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Dogs of Downtown- meet Minkie & Caly

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Post Written by Erin Jenkins

Part 2 of our Dogs of Downtown series!

Right down the road from Matrix Gallery, and Mr. Keefer Dogg are the Sister dogs of Clay Corner Inn-Minkie and Caly.  These gals enjoy lawn games with their parents and the B&B guests. Caly is an expert cornhole player, frisbee golfer, and both sisters love their tennis balls. Caly is a beautiful IMG_5942nine year old golden retriever, she’s a part-timer at Clay Corner Inn, and part time receptionist at Heartstrings Pet Lodging and Spa. Minky is an adorable jack russell mix, and a full time dog-keeper at Clay Corner Inn. I sat down with the two girls and their parents at their bed and breakfast one day.  Caly is the lover of the bunch, she wants a hug, a kiss, a pat, but she is not obnoxious about it. Minky is a silly girl, and her favorite stance is sitting back on her hind legs, paws folded.  These beautiful girls are friendly, happy, and very well trained. The girls moved east with their parents Nicky and her husband, Rick, when they took over Clay Corner Inn in the fall of 2011 after the original owners decided to retire. From their previous home in California they spent two years searching out B&B properties along the East Coast, wanting to get closer to their three children, the youngest of whom is in Barcelona, Spain, Nicky’s hometown.IMG_5944

The ladies of Clay Corner Inn live to be in their section of the backyard, where there is a taunting squirrel or two to corral. These little girls love being out in the canopy of trees that surrounds beautiful Clay Corner Inn, and sniffing in all the interesting scents that waft in. Although at times the view of a neighboring feline can just be too much to bear, we are all pretty sure these gals would not trade the Inn-life for anything.
Q: What’s the difference between people from Blacksburg compared to those in California?
A: I love people here! They are friendly and want to pet me and love on me. While walking on campus or downtown Dad says I’m a magnet for attention, because everyone always stops to pet me.

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Q: What is it like to have other dogs and people staying in your home?
A: I LOVE IT! I like the dogs but I’m mostly interested in the new people, getting a hug, and showing them around my backyard.

Q: What is it like sharing your backyard with cats, squirrels and birds?
A: It’s RUFF!

Q: [for Minky] How do you like your job?
A: It’s great!…although I sure do wish those pesky squirrels would stop dropping in my yard unannounced.

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Clay Corner Inn is located at:
401 Clay St., SW
540-552-4030

Coming in our next installment of the Dogs of Downtown; meet Goliath, Marketing Team Member at Nest Realty.

Have you noticed that Downtown Blacksburg has been “going to the dogs” for a while now? What do you think about it?

Why not visit some of the Dogs of Downtown:
Calypso the Golden Retriever and Minkie the Jack Russell mix, Dog-keepers at Clay Corner Inn
Keith R. Dogg “Keefer Dogg”, Assistant Curator at Matrix Gallery
Molly and Minnie the mini-Schnauzers, Sales Assistants at Mad Dog
Goliath the Bulldog, Marketing Team Member at Nest Realty
Bella the Bischon Freis, Diamond and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capones Fine Jewelry
Barkley, Antique Collector at Heirloom Originals
Xena, the receptionist at The Laser Clinic
Milo, the greeter at 130 Jackson, who can often be found stationed outside Bollo’s

Other doggie friendly spots in Blacksburg:
Community Arts Information Office
Fringe Benefit
Greenhouse Boardshop: they usually have treats for Fido
Heavener Hardware Lumber and Rental
Heirloom Originals
High Peak Sportswear
Huckleberry Trail
Mad Dog
Market Square Park
Matrix Gallery
Nest Realty
The Henderson Lawn

PLEASE be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your dogs.

Dogs of Downtown- meet Keefer Dogg

5 Nov Keefer2

Post written by Erin Jenkins and Laureen Blakemore

The dogs of downtown are fancy and enjoy “the finer things in life”, but they want you to know they are just like all the other dogs out there. The Sister dogs of Clay Corner Inn Minkie and Caly enjoy lawn games with their parents and guests. Caly is an expert cornhole player, frisbee golfer, and both sisters love their tennis balls. Bella, the greeter and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capone’s Fine Jewelry  enjoys visits to the Farmers Market and sitting on laps in the store while visitors work with her mom and “brother” to design beautiful pieces of jewelry.  While Keith R. Dogg (“Keefer Dogg”), the  assistant curator at Matrix Gallery, enjoys long walks and seeing all his friends at doggy daycare.  When Keefer is not working at the gallery he can be found relaxing or helping his dad around the house, talking nice long walks, attending daycare  at Flying Fur  and taking training  classes with his humans.

While visiting I saw Mr. Dogg knock over a small book with his tail and he told me that often his big fluffy tail is too cumbersome for his mom’s gallery, so he gets to go on a car ride with his dad. Since he does spend a good amount of time “off the job” he really tries to soak up the attention from his customers at the gallery when he’s there.  Keefer Dogg  really does enhance your shopping experience, as he is such a smiley beautiful English Shepard. Keefer is very well trained, and getting even better as he grows.  His treat of choice is cubed Colby cheese, but we are pretty sure he would not turn down any kind of treat.
I asked Keefer a few important questions to get to know him better.
Q: So Keefer, are you a big Hokie fan?
A: I loooove turkey!

