We’ve got Wi-Fi !

For sure this would be old news for most nowadays, wouldn’t it?!

For the 14 years Dog Bark Park Inn B&B has existed our guests have enjoyed the absence of electronics that can distract from a truly relaxing stay.  And today’s visitors will still not find a television, phone or other media devices inside the big dog.  However, Wi-Fi connectivity is now available.  We simply felt it was time to modernize just this little bit.  Thought we’d share this tiny, but perhaps, important news.


Last minute opening & cool activities this weekend

Need a last minute weekend getaway idea?  We have an opening in the big dog for this Friday, June 12th.  (all other weekends in June are booked) Bring your family, your partner, your friend, or just yourself.  Scrumptious breakfast awaits your morning with our home-baked granola, yeast-dough coffeebreads, fresh fruits & much more.  And you can eat breakfast whenever you wish since it’s all there in the dog at time of check-in.  Light evening snack foods also provided.

Combine your stay at Dog Bark Park with these activities, or others:

Idaho Free Fishing Day- Sat June 13

Winchester Lake State Park Fishing Derby – Sat. June 13

Winchester Lake at Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake at Winchester Lake State Park

Farmer’s Market – Sat. June 13, Grangeville

Sunset AutoVue Drive-Inn Theatre – Fri, Sat, Sunday – Grangeville.  PG or PG 13 double feature.

Historic Blue Fox Theatre – downtown Grangeville, showing this weekend is Star Trek,The Future Begins.

Authentic Idaho steaks at Ernie’s Steakhouse – Grangeville

Historical Museum at St. Gertrude’s Monastery – Cottonwood.   Tour the stunning Monastery grounds & chapel.   

Monastery Towers overlook Prairie

Monastery Towers overlook Prairie


These are just a few ideas.  We have more suggestions!  Or just come to enjoy a special night in the one and only Beagle house!

June sunset at Dog Bark Park

June sunset at Dog Bark Park


Give us a call to reserve June 12th, or another night.  (208) 962-3647.

Our iris, sage and yarrow are currently in bloom.  June is our prettiest month on the prairie!


Spring-time near Cottonwood, Idaho

Camas Prairie Idaho in spring

Camas Prairie Idaho in spring

Yesterday was the perfect Spring evening as Dennis & I drove home to Grangeville from a long day at Dog Bark Park.   Midway through our 15 mile commute is a stretch of old apple trees growing along what is now a vacated railroad line. 

I’ve always admired these hardy scraggly trees & have picked their small fruit on occassion.  It is my hunch that the trees were probably accidentally established long ago by railroad workers or passengers discarding the cores of apples brought with them on the train.  And it is also my hunch that some of these trees have survived these many years simply because the adjoining land has not been altered for just as many years. 

And it is my hope the trees will live out their natural lives for many many more decades to come.  I enjoy thinking about the lives of those early day train travelers between Grangeville & Lewiston Idaho.  The trip took most of a day, while now by car the same distance can be travelled in just over an hour!  Much of the today’s scenery is the same as when the passenger train ran, with large grain fields rimmed by forested mountains & miles without seeing many or any houses. 

Sunset looking towards Grangeville, Idaho

Sunset looking towards Grangeville, Idaho

The abandoned railbed, with tracks & ties removed between Grangeville & Cottonwood, makes a nice corridor for mountain biking, ATV riding or walking.  During harvest season (mid-August into Sept) some sections of the railbed are used by grain trucks hauling wheat or canola to the storage elevators at Fenn, Idaho.

Stay tuned for more tree photos & report next fall about the 2009 apple crop!

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 www.ASPCAApril.org.






Big Beagle B&B now open for 2009 Season

The big dog came out of winter hibernation this week to welcome our first guests of the season this Wednesday.  The couple from western Washington are taking a few days to relax away from school and work.  They have gone to the Wolf Education & Research Center in Winchester, Idaho and enjoyed a jetboat excursion into Hells Canyon and spending plenty of quiet quality time in the beagle. 

Other visitors arriving soon are coming to celebrate birthdays, take a weekend getaway,  honor an anniversary, and to attend a fun one-day class.    

We hope you will plan to visit soon

The beagles welcome you

The beagles welcome you

and we appreciate passing the word on to others about Idaho’s famous beagle.

Summer 2008 Newsletter


            Intro & Tidbits
            Walter Ambassador Pup – Update
            Come to the Dog for Summer/Fall FunZany & Sane Activity Ideas!
            Dog Bark Park Caps & Shirts – New!


Welcome, new friends, to our quarterly (more or less!) newsletter.  And hello again to all friends, visitors and wonderful Dog Bark Park customers.

