In Search of a Companion for our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn

Posted by admin on June 7, 2010

Maggie, our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Inn Mascot, has left a vast emptiness in our day by her premature departure. She made her mark on our lives and with our guests at this Asheville bed and breakfast Inn.

Maggie never replaced Kelty. Kelty never replaced Judy. No pet ever “replaces” another. But if you’re a dog person, it’s difficult to be without a pet.

We got all our Goldens Retrievers when they were about a year old. Judy and Kelty were bought from breeders who no longer wanted them because they were not perfect for show dogs. They were well behaved and responded immediately to commands. They each had normal life spans of about twelve years. We got Kelty, an Irish girl, almost immediately after losing Judy. Our sons were young and it seemed to be the thing to do to help them over the loss.

After we lost Kelty, the boys were already grown and gone, we were close to retiring and moving so we decided to wait a few years to get a “Golden” for our golden years. It was during that time that I discovered the Golden Retriever Rescue efforts.

We bought our Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast Inn in July, 2004 and began our rescue search. As luck would have it, we found our Maggie in October, the busiest month for tourism in Asheville.

From the beginning, her tenure here was touch and go. She was an alpha dog with no manners and understood few commands, a far cry from our two previous well-mannered dogs. We all grinned and bit the bullet and in about six months she had us thoroughly trained. She had her forever home for five and a half years until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

On April 28th, on our way to Chattanooga for six days touring Civil War battlefields, we stopped in Knoxville, TN. to look at an eleven month old blond, male Golden rescue named Spud. Spud was very small and didn’t seem to have the Golden mannerisms. He stayed with his foster dad and did his best to ignore us. Foster dad gave us his observations/opinions which were different than our initial thoughts. But based on the way he described Spud, we decided to give Spud a try to see if he could become a house and Inn dog and fit in with our life style and if we could be the parents Spud needed.

Next time……….Spud gets a new name.

Barbara & Bob Gilmore
Owners & Innkeepers

1899 Wright Inn and Carrage House

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