We love animals at the Story Inn and encourage guests to bring their well-behaved canine companions with them to the following cottages at a charge of $10.00 per pet per evening:
For a special outing with your pup try one of the hiking trail in the State Park and then take your four legged friend to Bone Appetit in downtown Nashville for a treat!
If you are unable to bring your own four-legged friend to the Inn you might enjoy the company of some very special Story residents.
I am the new kid to the Story family. In fact, I'm relatively new to the world. I was born on July 1 of last year, and arrived at Story on August 9 but I hit the ground running...befriending every man, woman and beast to come my way. I guess you could say my hobbies are greeting guests, playing with other animals (except for Clyde who, try as I might, just doesn't want to be bothered) and hoping that I get left overs from the kitchen. Other joys include playing the creek and jumping into horse troughs when I get too hot.
My mom is a magnificent German Shepherd, and my dad is a Husky that Jack London would have admired. Good Teutonic bloodlines that instilled my love of cold weather and big, big snow drifts.
I live by this creed: if it comes with four legs, play with it; if it comes with two legs, love it; and if it smells good, eat it!
Sometimes, I lie on the front porch. No one gets in without petting me!
I'm a Blue Heeler who is very well traveled. I started off in Story but have visited Seattle, Northern Michigan, Nashville and Indianapolis. I have lived with humans so long that sometimes I think am one of them. My favorite human is Little Rich, the son of the owner. He takes me everywhere in his car, and lets me sleep with him in his bed. He feeds me scraps from the kitchen. I'll eat anything just like my friend Snow. I don't always live in Story but like to come visit for the chance of a piece of filet or a pork chop bone.
I did have another best dog friend, a Great Dane known as Riva a/k/a "Little Girl". She outweighed me by over 130 pounds. Nevertheless, I was able to boss her around, due to my superior intellect and much higher energy level. Little Girl moved away in January of 2013. I miss her. I'm sure she's sleeping on a couch somewhere.
Clyde, Front Door Feline Greeter.
I am a big, wise orange cat who's been around the block. I came to Story from the Brown County Humane Society down the road. I learned a thing or two during my period of incarceration.
My long-time human owner died a few months ago, which landed me in the "Joint" (i.e., the Humane Society). It's tough living behind bars, especially since, given my advanced age, no one wanted to adopt me. That all changed when Story's owner's son, Little Rich, took me home one day. (It's hard to compete with cute young kitties. But beauty is skin-deep, I say!)
Anyway, I am now gainfully employed as Story's front house greeter, replacing Tina (see below). It's a supplement to Social Security. You'll see the hominid version of me next time you visit Wal Mart.
I love my job, which entails sleeping where people want to walk, forcing them to step around me. I get many friendly scratches that way, and an occasional hand-out. My favorite sleeping spot is right at the front door to the restaurant. That's where people are most likely to bring me a scallop. A lot of the guests attempt to discourage me from sleeping in the middle of the road in front of the Inn. I assure them, chill out. The cars always swerve for me!
Some of the ladies think I'm just a dirty old man, and want to look up their dresses. But I assure you, I'm all over that stuff. Years ago, my human caretaker made sure that my distinguished mix of bloodlines would end with me. And human females were never interesting to me in the first place.
Though my energy level is not what it used to be, I sometimes execute my job with real enthusiasm! I have been known to follow guests back to their cars, or rooms. I fear no human, because they have always been nice to me. I really want to do a good job, too, because I don't want to go back to the "Joint".
For many years, Tavern customers have taken to defacing perfectly good dollar bills with messages that are sometimes not fit to print. They staple these bills to the Tavern beams; it is a primitive, albeit effective, form of Facebook. On January 1 of each year, the kindly Bartender, Dani Ham, pulls these down and sends them to the Humane Society, where they may be productively employed to spay and neuter my ilk. I welcome this effort, because I don't like the competition at the front porch.
Petunia, Feline Greeter in Training.
Petunia is a ferel kitty dumped here in 2012. She has a lovely disposition, but she is a bit shy (we believe that she was abused). Thus, she declined to write an essay about herself.
Once we did her the service of spaying her and cleansing her of intestinal parasites, she gained weight fast. At the present time, she hangs out primarily at the back door, where she can enjoy Ahi tuna, U-10 scallops and other such delicacies without too much human contact. You can also find her in the garden sleeping in the sun.
Goodbye, Tina, Chief Greeter:
We regret to report that our beloved kitty “Tina” passed away quietly in the evening of January 18, 2010. The immediate cause of her death was lethal injection, at the veterinarian’s office. We made the decision to euthanize Tina upon the vet’s diagnosis of an incurable cardio-pulmonary condition. She was somewhere between nine and sixteen years old.
Persons unknown dumped Tina and her fresh litter of kittens here in August of 2002. Tina and her precocious offspring soon became darlings of the Story Inn. After spaying and neutering the bunch, we found good homes for her entire clan. Tina was thereafter employed as the official Story Inn greeter, often found sleeping on the front porch, forcing restaurant guests to step over her.
In 2007, Tina was struck by an automobile, breaking her tail. She endured the indignity of a surgical procedure which shortened her tail, and the bestowal of the unflattering nickname “Stubs”, with remarkable equanimity.
Tina was known to follow guests around the property with a slavish attention to humans more characteristic of canines. She was also known to sleep around indiscriminately with humans of either gender. Her favorite foods were salmon, scallops, and halibut.
Tina will best be remembered for her appearance as “Miss January” in the Story Inn’s 2008 and 2009 calendars, the photo having been snapped by the legendary Bloomington photographer Steve Raymer. More recently, we had numerous overnight guests describe their experiences sleeping with Tina, in a column we named "Pethouse Forum". She was, indeed, a creature of comfort.
Donations in memory of Tina's rich life can be made to the Brown County Humane Society, 128 SR 135, Nashville, IN 47448, (812) 988-7362.