The January issue of Dog Fancy has a wonderful article on dog sanctuaries and features the ranch along with two others -- ARF House in Texas and Best Friends in Utah. The January issue began arriving in mailboxes for subscribers the week before last, but is now finally out on newsstands. The article is titled, "All Dogs Welcome: Inside Sanctuaries That Give Dogs Hope."
When I first saw this issue at our vet clinic and opened it up, my initial reaction was that the article turned out to be only about the ranch -- all the photos on the first two pages were ours! This is what those pages look like:
Clockwise from upper left, that's us with Patti, then Penny, Emmy Lou rolling, Widget (of course!) and Dusty.
Here's the next set of pages, with Soba and Noodle, Creighton, and us with Daisy on the opposite page (the smaller inset photos in the middle are from ARF House):
And finally, the third set of pages, with Spinner, Briggs rolling, another ARF House dog, Kenai with the ball, Briggs again, and on the facing page, an ARF House dog at the top and Emmy Lou again at the bottom:
Apparently, Best Friends never sent them any photos to use with the article.
(If you click on the images they will open in a larger, pop-up window. You may have to close the window before opening the next one.)
We were delighted to see Dog Fancy do a story on sanctuaries, and especially to give our disabled animals such prominent coverage. The quote under the photo of Soba and Noodle is from my interview with the writer, and it says:
"We don't think of these animals as disabled ... they do all the things that healthy animals will do, and there's not one of them that gets up not wanting a happy day. They love every day they get."