Kory, a Welsh corgi, is barking and making a fuss about the stranger at his front door. He's pretty excited because he has been told he's going to take his second walk of the morning, and it's only 9:30.
"His name is Korwin of Mecklenburg because my dad thought that would be a nice Welsh name," says Moira Quinn. "Since he's a male we spell it K-o-r-y. Spelling it with a 'C' would have been too much."
Kory doesn't really seem to care about any of that at this point; he's just ready to walk.
"I believe a dog's walk is just that ... what the dog wants to do. When we get to the top of the hill, he decides which way he wants to go," said Quinn.
And it's a good thing Kory knows how to take the lead, because Quinn spends her walk time with her nose tucked in a book. And it has to be an "escape book."
Today's read is Nora Roberts' "Blue Dahlia."
Quinn, 55, who lives in the Coachman Ridge subdivision off Sardis Road in Matthews with her husband, Robert Klein, can be seen just about every morning walking Kory and reading a book. She takes her walks with her beloved dog seriously. The walks are more than just fresh air and exercise for the 40-pound short-legged dynamo: They are a cathartic portion of Quinn's day.
Quinn, senior vice president of communications and chief operating officer for Charlotte Center City Partners, spends busy 15-hour days working on all things important to urban Charlotte, developing and promoting our fine city.
As a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte, Quinn is a Trustee Emeritus and on the boards of both the College of Communications and the Alumni Association. She also is on the Charlotte Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee and is president of Temple Beth El. She's on the Board of the Metro Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber and Carolinas Freedom Foundation.
All of this, and she still finds time to volunteer each Saturday afternoon at the Matthews Branch Library.
This is just a smattering of her commitment to the community.
How can you get this much squeezed into each day?
"You do have to prioritize and organize - stay in the moment no matter what that moment is," said Quinn. "But you also have to be able to disengage your mind and provide yourself some downtime."
This is where the walking and reading comes in.
Quinn has always been a highly visible Charlottean. She worked at WBTV as a student-intern TV news reporter, and in the 1980s she co-hosted and co-produced "PM Magazine." Her affiliation with WBTV lasted from 1976 to 2002.
She also has raised two sons and now has two grandchildren.
"I have been walking my dogs and reading since I moved into our home 22 years ago," said Quinn. "I know every crack in every sidewalk in our subdivision."
No doubt this knowledge is the only way one can account for her deftness.
Klein also embraces Quinn's favorite downtime activity.
"If she gets up at 5 a.m. to walk and it's dark outside, she'll put a little clip light on the book so she can read," he said.
Her commitment to this pastime is unwavering.
"I do have busy days. I have a day that's fully engaged and I don't have much downtime, so I have to make it count," Quinn said. "There's no better downtime than to be outside in the quiet with my dog and my book - my escape book."
And Kory couldn't agree more.