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Beach Therapy

January 16, 2018

“If the ocean can calm itself so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air.”

This quote is so meaningful on a few different levels for me. Like most of us, I have days where I just need a break. A break from the, at times, mundane routines of life. A break from too many thoughts racing through my head, a break from the “what ifs” or thoughts of what needs to be accomplished but are no where near completion.

The beach is the BEST place to have this break. I feel beyond lucky to not only live, but work so close to my therapist: the ocean. InnSeason’s Falls at Ogunquit is a hop, skip and jump from not just one but three popular beaches that offer so many ways to unwind the mind. Even in the biting cold, the beach is a great place to escape.

Footbridge Beach is the closest beach to “The Falls”. You can walk out of your suite and have your feet in the sand in under ten minutes. Of course, with the ground being icy this time of year we suggest you take your time! Footbridge is a favorite for many for it’s simplicity. A narrow footbridge guides your way over the dunes to one of the most picturesque beaches around, with no businesses and hardly any homes to cloud your view, this beach really is secluded and peaceful. A great escape!

Ogunquit Beach, often called Main Beach, is the most popular by far. It is a bustling place in the summer, close to shops and restaurants but you can still catch plenty of people walking it’s white sand beaches into the winter, especially at sunset when the sky becomes painted in pinks and tangerines. This time of day is perfect to hop out of your car, take a few deep breaths and enjoy nature’s artwork. This beach is a mile south of the resort, very accessible, especially this time of year with ample parking. Convenient relaxation!

Finally, Wells offers several amazing beaches. Driving down Mile Road brings you to several of them. At the end of Mile Road you have a convenient parking lot that I associate with folks enjoying their lunch with a convenient and spectacular view. Seriously, it’s a great spot to have lunch in your car and I guarantee if you go you’ll see the majority of it’s visitors snacking on McDonalds French fries or a Subway grinder. If you decide to venture out of your car, like I did today, you have miles of packed sand beaches to walk. This is where I had my therapy session for today! I came across so many interesting patterns and treasures on the beach that it became a bit of an impromptu photoshoot. My favorite was an area littered with decaying lobster traps, filled with muscles and clams and seaweed. A perfect spot to recharge.

Just a half hour or so of being outside in the sun, making footprints in the sand was enough for me to feel a little more at peace, a little more centered and a LOT more grateful. Beach therapy may not solve all of life’s troubles but it certainly doesn’t hurt!


Lighthouses, lobsters and laughs all in one tour!? Oh my!

October 25, 2017

Tomorrow will be my fourth time taking guests around the coast of Maine on our weekly Lighthouse Tour. I think it’s finally safe to say: it’s a hit! As the Activities Director at the Falls I feel privileged to be able to bring our guests to these wonderful locations along the seacoast.

What I enjoy most about the Lighthouse Tour is seeing just how different the architecture of each one is. From elegant columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture, grand Gothic Revival to common brick and weather beaten lighthouses can all be viewed on this tour. I also enjoy the details I’ve missed that guests notice, or the questions they ask that I don’t have answers to, because it forces me to do my research! I now know way more about the four lighthouses we visit than I ever imagined I would.

In case you were curious we start in South Portland to visit the cutest of the lighthouses, Breakwater “Bug” Light. And yes, a lighthouse can in fact be described as “cute”. It stands before the Portland skyline. After we visit the most photographed lighthouse in the world, Portland Head Light. This is the longest visit as Fort Williams has a beautiful cliff walk the guests are encouraged to walk along with several bunkers and forts. We make a short stop at Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (more commonly referred to as “Two Lights”) before venturing south again for lunch at the Lobster Cove Restaurant in York with gorgeous views of Long Sands Beach and our fourth lighthouse, Nubble, in the distance. We end our tour driving to the Nubble Lighthouse which, if you want my opinion, is the most quintessential and picturesque lighthouse.

The tour has a lot of what people expect when they come to visit the southern coast of Maine: lighthouses, lobster and hopefully a few laughs along the way. Hopefully you’ll check it out on your next visit to InnSeason’s Falls at Ogunquit.

