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Based upon feedback that we have received over time, we created this informational page in an attempt to summarize what we are and what we do. It is our hope that you know what to expect prior to visiting our inn so that you are not met with any surprises upon your arrival.
 
First and foremost, we are a Bed and Breakfast.  Our inn is a historic farmhouse in majestic Vermont.  Each morning we serve a delicious, healthy, two course, full country breakfast (for humans).  Our rooms are immaculate and comfortable, each has its own private bath.  Our beds are first quality, our decor is tasteful, but because of our clientele (i.e. the kind that often chews things, destroys things, lifts their legs on things), we resist the temptation to decorate with fancy stuff.  Besides who needs all those knick-knacks around anyway?  We are fastidious about the cleanliness of your beautiful room and when it comes to your room, we consider cleanliness and comfort as most important.
 
Please make no "bones" about it, while we do provide many dog services, we are not a doggie day care.  On our property we have Mario's Playhouse which is a state of the art building where you can safely keep your dogs while you are out and about.  We created this concept because we have three great dogs who we love to travel with.  But even though they are perfect dogs who have never destroyed anything, and who rarely bark, we would never leave them locked up, ALONE in a strange room, where they can cause damage, stress themselves out, and disrupt other guests.  Some people might call the Playhouse a kennel, but we don't.  To us a kennel is a cold place where dogs are abandoned for hours, days, or weeks at a time.  To most of our guests, the Playhouse is an ideal place to keep the dogs where they will be comfortable until you return from your adventures in Vermont.  We would never put our dogs in a kennel, and the same can be said of 99% of our guests.  But be assured that our dogs and many of our guests dogs have been most comfortable spending time in our Playhouse.  Use of our Playyhouse is included in the room rate. 
 
For many reasons, we cannot allow any dog to be left alone in a private guest room without their humans.  We know that some people have a hard time with this.  After all, we CATER to dog owers and their dogs right?
 
But after years of experience, we have repaired many rooms after dogs ("not MY dog") have destroyed them.  Additionally, and more importantly, WITH ALMOST NO EXCEPTION, every time a dog is left alone in a strange, closed room, the dog becomes HIGHLY STRESSED.  This is likely because there are so many dogs around and your dog feels LOCKED UP IN A STRANGE PLACE, ALONE.  You may be comfortable locked up in a beautiful room.  But it's been our experience, in almost every instance, that your dog won't be comfortable.  This is why we created the Playhouse as a safe, clean, comfortable alternative.  If you feel that you must leave your dog in your private guest room, ALONE, while you are out, then we ask you not to visit us.
 
Most importantly, we have taken every possible measure to ensure the health and safety of every dog who visits us.  This includes the cleanliness of the Playhouse so disease is not spread, as it has been the sad case in so many dog cares.  Because of this, we have completely eliminated fabrics and any other potential source for spreading germs.  Each family has their own private, large run, separate from the other dogs.  The Playhouse is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer.  It is cleaned daily, most often 2 or 3 times per day.  We have made it as "pretty" as possible and have even added The Animal Planet on a TV for the dogs to watch.  We ask you to bring your own dog bed to further ensure that germs are not spread.
 
We have a small staff who provides "dog services."  By request, our wonderful staff will walk your dogs, play with your dogs, feed your dogs, and give your dogs alot of love and attention.  Our staff does not "dog-sit," but they do their best to ensure that your dogs are comfortable while you are out without them.  We offer our "dog services" from 10am-4pm.  All other hours, the Playhouse is available as a self serve facility.  It is safe, clean, and comfortable.
 
We have many wonderful activities that we provide such as agility, obedience training, hiking, and more.  But we are NOT a day camp for dogs.  We make no promises that other dogs will be social with your dogs.  But most often, guests will socialize with one another and the dogs have a great time together. 
 
Prior to visiting us you are required to complete a "dog profile form" which tells us what we need to know about your dog while he/she is in the Playhouse.  This profile is very helpful because it enables us to learn the nuances of your dog's "personality."
 
We take great pride in the wonderful connection that we have with so many of our guests and look forward to serving you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  We are here to provide you with the highest possible level of service that we can.
 
Paws truly,
Mitch and Jen