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.

To learn more about Paws On Pelham click here.

To learn more about the Newport Cliff Walk click here.

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

4th Foster Dog – Hillary

Dogs, Foster Dogs, Maine, Rescue Dogs

Hillary was our most challenging foster dog yet. She was a ball on anxiety for most of her time with us.. don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t unhappy with us. But she basically spent her WHOLE life (6 years) in a shelter so her anxiety was 100% understandable.

Here is a little background from @caramississippi, the shelter she was in:
“Hillary came to the shelter at 6 months old back in 2013. After being featured on Hallmark Pet Segment a few months ago, she still received no applications. She was adopted locally by a couple who brought their dog in to meet her. After only two weeks, the family decided her anxiety caused behavioral issues they were unable to cope with, and she was returned. She then went to an experienced foster so we could fully assess her quirks and help her transition to life outside of the shelter. She then spent a couple weeks at Chipper and Coco to help introduce her to more new people and situations. There, the @MainelyMutts girls met her, and we shared the details all of her peculiarities. We were so thrilled when they committed to helping her through this and finding her the right home.” 🏡

Since she spent most of her life in a shelter everything was new to Hill. She didn’t like walking through door ways, I’m not kidding when I say we had to drag her into the house every single time she went out for the first 2-3 weeks she was with us. I think she thought she already spent too much time indoors at the shelter and just wanted to spend as much time as she could outside. At first we tried all of the positive reinforcement techniques we could think of but it was winter and after a while we had to just get her inside.

She also LOVES food and will even dance for her meals (it’s really, really cute!) plus she’s easy when taking treats from our hands. She picked up our schedule pretty quickly and every day she gets more comfortable around us! She has really come a long way since she moved in with us and now she will play with chew toys on her own and isn’t afraid to start playing with my dogs. She gets really excited when you put her harness on her because she knows that means she is going outside and she also does great riding in the car!

Under all that anxiety, Hillary is such a good and sweet girl who deserves to spend the rest of her life being loved and spoiled! She is pretty shy at first but once she warms up to you, you’ll find that she loves to snuggle and get some love.

It was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to our sweet Hill Hill! I’m happy to say after spending 47 days with us, she finally found her perfect forever home! Now she is living the good life on the coast of Maine and I couldn’t be happier for her! When we brought her to her new home she immediately seemed way more comfortable than she did at our house, even with her new brother. Just like it was meant to be.

The awesome ladies of @mainelymutts have done an amazing job once again! Thanks for trusting us with this pup! I also want to thank the staff at @caramississippi for keeping this girl safe (for her whole life) until she came to Maine! You all rock! 🙌

Congratulations to Hillary & her wonderful forever family! 🥳

3rd Foster Pup – Marlie

Dogs, Foster Dogs, Maine, Photography, Rescue Dogs

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!