Fall 2008 Newsletter

Inside this newsletter:
Summer Summary
Fall/Winter 2-Dog Discount
Fish Sculpture
Product Updates/Availability
Recipe – Idaho Potato Wafers

We’re glad to be in touch with you again. This is the time of year when trees give their leaves to the wind like beautifully whispered dreams. Time when Dennis & I gather those whispered dreams to weave (or carve!) them into new creations.

Summer Summary

As the days shorten and temperatures drop Sweet Willy enters hibernation. Echoes dance within his walls of all who made him their home for a night or more this year.

Dog Bark ParkThis was Sweet Willy’s best year ever. Visitors arrived from England, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, Germany, China, Japan, Kenya, France, Canada, and from all across America. He has also enjoyed many on-line visitors, like many of you, from nearly every country and corner of the world. We enjoy your inquiries, friendships and visits, hoping your travels will bring you to Idaho again or to Idaho for the very first time.

Both Sweet Willy & Toby (the smaller dog) received new ears this summer. After nearly 10 years, their original ones finally weathered beyond what grooming could restore. By the way, did you know their ears are fashioned from outdoor carpeting? And they move with the breezes.
Our ambassador puppy, Walter, celebrated his 1st birthday in September. Even before he fully learned what his job would entail at Dog Bark Park, it was obvious the work would suit his personality. In fact, he still greets visitors with a bit more voice and wiggles than we think befit a distinguished canine statesman. His enthusiasm is delightfully infectious, however.

Fall/Winter 2-Dog Discount

Jack Russell TerriersAs a thank you for contributing to our great year at Dog Bark Park, we’re offering our 1st ever 2-Dog Discount Program. Here’s how it works:

– Order any 2 small-size carvings,
– That ship together to the same US address.
– Receive a $10 discount on the pair.
– Order on-line ( http://www.dogbarkparkinn.com/giftshop/index.html ) at full-price. We’ll promptly refund the $10 electronically via PayPal. Or; phone, mail, or e-mail your order, taking the discount immediately. 208 962-3647. frances@dogbarkparkinn.com. Our mailing address is at the end of this newsletter.
– Optional bonus! Add FREE personalization. We’re happy to hand-paint names on the dogs to
give your carvings a personal touch.
– Offer expires December 31, 2008.

Returning SculptureFish Sculpture

Every year we add a new outside art object at Dog Bark Park. This summer, Dennis dusted off a salmon fish model he’d designed several years ago, multiplied it ten-fold, and oversaw the fabrication of his fish in steel. Installed on a pedestal near our studio the giant fish, entitled Returning, pays tribute to the majestic Pacific Salmon. The sculpture will slowly weather from the grey color shown here to a rich rusty brown.
Product Updates/Availability

Sweet Willy a Noble UndertakingThere’s still time for holiday orders. We have a good selection of small dog carvings in stock for immediate shipping. We’re glad to gift-wrap and send directly to your gift recipient. Don’t forget the 2-Dog Discount!

Some newsletters ago we mentioned our souvenir book, Sweet Willy, a Noble & Absurd Undertaking – the Story of Dog Bark Park. The initial printing has sold out. We’ve expanded and updated the 2nd edition. It also includes more photos plus our most requested recipe, yummy Rhubarb Brown Sugar Muffins. Contact us if interested to Shirts and Hats from Dog Bark Parkorder since the book is not on our website yet.
We also have a limited number of this year’s edition of Dog Bark Park embroidered long and short-sleeve t-shirts. Phone or e-mail for colors and sizes. We’ll include a bonus packet of six Dog Bark Park postcards (2 designs) with each shirt order.

Recipe – Idaho Potato Wafers

When the weather cools we tend to use the oven more at our house. And, with an abundant harvest of Yukon Golds from Dennis’ potato garden, I devised this easy recipe a few weeks ago.

Idaho Potato Wafers
2-3 medium/large potatoes, well scrubbed & sliced into ¼” slices
Canola or olive oil
Sea salt, paprika, grated Parmesan cheese (all optional)
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Spread about 1 tablespoon oil on a four-sided baking tray. Arrange potato slices on tray, turning each slice over to coat both sides. Leave space between each slice. Sprinkle on salt, paprika, or cheese, if desired. Bake about 15-20 minutes until potato wafers reach desired crispness & are slightly browned. Remove & serve right away! Any leftovers make good snacks!


Sweet Willy will open for guests next April. Meanwhile, we, along with lively Walter, and old kitty Miss Tibbs, are busy in the studio. We’ll enjoy the quieter days of fall and winter, sufficiently warmed by summer’s memories and the wood stove. A year’s worth of studio scrap wood, stored just outside the door, will keep us comfortable all winter. It’s a good life indeed!

Drop in if you’re passing by. Or drop in on-line. We’re always glad to hear from you. Thanks for a wonderful year. Enjoy the season. And let dreams whisper to you as the leaves fall!