Paws On Pelham

Dog Friendly, Dog Friendly Inn, Dogs, Foster Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Pet Friendly Travel, Photography, Rescue Dogs, Travel

Last year we were invited to stay at the dog friendly inn Paws on Pelham in Newport, Rhode Island. Now when I say dog friendly, what I really mean is every little detail in this adorable inn was created with dogs and their humans in mind. From the super cute wallpaper decorating the walls to the gorgeous water fountain and marble bowls in the main space. They even have the perfect wall mural for photo shoots/selfies with your pup! I told my husband to take notes because I just loved how beautiful everything in this inn is!

Timing couldn’t have been more perfect for our trip to Paws On Pelham. Not only was it mine and my husband’s 1st wedding anniversary but we were able to drop off our little foster pup Marlie to her new forever home on our way! I’m not gonna lie, I cried on the way, during and after we dropped Marlie off. We got her when she was about 10 weeks old and had her for a solid month. She is deaf and partially blind so she was a challenging pup to have around. She had this insanely loud, high pitch cry that she would scream anytime she was awake and couldn’t tell you were near her so in some ways we were ready for her to move on… But she had so many other great features that made up for the loud cry and I knew I was gonna miss spending my days with her.

Paws On Pelham was the perfect distraction for us, it was so nice to be able to go on a fun adventure immediately after saying goodbye to Marlie. We brought Jax and Jasper with us and thankfully they were such good and patient boys on the long drive there. It was a 4+1/2 hour drive from our house in Maine to POP in Newport, RH and lets just say we were all thrilled to finally arrive and get out of the car!

The wonderful Inn keeper Allison, went above and beyond for us- I really can’t say enough nice things about her, she made us all feel so welcomed and the pups couldn’t get enough of her! After we got settled in we took the boys for a walk into town. Newport has such an awesome atmosphere and we couldn’t get enough of it! We couldn’t walk more than a few yards before someone wanted to meet and pet our dogs. Some people even took their photos with them! It was so great to see how dog friendly Newport is. I mean there is even a long list of dog friendly business’s in the area on the other side of the ‘do not disturb’ sign for your door at the inn. We spent the rest of the evening feeding then walking the dogs before we ordered ourselves some dinner to eat back at the inn.

Our room was a cute spacious suite with a living room, bedroom and bathroom. The living room had a keurig coffee maker and a mini fridge AND both rooms had a tv in it! It was a pretty awesome. The next morning we got up and went downstairs to the Grab & Go Cafe where Allison made us the most delicious breakfast! She even asked us if there were any dietary restrictions she needed to know about when we checked in.

After breakfast, we decided to go on an adventure to help tire the pups out before trying to take some photos at the inn. We drove just a little ways to the perfect spot- the Newport Cliff Walk! We had the perfect fall weather to go with the perfect ocean view and it was a great way for us all to get some exercise in and have fun at the same time! We spent way more time there than expected because we literally couldn’t walk more than a few yards before someone wanted to stop us and talk or say hi to the dogs. We didn’t mind though, it was a great socializing experience for the pups (and us) and it was fun meeting other dog crazy people!

When we got back to Paws On Pelham, we went around the Inn taking photos with the pups. We started on the RUFFtop Deck and worked our way down to the back patio. The whole place was so quiet and peaceful, even on the front porch. We were all pretty tired by the time I was done snapping photos so we went back to our room and I edited photos while everyone else was napping.

We all had so much fun and didn’t want to leave the next morning. Allison made us another delicious breakfast that we took on the road with us since we had such a long trip home. We left this dog friendly inn thinking that it really has the PERFECT name! Paws On Pelham is 100% worth the drive-no matter where you are coming from! We would highly recommend to anyone who loves to travel with their best friend- their dog.

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Click here to watch more cute videos from our trip on @joyful_jax’s Paws On Pelham Story Highlight!