Change is in the air…

August 10, 2017


It is with a heavy heart that I write this post – today is my last day with ‘The Falls at Ogunquit’.  I can honestly say that this has been the best place of employment that I’ve ever worked at!  From management to co-workers to guests, everyone is kind, caring and genuine.  This Resort runs so well due to everyone working together – it has never been a ‘that’s not my job’ type of environment.  Our guests see this comradery and feel its’ effects.  I can’t say enough good things about this place!  So, this begs the question “why are you leaving?” Well…even though I’m a New England girl, born and raised, I spent enough time in Florida to miss it.  I happen to like heat and humidity, snow and cold not so much.   Lucky for me, I can still do what I love, and that’s spending time with people!  I’ll continue with activities in the hospitality field and try my best to give vacationers a unique and memorable experience.  After this news, I should also tell you that you don’t have to worry – there will still be activities at The Falls!  Megan is the newest Activities Director, please come by to meet her and have some fun.  I promise you will!

Thanks for the memories, Ogunquit, I will be back to visit!  Sue

You NEED to check out our activities!

July 28, 2017


I get it:  you’re vacationing in a beach town so you go to the beach.  And, of course, you need to throw in some shopping, too.  But, when those activities have been checked off your list, why don’t you check out ‘my’ list?  Here at The Falls, I work hard to put together an activities schedule to please all ages, all interests and all abilities.  Are you a crafty type of person?  Well, how about creating a personalized bird house or picture frame?  Maybe you have little ones just starting to use scissors and glue?  A sunshine magnet or plastic sun catcher will keep them busy and happy!  Oh, I know, you like to be outdoors and active – sign up for my bike tour of Wells Beach, bike rental included.  One of my favorite tours is Mt. Agamenticus.  We can hike up or drive to the top, your choice!  Maybe you just want to spend quality time with your loved ones.  I make sure to have pool volleyball almost every day, and if it’s not on the schedule, just ask and we’ll set it up for you.  We also schedule outdoor fun activities like bubble blowing, badminton and you can even play bocce ball!  And, to finish off the fun week – ICE CREAM BINGO!  (need I say more?)  Hope to see you soon to enjoy some fun activities.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me anytime!  Our Resort number is #207-646-4600, just ask for Sue.  Enjoy the day!

In case the kids are ‘bored’…

July 11, 2017


Many thanks to Carol at the front desk here at The Falls at Ogunquit, who found this article for me this morning – thought you could use this information:

It was bound to happen eventually: You’re here on vacation, or just trying to enjoy some of Maine’s all-too-brief summer, and instead of beautiful blue skies and beach days you’re faced with pouring rain and no sun in sight.

The kids are bored, trapped indoors, and you simply don’t know where to turn. Fear not! While the weather outside may be frightful, there are plenty of kid-friendly indoor options that are simply delightful:

1) Catch a movie. Wells Flagship Cinema in the Hannaford Plaza has daily offerings and Smitty’s offers locations in both Sanford and Biddeford and has big tables and comfy chairs, as well as a full-service menu. FMI: or for Wells Flagship Cinema, (207) 216-9738.

2) Do some shopping. Grab an umbrella and head out to explore some of the wonderful shops the region has to offer. Ogunquit’s Perkins Cove and Main Street offer nice walking opportunities and cool shops like Animal Instincts. In Wells, check out Bo-Mar Hall on Route 1 for hours’ worth of browsing opportunities. Kennebunk’s Main Street has several shops, such as perennial favorites Marlows and Kennebunk Toy Co., to tempt you, or head down to Dock Square for retro toys at Daytrip Junior.

3) Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Maine in Portland. There they’ll find two floors of hands-on displays that will thrill kids from toddlers to the 10+ set.

4) Hit the arcade. Wells has two good ones: the Boardwalk Arcade at Wells Beach ( and a smaller one at Wonder Mountain on Route 1 ( Grab a cup of quarters (and maybe some headphones) and head over for a few hours of fun.

5) History museums may not sound like much fun to kids, but Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum has some pretty cool exhibits that offer a glimpse into the region’s past, including its shipbuilding history.

