Who comes to see the World’s Biggest Beagle?

That is a question often asked of us during media interviews or by drop-in visitors to Dog Bark Park.  Our reply is usually short but true, “The world, & people just like you.” 

Guest dog Miffy the beagle from Chicago

 

Today our visitors included two gents from Scotland on a whirlwind drive across America, a car full of young folks from Pocatello, a couple from California, a truck driver & his wife on vacation from Nampa, a guy from Nevada returning home after attending a Univ. of Idaho Vandals football game (UofI won!), a geocacher, and pug owners from California.  Some came because seeing the World’s Two Biggest Beagles was on their agenda; others were drive-by drop-ins.  
Miffy came from Chicago recently with his human parents, Nisha & Sascha, who have been teaching in America for about five years.  After reading an article about Dog Bark Park in the Chicago Tribune they planned a vacation to Idaho to include a two-night stay in the big beagle.  Miffy and Sprocket, our resident golden retriever and ambassador-in-training at Dog Bark Park, enjoyed some spirited play together.

Guests Vikram & his parents from India w/Dennis

Our first guests from India also visited recently.  Vikram & his parents were travelling around western US & he went to great lengths for the visit to Dog Bark Park to be a total surprise for his folks.  Dennis & I enjoy helping to plan surprise or special occassion visits for our guests.
Recently an Austrian magazine published an article about architectural wonders around the world. Included was a photo of Dog Bark Park sandwiched between images of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower & the Roman Coliseum.  Never would we have imagined to be in such esteemed company! 

More about Alex and Luke’s Visit

Alex and Luke, an energetic couple with a car & computer, are travelling across North America to visit every state, province & territory.  Their itinerary is guided by the suggestions received from followers of Alex and Luke social media exchanges.

Alex and Luke adding Idaho to their map of states visited

It was suggested that Alex and Luke visit Dog Bark Park while in Idaho last week. 

Every Monday evening the couple upload a video reporting of their experiences for the week.  Today’s was Episode 19 which includes Idaho.
And a few days ago they issued an original song with a short video clip of Idaho’s World’s Biggest Beagle.

The neatest people come to visit

Meet Alex and Luke, recent guests & now social media friends.

Alex & Luke at Dog Bark Park

This dynamic two-some from Toronoto, Canada are on a grueling mission to travel to every state & province on the North American continent between March and mid-October.  With car, computer & suggestions on where to go, eat, stay received along the way from social media followers Alex & Luke are documenting their travels in a grand experiment & journey of discovery.   Alex commented to me this morning that as lovely as the diversity of scenery is across our huge continent, it is the people she is most attracted to, and it is the people met that will hold in her memory far sharper than the landscape.  Learn more about their journey from their website or social media links at AlexandLuke.com.

Finding that people everywhere are friendly & generous when given the chance to share their experiences, knowledge & interests has been heartwarming & humbling says this wonderfully gracious & energetic couple.  

That is the exact sentiment Dennis & I have heard from others of our visitors, like the cross-country bicyclists reported on in our previous blog

Another bonus Alex mentioned has been meeting  & observing the lifestyles of small business owners, where often there is no distinction between their work life and non-work life as all are combined.  That is certainly how Dennis & I view our endeavors at Dog Bark Park; we are our work and our work is us – it is who we are.

Adding Idaho to Alex and Luke's car

Luke’s VW  is looking pretty good for all the miles travelled since March.  It is decorated with decals from many of the places visited. Soon the entire surface of the car will be covered! Fortunately a spot was found to display our Dog Bark Park bumper sticker.

Dennis & I think we have the best occupation possible because not only are we doing the artistic types of things we love but also because through our gallery gift shop and unique little bed & breakfast we get to meet such interesting people from all over the country and world.   Remarkable sums it up.  And may the Alex and Luke’s of the world please keep on barkin’!  The world needs you.