3rd Foster Pup – Marlie

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Our 3rd foster pup was an adorable 11 week old Double Merle Australian Shepherd. I honestly had no idea what I was getting us into but when Mainely Mutts asked if we would be up for fostering a deaf and blind puppy, I immediately said “of course, do you really have to ask?” We were thrilled to welcome this little pup into our home!

I immediately started googling “how to train blind and deaf puppies” to help me prepare for Marlie to arrive from Mississippi. But thankfully she could see a little bit out of one eye so she got around way better than I thought she would. It didn’t take long to realize that she was a feisty little pup that didn’t let being deaf and blind hold her back any!

Marlie absolutely loves other dogs! She wasn’t afraid of my large goldens, Jax and Jasper or grumpy old little dogs like Ali, my boston terrier/pug mix. Jasper and Marlie became instant best friends. They would tire each other out from playing and running around the house. It was so funny to watch this tiny pup stick her whole head into Jasper’s mouth and come back out without a scratch!

When she wasn’t playing with Jasper, she loved to play with toys! She was so vocal too, she would growl and make crazy noises while she tossed toys around! She made us laugh so much! Marlie loved exploring the outdoors too. She would pull all the way to the end of her leash and run from side to side or sometimes she would just sit down and enjoy the view. Or leaves- she loved chewing on dry crunchy leaves!

She may have kept us on our toes but she made up for it 100 times over. And OMG. She was the absolute cutest when she was sleeping…and she slept a lot! She loved to be snuggled right up next to you, or on you, or another pup. When she was sleeping on a bed or in her kennel she would be all stretched out and laying in the funniest positions, it was SO adorable! I literally could have (and sometimes did) capture her on film ALL day!

Marlie stayed with us for a full month, which is twice as long as we’ve had a foster stay with us and we all grew very attached to this feisty little firecracker of a pup. I’ll be honest, I cried the day we dropped her off to her forever home, even though I knew that she was in great hands. I have full faith in the Mainely Mutts team to find the perfect home for each animal they rescue and that is what they did for Marlie. She’s living her best life, being spoiled and loved the way she should be and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Learn more about Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue and their available pets here!

For videos and more photos of our time with Marlie, check out the Marlie Highlights on @joyful_jax’s Instagram profile!

Fort Williams Park

Dog Friendly, Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Maine, Pet Friendly Travel, Photography, Travel

Not only is Fort Williams Park a beautiful dog friendly park on the coast with lots to explore but it is also the home of the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in America!

With over 90 acres of recreational space, we have only explored some of it but we plan on making a trip back there soon! Between checking out the lighthouse (and of course getting a photo of it) and walking the cliffside loop to the rocky beach, it’s easy to spend a whole afternoon there. And that’s not even mentioning touring the Arboretum, the Children’s Garden, the Goddard Mansion and of course Battery Keyes and Battery Blair!

Also there are vendors in the park during the summer offering crepes, lobster rolls, sandwiches and gelato! Oh and there is even an off leash area for all those good behaving pups out there! Sounds like a perfect Maine summer day to me!

Since my husband Dave and I are generally shy people when we are out exploring, it was pretty funny that the first time we visited, the place was packed with tourists from a cruise ship that docked near by. When your walking around with 3 beautiful goldens and 1 adorable little boston terrier/pug mix… you get stopped a lot. 

We get stopped so much that we have to plan for extra time when we go out with them. But we totally get it, I would probably stop other people if I walked by a group of adorable dogs! It is actually a great way to meet new people and I find its way easier to talk about my dogs then it is to talk about myself so it works for us! 

Most of the people from the cruise ship that stopped to talk to us were missing their own dogs. They were saying how they wished they could have brought them with them or how their kids are pet sitting and sending them photos. Others had goldens in the past and told us some of their favorite memories of them.

I’ll never forget this one woman who stopped us to compliment the pups and give them some love. Unfortunately, she had just lost her golden the day before while she was on the cruise and her golden was home with her daughter. My heart hurt for her, I know how hard it is to lose a loved one and not being there must make it so much harder. But Tavish, Jax, Jasper and Ali all made her smile from the moment she saw them. I feel like we ran into her for a reason, to share a little joy on a difficult day and that alone made the whole trip worth it.

