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March 22, 2013

Emmas b and b fun

Boy, I tell you, running Emma’s B and B can sure entail a lot of hard work! I opened up this year with Buddy the end of February, then Lena was here for 11 days and today Buddy is back for 11 days…spring break is almost always booked up way in advance. My dog family and friends love spending their spring break at my place, I mean my B & B.  Once March is over things will quiet down until late May.

Lena and her mountain of luggage!

Lena and her mountain of luggage!

It is always amazing to me what my guests bring with them for their stay.  Lena, being a girl, brings just about everything under the roof with her! I took this photo of her waiting for her ride home last year. Can you believe all her stuff!

Buddy is a guy, he just brings his bowls, food and leash, typical guy. Good things dogs don’t need underwear because I bet he would forget to bring fresh pairs! He just figures we have everything he might need I guess.

Buddy, the guy, brings just about nothing!

Buddy, the guy, brings just about nothing!

Here at my B & B we do pretty much have everything the guest might need, they really only need to bring their own food.  We have crates, bowls, toys, beds, everything for all sizes of dogs so we  are ready.  The thing that creates the work is when the guests leave. Mom does the stuff like vacuuming and moving the kennels back to storage but I have to get everything else ready to go for my next guest.

We have so many beds at my house, all different styles, sizes, etc. and since some of my friends are small, they can use cat beds too. I

So much laundry is a real project!

So much laundry is a real project!

like to make sure that everyone has a nice fresh and clean bed when they come to my B & B, that means laundry.  Since the guest often uses multiple beds I like to wash all the ones they used so there is no strange dog odor for the next guest. Lucky for me we have a pretty big washer and dryer.  I also use tennis balls in the dryer with the beds to get them all fluffed up again. I can’t do that when guests are here since they are almost always tennis ball crazed dogs that would steal my laundry set of tennis balls.

I also have to wash up all the towels.  Having 3 dogs out walking and playing every day means lots of dirty towels from wiping down paws and bellies. Bert likes to help with the dryer portion to make sure that they are completely dry before I start taking them out and folding them. Sometimes that cat bro of mine does come in handy, and since he likes my dog guests it is only fair that he helps with the clean up.

Doing dishwasher loading and pre-washing!

Doing dishwasher loading and pre-washing!

Once the laundry is all done I have to get all the dog bowls washed. What dog wants to eat out of a dog bowl that is dirty? Ok, us dogs all could care less but having a B & B means that I should have everything cleaned up, if for no other reason, to stop any spread of germs. I gather up all the bowls from food, water, inside and outside and load them in the dishwasher. Being the good girl I am, I enjoy helping the dishwasher by doing a little pre-washing with my tongue before turning that machine on.  Sometimes I get some really good crumbs!

These poor Stuffies need medical attention, stat!

These poor Stuffies need medical attention, stat!

The last task I have is to evaluate all the toys. My guests love our toys and always head up to the toy room as soon as they arrive. Since Katie and I don’t play much with toys, they are all a bit older and not in the best shape. I need to go through all of them to determine which ones might need a trip to the Stuffie Hospital.  This can be a sad task as some of the Stuffies are in bad shape with missing feet, gaping holes, stuffing coming out of their little bodies and exposed squeakers.  I put the ones requiring surgery together so they can be rushed by pawambulance to the Stuffie Hospital in the hope of being saved.  Unfortunately, on occasion, there is a Stuffie whose injuries are just far too severe and they have to be put out in the blue can in the garage, never to be seen again. At least I know they did have a good life as one of our Stuffies and we did all we could for them.

That about covers it, now I am ready for my next guest to ring the doorbell.

57 Comments leave one →
  1. mollieandalfie permalink
    March 22, 2013 06:39

    OMD Emma can I come for a hoilday??? Watch out that kitties in the dryer..BOL I love the way the guy’s travel light..I would have tons of cases Bawahhaaaaa Have a wonderful Furiday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • March 22, 2013 09:00

      let me know when you are coming so I can book those dates for you 😉

  2. March 22, 2013 06:48

    You sure do a lot to keep your guests happy. I hope you get a nice big tip!

  3. March 22, 2013 06:59

    Too cute! Love this.

  4. March 22, 2013 07:44

    Emma, I can’t believe that everybody isn’t beating the door down to get to your house! You sure are one busy hostess, too! I am totally impressed!


    • March 22, 2013 09:01

      I do have several advanced bookings and this month has been full almost every day!

  5. Roxy the Traveling Dog permalink
    March 22, 2013 08:16

    We would love to come and stay at your B and B. Looks awesome!!

  6. March 22, 2013 08:16

    Can I book a room Emma…Momz sez I’d pack light and promise not to tear up any stuffies (paws crossed 😉 ) You sure work hard to make sure your guests are comfy Momz sez to tell you she loves that crazy kitteh sculpture Happy Friday!

    • March 22, 2013 09:02

      Mom likes those sculpture things too, we have a couple of them…I think dog ones would be better. Come on over for a stay whenever you want!

