Our “Sweet Girl” Cleopatra
Cleopatra is our eleven year old Black Labrador Retriever. Born on October 11th 2002 along with her five brothers, her name suits her to a tee and make no mistake she does think she’s the queen. She has a special way about her and clearly knows how to captivate an audience with her beauty and grace. The Cabernet Inn has been her home for the majority of her life, she loves sitting perched on the back deck looking out at her domain. Jessica & Bruce have learned over time that guests stay at the Inn just to meet Miss Cleo, and return year after year to shower her with gifts.
Cleo’s main responsibility is to supervise her people, greet the guests and take part in the daily chores. She loves to sample the goodness that comes from the kitchen, play fetch, bury her face in the snow, meet new people and learn new tricks. Her three favorite past times are hiking in the White Mountains, swimming in the Saco River and spending time with her mom and dad.
Things we can learn from Cleopatra
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
• When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
• When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience
• Let other know when they’ve invaded your territory
• Take naps and stretch before rising
• Run, romp and play daily
• Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
• Be loyal
• Never pretend to be something you’re not
• If what you want lies buried, dig for it
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently
• Thrive on attention and let people hug you
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
• When your happy dance around and wag your entire body
• No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout – run right back and make friends
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Lab Fact: What makes a Lab unique? Many retrievers have Newfoundland and spaniels in their backgrounds, and all were bred to aid hunters in retrieving game. Labrador Retrievers, however, are unique in that they were first discovered in Newfoundland, a chillier and icier climate than the British Isles, where most other retrievers were probably developed. Labs have a shorter coat than some other retrievers, which prevents ice from clinging to the coat when the dog exits the water.
Cleo’s Doggie Property Laws
1. If I like it it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago. it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way
6. If I’m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it just looks like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.