World’s Biggest Beagle has its own Fire Hydrant

Except for those who have visited Dog Bark Park, few know that an oversized red fire hydrant stands near the World’s Biggest Beagle. Of course a giant dog needs a giant fire hydrant! At 11 feet tall & painted fire engine red, the hydrant is hard to miss. It is as popular a backdrop for photographs as the big beagle. Not to be solely ornamental in purpose, during the summer months many are relieved to discover the hydrant is a comfort station serving human roadside travelers with an enclosed restroom inside its walls. Like the big beagle, we designed & built the hydrant ourselves. During research about hydrant designs we came across a fascinating book that pays tribute to the variety of sizes, shapes & colors of America’s fire hydrants. With artistic photography & concise prose, the book, American Hydrant by Sean Crane, 2004, elevates the lowly fire hydrant from basic necessity to an object that interestingly melds form & function.

Rather than being an exact replica of a particular design, the Dog Bark Park fire hydrant is a composite of several well-recognized hydrant shapes. It is constructed of steel reinforced concrete stucco & painted the customary fire engine red color. During winter, the hydrant is used for lawn/garden equipment storage. In December, an 8-foot tall Santa stands in the doorway waving holiday greetings to all.

Already circulating in our minds is the creation of a concrete version of the fireman’s dog, a Dalmatian, to be permanently on display near the fire hydrant. Seems fitting doesn’t it?

Santa waving from hydrant

Santa waving from hydrant

February 2009 Greetings

Dog Bark Park Inn Newsletter, Cottonwood, Idaho

In this newsletter:

Dog Bark Park Winter 2009Here on the Idaho prairie, shrinking snow cover and sightings of robins suggest Winter will soon be dancing with Spring. When snow showers do arrive we let the soft flakes kiss our faces. And when the wind blows everything into fantastic white formations we marvel at the new landscape. One of Sweet Willy’s ears blew up on the back of his head where it has remained crinkled & frozen, reminding us of a frisky puppy with ears turned inside out after an energetic romp! And in this photo we think Sweet Willy has been wagging his tail so energetically to stir up the clouds!

Spring Stay & Learn Packages

Soap MakingWe invite you to combine a stay at the big dog this spring with a fun one-day class. Want to know how to make bread or soap, do Dutch oven cooking, pick up some photography tips, do grant writing or make herbal salves & tonics? These are fun, informative & tasty activities we’ve teamed up with Lewis Clark State College to offer. The classes are held at different locations near Cottonwood. Some are just a few hours long while others are about full day. For class descriptions & dates see our website,

We’re Blogging

“What’s that”, we asked a couple years ago when seemingly the whole world was abuzz with this latest web communication tool. Another new fad we figured & left it at that. Like the advent of so many other innovations, blogging is here to stay and is truly as useful as having another gadget in the kitchen drawer.
(Speaking of handy kitchen gadgets, we were given one recently, a pair of tongs with flat silicon paddles for turning or lifting items from the frying pan or grill. We use them all the time now!)
And now we’re also splashing about in the world of blogging. Won’t you join us? We’ll be posting new blog articles to our website so catch us there if you’d like. The direct link is Our blog articles aim to be informative descriptive vignettes of life and goings on at Dog Bark Park with entries made more frequently than this quarterly newsletter. Our past newsletters are also archived on the blog site as well.

Share your Photos

We invite you to share your Dog Bark Park photos with us for posting to our new Customer Photo Gallery, which we’ll feature in every newsletter. They can be images taken during a visit to Dog Bark Park or photos showing one of our wooden creations at its new home. Send photos to Emma the Bassett

Here’s Emma the basset hound posing with our wooden hound at Dog Bark Park. Both appear to be asking Dorothy share the sandwich on her lap. Meanwhile, Dorothy is waving to a friend just beyond camera view. This photo is from Kimberly and Quincy who have been guests at Dog Bark Park, taking the Dutch oven cooking class last year during one of their visits.

Bojangles and Beagle

The real Bojangles meets his wooden beagle twin. This photo is from Nate in Nashville who has several of our wooden canines and is a long-distance Dog Bark Park friend. Perhaps one day he’ll travel to Idaho for us all to meet in person. Imagine Bojangle’s surprise to learn there’s a much larger beagle too!

In the Media & Trip Advisor

Sometimes it feels that a big beagle in Idaho wouldn’t be of interest to the giant media world out there. Amazingly, we’re finding the opposite to be true.

Three days before Christmas we logged onto the Internet via and there was a photo of the big beagles announcing Dog Bark Park to be an MSN 2008 Top Travel Story of the Year!

A lengthy article appeared in the December issue of Tourism Review Magazine. In May, look for Dog Bark Park in National Geographic Kids & Country Living magazines. On the international front we’ve been contacted from editors in Cape Town South Africa, Germany, England, Hong Kong, Greece, Poland, Norway & Brazil for articles that will be appearing soon. Amazing that in a few computer keystrokes information is transmitted & then printed or distributed!

For those of you that have stayed at Dog Bark Park we invite you to post a review at the very popular website. It is easy to do. Just log onto, find the write a review tab & follow the instructions. Pictures can even be posted should you want to provide a snapshot of your stay. Thanks so much! Your referrals help introduce Dog Bark Park to others.
A recent customer comment: “I was really over the moon when I received my wooden dogs. Thanks so much for the smooth purchase & fast delivery.”…Anne


Although Dog Bark Park Inn B&B doesn’t open for guests until April, reservations for the spring and summer are coming in. We hope you’ll consider a visit, or return visit. Our rates are not changing this year. Idaho has always been known as an affordable destination for travel & we’re doing our part to keep it that way.

A guest’s message: “Thank you again for your great hospitality & making my parents feel truly at home at the Inn. American friendliness, openness & generosity seem to have fallen into oblivion in other parts of the world.”…Isabella, from Germany. 

Did you know Idaho is home to 3200 miles of whitewater, more than any other state in the lower 48? Idaho offers so much to experience including mountains to climb, trails to hike, lakes to fish. Whether it’s outdoor recreation or cultural & urban activities that are of interest, we hope you’ll take a break from it all and come out to play, learn, & visit in Idaho. We’re happy to suggest activities & itineraries; just be in touch.
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Updates & Idaho Special Olympics


Winter Notes & Idaho hosts Special Olympics Winter Games

Winter has been gentle at Dog Bark Park recently. Snowdrifts have receded to a thin frosty blanket. Abundantly sunny days draw us to the south side of our studio where we point our faces to the sun, absorbing its warming dose of Vitamin D. Gatherings of starlings punctuated with a few brave robins have scratched & fed under a sprawling wild rose bush nearby.

All our holiday orders were carved and mailed in time for wooden puppies to be under Christmas trees from Maine to Montana, Florida to California & overseas as well. We do appreciate the opportunity to have been a part in making memorable holiday gift-giving moments. Our workshop studio feels a bit like we imagine Santa’s workshop to be. Certainly Dennis, like Santa, has a head of white hair!

We welcome the relaxed pace in the studio following our busy season that runs April to December. We’re working on various orders for our retail & wholesale customers as well as beginning to carve up a good inventory of dogs for summer business. We’ve just sent an order of dogs to a shop in Sun Valley, Idaho in time for the influx of Special Olympics Winter Games athletes, coaches, & families that will be arriving for the games to be held there, & in other Idaho locations, in early February. Idaho is proud to be hosting this international event that will bring several thousand competitors from all over the world. When you see photos of the 2009 Winter Games you will be seeing Idaho!