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With assistance from TripAdvisor, we’ve put together this short slideshow with music that gives a taste of Dog Bark Park.  Most of the items we’ve added to our outdoor art garden are included. Enjoy the visit. And let us know your reactions.

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Rhubarb Season & Rhubarb Recipes

It’s rhubarb season in Idaho!  And that means next year this time we’ll be cutting our first harvest from a new planting of rhubarb that grows near the front paws of the big beagle.  

Rhubarb grows below the big dog's front feet

Rhubarb is rather like zucchini – people seem to either really like it or they stay far away from these foods.  I happen to be fans of both.  Spring just doesn’t seem right without having fresh rhubarb sauce.  And summer could not exist without regular servings of sauteed baby zucchini for dinner.

Rhubarb Brown Sugar Muffins

Since Rhubarb Brown Sugar Muffins are a breakfast specialty I bake for our bed & breakfast guests, I raid neighbor’s rhubarb patches to gather in enough of the tangy fruit for a whole year’s supply.  Nothing goes to waste as all those big floppy rhubarb leaves make great green additions to our compost pile.  A quick wash of the stalks and then Dennis joins me in the kitchen as we chop & package the tart fruit for freezing.   Another evening or two later I have pies baked and delivered to my rhubard neighbors as thank you gifts.  It’s a spring ritual I would not wish to miss.

Basic Rhubarb Sauce

This is the sauce for rhubarb purists! 

4 cups washed & chopped rhubarb

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

2/3 – 1 cup sugar

pinch salt

Place all in a medium saucepan.  Bring to boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat & simmer for about 10 minutes until rhubarb is soft, stirring occasionally.  Serve warm or cold.  Good plain, over ice cream, with cereal and milk, or drizzle over pork or chicken cutlets during final minutes of cooking.

Rhubarb/Strawberry Sauce

This is a more elegant version with a milder rhubarb flavor.

4 cups washed & chopped rhubarb

1 cup washed & chopped strawberries

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

1 to 2 cups sugar

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 or 2 drops red food coloring.

Cook exactly the same as Basic Rhubarb Sauce recipe.  Let cool and enjoy!

Life couldn’t be better if there’s some rhubarb in it!!

Big dog travels to pages of Playboy Mexico

We didn’t quite know what to expect when the editors of Playboy Mexico Magazine contacted us a few months ago seeking images for an article in their architecture section of the magazine.

Sweet Willy looking proud

The finished article with photos turned out so nice.  Click on the link above or here to view.

It’s always fun to see where Sweet Willy will appear next!

Bookings are coming in at a faster pace than previous years.  June is now completely booked!  Still have dates in July, Aug and beyond.

Fun exposure in Kids Magazine

Several families of children who read National Geographic Kids Magazine will be visiting this summer.  We’re always delighted when the story of Idaho’s big dog makes press that encourages youth to read. 

This is just one of the most recent appearances Sweet Willy has made.    Click here to see the short article and accompanying photo.  That’s Dennis at the giant fire hydrant!

Information about the big dog has appeared on standard achievement reading comprehension tests given to American school children in several states.  And often Sweet Willy’s (that’s the big dog’s pet name!) photo and description are included in tuturial magazines aimed at teaching English as a second language to youth in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other nationalities.

This is a level of appeal we never imagined for Sweet Willy.  Such fun!

Thoughts on an Idaho Summer

What’s great about Summer in Idaho?   Abundant sunshine.  Blue skies.  The slow turn of prairie & canyon lands from green to amber.  Short mosquito season.  Warm breezes, open windows.  Visitors arriving from all over.  Fresh local fruits & vegetables.  Hanging laundry outdoors in the fragant dry air.  A full palette of outdoor activity options.  Catching the stillness of the very moment when the summer sun sets.  These are just a few reasons to celebrate summer in Idaho!

Enjoy summer with us through this sampling of images.  Better yet; come visit & experience Idaho yourself!

Flag Face

Flag Face

Sprocket, our golden retriever pup, walks with us every morning to put out this flag.  When younger than his now rather grown-up age of six months, he used to bark at the face .  This photo was taken shortly before the 4th of July.

Bicycle Boy Rodney

Bicycle Boy RodneyMeet Rodney, our perpetual wooden biker kid! He rides out every morning to the grassy bank near the road. There, in his own innocent way, he reminds speedy drivers to slow down as they enter town. Then, at day's end he rests in our studio/giftshop until we arrive next day. Sage plant in bloom

 We were given a small sprig of sage a few years ago & now it has taken over the rock birdbath sharing space with it on a log pedestal.  Hummingbirds even found the lush blooms attractive this summer.  Visitors to Dog Bark Park are welcome to take a clipping  home for their gardens as a remembrance of Idaho.

 

August Rainbow over Dog Bark Park
August Rainbow over Dog Bark Park

And on a warm dusty dog day in late August, a special rainbow may just about take your breath away!  The magic of the moment.  It’s Idaho.

Reader’s Digest names Idaho’s beagle a Best of America

July '09 Reader's Digest

July '09 Reader's Digest

Sweet Willy, our pet name for Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast, was named Best Hotel for Dog Lovers in the July 2009 annual Best of America Reader’s Digest magazine.   

Find Sweet Willy’s picture and commentary on page 77 .  The Best of America article celebrates some of the people, places, and ideas that typify the strength,  spirit and goodness found in America. 

Since April when an editor from the Digest phoned to confirm facts about Dog Bark Park we have been eagerly awaiting word of the article’s publication.  Even before the magazine hit the national newstands last Wednesday we began receiving phone calls & e-mails from Digest subscribers.  One kind reader scanned the article & sent it to us a few days ago since copies hadn’t yet arrived at the newstand in our rural grocery store.  Thank you Joyce & Herb!

Best Hotel for Dog Lovers

Best Hotel for Dog Lovers

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!