6) A short ride up the turnpike, Freeport has plenty to keep the kids busy (as well as cool shopping options for adults). The flagship L.L. Bean store is enough to keep anyone occupied for hours, and there you can check out the very cool locked-antlers moose display, pick out backpacks for school and even have lunch in the café. Just down the road on Route 1 in Yarmouth, the DeLorme Map Store has plenty of geography-related kids’ toys and educational items, but best of all is Eartha, the world’s largest globe, which holds pride of place in the main lobby. FMI: and

7) Sometimes, the best way to while away a rainy day is with a good book or two. Annie’s Book Stop in Wells and Kennebooks in Lower Village, Kennebunk, both are great places to pick up a new (or, in Annie’s case, both used and new) book. In keeping with the Maine theme, younger children will enjoy Robert McCloskey’s “Blueberries for Sal” and its companion book, “One Morning in Maine.” “Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is also wonderful, as are “The Circus Ship” by Chris Van Dusen and anything illustrated by local artist Wade Zahares. Older kids will enjoy “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” a classic by Donn Fendler. FMI: and

8) Plan a culinary adventure. While nothing beats eating outdoors in Maine in the summer, there’s no reason you can’t experience the region’s fabulous food on dreary days. For kid-friendly fare, ask for a seat near the window overlooking the river and enjoy a meal at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, where the kids’ menu features such items as corn dogs, washed down with Parrot Punch. Interested in checking out the local seafood? Grab a lobster roll and cup of delish chowder at Alisson’s in Dock Square. Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? Head indoors to Big Daddy’s ice cream shop on Route 1 in Wells (we recommend the banana chip) or visit the always-tempting Harbor Candy Shop on Ogunquit’s Main Street. Or check out taffy being made at The Goldenrod in Short Sands Beach, York, where it’s been a sweet summer treat since 1896.

9) The Kennebunk Free Library and Wells Public Library are wonderful rain or shine, but they are particularly cozy places to be when it’s miserable outside. In Kennebunk, kids will find everything from summer storytime to storytime yoga to drop-in gaming afternoons, crafts and movies. and – Laura Dolce – July 4, 2013


The ocean sets me free…

July 3, 2017


There is something to be said for fresh, salty air – it’s calming, yet invigorating.  Whether the sun is shining or a storm is brewing, it’s always inviting.  At least it is for me.   Now, I love the mountains and the woods.  Hiking a quiet trail or sitting and enjoying mountain vistas is a source of pleasure.  But….I’ll always pick the ocean when asked to choose.  If you close your eyes, you can probably just picture the waves lapping the shore.   I can hear the sounds now!  Seagulls calling to each other, sailboats going by, the occasional seashell or rock left behind, these are the things that call my name.  Here in Ogunquit, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coastline.  You can sit on a soft, sandy beach and dip your toes in the clear, cool water.  If you’d rather, walk along the paved path on the Marginal Way and sit at one of many benches to take in the scenery.  Maybe a boat ride is your choice.  If so, check out the many cruising options available in Perkins Cove.  As I sit and type this, I’m thinking I might just have to take some time and visit the water.  I could call it ‘research’ for my job…..Hope to see you soon, enjoy the day!  Sue

Summer vacation is here, Folks!

June 24, 2017

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The kids are home, the air is warm and (hopefully) the sun is shining.  You’re headed to Ogunquit for your weekly stay at The Falls and you’re wondering what’s going on at the Resort for activities…Luckily for you, I’m posting this week’s activities right here! Please keep in mind, our schedule will generally change each week.  You can always find our updated weekly schedule on our website  Looking forward to seeing you and having some fun together!  Enjoy the day, Sue

Friday June 23, 2017

Tides H 11:03am 11:17pm L 4:45am 4:56pm Sunrise: 5:01am Sunset: 8:28pm

*Pool is closed for cleaning until 12:00pm

*Did you know that we have an outdoor net to play volleyball or badminton? We also have a huge selection of outdoor games for your enjoyment during your stay with us! Inquire at the Front Desk for more information

Saturday June 24, 2017

Tides: H 11:59am L 5:40am 5:51pm Sunrise: 5:01am Sunset: 8:28pm

9:00am – 10:00am Let’s Get Going, Keith!

