Dean Scharf, known around these parts as the ‘Dean of Dogs’, and his wife Krista, have opened Dog Mountain Lodge in Cochecton, the first ‘pet resort’ style boarding facility in Sullivan County. This offers another option for those of us who live here to board our dogs when we go away. But more importantly, Dog Mountain Lodge offers a great option for visitors coming up for the day or weekend with their dogs. There are very, very few pet-friendly accommodations here. Now, people guests can drop their canine family members off at Dog Mountain on their way to stay at Ecce, the Old North Branch Inn or any of the other B&B’s and hotels here that don’t allow pets. Dog Mountain Lodge also offers doggie day care. I wish Dean and Krista all the best in this venture – they’re great folks.