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Back At Best Friends Animal Society

Yes we are back at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah! After our first ever visit back in October, we had always planned to come back some day soon and recently found a real good excuse to come back just six months later. Debbie’s nephew Nick got married and he and his new bride live in San Antonio so we went down to attend the nuptials. Neither of us had ever been to San Antonio and found it to be a very cool city! We didn’t get to see a whole lot, but we did spent some time in the River Walk area, and did visit the Alamo while we were there. The revisited history of the Alamo was absolutely fascinating! Learning it as a kid quite possibly left something amiss. As an adult, I found it much more, lets say digestible. We had a great time and wish the newlyweds all the best in their new lives together!

So since we were all the way down in Texas, and Utah just happen to sit right in between there and home, well why not take a vacation and stop by Best Friends and spend another visit and do some more volunteering! So that is exactly what we did. We had to fly from San Antonio to Phoenix for a quick plane change and then head to Las Vegas where we would pick up our car and drive the 200 plus miles to Kanab. It should have been a no brainer, but due to a nasty front that had moved through the southwest, Las Vegas had high winds and planes were stopped from landing or taking off for about an hour, so we sat on our plane in Phoenix waiting for the go ahead. Luckily we got it, but the landing in Vegas was quite a bumpy and scary one! It didn’t end there, because we still had a harrowing drive to Kanab due to the gusty winds. Kanab and Freedonia actually lost power for a couple of hours but was restored by the time we showed up early this morning. After a few hours sleep we were up and ready to take care of some animals!

This trip we started with working with the horses. Last time we didn’t get to work with them. We really enjoyed it even though we did plenty of mucking the pastures. There’s something not too unpleasant about shoveling horse poop. It really doesn’t smell that bad!! We did allot of grooming too which it is the beginning of shedding season and the horses really seemed to enjoy it! The afternoon had us returning to Dogtown where we had spent allot of time on our last visit. There’s nothing like the fresh smell of Fabuloso when you walk into any of the dog houses! The first thing we wondered about was what happened to many of our dog friends we made on our last visit! It was very enlightening to find out that many of them had been adopted to good happy homes! Kirsten, our favorite dog, had been adopted, so had Ali, Tahiti, Garth, Densani (sp?), and a few others that names are fleeting but faces are not. While it would have been nice to see some of these smiling faces once again, the reality smacks us in the face that this is how it should be and we should be happy, not sad! Emotions conflicting, expectations met in respect, the fact reared it’s head that there were now new doggy faces that had replaced those that had left that needed love and attention. I might add that there were still some familiar mugs we still recognized that had still not met the exuberant fate of finding a happy home. So the battle still continues, albeit happy tales are being told.

One of the new faces we met at Dogtown today was Freddy, a very well behaved hound that had noting but love to show us unfamiliar humans he was dealing with despite the horrible past he lived with! He was left for dead in a taped up box on the side of a road as a small puppy. Someone finally got suspicious of the box sitting on the side of the road and went to check it out. Inside was found a very hungry, thirsty, and weak little dog! He was very lucky to be in wonderful hands and was nurtured back to health where he lived in a nursing home for awhile before finding himself at Best Friends. We met him here only eight days after his arrival, so he was a real newcomer. He is a wonderful dog with a very touching personality and a beautiful disposition that will hopefully land him in a forever home really soon. It is just unbelievable to find people out there that can do such terrible things to loyal and loving animals. They are really feeling, sentient beings that deserve far much better than this. Thank God for Best Friends, the people that work and care for the animals, and also the volunteers that come from around the world to love and spend time with these beautiful souls. We will have pictures coming soon and hopefully some interviews for some podcast shows coming on http://www.justjoepodcast.com. Also more stories of our visit will be written as I find the time! As you read these words, think about coming down for a visit to see what all this is about! You’ll never be the same again!!!!

Ralph — The Hen

Ralph came home drunk one night, slid into bed beside his sleeping wife, and fell into a deep slumber. He awoke before the Pearly Gates, where St. Peter said, ‘You died in your sleep, Ralph..’

Ralph was stunned.
‘I’m dead? No, I can’t be! I’ve got too much to live for. Send me back!’

