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! 

New approach to the New Year

What happens to all those good intentions made as New Year Resolutions?  So often, plans to shed some weight, rid the clutter, walk the dog more, clean out closets, etc simply dissipate as the New Year no longer feels so new anymore.  Before we know it we’re back in the same rut we thought would soon be history.

Well, at Dog Bark Park, Dennis & I have declared 2010 to be the year our good intentions happen.  Wisdom says we most likely won’t complete every goal. To-do lists are always longer than time or energy available.  This year we plan to not fret about that fact.

Instead, we’re selecting the most pressing, or most appealing projects, and starting on them right away.  We no longer will wait for that big chunk of time to throw ourselves into the task to get it done in one burst of activity.  Even if only 5 or 10 minutes at a time is all we have to clear a decade of clutter in the office we’re proceeding.  Slow but steady attention will get the job done!  And how good does that feel?! 

Here’s our progress so far:

Freshly painted and cleaned gallery/giftshop

1.  Last week we cleaned, repainted, & re-arranged one section of our studio giftshop at a time working a couple hours each day.

By Friday afternoon we had a sparkling shop and that wonderful feeling of accomplishment.  Bonus result was the job got done without utterly exhausting ourselves which would have happened had we attempted the entire re-do in one day. 

Fresh Snow Outside, Fresh Paint Inside

2.  Without a chunk of time lengthy enough to assist a family member who has a life altering disease and lives nearly an entire continent away from Idaho what can be done to help?  If time most days doesn’t allow for long phone conversations or writing lengthy letters it certainly doesn’t allow frequent trips to be there in person.
My 2010 solution has been to make frequent but brief phone calls. And to send several cheery postcards each week.  Bonuses are pretty obvious!
3.  How to get more exercise?  How to find the time to do more training with our energetic one-year old Dog Bark Park ambassador dog, Sprocket?  Solution again uses the slow & steady approach.  Walking Sprocket at least once a day working on his leash etiquette combines with working on my fitness goals at the same time.  Again, there’s rarely time for nice long walks.  I don’t care!  Some walking & training is better than none isn’t it?  Already we’re both making progress.
During another short clean-out session Sprocket even got involved.  He played his way to the trash can with a worn-out lawn chair as recorded in these silly images.

Headed to the Trash Bin

 

Sprocket Taking the Trash Out!

Stay tuned for more progress reports.  And send us your tips and experiences for making your resolutions reality!

Puppy Update

It has been quite awhile since we’ve written about Sprocket, our puppy ambassador at Dog Bark Park

Sprocket at 2 months

Sprocket at 2 months

He’s a cheerful Golden Retriever and thinks every visitor to Dog Bark Park  has come to see him!

Some of my playthings at the stuidio

Some of my playthings at the stuidio

And of course he is curious and playful towards everything.

 

 

In the driver's seat

In the driver's seat

Here’s Sprocket now at 3 months old loving to ride

Wet faced
Wet faced

 in the truck.  Shown here waiting for Dennis to return.

And here he is a few weeks later wet from playing at the outdoor faucet on a warm April day.
There is not a person or animal that Sprocket doesn’t instantly like.  He quite patiently sits behind the low gate between our gift shop and carving studio, hoping every vistor will deliver a pat on the head and perhaps a small treat for the hungry pup.
When we are running our chainsaws he sleeps in a narrow space behind a door where he can keep and eye & ear alert to the comings and goings of Dog Bark Park.    More photos soon…. he is now 5 months old & looking like a teenage canine for sure!

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

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Puppy update

Our young Dog Bark Park ambassador puppy, Sprocket, is growing into his position as greeter at our gift shop.  He has learned to wait behind a low wooden gate at the inner door for visitors to find him there waiting for pets & treats.  He’s now gaining several pounds each week making food a very important aspect of his life right now.  Sleep and play comprise the rest of his days.

My Dish is Empty

My Dish is Empty

All ambassadors must rest sometime

All ambassadors must rest sometime

Sweet side of Puppy Life

As much fun as puppies are when awake, there’s also something equally nice about puppies sleeping.  At home one of Sprocket’s favorite sleeping spots is behind the rocker on what used to be the cat’s nap cushion.

Sprocket is becoming adjusted to the schedule of days with us at Dog Bark Park accompanying us in the mornings as we open the shop, check the mailbox, bring in the day’s firewood, etc.  At the first sound of our electric studio chainsaws he’s ready for a nap and finds his cozy den near the woodstove while Dennis & I carve our famous wooden puppies.

Nap Time at Dog Bark Park

Nap Time at Dog Bark Park

Nap Time on the Cat's Bed.

Dog Bark Park has a new Puppy

After being without an ambassador dog at Dog Bark Park since last November we now have a new little fella,  Sprocket.  And his name well suits his personality!  He’s a Golden Retriever from southern Idaho and at 7 weeks old he has two speeds – full throttle or asleep!  We’ll be posting frequent updates about his training to be the official canine greeter at our studio

Meanwhile we’re enjoying a few hints of spring.  Only a few tiny shaded patches of snow remain.  A few brave early tulips  show their new green shoots.  Reservations are coming in nicely for the season that opens in April.

On the move

On the move