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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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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! 

More about Alex and Luke’s Visit

Alex and Luke, an energetic couple with a car & computer, are travelling across North America to visit every state, province & territory.  Their itinerary is guided by the suggestions received from followers of Alex and Luke social media exchanges.

Alex and Luke adding Idaho to their map of states visited

It was suggested that Alex and Luke visit Dog Bark Park while in Idaho last week. 

Every Monday evening the couple upload a video reporting of their experiences for the week.  Today’s was Episode 19 which includes Idaho.
And a few days ago they issued an original song with a short video clip of Idaho’s World’s Biggest Beagle.

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!

Spring 2010 Newsletter

In this newsletter:


This is our 1st newsletter for 2010 – our lucky 13th year! Thank you for your business and referrals that have been key to our longevity. Our kennel of friends would not continue to grow without you.

We never tire of carving the wooden dogs that have been the mainstay of our business for longer than the 13 years we’ve been at Dog Bark Park. Nor do we weary of meeting visitors and guests to the big dog that has brought us a bit of world-wide fame – Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast.

About the Big Dog & Pricing

Apple Sauce MuffinsSweet Willy welcomes his first 2010 overnight guests in early April. Hard to believe this is the big dog’s 8th season!

Reservations are coming in at a good pace. Happily, more people stay every year. So far this year our bookings include several international visitors, some interesting small groups, and families from across the country.

Unlike the price of gas or cost for a bag of dog food, our rates will not change for the 4th year running. Be assured our amenities remain the same; our fresh and home-prepared breakfast & snack selections are as plentiful as ever. Only things we have cut are the dog’s toe nails & our hair!

Gift ShopSpring Activities

 With Spring arriving early this year, we’re busily sprucing things up both indoors and out. A new patio floor for the giftshop entry is underway. We’ve re-painted and re-arranged the giftshop/office, adding some new products as well, like the cutest artisan-crafted glycerin bath soaps decoratively embedded with dog portraits! In the big beagle, Sweet Willy has received a thorough grooming with some new touches added as well.

Video Tour

Please join us for a 3-minute visit complements of the Purina Company. Last November, a videographer on assignment for Purina visited with us on the snowest day of winter. To view the video click here. Nearly 48,000 people have viewed it already, making it one of Purina’s most successful video clips.

Great Idaho Getaway

Ever wondered what Idaho looks like? Or what there is to do in Idaho? Here’s an entertaining 30-minute mini-movie of a family’s vacation through Idaho. And guess who’s included? – the big beagle, of course! To see the movie go to www.greatidahogetaway.org

A 30-member film entourage and the family descended on Dog Bark Park in two motor homes for part of a day last June. The weather was perfect Idaho gorgeous and the cameras rolled while the adventurous family looked about & visited. This day was another example of the job benefits Dennis & I are grateful to enjoy – meeting new people and Coffee Pot at Sunsetthe new experiences that result.

New Outdoor Art

Last October’s newsletter included pictures of the giant Corning Ware-like coffee pot that we built in early 2009. Late last summer Dennis finished his second giant pop art installation for the year – oversized Alphabet Blocks!

They, like the coffeepot, are modeled after objects of yesteryear, in this case painted wooden alphabet blocks with raised letters and borders. These are a bit Close-up Concrete Blocksdifficult to stack or re-arrange since they’re made of concrete and each letter is 4-ft square!

Construction-wise, the blocks were a more challenging endeavor than building the giant coffeepot. Fashioning the wood forms needed for pouring the concrete so that the letters and borders protruded beyond the flat background surfaces of the concrete blocks was not quick or easy work. Additionally, it was no small feat to wrestle & secure the heavy bulky forms into position without having them tip over as the optical illusion suggests.

Oversize Alphabet Blocks

We’re not sure what big outdoor sculpture might be next. So far, we’re focused on preparing for the new concrete patio entryway – an on the ground rather routine project! No doubt, once that’s done we’ll be scratching the ground for another “fun” art project.

Customer Photos

These snapshots are from Dog Bark Park visitors and customers.We invite you to e-mail your favorite digital memories of a visit to Dog Bark Park or of your dog with its wooden companion. Be sure to include a little background info as well & we’ll post your pictures in a future newsletter.

  English residents - the Beagle Trio Maddie the Beagle Twins
Dylan dogs living in the United Kingdom Maddie's human parents - the Topps

Creating a Dog – the Process in Pictures

This series of photos illustrates the transformation of Idaho pine into a wooden dog. Apollo, a custom order was made to approximate the real dog by the same name.

We attempted to highlight the unique features of the furry Apollo that will best make our carved rendition recognizable.

We emphasized Apollo’s black eye patch, his alert ears and the overall mottled appearance of his coat.

Rounding Apollos Back

The dog begins to emerge

The dog begins to emerge

Rounding Apollos back

Working on Apollos back

Working on Apollos back

Giving Apollo a hip

Giving Apollo a hip

Apollo gets his first coat of paint.

The completed Apollo

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