wonder if things were just thrown together without thought or done the 'easy' way. We have no overheard lights anywhere but the kitchen and dining room. All of the light switches for the switched outlets are located such that all the doors to the rooms swing into the side of the beds. (So, maybe that was so someone could open the room door and you didn't just see right into the room, who knows.)

Most of the wallpaper was put up ok but the walls were obviously put up knowing wallpaper was going over them. The edges don't meet up with the doorways and windows. However, lucky it is wallboard and not plaster.

No insulation was put in between the rooms. Why not? The walls were taken down! Put in the insulation!

It used to be that if the A/C units were running and someone turned on a hair dryer the breakers tripped. We fixed that by accident but very happy we did! Our first summer was spent with me crawling around in the basement trying to figure out which one of 3 breaker boxes had the tripped breaker! Because it's always during breakfast, right?

I think all of us are the kind of people who leave things better than we found them. We're good stewards.

In re heat...we used to leave the doors open (all the thermostats are in the rooms) in the winter thinking to keep the air circulating. What we found was the thermostats were all different/not level. So, one room would be calling for heat all the time trying to heat the whole house!

We now close the doors so each room just keeps itself warm. One room's heating pipes run thru another room which I have found while reno'ing the latest room. The thermostat for that room is off completely but it's still warm in there from the pipes going to another room. That's on the list to fix.

We have one bathroom where the heat is controlled by a completely different room's thermostat. THAT makes things interesting.

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Hearing you.  I understand and have friends with bad alergies, but your personal story is a very valuable reminder.   Just getting to know this house and the heat is tricky.  We are leaving the doors open for heating purposes but are getting that fixed.  (thermostats are in the hallways which screws up the reading of heat needed.  We are having the thermostats moved to inside the rooms.)   Once that is taken care of, doors can be shut.

 

 

We always wonder if things were just thrown together without thought or done the 'easy' way. We have no overheard lights anywhere but the kitchen and dining room. All of the light switches for the switched outlets are located such that all the doors to the rooms swing into the side of the beds. (So, maybe that was so someone could open the room door and you didn't just see right into the room, who knows.)

Most of the wallpaper was put up ok but the walls were obviously put up knowing wallpaper was going over them. The edges don't meet up with the doorways and windows. However, lucky it is wallboard and not plaster.

No insulation was put in between the rooms. Why not? The walls were taken down! Put in the insulation!

It used to be that if the A/C units were running and someone turned on a hair dryer the breakers tripped. We fixed that by accident but very happy we did! Our first summer was spent with me crawling around in the basement trying to figure out which one of 3 breaker boxes had the tripped breaker! Because it's always during breakfast, right?

I think all of us are the kind of people who leave things better than we found them. We're good stewards.

In re heat...we used to leave the doors open (all the thermostats are in the rooms) in the winter thinking to keep the air circulating. What we found was the thermostats were all different/not level. So, one room would be calling for heat all the time trying to heat the whole house!

We now close the doors so each room just keeps itself warm. One room's heating pipes run thru another room which I have found while reno'ing the latest room. The thermostat for that room is off completely but it's still warm in there from the pipes going to another room. That's on the list to fix.

We have one bathroom where the heat is controlled by a completely different room's thermostat. THAT makes things interesting.

 

I hear you!  We have replaced windows, sheets, towels, shower heads, toilet seats, hairdryers, lamps, window coverings.  The oil tank, the fireplace, the gas tank.   And the kitchen has been ordered.  And we have not even begun the real renovations.   I'd like to replace all the bedspreads, but gotta wait until we have some income. 

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We're actually pretty lucky that we could just run the place from the start with nothing needing to be done that couldn't be done by us in an afternoon.

We've tackled almost everything else in the 10 years since then.

But, you know, new bedding goes a looooooong way to making the room perkier. Even if it's just a bunch of $29 quilts from CTS! (Seashore theme on sale this week, in case that's what you're planning on doing.)

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We're actually pretty lucky that we could just run the place from the start with nothing needing to be done that couldn't be done by us in an afternoon.

We've tackled almost everything else in the 10 years since then.

But, you know, new bedding goes a looooooong way to making the room perkier. Even if it's just a bunch of $29 quilts from CTS! (Seashore theme on sale this week, in case that's what you're planning on doing.)

 

What is CTS? 

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What is CTS? 

Oops, sorry, Christmas Tree Shops.

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What is CTS? 

Oops, sorry, Christmas Tree Shops.

 

hahahahahha   I really thought hard about it and could not figure it out!   Thanks.

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(thermostats are in the hallways which screws up the reading of heat needed.  We are having the thermostats moved to inside the rooms.)   Once that is taken care of, doors can be shut.

 

In the meantime, we have had only three guests since November, so I think we have time before we fill up again to make sure all is clean and cat free.

We have electric baseboard heat upstairs - no ducts due to each room having gas fireplaces (now decorative) for heat - and we ONLY turn on the heat (or seasonally A/C) when we have guests. I keep the heat on low in the bathrooms with doors closed because I am blessed with water lines on outside walls. Room doors are kept open so rising heat can drift into the rooms. When it gets to the teens, I do turn on the heat on very low and shut doors to try to preserve plaster.

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(thermostats are in the hallways which screws up the reading of heat needed.  We are having the thermostats moved to inside the rooms.)   Once that is taken care of, doors can be shut.

 

In the meantime, we have had only three guests since November, so I think we have time before we fill up again to make sure all is clean and cat free.

We have electric baseboard heat upstairs - no ducts due to each room having gas fireplaces (now decorative) for heat - and we ONLY turn on the heat (or seasonally A/C) when we have guests. I keep the heat on low in the bathrooms with doors closed because I am blessed with water lines on outside walls. Room doors are kept open so rising heat can drift into the rooms. When it gets to the teens, I do turn on the heat on very low and shut doors to try to preserve plaster.

 

in the teens and 20s just about every night around here.   gotta keep the place from freezing.

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We have single digits about 3 times a winter (usually) and unless it goes into the low teens I do not worry about the rooms but do try to keep the bathrooms at about 40. We installed the baseboard heaters - hardwired - at the time we upgraded the electric from 60 amp to 200 amp and installed a breaker box instead of the 2 fuse boxes. We also replaced ALL 29 windows, furnace, wiring, plumbing, and when creating the private bath added insulation and moved the drop-stair access to the attic to the other side of the room we chopped in half. One has to lover old houses. We were just glad we were able to live in the house while all the work was being done. Back then, DH could still go upstairs and did a lot of the work in the rooms stripping wallpaper, painting, stripping paint from fireplaces and woodwork.....

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YES!

We did miss the pets that weren't at the inn. If we had more time we would have enjoyed every last one of them! At K9's someone showed up to stay at noon, so the pups where there and I briefly had a chance to scratch behind their ears.

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We still miss our dog but neither of us is sorry about not going out in rain, snow, ice, and cold to walk him. With no fenced yard to "just open the door" we must be satisfied with memories. It was nice to see the pets of the other innkeepers. You know, I think I may be the only one without a pet when I think about it.

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Y'all missed meeting my Scottish Terrier Pipin ("Pip"). No house dog he, Pip rules over 40 acres. A big dog mouth and a big dog body on 4 inch legs, he will happily sit in a field for hours, in a cold rain, watching for something to move, or perhaps he's thinking deep thoughts.

Rabbits, squirrels, voles, armadillos, moles: beware...

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