Definitely put this on your must visit list! With all of the fun outdoor activities and beautiful scenery, you just can’t go wrong. Who knows you might even meet some new friends!

Keep these tips in mind if you visit Fort Williams Park & Portland Head Light:
* Open from sunrise to sunset
* Has a carry in/carry out policy. There are no trash receptacles in the park.
* Now has a parking fee. Click here for more information.
* Click here for more information about Fort Williams Park & Portland Head Light

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Ice Adventures

Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Maine, Pet Friendly Travel, Photography

Over the last couple of weeks we have been taking the dogs out on Lovejoy Pond! It has been really fun because there is enough open space for us to let the dogs off leash and RUN. Great way for them to get some energy out!

Jax and Jasper (sometimes Ali too) love to play ‘catch me if you can’ and run as fast as their legs can take them in circles around us! We have to bring multiple toys and treats along with us to keep their attention. Once one of them gets the toy, they run off trying to get the others to chase them (and they LOVE it even more when we chase them) so we always have to keep another toy on hand to bribe them with later.

You may be surprised but we usually keep Tavish, our oldest and wisest on a leash. We don’t always hold on to it but I think just knowing it’s on him reminds him to behave. Tavish is usually the best behaved dog in the family but he has a wild side and when we are out on adventures, he is the most likely to sneak away when we are not looking. It doesn’t help that he is SO good at it, he waits until we are distracted (usually by Jax or Jasper) and then quietly walks off like he’s doing nothing wrong. He’s also a PRO at selective hearing… I know he hears us yelling to him to come back but he won’t turn around or even acknowledge us until we say the right words “want to go for a ride?” – Works every time!

And of course they ALL love rolling around and making snow angels! It doesn’t matter if its the perfect ice for skating or icy snow, or slushy snow. Sometimes we can’t even take a few steps onto the pond before they start trying to roll around and they are still hooked up so they get completely tangled! Lets just say its a good thing Dave is a very patient man!

Here are some of our favorite photos from our ice adventures so far this year!

If one photo could truly describe what its like on an adventure with all 4 of these guys… it would be this one.

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2018 Highlights and Happy New Year!

Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Maine, Pet Friendly Travel, Photography

We would first like to thank everyone for following our adventures through our Instagram pages! Here are our top 9 photos from each account for 2018:

We had such an awesome year and we are so grateful for every moment of it! First of all we brought Jasper home at the end of March, had a puppy party/reunion with Jasper’s litter mates in June, went on some really fun adventures including visiting friends from Rangeley to Boston!

We went camping at Cathedral Pines and at Matagamon Wilderness Campground. Hiked trails up mountains, to waterfalls and to the ocean as well as through a bog & dense forest that would make Mother Nature proud! We floated the East Branch of the Penobscot River and spent a ton of time paddle boarding in the Sandy River and at our favorite secret swimming hole!

We collaborated with some awesome brands including 250 Main Hotel, Nestle Poland Springs, Daniel Wellington, United Pets US, Gaston Luga, Pet Kind/Canada Fresh, Soufeel Jewelry, Artist Averil Burner & Insta360 One!

October was a BIG month for us, not only did Dave and I get married (yay!!) but I also gave my two weeks notice at my job at the Credit Union so I could focus on my dream job, health and dogs!

Since then I have been working really hard on setting up my new business Joyful Goldens and creating content that makes you smile! So far it has been so much fun and I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring!

To start the year off right we are excited to announce that we have made our first product; a Joyful Goldens Wall Calendar for 2019! Trust me when I say it was not easy picking only 13 photos to use but we did our best and hope you love them!

If you are interested, you can purchase one here: Buy a Joyful Goldens 2019 Wall Calendar

We hope 2019 brings more adventures, puppies & joy!

Keep scrolling to take a look back at some of our favorite memories from 2018 & don’t forget to follow this blog to keep up with our adventures!

