Archive for December, 2011

Dec 27

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On the Friday nights after Thanksgiving Day, there is an annual tradition in Coeur d’Alene.  It’s the Holiday Parade followed by a the lighting ceremony and fireworks.  Thousands come and line Sherman Ave to watch the holiday floats go by.

For several years now, the Coeur d’ Alene Dog Fanciers have been participating in the parade.  There were around forty CDADF members, family members, friends and students participating in the parade this year.  This included Barbara Campbell and her two Samoyeds,  a mother/daughter team.  Crystal is the mom, 11 years old and an AKC Champion.  Dazzle is the daughter, 5 years old, AKC Champion and Delta Therapy dog.  They pulled Barbara in a Sacco cart, and the sight of them on the parade route brought eruptions of applause and sounds of whistles from the observers.holiday-parade

Many of the dogs were literally “turned on” for the event; they were decorated with costumes that were adorned with Christmas lights.  Parents and their children proudly walked their pooches down the parade route.  Great Danes strolled next to Malamute pups, English Bulldogs next to Australian Shepherds.  Many breeds were represented, along with a few unique mixes.  Some of the members and their dogs strutted their stuff in a drill that they performed throughout the parade; dogs were sitting and heeling and zigzagging through the formation.

“Ohs” and “ahhs” and squeals of delight were heard over and over again as the Coeur d’ Alene Dog Fanciers marched by the parade-viewing crowds.  The CDADF group enjoys participating in the parade and plans on being back next year, making it an annual tradition for the club.

cda-dog-fanciers-paradeFor more information on the Coeur d’ Alene Dog Fanciers: http://www.cdadogfanciers.org

For more information about downtown Coeur d’ Alene: http://cdadowntown.com

Dec 15

house-4Written by Chris Shafer
“Going to the dogs” is a good thing in Cottonwood, Idaho where guests can sleep inside a giant beagle - the world’s largest beagle as a matter of fact.  How does this work?  Well, this particular beagle, Sweet Willy, is actually a lodging and the heart of the Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast, a unique place to get away from, you guessed it, the rat race.

So what is it like inside the big dog?  “Charming,” “whimsical,” “comfy,” are some of the words used by guests to describe the “inner” dog experience.  Delightful doggie details abound, such as a wooden bed board with twenty-six carved dogs and dog-shaped cookies left on guests’ pillows.  Then there is the cozy loft located in the head of the giant dog.  Now, there’s a one of a kind experience - sleeping in a dog’s head.  What child wouldn’t want those bragging rights?
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The Dog Bark Park Inn is located in North Central Idaho where prairie views are beautiful and spacious; starry night skies are breathtaking.  There’s plenty to do nearby: jet boat tours (Hell’s Canyon), white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.  A wolf center is close by and the area has one of the few remaining drive-in theaters.

If guests are interested in breeds other than beagle, all they have to do is take a look in the  gift shop.  Chainsaw artists and innkeepers, Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin
create folk-art style wooden carvings of 60 different breeds.  Custom artwork from photos can be created as well (for those distinctive dogs of mixed-breed persuasion).  There is an online gift shop too.house-31

So for an unforgettable stay, head to Cottonwood, Idaho where the prairie is wide and the dogs are tall.  Go to www.dogbarkparkinn.com or call 208-962-3647 for more information about this incomparable lodging experience.

Pet Policy - Responsible dogs who arrive with their well-behaved humans are welcome to stay. Cats, too.  $10 additional per pet does apply & advance reservations for all are necessary.

The B&B lodging is open from April Fool’s Day through Halloween.  So now is the time to make reservations for next year.  The grounds (photos with Sweet Willy) are open year-round, which include the gift shop and carving studio.

Dec 02

Written by Holly Wuest
Dog Trainer with the Coeur d’Alene Dog Fanciers

kids-dogs-5When asked who your best friends were growing up, many people would recall their dog being a nearly constant companion.  There is no one like our furry friend to cheer us up on a bad day, embark on an exciting adventure, or curl up with us for a good night’s sleep.  Kids and their pooches have always had a close bond; so why not build on it?

Coeur d’Alene Dog Fanciers is a non-profit AKC group dedicated to the education of the community on responsible dog ownership and the numerous activities people can do with their dogs.  They realize that kids are our future and therefore need the opportunity to become responsible for the care and training of their canine friends.  This has led to the creation of the Kids and K-9 obedience class.
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This class gives kids ages 8 – 14 years old the chance to teach their dog basic obedience commands and tricks using positive reinforcement and games.  If you were to step into this class it would be common for you to observe kids and their dogs working together to complete an obstacle course involving basic rally signs, small jumps, and tunnels.  Kids are encouraged to keep training fun with use of positive body language, games and rewards.  Instruction also includes the discussion of what people need to do in order to be a responsible owner both when at home with their dogs and in public.  The SAFE program was created by members of the club and is utilized in this class.  It is also a program the club likes to share with local schools and the public at area events.
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The next set of classes will begin the week of January 9th.  Registration is Saturday, January 7th.  Both will be held at CDA Dog Fanciers Building located at 3267 W. Industrial Loop, Hayden, Idaho.  If you are interested in this class or others you can find more information at the club’s website: cdadogfanciers.org.

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