We enjoy being in touch with you, whether it’s in person, on-line, telephone, or by mail.  We’ve finally graduated to high-speed Internet & with that we have a new address – frances@dogbarkparkinn.com.  Our original e-mail (dogbark@camasnet.com) expires July 1st.

Summer was slow to arrive this year.  Snowflakes fell on June 10th!  With lots of snow in the mountains yet to melt, our rivers will have plenty of water this summer.  If whitewater rafting is your passion, this is the year to try a leg or two, or all, of Idaho’s Whitewater Trail – www.IdahoWhitewaterTrail.com

Whitewater Rafting

Walter Rivers to raft, float, kayak, fish, swim or otherwise explore near Dog Bark Park include the Salmon, Snake, Clearwater, Lochsa & Selway.   Visit www.NorthCentralIdaho.info for more recreation info. 


Walter is now an energetic 9 month old.  Larger & more strong-willed than Luther, our previous golden, we’re enjoying his inquisitive and persistent nature.  He adores everyone and everything life presents.  He loves mud puddles, our bathtub, his wading pool (we call it the Hot Dog Pond) or any other water he can find.  Our new friends, the Hoblets from UK & NYC, introduced us to a wonderful grooming tool, the Furminator, which we use about daily in efforts to keep him tidy.


The big dog bed & breakfast has enjoyed many overnight guests so far this season.  We do have dates open in July, August, Sept and October.  Be in touch for availability.

Our rates are the same as last year – $92 double occupancy, which includes evening snacks, our plentiful breakfast selections, books, games, puzzles, and of course, the entire dog for your enjoyment!

Zany & Sane Activity Ideas

1. Take in a Drive-in Movie.  Any Fri, Sat or Sunday through mid-October.

It’s the Sunset Auto Vue in nearby Grangeville, Idaho.  One of a handful of
drive-ins remaining in the state.  The original 55-year old screen blew down this
winter in a windstorm and was rebuilt this spring.  We’re thrilled this
Americana tradition continues right here in rural Idaho!  Double feature PG or PG13 movies.

2. Jam’n in the Park.  Thursday nights in July (10,17,24,31) in City Park at nearby Craigmont, Idaho. Enjoy food, music & a summer’s evening on the prairie.  Bring your own musical instrument, or not, to join in a fun evening of all kinds of music.

3. Horseback Riding with a guide.  The 41 Ranch near Winchester, Idaho offers trail rides for all ages by the hour or day.  Miles of scenic trails of open and wooded terrain. Advance arrangements necessary.  A guest favorite!

Lentil Mascot4. There is such as thing as a Free Lunch!  At Craigmont’s St. Paul Lutheran Church.  July 31, August 28, Sept 25.  11:30-1:00.    While there, also visit the Ilo-Volmer Historical Society Museum located adjacent to City Park.  Interesting!        

5. National Lentil Festival, 20th Annual.  Pullman, WA.  August 23, 2008.  This is where all things lentil happen!  Lentil Pancake Breakfast, Lentil Parade, Lentil Cook-Off, Lentil Lane food court, Tour de Lentil 100k bike ride, Boards & Blades skate park competition, kids activities,
3 on 3 basketball, music, etc.  www.lentilfest.com

Winchester Lake Fishing6. Fishing Derby.  This annual derby on Sept 8th at beautiful Winchester Lake State Park is fun for all ages.  Located an easy 26 mile drive from Dog Bark Park, the small lake is open for fishing from shore and non-motorized water craft.

7. Combine Demolition Derby.  Yes, that’s right! Old combines elaborately decorated lumber about in an outdoor arena smashing into each other.  Last one running wins!  The action is close, dusty or muddy depending on the weather, and always an entertaining sight to behold.   Sponsored by the Nezperce, Idaho Lions Club.   A family fun event. Sept.  28, at the Lewis County Fairgrounds, Nezperce, Idaho.


Hats and CapsMany of you have asked for Dog Bark Park caps & they’re now here!  Two colors – taupe cotton twill w/green bill or taupe cotton twill w/ grey bill.  Adjustable metal back clasp.  One size fits all.   $15 includes shipping in US.


Green ShirtWe’ve also brought back our embroidered Dog Bark Park t-shirts.
Cotton Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve in Sage Green or Dusty Blue.  (Colors coordinate nicely with our caps.)  In Adult: S-M-L-XL.
Long Sleeve – $31, includes shipping in US
Short Sleeve – $29, includes shipping in US

These items are not in our website gift shop store.  To order please phone, mail, e-mail or send a PayPal order to frances@dogbarkparkinn.com.  Be sure to include a note with item desired and your postal address.  We can send to a gift recipient and include a gift card with your message.  Just let us know.

Have a wonderful summer!  We’ll be in touch again soon.  There’s always more news to share – even fish stories!