2014, of course brought us many fun days with all the canine visitors to Rover’s Ranch and with our own dogs, as well. We even joined with our sheep farming neighbors and a talented sheep herding instructor to host a fun-filled couple days of herding lessons.
2014 also was a year of challenges for all of us in the Methow Valley. The year delivered a winter that skimped on the snow followed by a dry, hot summer which culminated in the state’s largest wildfire, a nine-day long power outage, and flooding and mud slides. Through all of this, there was one common denominator that made 2014 a year worth remembering with smiles on our faces: namely, a cohesive and caring community, including our wonderful neighbors, all of the amazing people in the valley who pulled together to fight the fires and help others, and all our wonderful customers - both the dogs and their owners!!!
We are so grateful for each and every one of you. We are grateful that we live in a community where individuals can and do make a difference in other people’s lives on a daily basis. And, especially now, with the powdery snow and brilliant sunshine brightening our valley, we are so very grateful to live in this beautiful and wild place!
In the dog boarding business we are grateful for the dogs that are playful and love to romp with all the other dogs. Some dogs just have a knack for lightening the mood and getting all the dogs playing! We call these dogs our “party dogs” because no matter where they are or regardless with whom they are playing, these dogs simply have a fantastic time. The day we evacuated in the face of the Rising Eagle fire, we had one dog in particular - a huge one year old mutt of sheep guard dog origins-- Skookum -- who completely dissolved any anxiety the other dogs (or we) were experiencing. What a joy it has been to get to know and interact with this dog and with every single dog who comes through our doors. Each dog has his or her own story and personality. It is a thrill to get to know them all.
Pictured below are two of our party dogs, Kiva and Jax.
Wishing all of you the happiest of years in 2015. Patrick and Kathryn