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. 

Mother’s Day idea – Give her a dog!

…a wooden dog that is!  We have over 100 small-size carvings in stock for immediate shipping.  Last day to order for Mother’s Day is May 1st.   Phone us,  208 962-3647,  to check availability of your preferred breed.

We have Labrador Retrievers

We have Labrador Retrievers

And we have Bassets

And we have Bassets

Springers, brown or black

Springers, brown or black


World’s Biggest Beagle Goes Orange for ASPCA

Along with the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Graceland and other prominent US landmarks and iconic buildings, the big beagle at Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood will light-up orange on April 7th for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Go Orange for Animals awareness campaign.  April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month and orange is the association’s signature color.

Go Orange for ASPCA

Go Orange for ASPCA


When a researcher from the ASPCA headquarters in New York invited Dog Bark Park to take part in the Go Orange campaign we jumped at the chance to participate.  What better building than Idaho’s famous dog to champion the work of the ASPCA while at the same time draw national attention to Idaho and Idahoans.

Beagles at dusk

Beagles at dusk




The ASPCA will hold several gala events in major US cities as well as pet parades, photo contests & pet education programs during April.   Go Orange for Animals television coverage is scheduled for April 13 on the Today Show, April 14 on the Martha Stewart Show, April 16 on the Home Shopping Network & again on the Martha Stewart Show during the week of April 20th.


The big beagle, located on US Hwy 95 just south of the north entrance to Cottonwood, will be lit in orange several hours each evening during April.  Finding orange theatrical gel & figuring how to secure it over outdoor floodlights was a bit of a challenge, but we’re set to be orange all month now.

Beagles Go Orange

Beagles Go Orange


For more information about the ASPCA & a complete list of Go Orange locations, visit






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.
Dog Bark Park Inn – Bed and Breakfast and World’s Biggest BeagleVisit our website:

For Reservations 208-962-3647

Where being in the dog-house is a GOOD thing!

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 ( ) 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. 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!