  7. Ellen Shedlarz permalink
    March 22, 2013 08:21

    Can humans stay at you B and B. it sounds like so much fun.

    • March 22, 2013 09:03

      We do have a guest room for humans but usually we just have the 4 legged guests. I’m not sure if I could take care of humans as well as dogs???

  8. FleaByte permalink
    March 22, 2013 10:10

    Emma, you are working like a dog! And you’re doing a great job. 🙂 Looks like a fun time at your house!

    • March 22, 2013 10:49

      Hope that is not implying that I am a dog…that would be scary!

  9. March 22, 2013 11:11

    Emma, I’m impressed with all your hard work, particularly the stuffie hospital and all that laundry. Just watch out for the kitty in the dryer. 😉

    • March 22, 2013 13:03

      I know, mom says I can’t leave him in there…I wanted to watch him flop around in the window but I am not allowed to.

  10. March 22, 2013 11:17

    Wow Emma, what a good little hostess you are! Your B&B sounds just heavenly! I bet you are ready for some down time when your guests leave though. 🙂

    • March 22, 2013 13:03

      Actually, Buddy is here and he is tearing up the house but I am going to take my nap…I am tired out!

  11. March 22, 2013 13:04

    You are the host of the year for sure. Just be careful not to close the dryer on Bert!

    • March 22, 2013 13:56

      Geez everyone is so worried about that cat…he would never get locked in there!

  12. March 22, 2013 14:28

    Whoa.. Running a B&B sure sounds like a lot of work, but I’m sure it’s all worth it since your guests are so cute:)

  13. jank1961 permalink
    March 22, 2013 16:46

    Wow, Emma, what a great B&B! My dogs would love to stay there….you treat your guests very nice, providing them with all the beds and all the toys! Looks like you work very hard too….great job!

    • March 22, 2013 16:49

      Thanks, I aim to please and so far my guests love it 🙂

  14. March 22, 2013 17:14

    Hey Emma, First off, I loved your ‘spring has sprung’ picture so much that I google+ it. I’m still grinning! Second, I absolutely love your apron and bandana work clothes. I had no idea that running a B&B would make so much hard work. Maybe you should ask your Mom for a maid service to help you. Happy Weekend!

    • March 22, 2013 19:33

      Thank you, glad you like my pics! March is super busy but things will slow down so it won’t be so much work. The fun is worth the work 🙂

  15. March 22, 2013 19:09

    Whew! Now I know why I don’t have B & B!!!

  16. goldenwoofs permalink
    March 22, 2013 21:05

    Woof! Woof! I told you my dad is coming in your state next week. I should come and stay in your BnB. LOVE it!!! and I’ll help you as I will be a very very good guest. Hope you get some rest. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  17. March 22, 2013 22:46

    That’s a lot of work but I bet your guests are happy!
    Don’t lock Bert inside the dryer!

    • March 23, 2013 06:21

      No worries kitty, I would never hurt my cat bro…he is just helping out.

  18. March 23, 2013 08:05

    I agree sweet Emma, you really are the hostess with the mostess!

  19. March 23, 2013 08:42

    Sounds like a lot of work Emma, but it looks like you do a great job running your B&B! 🙂

    • March 23, 2013 10:19

      I do my best even if I have to work like a dog sometimes 🙂

  20. March 23, 2013 14:27

    can I book a few nights at your B&B??

  21. March 24, 2013 01:01

    Looks like you and I are in the same business, Emma! 🙂 The Doglady’s Den is always busy during spring break, too. Fun, isn’t it? 😀

  22. March 24, 2013 14:46

    LOL! Sounds like you have the routine down. The boys are a bit concerned, however, with the questionable treatment of tennis balls. 😛

  23. March 24, 2013 19:51

    Oh Emma…we want to come stay at your B & B! It sounds like so much fun!

  24. March 25, 2013 01:28

    emma you are such a hard little worker! Your pictures kill me like always…in the good way of course, you and your momare so talented, and its a surprise you can still even show it with all these canine guests arriving!

    • March 25, 2013 06:12

      Whew, I was a bit frightened when I thought I had killed you 😉 I just like to pose for the camera, glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

  25. March 25, 2013 04:05

    Wow so much work to do, but it sounds fantastic!! Can I come and stay BOL

  26. March 26, 2013 08:44

    Tried to comment the other day from mama phone but it wouldn’t let me! I woulds like to book a stay when it warms up please especially iffen you has a pool. I likes the water more than that wet cold stuff you loves so much 🙂

    • March 26, 2013 09:18

      Come on over…I would say after May as it should be warmer then and I will have my pool out…last one in is a rotten egg 🙂

  27. March 29, 2013 16:17

    I’d be stoked to stay at any B & B where there’s so many adorable pooches around!!! What cuties.


    Jules of Canines & Couture

  28. March 22, 2013 09:04

    Mom was hoping I didn’t offend you, but sometimes one has a tip and just wants to share. Just want your readers to stay on your page and not lose it in case they are not subscribers 🙂 We accept tips from others too because there is so much to know!


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