Saturday, August 23, 2008

Napoleon, King of the Hills of Skaneateles

My humans suffer from "doggie deprivation" (aka they miss me heaps!) whenever they travel. So, after close to 2 weeks of admiring other people's dogs from afar in New York, they were delighted to discover that the bed and breakfast they were staying in at Elbridge, a quaint village in the hills of Skaneteales (Pronounced "Skinny Atlas") has a dog. Joy! Happiness!

Napoleon, named after Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French leader, is a Great Dane (think Scooby Doo). The breed is commonly referred to as the "Gentle giant" and the "Apollo of all breeds", which is so true. I think that if I met him face to face (OK, I may not be able to see his face if we're both standing coz I'm SHORT and he's well...BIG...), I may not be afraid of him coz mum assures me he is very, very calm and friendly).

Check out the smile on his face and his beautiful blue eyes!

Scooby Dooby Do...Where are you?

Marge and Bob, the owners of Fox Ridge Bed and Breakfast adopted him from a friend who could no longer take care of him.
We think he couldn't have a better home than Fox Ridge Farm. The tree farm is set on 120 acres of woodland. He has the pick of gardens, open meadows, forested hills, and brooks to roam on the property.

Strength and grace in motion

Then when he's done enough exploring for the day, he goes home to his comfy bed. And of course, when there are dog-loving visitors at the bed and breakfast, he gets an extra dose of hugs and pats. Mum & dad really enjoyed their stay at Fox Ridge. Marge and Bob are gracious hosts. Breakfast - Baked french toast with apples was yummy! Mum said it felt like home away from home, right down to the dog!

P.S. Marge, thanks for the carrot and apple. Mum said you asked her to give it to me on your behalf. You know I just love carrots and apples!


Anonymous said...

Hi Kess,

Napoleon seems to be quite happy in their company:)

I think you are truly magnanimous...devoting a full post to Napoleon - If he knew about it, he'd definitely be happy to accept you as his pack-leader (never mind the size - if you ask me brain always wins over brawn!)

Don't worry about the vote. I am happy to have a friend who visits me and talks to me:)

Licks n Wags,


Wow Napoleon sure is big. We often see a great dane here that looks similar to napoleon but we are both scared of him!

Unknown said...

Wow he is a gorgeous dog! There is a huge black great dane at our dogpark, and her name is CINDERELLA ... she has white paws. She is very very gentle and just goes from person to person giving kisses. She is just about at eye level with some people! What do the owners of the B&B do when they have guests who aren't doggie-people? Napolean is too big to hide easily!

River said...

Napoleon is beautiful! We met a harlequin great dane named Kenya at the vet's once. She wanted to go home with everybody. That was a sweet girl. My mom's the same way on trips. After a few days she really misses us.

love & wags,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Kess!
Napoleon is so cute! And big!
I've never seen a great dane in my life but my mom says they are very gentle!
You are right. He lives in a lovely place!
Kisses and hugs

Agatha and Archie said...

Wow!! He is quite handsome!!! ANd lucky to have your Mom and Dad dote on him!! Love A+A

Kathryn and Ari said...

Ooooohhhhh. . . he has eyes like Ari!

Hope Mom and Dad had a great vacation!

i said...

Napoleon sure is a handsome boy!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Napoleon looks awesome! I bet he would be great in a good game of tag and bitey face!

Do you think your humans could mail him to me? Hehehe

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Sugar the Beagle said...

Hi Kess,

Napoleon must have been happy to roam in such a big piece of land near the woods and have constant hugs and sayangs from visitors.

I have seen a Great Dane some time last year. He sure was Huge, and I was so afraid of him. Even a GR didn't dare to approach the Dane!

The Great Dane was white with black patches. Rane jokingly said that he looked like a calf!

Sweet Licks,

Unknown said...

happy belated bday liz....

Kess And Her Mama said...

Hey everyone, Thks for all yr great comments about Napoleon. Marge would be happy to read these, I'm sure. We sure shouldn't judge a dog by its size (BIG or SMALL!) :-). Booker, So far, the guests at the B&B have been great about Napoleon.

Kess And Her Mama said...

Nic, Thks!

Thor and Jack said...

Napoleon is handsome!


Thanks for signing my guest book.