Guest Blogger: Shadow Stays at the Iris Inn

Hello, friends of the Iris Inn. My name is Shadow, and I’m a friend both of Katie the Border Collie and of her humans Dave and Heidi Lanford. At this moment, my humans are selling their condo, and while they’re taking care of all that goes along with the sale, I’m staying at the Iris Inn as a guest, and I am very pleased to be offering my canine services as guest blogger. 564400_10151018472202816_1109887011_n So, what is it like staying at the Iris Inn? Well, first you should know that I am originally from Washington D.C., so I am accustomed to the small, quiet space of a city apartment. My humans wake in the morning, have their breakfast, and head out the door to work, so I spend my days sleeping and milling around the apartment. It’s not an especially adventurous life, but I do enjoy the laid-back quiet of it all. My humans return home at 6:00 p.m. every day, and we enjoy dinner together, a bit of TV watching, a walk outside, and then snuggling up to go to sleep. It should come as no surprise that the Iris Inn is a tiny bit different than my home life. Here at the inn, there are people coming and going all the time, always bustling with activity, whether it be dragging luggage, collecting breakfast plates, or hurrying with arms full of clean laundry to fold. I must say that I don’t mind all of this activity! Everyone thinks I’m cute, and I certainly love the attention. Katie the Border Collie also makes a wonderful companion, and she’s quickly shown me the ropes here. Going outside is a bit scary, though! Remember, I’m if used to a one-bedroom apartment in the city, so the Iris Inn seems like a whirlwind of trees and cabins and doors, and I get confused as to where I’m going and how I get back to the Great Room of the inn. That’s why I’m especially thankful for Katie and her humans, who guide me back to where I need to be. I’ll still be here at the inn for a little while, so if you want to come visit Katie and myself, you can reserve one of cabins, cottages, or suites. I promise to greet you when you arrive! photo

2 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Shadow Stays at the Iris Inn

  1. It was a pleasure to meet Shadow, and to hear about life at the Inn. What a beautiful doggy, and obviously respectful of Katie’s kindness and hospitality! We miss you all and hope to return as soon as our schedules — and household craziness — allow. We love the newsletter and always look forward to receiving it.

    Love and Happy Holidays to Katie, Shadow, and their humans.

  2. Dear Shadow,

    My name is Oreo. I am a Border Collie who stayed with my humans at the Iris Inn a couple of years ago. Katie and I became fast friends. Since I live in Texas, I haven’t been able to make it back to Virginia to visit.

    I am a bit jealous. You are such a good looking dog. Those ears lead me to believe you might have some smooth coat Border Collie in you. I can understand why the wonderful hosts at Iris Inn would love to have you around. I wanted my humans to post a photo of me here but they couldn’t figure out how to do this. I will have them email a picture of me in the bluebonnet field at my farm. Check out my ears. See the similarity?

    Show it to Katie and say “hi” for me.


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