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250 Main Hotel

Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Maine, Pet Friendly Travel, Photography

Our first visit to 250 Main Hotel was when Jasper was just 12 weeks old and we had so much fun! First of all its on Main Street in Rockland and everything about the place makes you feel like royalty! So we were pretty excited when our favorite pet friendly hotel said they wanted us to come back!

Before checking in we decided to go for a hike at Camden Hills State Park. It was steep for us and also very icy, but we made it to the summit! After enjoying the view, we took a few photos and then made our way back down the mountain.

It was dark by the time we checked into the hotel but that didn’t stop us from checking out the view from the rooftop deck! Not only is Main Street lit up with beautiful Christmas lights, but right in front of the hotel there was the coolest lobster trap Christmas tree that had us in awe!

We received a very sweet welcome back note from the manager Ruth and the rest of the wonderful 250 crew. Plus they set out doggie bags, dog treats and coupons to The Loyal Biscuit Co., a healthy pet food & self serve dog wash pet store which is just a little ways down Main Street!

We spent the night on a very comfortable king sized bed that the dogs loved to jump on and off, our whole time there. We woke up to watch the sunrise come up over the ocean from the rooftop deck but it was too cloudy to see. We quickly enjoyed the view and then went back inside to warm up! After that, we braved the cold once again and took the dogs out for a walk. Before checking out, we took advantage of the beautiful morning light by capturing photos in a few different rooms!

We had such a great time in this beautiful pet friendly boutique hotel! Perfect place to stay whether your from Maine and need a staycation or if your traveling here!

Click here for more information about 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, Maine.

Check out photos from our first visit when Jasper was only 12 weeks old!

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Christmas Puppies

Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Maine, Photography

When Jasper was just 3 weeks old we brought a red and white Christmas tree skirt to set all the puppies on for some photos. The pups were so tiny that we were afraid to even touch them- WHAT IF we accidentally hurt one?? Luckily they were so cute, we were able to pull ourselves together and play with these sweet tiny pups. 😉

They stole our hearts the moment we saw them. We never wanted to leave these pups, we would stay for about an hour and a half every visit.

We tried to set all 12 of them up in a long line… however every time we set one down, they would immediately move and climb on top of each other. Since we didn’t want to disturb them much and let’s be honest, they look adorable doing ANYTHING, we just let them be.

I just love photographing these amazing little dogs! It’s definitely a dream of mine to be able to photograph puppies and I’m so grateful this is what I get to do!!

I have so many ideas ready to go for the next time I get to photograph some adorable golden puppies!

Here are a few of the best photos we got back in February 2018:

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250 Main Hotel

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Jasper was finally old enough to travel to new and exciting places with us in the middle of May 2018. Our first trip was to a beautiful, pet friendly, boutique hotel located on Main Street in Rockland Harbor, 250 Main Hotel. As someone who doesn’t want to go anywhere without my dogs, I really appreciate being able to bring them with us on fun adventures like this! Although I will say that I was a little nervous to bring 3 goldens (one only being 16 weeks old) into this beautiful hotel but thankfully the dogs were so well behaved during this trip!

The drive there was an hour and a half from our house so once we got there, we let the dogs play and get some energy out in Harbor Park, conveniently located directly across the road from the hotel.

Anywhere we go out in public, these three joyful goldens always draw in attention. Its so fun to watch someones face light up once they see Jax, Jasper & Tavish. As we walked into the hotel a very nice older couple walked in behind us, just to ask if they could pet the dogs. The gentleman said that he had a golden who lived to be 16 years old and that he wishes us the same luck with our goldens. Since Tavish is 8 years old, it’s nice to hear about dogs who live long and healthy lives. After we talked for a few minutes, they went on their way and we checked into the hotel.

The staff were so friendly, to us and our dogs! They gave us dog treats, doggie bags and even a coupons to use at the local dog treat store, just a little ways down the road. Plus there were even organic lollipops for us in our beautifully modern, clean and comfortable room! After we unpacked our bags we checked out the artwork on each landing till we made it to the amazing rooftop deck! With the best view, comfortable chairs and even an awesome wooden picnic table, not only is this the perfect spot to watch sunrise or sunset but it’s perfect for any time of day!

