Brr! Winter has arrived along with Holidog orders.

Snowy beagles

Wintery Idaho

What a surprise to wake up to a scene like this yesterday! Fortunately, our last guests for the 2009 season saw better weather than this a couple of weeks ago.
The big beagle is now hibernating & will awaken to greet overnight visitors in April.

Using wood scrap for heat, we’re warm & busy in our carving studio making holidogs for holiday orders.  A dozen airedales will be shipping to Florida next week. 

Ponderosa Pine Airedales

Chainsaw Carved Airedales

Beagles are going to the United Kingdom, Arizona, New York and who knows where else!  Saint Bernards,

Brass license tag & neckerchief included w/each carving

Handpainted Saint Bernard

Newfies, Labradors & Golden Retrievers will also be holiday gifts for dog lover’s in other locations.  And more orders keep arriving.

There’s still plenty of time to select that special dog for the holidays; small carvings take less than two weeks for us to create.  We have many different dog breeds completed & ready for immediate shipping.  Feel free to phone us for availability.

DogBarkPark studio carvings

Sampling of Dog Carvings

Left to right & top to bottom: scottie, westie, 2 springers, yellow lab, boston terrier, howling beagle, sheltie, chocolate lab, springer, sitting westie, begging scottie, german shephered, black lab, pug, schnauzer, jack russell, cocker spaniel, beagle, siberian husky, boxer, akita, rottweiler, boxer, dalmatian, schnauzer, boston terrier, sniffing beagle, labrador, standing beagle.  Many more breeds are available.  Visit our web gallery for photos and a complete listing of breeds.
We’re happy to send a carving directly to your gift recipient.  Gift certificates are another option for that special someone. 

Spring 2008 Newsletter

New Puppy WalterStay & LearnUno the Beagle

Recipe

Tidbits

walterWalter

Last fall we sadly reported our golden retriever Luther had died. We now have Walter, our new ambassador-in-training golden puppy. He’s quickly learning ambassador duties and eagerly welcomes your visits. Walter has enjoyed romping in the deep snows this winter and equally loves to rest near the studio woodstove.

 

Stay and Learn Spring Weekend Packages

We’ve teamed with Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) to offer four Stay and Learn excursions. Stay one or more nights at our famous big dog & take a one-day personal enrichment class offered by LCSC community programs instructors. Check your calendar and then treat yourself to one of these weekend getaways of discovery, relaxation & enrichment. Class sizes are limited – book early!

Package 1Illuminate Your Life – A Candle Making Primer …………………………. Sat. 4/5/08

Candles brighten any space & make wonderful gifts. In this hands-on class
you’ll be guided step-by-step in the process of blending & crafting a candle.
By the end of this enjoyable class, you will take home your own specially

scented, colored, and molded candle, along with a mold and extra wax.
No minors please.

Location: St. Gertrude’s Monastery – Cottonwood, 3 miles from Dog Bark Park

Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch provided) Class Fee including supplies $ 45

Package 2Dutch Oven Cooking ………………………………………………………………….. Sat. 4/19/08

During this hands-on class, learn the basics of Dutch Oven cooking, from buying
and seasoning the ovens, through cooking. Bread, a main dish, and a dessert will
be prepared, with lunch to follow for participants! Minors are welcome.

Location: Pioneer Park – Grangeville, 15 miles south of Dog Bark Park

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (includes lunch) Class Fee including supplies $ 35

SoapmakingPackage 3Heavenly Scent – A Soap Making Primer Sat. 5/24/08

Create beautiful cold-process soap the way Grandma made it. Use updated
methods & ingredients, learn safety tips and how to compose your soap. Learn
how to mix, stir, fragrance, mold, and trim the finished product. Bring a towel,
long sleeve shirt, wooden spoon, candy thermometer & rubber gloves.

No minors please.
Location: St. Gertrude’s Monastery – Cottonwood, 3 miles from Dog Bark Park

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch provided)

Class Fee including supplies $ 54

Package 4 Herbal Salves & Tonics ……………………………………………………………… Sat. 6/7/08

Local herbs can enhance your health and well-being. In this hands-on class
learn how you can benefit from their use in a setting where herbs & fruits of
the earth are revered and honored for their gifts to us. Students will make their

own salves and taste tonics. Field trip if weather allows. Minors are welcome.

Location: St. Gertrude’s Monastery – Cottonwood, 3 miles from Dog Bark Park

Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (lunch provided) Class Fee including supplies $ 35

Reserve early – class sizes are limited. For booking or more information: phone Dog Bark Park, 208 962-3647 or e-mail us at dogbark@camasnet.com. Regular rates at Dog Bark Park apply, www.dogbarkparkinn.com/lodging.htm. We hope to hear from you soon! The dog, and enjoyable learning, await your discovery.

Uno

Uno the Beagle

Sweet Willy (that’s the pet name of the bed & breakfast beagle at Dog Bark Park) is proud to welcome another beagle to join him in worldwide fame. In February, Uno won the Best of Show at the annual Westminster Kennel Club AKC Dog Show in New York City. Sweet WillyHe made history by being the first beagle in the 132-year history of the prestigious show to win the top prize.

Sweet Willy has also enjoyed more fame – having been on AOL.com in November & featured in an award-winning documentary that recently aired on London’s Avalon TV. He’s been included in numerous travel publications & books, often making the cover shot; guess he’s just a pretty boy – or pretty unusual!

Recipe

Some of you will remember the Dog Bark Park Recipe Contest held almost two years ago. Here’s another winning recipe, filling & warm from Tanny of Deary, Idaho. Because it uses lentils (they are grown on the Palouse Prairie not far from Dog Bark Park) she calls this recipe Lentili rather than Chili.

SpoonLENTILI3 cups water or chicken broth2 cups dried lentils

½ cup sliced/diced celery

1 cup sliced/diced carrots

1 medium-size can diced tomatoes

½ tsp powdered chicken bullion (or 2 cubes)

½ tsp black pepper

¼ cup chopped jalapeno pepper, optional (adds heat)

¼ cup white wine, optional

Put all in a big pot. After bringing to a boil turn down to simmer, cooking until lentils are soft (about 1 hour). Stir occasionally. Serve with crispy bread & a salad. Sipping a little more white wine or ginger ale with your Lentili is good too!

Tidbits

Recent Bark news:

Our UK friends may have seen us on More 4 TV airing of the award-winningAmerica Unchained documentary film. The film chronicles one man’s car
trip from coast to coast to see whether it is still possible to patronize only
independently owned gas stations, restaurants, motels & one beagle inn!

For more information visit www.DaveGorman.com. Hopefully the film will
soon show in America. A book by the same title releases in April.

A best-worst media occurrence hit in late November. Without any advance
notice an article about Dog Bark Park appeared on a front page of AOL.com.
A blizzard of holiday orders came in & miraculously we managed to get all
promised carvings off on time!

Tails are also wagging around here since the big dog is included in a coffee table book, Extreme Hotels, published in a tri-lingual edition by Tectum Publishers
of Belgium. The book is a journey to some of the world’s most unusual hotels and bed & breakfast inns.

Let us know if you run across news articles of Dog Bark Park. We’re keeping a giant scrap book!

The big dog opens for guests in April. We welcome your visit. Walter will be ready to greet you with tail wags! Enjoy the last days of winter as it transitions to spring.