Our Availability Calendar for the 2022 season is now viewable by clicking on the prompt at the top page of our website. We’ll begin taking reservations on a 1st come 1st reserve basis starting 8 am Pacific Time on January 10, 2022. Things to know: a 2-night stay is required. 50% deposits will be drawn in April with balance due at time of arrival. Reservations can be made by phone or email. Thank you, and Happy New Year!
Every year on the 1st of November we say good-bye to our last guests of the season leaving Sweet Willy to his own thoughts & company for the winter. We turn off the heat, lights, & drain the water lines putting Sweet Willy into hibernation until spring.
So what do we do at Dog Bark Park in the five months before our next guests begin to arrive in April? Here’s a partial list:
1. Focus 100% of our time on making & fulfilling wooden dog carvings for the rush of holiday orders.
2. Final fall yard & outside work. We try to do this on some of those last beautiful fall days which are so difficult to anticipate. Typically the last tasks are done in the wind, rain or snow!
3. Deep cleaning Sweet Willy’s interior to get him spruced up for next season’s guests. I discovered an environmentally friendly cleaning recipe that actually works wonders on restoring fiberglass tubs & showers to original luster while also removing hard water stains & soap scum. It’s easy on the hands, too. It uses lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and dish soap. I use a lighter version of this recipe for everyday all surface cleaning as well. Happy to share the recipe with you.
Tub/Shower Cleaner (also removes hard water stains)
- Fill half spray bottle with white vinegar
- Add ¼ cup lemon juice
- Add ¼ cup baking soda (optional, helpful on heavy scum)
- Fill most of the rest of the bottle with dish soap (any variety)
- Shake to mix.
- Spray on liberally. Let stand 30 minutes.
- Scrub away grime. Rinse and dry.
4. Rest, read, review, and ready for the new season. After the holidays are over we operate on a more relaxed schedule in the carving studio, sometimes working on experimental pieces and other times building inventory of dog carvings for the busy summer season ahead. Other days we enjoy time away to travel, daydream or play & work in the kitchen or in the snow. Sure was an abundance of snow here this winter. It began in December and lasted until two weeks ago.
By late March we finish clearing our giant office desk of backlogged administrative and planning tasks to be ready for the next season’s pile-ups when people become far more important to us than paper.
Working in the arts is a satisfying outlet for our self-expression. We endeavor to exercise that creativity in everything we do at Dog Bark Park.
Until January we had not even a thought we would had any connection here in Idaho with the Czech Republic. Other than our son visited Prague last year for a vacation. We’re accustomed to receiving media inquiries about Dog Bark Park & that is what happened a few months ago when the editor of Dogs Magazin contacted us for information & images to include in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
With the central cover photo being a Beagle we knew why Sweet Willy, our big beagle bed & breakfast would be included! An article with 6 photos of Dog Bark Park are on pages 96 & 97. And that’s our connection to the Czech Republic. It is a small world afterall. It will seem even smaller if anyone from the Czech Republic comes to visit!
This was our view from our office this afternoon – a beautiful snowflake patterned frosted window. Jack Frost nipping for certain with afternoon temperatures barely above zero and now tonight at zero or maybe less.
Outlook for tomorrow includes warmer temps than the last few days with more snow probable. A lovely start to the holiday season. Many of Idaho’s ski areas are now open or opening this weekend.
At Dog Bark Park the big dog is now closed for the winter & will re-open for overnight visitors next April. Meanwhile holiday orders for our chainsaw carved wooden canines are keeping us plenty busy in the studio where the wood stove has been working overtime buring our scrap wood keeping us warm & happy these extra-cold days.
We enjoyed making these two custom dogs (Akita & Beagle )that mailed out to the new families this week. Customers usually send photos of their dogs for us to use as guides in painting the carving to look like their special pet. And if photos aren’t available we often can work from descriptions of the dog’s markings.
Aren’t these guys cute?