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Vermont resort turns (kinda) dog friendly

twinfarmsVermont’s only 5-Star resort — at least in the view of Forbes — has gone dog-friendly.

Three of the 20 units at Twin Farms, most of which are freestanding cottages, will now permit dogs, at least those under 100 pounds.

Located 10 miles outside of Woodstock on the 300-acre former estate of author Sinclair Lewis, the luxury resort has long been praised by Forbes magazine, and others, including the Zagat Survey, which deemed it the nation’s best small hotel, with the best service and the best rooms.

But up until now, dogs have never been allowed.

Forbes contributor Larry Olmsted, amid much gushing about the resort’s amenities, writes that three cottages have been proclaimed dog-friendly (Woods, Meadows and Log Cabin), and that the resort now has a house dog — “Maggie, a golden retriever who as Canine Guest Service Manager will gladly lead her fellow four legged guests for a swim in the pond.”

Twin Farms offers canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, extensive hiking trails, a fleet of bicycles, ski areas and spa treatments, a pub and Japanese bath house and, Olmsted notes, fine dining.

“… Each guest is sent a lengthy questionnaire before arriving and every meal is a work of art crafted specially for that day with carefully paired wines. All the meals wine and top shelf liquor are part of the nightly rate, even if you want bubbly and chocolate chip cookies delivered to your room at midnight. Want to go for a hike and have someone meet you on a remote hilltop with a lavish gourmet picnic hamper and wine? Done. Want to ride a bike mostly downhill ten miles to the charming town of Woodstock and then get picked up? Done. Ski lessons? Done.”

The resort touts itself as “a sanctuary of unsurpassed luxury and quiet ease” and calls itself  “all inclusive” — but that’s in reference to its amenties, not its dog philosophy. Dogs who weigh 130 pounds, like my Ace, probably wouldn’t use that term.

So we won’t be giving you a first-hand report on Twin Farms — at least not until its policies change, my bank account grows, or Ace loses a bunch of weight.

(Photo: Twin Farms)

Vick tops lists of most-hated athletes

For the second year in a row, Michael Vick has been rated the most hated man in sports, according to an annual Forbes magazine poll.

The NFL quarterback, who completed his sentence on dogfighting charges last year, was disliked– or worse — by 69 percent of respondents.

Vick, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, was one of five NFL figures on the 10 most-hated list.

Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, took second place on the list with a 66 percent disapproval rating. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, who was embroiled in a sexual assault investigation this spring, ranked third with a 57 percent rating.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tied for fourth with Tiger Woods.

What your dog says about you

The breed of dog you own speaks volumes about what kind of human you are, according to Forbes magazine, which in its November issue says people tend to choose a breed whose personalities most resemble their own.

Some examples:

If you’ve got a beagle, you are highly inquisitive and fiercely loyal to friends. On the downside, you’re stubborn.

Cocker spaniel owners are nurturing souls, gentle, affectionate, sweet and playful.

Got a golden retriever? You’re a social butterfly who likes to be in group settings.

Chihuahua owner? You’ve got high energy, and often devote it to mischief-making.

And you’re a detail person — one who enjoys the finer things in life — if you’ve got a poodle.

People who read Forbes Magazine, meanwhile, are all about the buck, overly into appearances, and too self-involved to even notice their poodle has a personality. OK, I’m kidding on that last one, but you get my point, maybe.

I have trouble with breed generalizations. For one things, us mutt owners can’t play. For another, they are kind of like astrology — some people, seeing a little bit of truth in it, go on to accept it wholesale. Scarier yet is when politicians pick up on them and write laws. But most bothersome of all is they tend to negate the dog as an individual.

I’d argue that, though some breeds are prone to certain behaviors, every dog has its own personality. While humans may tend to pick a dog whose personality is a reflection of their own, I also think that — sharing a life — both dog and owner tend to take on a bit of each others aura.

Which may explain why I’ve started shedding.