In the evening after we fed the dogs, we took them for a walk around Rockland. These dogs can’t help but bring joy to everyone they meet, even people that are just walk or drive by smile after seeing them. During our evening walk, after a car drove by us, they stopped in the middle of the road, backed up and rolled their windows down to say “hi, we are just admiring the golden retrievers.”

After a great night’s sleep, we woke up and went to the rooftop to watch a very foggy sunrise. Since we couldn’t see much up there we decided to take the dogs for a walk around town while everyone else was sleeping. There is something so special about having a normally busy place, all to yourselves. Helps make the 4:45 am alarm worth it.

After we checked out of 250 Main and before we drove home, we took the dogs for a walk to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse! It took us an extra long time to get there and back for a couple of reasons, first reason being that we took our time so that no one would trip or fall. The Lighthouse is about a mile out into the ocean on large granite rocks with big cracks in between them plus we had 3 dogs-including a puppy!

The second reason was because everyone we walked by, stopped to say hi and some even took photos of Jax, Jasper and Tavish! A lot of people thought Jax was Jasper’s mother- which was pretty funny.

It was still a beautiful walk and the views made it worth it! By the time we got back to the car, we were all ready to go home and all three of the dogs were sleeping before we were out of Rockland!

We would highly recommend staying at 250 Main Hotel if you are in the area or even if your not- it’s worth the trip!

Thank you for the wonderful stay 250 Main Hotel!

 

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Acadia National Park

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Last year my fiancé, Dave and I took Tavish, Jax and Ali on a day trip to Acadia National Park. It is a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from our house and we wanted to be at the summit of Cadillac Mountain for the 5:00 sunrise. We left our house at 2:30am.

We were glad we left early because like almost every adventure with dogs, nothing went as planned once we got there. We missed a great parking spot and had to park in the lower lot. We started walking to the summit when I realized I somehow forgot my memory card! Thankfully, Dave ran back to car to grab the card while I kept walking with the dogs.

We met back up at the summit as the sun started to rise. It was simply BEAUTIFUL! We were so grateful to be able to see the beautiful golden light to come up over the edge of the ocean. Our trip here the year before, we arrived to a very foggy sunrise. We couldn’t see anything more than a few feet in front of us. Which was beautiful in its own way and we definitely didn’t let it ruin our fun. It just made us appreciate the beauty a little more this time.

From there we headed a little ways down the mountain to our car so we could feed the dogs and let them get some energy out. They were SO HAPPY to be out of the car after the long trip!

We drove slowly around the Park Loop Road enjoying the coastal views and stopped at Thunder Hole. Dave had to hold Jax and Tavish back as they really just wanted to jump into the ocean. We were leaving Thunder Hole as the place was getting busy, continuing slowly down the Park Loop with Jax and Tavish’s heads out the window. We could hear them say with smiling faces “ohh look at those beautiful dogs!”

We knew the dogs had some energy to get out so the next stop was an off leash dog park located just outside of the park borders. South of Jordan Pond, between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, where Long Pond meets the ocean, you will find a hidden dog park! This land is privately owned but thanks to the Rockefeller family its made available to the public!

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse was our last stop before heading home. Another stunning coastal dog friendly spot that you don’t want to miss if you are in the area! We walked up close to the lighthouse and then we walked around so we could see it from the rocky shore.

*Be aware, at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse there is a long staircase that leads down to the rocky shore which can be hard for dogs after a tiring adventure. Tavish, the oldest dog was feeling a little tired after walking down and back up those stairs.

We had such a great time that we are looking forward to our trip this year when we get to bring Jasper along with the rest of us!

*Don’t forget to bring extra water & bowl for your dog as well as treats to help with energy on long adventures.

*If your walking on pavement, be aware of how hot it is and if its too hot for your dog.

*Take a couple photos and then put your phone away so you all can enjoy the moment.

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