Never been to Ogunquit before? The Falls has just the right activity for you! Even if you’re a regular, sitting in on this orientation will update you with the very latest foodie news! You’ll hear about restaurants that you might never find on your own, the very best donuts, homemade chocolates or specialty cocktails. You’ll find out who is open and hours during this time of the year. Meet Keith on the back patio. In case of rain, you’ll meet at the Front Desk.

Suggested Activity: Stonewall Kitchen Cooking Demonstration

Enjoy a freshly prepared luncheon and learn how to cook it! All demonstration classes include and appetizer, entrée and dessert along with take home recipes to enjoy again and again. Please visit for information and schedule. Ask at the Front Desk about a 10% discount.

*Have you seen our games, puzzles and movies? Just sign them out at the Front Desk

Sunday June 25, 2017

Tides: H 12:11am 12:54pm L 6:34am 6:46pm Sunrise: 5:01am Sunset: 8:28pm

Suggested Activity: Pool Volleyball

Time to get your family in the pool for some friendly competition! This is a great way to meet new friends, too! Please ask at the Front Desk for installation of the volleyball net.

*We have a Photo Scavenger Hunt for our school-age guests! Pick up your sheet in the Activities Hallway, take photos and show them to the front desk staff to receive a prize!

Monday June 26, 2017

Tides: H 1:06am 1:50pm L 7:28am 7:42pm Sunrise: 5:02am Sunset: 8:28pm

8:00am – 9:00am Little Fish Swim

Designed for children ages 7 and under to enjoy the pool.

9:00am – 10:00am Adult Swim

Our pool is reserved for adult guests only during this time.

8:30am – 11:00pm Marginal Way Walk

Enjoy our beautiful seacoast by strolling along a well paved path. This is a timed, 2-mile walk. We will travel at a fairly leisurely pace, with stops along the way. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing and bring water. Meet in the front lobby, we will take the van to Perkins Cove and walk to Main Beach. Maximum of 10 guests may ride in the van. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

9:30am – 10:30am Giant Tissue Flowers

Come and join Mel upstairs in the Activities Room to make some whimsical flowers out of tissue paper! This activity is complimentary and open to all ages. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

11:00am – 12:00pm Outdoor Fun!

Want some fresh air and sunshine? Come on out to the patio and have fun with bubbles, hula hoops and other activities. No sign-ups are necessary for this activity, just show up!

1:00pm – 2:00pm Pool Volleyball

Time to get your family in the pool for some friendly competition! This is a great way to meet new friends, too!

2:30pm – 3:30pm Tee-shirt Decorating

How about a vacation souvenir? Join Mel in the Activities room and decorate a shirt using fabric markers and stencils. This is a complimentary activity and all ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

Tuesday June 27, 2017

Tides: H 2:01am 2:45pm L 8:22am 8:38pm Sunrise: 5:02am Sunset: 8:28pm

8:00am – 9:00am Little Fish Swim

Designed for children ages 7 and under to enjoy the pool.

9:00am – 10:00am Adult Swim

Our pool is reserved for adult guests only during this time.

10:30am – 12:30pm: Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Visit our local art museum featuring some of the best American Art around! You’ll also want to take some time outdoors at the museum to enjoy the sculptures, gardens and beautiful scenery. Admission is $10.00/9.00. You will be following Sue in your own vehicle, parking is free. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

11:00am – 12:00pm Decorate a trinket box

Head upstairs to the Activities room where we will be decorating wooden trinket boxes with seashells, gems, and other fun things! This is a complimentary activity and all ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Pool Volleyball

Time to get your family in the pool for some friendly competition! This is a great way to meet new friends, too!

1:30pm – 3:30pm York Center for Wildlife

Meet CFW educators and ambassadors under their outdoor educational pavilion and learn about their history and mission, local wildlife and a chance to observe a baby bird feeding! There is a $5.00 per person suggested cash donation. Space is limited and you must sign up in advance. You will be following Sue in your own vehicle, parking is free. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

3:00pm – 4:00pm Noodle Ball

Need some exercise? Feel free to join Mel by the outdoor volleyball net for a friendly game of noodle ball! Not sure what this is? Here’s a hint: it involves pool noodles and a balloon. No sign-ups necessary, just show up!