Q: What do you want people to know about you?
A: My bark is worse than my bite, and I wanna be loved!

Q: What is your main gripe about Downtown Blacksburg?
A: Not enough fire hydrants

Q: Do you get bored at the store with no other pets around?
A: I get walks with Dad lots , and I get a lot of treats. Of course I do want some more friends–furry and not– to come on over and visit me in Matrix Gallery!

Keefer is very excited that his store will be celebrating its 25th birthday on November 16, although he is a little concerned that mom may not let him come to the party. (Something to do with fluffy waggy tails and too much cheese which is supposed to be for the guests and not for him!) The big celebration takes place on November 16, 4:00-8:00pm. All non doggies are welcome to join the fun which will take place in Matrix Gallery!

Matrix Gallery is located at
115 North Main Street
540-951-3566

Coming in our next installment of the Dogs of Downtown; meet Minkie and Caly, the innkeepers of Clay Corner Inn.

Why not visit some of the Dogs of Downtown:
Calypso the Golden Retriever and Minkie the Jack Russell mix, Dog-keepers at Clay Corner Inn
Keith R. Dogg “Keefer Dogg”, Assistant Curator at Matrix Gallery
Molly and Minnie the mini-Schnauzers, Sales Assistants at Mad Dog
Goliath the Bulldog, Marketing Team Member at Nest Realty
Bella the Bischon Freis, Diamond and Fine Jewelry Expert at Capones Fine Jewelry
Barkley, Antique Collector at Heirloom Originals
Xena, the receptionist at The Laser Clinic
Milo, the greeter at 130 Jackson, who can often be found stationed outside Bollo’s

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Dog friendly downtown locations:
Fringe Benefit
Greenhouse Boardshop
Heirloom Originals
Huckleberry Trail
High Peak Sportswear
Heavener Hardware Lumber and Rental
Mad Dog
Market Square Park
Matrix Gallery
Nest Realty
The Community Arts Information Office
The Henderson Lawn

PLEASE be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your dogs.

Summer Fun…here it comes!

20 May dog_beercan

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. presents:
4th Annual Summer Solstice Fest

Saturday June 18, 2-11pm in Downtown Blacksburg, Main Street & Lee Street

Featuring:
Alberti Flea Circus
Alexander Black House Activities
Beer Garden- sponsored by Modea
Bike Rodeo- East Coasters, Blacksburg Police Dept. &; Blacksburg Rescue Squad
Blacksburg Recycling & Sustainable Blacksburg- Recycling Activities
Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
Blacksburg Fire Dept
Carriage Rides- MacArthur Inn
Chef Demos- sponsored by Gourmet Pantry
Concessions
Dog Contests and activities- sponsored by NRV Varmints Pet Sitting
Downtown Sundown 5K race- to benefit BHS Field & Track Club
Fire Performers
Hula Hooping with Wild Earth Hoops
Midway Games and activities
Oyster Eating Contest- sponsored by Awful Arthur’s
Plant Sale- Hahn Horticulture Garden
South West Virginia Social Dance Group
Smithfield Plantation
Spa & Relaxation Tent- Beauti Control, Tuck Chiropractic and In Balance Yoga Studio offering yoga and massage therapy
Street performers including poi spinning, juggling, unicycles and more
VT Surf Club- Tarp Surfing
Sand Beach Activities- sponsored by Cabo Fish Taco
Sidewalk/Graffiti Art- interactive
Zumba- sponsored by New Tech Fitness

Main Stage Schedule
2:00- 3:00pm PanJammers
3:00- 3:30pm South West Virginia Social Dance Society
3:30- 5:00pm Badunkafunk
5:00-5:30pm Oyster slurping contest
5:45-7:15pm Alliens
7:15- 7:45pm Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
7:45-10:00pm Key West Band
10:00pm Awesomesauce in the beer garden
10:30pm Fire Show in the beer garden

Bike Rodeo Registration form: Bike_Rodeo_flyer

Downtown Sundown 5K Race registration form: 5Kreg form 2011

Participating Non-Profit Groups:
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Alexander Black House, Auburn UMC Women’s Group, Blacksburg Fire Dept, Blacksburg Live Music, Blacksburg Rescue Squad, Children’s Museum for Blacksburg, Hahn Horticulture Garden, MC Friends of Animal Care & Control, Mental Health Association, MOMS Club, New Life Christian Fellowship, New River Bicycle Association,New River Valley Apartment Council, NRV Macaroni Kids, NRV Roller Girls, Planned Parenthood, Rita’s- Alex’s Leomonade Charity, SEEDS, Smithfield Plantation, Special Olympics- Area 9, Sustainable Blacksburg, Virginia Interfaith Child Care Center

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A Virginia Green Event

Main Stage Sponsor: Freedom First Credit Union
Beer Garden Sponsor: Modea

Media Partners:
Comcast Spotlight
WDBJ7
Mix 100.7
The Bear 105.3

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events please contact:
Laureen Blakemore, Director of Special Events
Tel: 540-951-0454
Email: events@downtownblacksburg.com
For regular updates please visit our website: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com

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