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!

Dog Bark Park is a Staycation Destination

Staycations,  a vacation taken in your own community or region, are popular this year.  One thing about travel is certain;  Americans like to vacation.  We’ll give up other things in our family budget before giving up a few days or weeks away from home. 

This year many families are choosing staycations for economic reasons while others are taking staycations on purpose.

We’re wanting to explore around the corner from our own backyards.  We want to feel connected to our communities & understand again, or for the first time,  what makes where we live truly special.

Staycations save money, reduce stress by eliminating the complications of long-distance vacations, and they can be tremendous fun.  We can enjoy the adventure of discovering unknown places & experiences right around the corner from where we live.   Staycations include staying in a motel, campground or bed & breakfast just like a regular vacation.  Instead of spending hours driving or flying, the days can be spent exploring  the backroads, museums, shops, parks, etc your family has always said they’d like to do someday.  There’s time to try  new or different restaurants.  Time to watch the sun go down over a river, time to take in a play at that community theatre.  Time & budget to find the perfect staycation souvenir. 

Dog Bark Park was featured as a Staycation Destination last week on KLEW TV.    Here’s the short video clip.

We’d love to hear about your own staycation vacations. 

KLEW TV Staycation Destination

KLEW TV Staycation Destination

Bonus Gifts w/our Earth Day Special Promotion


News  Flash    Earth Day Celebration Package   (offer expires 5/31/09)


Receive bonus gifts with our Dog Bark Park Inn B&B Celebrate Our Earth reservation package.  We’ve partnered with the publishers of Organic Gardening Magazine and forty-nine other bed & breakfast inns to promote the benefits and pleasures of careful living on this one Earth of ours.  


Celebrate Our Earth package details:


Celebrate Our Earth at Dog Bark Park Inn B&B with deck-side views of prairie grain fields rimmed by majestic mountains. After dark, feast your eyes on a lush star garden overhead.

Celebrate Our Earth package includes these free Celebrate Earth’s Harvests gifts:

            . One-year subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine (6 issues).

            . A large luscious silky bar of locally crafted Sleeping Bear soap.

            . 3 cups of our healthful Prairie’s Best Fruited Granola in a

              decorative glass cereal bowl.

            . One-dozen freshly baked Rhubarb Buttermilk muffins.


To qualify for this package:  Book a date between now & May 31, 2009 to stay at Dog Bark Park Inn B&B anytime during our 2009 season.  Be sure to mention this Earth Day Special. 


For reservations or additional information:

Please phone us 208 962-3647.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Early Summer is Spectacular

Early Summer is Spectacular








Dutch Oven Cooking Class – Sat. 4/25/09

Yummy, stay at Dog Bark Park & take a popular Dutch Oven cooking class.  One class only on Sat. April 25th.  Don’t miss it & don’t miss out to stay at Idaho’s famous big dog.  Our breakfasts include homebaked yeast coffee breads, fruit muffins, & our signature Prairie’s Best Fruited Granola.  Phone for reservations & more info.  208 962-3647. 

Dutch Oven Cooking – Sat. 4/25/09
During this hands-on class, learn the basics of Dutch Oven cooking, from buying and seasoning the ovens through cooking. Bread, a main dish, and a dessert will be prepared, with lunch to follow for participants.

Location: Grangeville Private Residence (TBA)
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm…………….Class fee including materials & lunch: $35
Instructors: Rob & Sue Lundgren have 10+ years experience and first learned from Butch Welch. They enjoy adapting recipes for Dutch Oven cooking and are returning LCSC instructors.

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