5:00pm – 7:15pm Kids Night Out!

Parents, your kids need a break! Send them away for pizza dinner, a movie and games with their new friends. This activity is open to ages 6-12 and only 15 tickets are available. Cost is $10.00 cash, paid at registration, and parents must register their children at the front desk by 11:00 am. Drop off/pick up is in person by adult guardian only. Minimum of 2 sign-ups for activity to be held. Activity is held in the Reception Center. Please register at the Front Desk.

Wednesday June 28, 2017

Tides: H 2:57am 3:41pm L 9:17am 9:37pm Sunrise: 5:03am Sunset: 8:28pm

8:00am – 9:00am Little Fish Swim

Designed for children ages 7 and under to enjoy the pool.

9:00am – 10:00am Adult Swim

Our pool is reserved for adult guests only during this time.

9:30am – 10:30am Rock art

Get your creative juices flowing and paint a rock with Mel. Create your own design and keep your rock as a reminder of your time in Ogunquit. This is a complimentary activity and all ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

10:30am – 1:00pm Guided bike tour along Wells Beach

Take in the shore line a different way today! Join Sue and rent a bike to travel along a beach road in Wells where the traffic is much slower and the views are amazing. Total bike trip is 8 miles. Bike rental is $10.00, which includes a helmet. Space is limited and you must sign up in advance. You will be following Sue in your own vehicle, parking is free. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall

11:00am – 12:00pm Making Lemonade!
What do you do on a sunny, summer day? Why, make lemonade, of course! Meet Mel on the patio and make your own freshly squeezed lemonade to enjoy. No sign-ups necessary, just show up!

2:30pm – 3:30pm Paper Lanterns

Join Mel upstairs in the Activities Room and learn how to make decorative paper lanterns. All materials and instruction is provided. This is a complimentary activity and all ages are welcome!

To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

4:00pm – 5:00pm Pool Volleyball

Time to get your family in the pool for some friendly competition! This is a great way to meet new friends, too!

Thursday June 29, 2017

Tides: H 3:54am 4:37pm L 10:12am 10:36pm Sunrise: 5:03am Sunset: 8:28pm

8:00am – 9:00am Little Fish Swim

Designed for children ages 7 and under to enjoy the pool.

9:00am – 10:00am Adult Swim

Our pool is reserved for adult guests only during this time.

9:30am – 10:30am Badminton!

Meet Mel at the outdoor volleyball net for a fun game or two! Make sure to bring some friends and some water to refresh. All ages and abilities are welcome. No sign-ups necessary, just show up!

11:00am – 12:00pm Decorate a wind chime

Come meet Mel in the Activities Room and decorate a wind chime to take home and remember the gentle Ogunquit breezes! This is a complimentary activity and all ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, please sign up in Activities hall.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Pool Volleyball

Time to get your family in the pool for some friendly competition! This is a great way to meet new friends, too!

3:00pm – 4:00pm Ice Cream Social and BINGO!

What better way to finish the week than with some fun (and prizes)! Please bring your own bowl and spoon to help reduce waste and care for our environment. We’ll meet on the patio, or in the Activities Room in case of inclement weather. Both children and adults are welcome! This is a complimentary activity. No sign-ups necessary, just show up.