St. Peter said, ‘I’m sorry, but there’s only one way you can go back, and that is as a chicken.’

Ralph was devastated, but begged St. Peter to send him to a farm near his home.. The next thing he knew, he was covered with feathers, clucking, and pecking the ground.

A rooster strolled past. ‘So, you’re the new hen, huh? How’s your first day here?’

‘Not bad,’ replied Ralph the hen, ‘but I have this strange feeling inside. Like I’m gonna explode!’

‘You’re ovulating,’ explained the rooster. ‘Don ‘t tell me you’ve never laid an egg before?’

‘Never,’ said Ralph.

‘Well, just relax and let it happen,’ says the rooster. ‘It’s no big deal.’

Ralph did, and a few uncomfortable seconds later, out popped an egg! Ralph was overcome with emotion as he experienced motherhood. He soon laid another egg — his joy was overwhelming.

As he was about to lay his third egg, he felt a smack on the back of his head, and heard his wife yell…..’Ralph! Wake up! You shit the bed!’

Anniversary At Alderbrook Resort

Another year has passed and it seems I was just writing about our 15th anniversary trip to Tamarack in Idaho! Well here we are again in anniversary number 16! It is hard to believe this last year has gone by so fast! This year it was Debbie’s turn to plan the trip. You might or might now by now how we work our anniversaries, but I’ll explain again. Every year we take turns on handling the anniversary extravaganza! One plans the surprise trip, usually locally for a long weekend type of thing, and the other buys the gift! Both, of course, are surprises to the other! Now last year was kind of a milestone, being year 15 and all, so the trip was planned together! This year it was Debbie’s turn for the trip and she planned a get away to the Alderbrook Resort and Spa on the shores of Hood Canal. It was beautiful and neither of us had ever been there even though it was only a two hour drive from Snoqualmie! Here is a little history about the resort.

It’s 1913. The Alderbrook is open for business. Even then it’s a resort destination, unique to the Pacific Northwest. No roads exist so visitors arrive by boat. 12 years later, the business is sold to Clara Eastwood and Eloise Flagg, known affectionately as the “Alderbrook Girls”. The accommodations? Think tent frames with orange and black striped canvas sides. Wood stoves. A place where guests put their butter and milk into the creek to keep them cold.

After World War II, the Alderbrook Girls sold the resort to the Schafer Logging and Lumber Company. 21 new cottages were built. For the next fifty plus years, Alderbrook changed hands a few times, including a brief stint as a Christian conference center. In 2001 it was bought by North Forty Lodging.

The Alderbrook Girls would be amazed by the resort today. Virtually everything on site has been redesigned and rebuilt. The cottages and lodge have been remodeled. Beautifully re-furbished, the indoor canal-front swimming pool and whirlpool provide visitors with endless enjoyment. Gorgeous landscaping design includes a revitalized stream for salmon habitat, with resting pools that run throughout the property.

Luxury aside, Alderbrook Resort & Spa continues to personify the Northwest. The smell of cedar lingers in the air while eagles soar overhead. Sitting on the shore, you can easily imagine someone pulling a milk bottle from the water, and almost savor the long sweet taste of ice-cold milk on a summer afternoon.

Now Alderbrook is known for it’s spa treatments, golf course, and luxurious pampering!! We had a wonderful time. We thought about hitting some balls up at the golf course, but the weather wasn’t cooperating most of the time. Even though it is early March right now, it is very cold, and is snowing outside here in Snoqualmie as I write this post! We did manage a hike at Twanoh State Park right up the road, and swam in the indoor pool, so we did manage some excercise while we were there! The only foopah in the whole trip was having to drive to Shelton to the “Evil Empire” (Wal Mart) to get Debbie a bathing suit because she forgot to pack one! Arrrrrggggghhhhhh! I hate Wal Mart!!!!!

We also enjoyed a nice hot stone massage at the spa and it was awesome. I had never had an actual professional spa massage before. Almost fifty years old too! It was a great time and now we plug along to year seventeen and it will be my turn! Visit our picture page to check out a few shots we did take.

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