Jumpsuits and fuzz balls and ears, oh my!
Tom and Ali G. Willikers Golly Miss Molly Prezza Cosmos
All of your L&L staff share the same simple philosophy:
Every morning you should wake up wagging.
When you're here, that's easy...
Innkeepers (and name-droppers) Ali Pitcher and Tom Dott have been in the hospitality business close to their entire lives, collectively from Hawaii to Nantucket. Prior to purchasing the Lamb and Lion Inn in 1999, they owned a 4-Diamond inn and restaurant in New York's historic Hudson Valley. With passion, hard work, and a dash of insanity, the inn became the smallest property ever to be inducted into the prestigious Relais and Chateaux organization.
During their N.Y. stint, Ali and Tom housed and hosted countless notables---Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, Mick Jagger, Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John Travolta, Uma Thurman--to name a few. They hosted one of the late great Isaac Stern's weddings, who, when asked by a guest to play his violin during the reception, retorted "Madam, you're not rich enough, and I'm not quite drunk enough". Now enjoying a more relaxed and low-key life providing Cape Cod accommodations, Ali and Tom still wake up every morning ready to treat every guest like a rock star!
Tom is the Senior Contributing Editor at Edible Cape Cod Magazine and has won several national food writing awards from Edible Communities. When the moon and moods are just right, and there's a certain "groove" in the air, he also morphs into the Cape's BEST Elvis impersonator (like there's more than one).
...Ali is the most patient woman on the planet.
G. Willikers (aka: G. Willi)
Although he is the "problem child", Inn ambassador G. Willi is the most lovable dog of the house and can't function without constant human contact. As a puppy, G. Willi was the smallest puppy anyone had ever seen (think "black tennis ball"). He had a pushed-in nose, a spaced-out stare, and he was so dark that he disappeared regularly. Well, his nose eventually popped out, and like many of us he has a little white mixed in to the black (making him easier to find), but he still looks spaced out, the poor thing. He loves to explore the hallways and usually ends up in a guest's room. If you spot him, chase him around a bit--he loves it--and get him to spin for you (he's a little spinning lunatic). After you've tired him out bring the little space cadet back to the Innkeeper's house, but don't let him kiss you, chances are he ate a dead worm for lunch.
What can be said about Miss Molly? Sure, at first glance, with her almond-shaped eyes and soft, sable coat she is, quite frankly, breathtaking. One of the prettiest dogs you will ever see. But when you get to know her there are other words you'll want to use to describe her, like "misfit," "complicated," "confused," "nut job," and quite often (but always said with love), "freak." You go right, she goes left. You go outside, she wants in. When everyone wakes up, she goes to bed. You'll have to take our word on this--the chances of you actually spotting her are about the same as hitting the lottery or being struck by lightning...twice. Ever the illusive animal, she should have been named "Sasquatch." There's an Inn game called "Molly Spotting," Here's the challenge: After you settle into your stay, see if you spot Molly and can get her to engage with you. Good luck (you might win a prize!).
Prezza (pronouned pret-sa) joined the family in January of 2011. Prezza is a 5-year-old rescue from a puppy mill, and the stories of her upbringing are simply too cruel to relay. But she is the most well-adjusted dog imaginable. In fact, bolstered by her "rags to riches" story, she has been nominated by her puppy training class "Most likely to take flight" (from an over active wagger). She's already a premier sitter and stayer, and she has a unique play-fight technique, which involves a patented 3-quarter double lutz butt spin that can take out the sturdiest Airedale. Prezza lived her first 5 years without a name, so Tom and Ali wanted to name her something that spoke of happiness, indulgences, friendships, and celebration, so they named her after their favorite restaurant in Boston's North End (and why not?). The moment she came home, G. Willi took right to her, and Miss Molly? Well, when she eventually appears she'll be introduced...
Like Prezza, Cosmos is another rescue, although his circumstances are not as clear. As mush as anyone can tell, he spent a stretch behind bars and was eventually sprung. On Thanksgiving Day, 2010, his parole officer dropped him off at the Lamb and Lion Inn. Weighing in at a mighty 3 1/2 pounds, the inn staff were leery that the new arrival would be a shaky, nervous little ex-con, but Cosmos waltzed in through the office door, put his miniature suitcase down, looked up at Ali and asked, "When's dinner, good lookin'?" Cosmos has since become the boss of all the dogs. The problem is, none of the other dogs got the memo. Cosmos is nicknamed "Scrappy" as he's always growling and swatting at the other 3, not because he's angry, but simply because of his size--he gets no respect! The little half-pint should have been named Rodney. Cosmos has 2 unique features, both from his mouth. One is a 5-mile smile, and the other is his tongue, which is so long he can part his own hair. Seriously.
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