You know you wanna see this…

June 17, 2017

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So, our weather in Maine has been a little crazy – cold and damp to hot and steamy to cold and damp, yet again.  That’s ok, though, because no matter what the weather we’re still having a great time!  One of the best places to explore in Ogunquit is the ‘Marginal Way’.  It’s a 1-1/4 mile long paved walking path along the rocky shoreline.  There are many benches along the way, both in the shade and in the sun.  The views up and down the coast are gorgeous and, at this time of the year, our sea roses are blooming.  Many thanks to Josiah Chase who, in 1925, donated the walking path to the town for all to enjoy.   This is the place to take in sights, sounds and smells – and it’s all good!  Be sure to check it out early morning and late evening.  You’ll want to see it at high and low tide, as well.  Check it out on a sunny day and on a rainy day.  I promise you, you’ll enjoy each visit.  And, if you’d like a guided tour, just sign up for my Monday morning excursion.  We are dropped of at Perkins Cove to start the walk, and finish at Main Beach.  (we actually extend the walk to include Shore Road in order to get to our pick-up spot). This tour is scheduled bright and early in the morning so that it’s not hot and not too busy.  I will tell you – summer season brings everyone out to the Margin to enjoy the walk, especially mid-day.  Looking forward to meeting you and spending some time together on ‘Marginal Way’!  Enjoy the day, Sue


The Rachel Carson Trail

June 2, 2017

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On of my favorite things to do is to introduce our guests to outdoor places they might not have heard about.  I have the pleasure of giving tours and educating people about our environment.  Our guests travel from many different parts of the US and abroad and sign on to these tours with me because they are interested in our little corner of the world.  We have some pretty special ‘protected’ places – whether it’s a National Wildlife Refuge or a non profit land trust – it’s always a good time for all.  One such place is the “Rachel Carson Trail” within the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.  It’s a one-mile interpretive walking loop, suitable for all ages and abilities.  There are 11 different points of interest along the loop and a wonderful trail guide booklet to read along while taking in the views.  This is a salt marsh environment with a forested upland, creeks and plenty of opportunities for bird watching.  The booklet explains how this ecosystem works together, as a whole and unique but fragile community.  It also talks about Rachel Carson and her concerted efforts to protect this environment.  You will learn about the issues regarding our rising sea levels, and also how, currently, the National Wildlife Refuge is studying these issues and potential options to help our marshes adapt.  My hope is that these beautiful natural places will continue to be available and accessible for all future generations to enjoy.  As for me, I will enjoy our protected lands as much as possible, take lots of pictures, and do my best to pass along my ‘love’ for the outdoors to anyone who wants to join in on a tour.  Enjoy the day!  Sue

Have you heard about this place??

May 23, 2017


I’m not good at keeping secrets, and I’m especially not good at keeping my mouth shut!  (which is probably a good thing since my job involves talking to people all day long…)  So, let me tell you about a wonderful little place that you might not know about – it’s called the ‘York Center for Wildlife’ or ‘CFW’ for short.  They are a wildlife rehabilitation facility just 7 miles away from our Resort.  Located at the base of Mt. Agamenticus, you’ll find them off the beaten track but still easy to locate.  I highly recommend anyone take a little time to visit and learn about our local wildlife, up close and personal. Founded in 1986 by a Maine veterinarian, they have grown in leaps and bounds.  Last year, they treated over 1800 small animal patients, from songbirds and raptors to reptiles and small mammals.  The goal is always to rehabilitate and release back into the wild, unfortunately, sometimes this isn’t possible.  If an animal would not survive on its own, but still can maintain a good quality of life, many times they are trained as ‘wildlife ambassadors’.  It’s really a win-win situation, for the animal and also for us!  When you visit the center, you’ll have the opportunity to view these ambassadors up close.  You’ll be able to learn about this creature, how it became injured, and why it cannot be released.  You’ll meet some of the most passionate people around.  They are doing their work simply because they love what they do!  As busy as they are, surprisingly a lot of people have never heard of them.  I’m doing my part in helping to spread the information by providing shuttle service for our guests to the Center.  We enjoy the Tuesday Tour at Two, which includes an up-close visit from an ambassador, a tour around the outdoor enclosures containing other animals, and then a visit to their baby bird room.  If you haven’t heard multiple hungry baby birds chirping for their constant meals, then you just haven’t lived!  I highly recommend you check this place out – visit their website at or check out their Facebook page.  And, if you find an animal that is injured or believed to be abandoned by its mother, give the Center a call on their hotline.  They’ll be able to help determine whether the animal should be left alone or brought in for care and treatment.  Hope you spread this little secret and take a visit yourself!  Enjoy the day, Sue

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