Howdy dog families,
Inez here, welcoming you to explore Moon Dog Lodge’s exceptional alternative day care and boarding service. Our guest ranch for dogs provides only the utmost safe social opportunities along with the highest degree of love. We embrace the individuality of each dog care taking their body, mind, and spirit. Moon Dog Lodge offers the nurturing atmosphere of home with awesome outdoor spaces. We keep our service small and intimate as we truly cherish the relationships we build with our extended four legged family members. With 20 years of professional pet care experience; you know you have found the right helping hands. Our service shows its level of responsibility by being licensed, insured, and bonded. Moon Dog Lodge’s educated attentive care, safety protocols, and unique care taking components set us far apart from other pet care providers. We simply have found a very special niche that defines our professional service and one of a kind program as an extraordinary dog care service that our Moon Dog families find extremely valuable. We are honored to care take these precious furry family members!
WE ARE 100% DEDICATED to our guest dogs, their families, and the service we provide. We take what we do seriously. All outings and care are managed and guided by our Moon Dog Lodge guardians who are educated dog lovers. Our human crew is trained through a specific program designed to educate guardians for our program in addition teaching valuable information about the dog world. Much thought and energy is given to our interviewing and training process of our guardians. We seek individuals that have developed a deep love and intuitive connection with animals through past experience. Moon Dog Lodge strives to give our guardians the tools and understanding they need to offer excellent leadership and ultimately build healthy relationships with our guest dogs. Moon Dog guardians are educated, invested, companionate, and loving guides and care takers. The dogs know this and this is a very large key factor to what makes Moon Dog Lodge an outstanding service.
Moon Dog Lodge is located in lovely Tumalo just 15 minutes north of Bend and 20 minutes from Redmond Airport. Cruz’n the great outdoors, inside homey Zen like spaces, and a simple down to Earth loving vibe are some descriptive words that capture the type of atmosphere we emanate and nurture. Our 20-acre property is a large part of our setting and we utilize the open space to the maximum. Our focused social off leash outdoor component literally opens up the doors for a dog to be a dog and release the natural energy, in a natural space, which is a natural part of the creatures we call dogs. Whether they are youngsters, mid years, or beloved elders, plenty of good clean air & sunshine along with H20 (clean circulating pond & ditches), running in rain drops and fabulous snow, snow, snow are all an important part of a dogs world here in Central Oregon. And of course, the awesome balance of good canine friends and healthy leadership from loving humans!
I am a Colorado girl at heart, born and raised in a small valley nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. My younger days were full of many wonderful outdoor adventures as I was blessed to grow up on my families 3200 acre working Guest Ranch. My Colorado home, Sylvan Dale Ranch, has been in our family for over 65 years raising grass fed free range beef, quarter horses, alfalfa, and bringing great joy to many people from all over the world with the fantastic world of guest ranching. I am very proud of my family and home as Sylvan Dale Ranch has always functioned with open arms embracing and celebrating the goodness of family, hard work and the natural environment. We have always been a head of the curve practicing responsible land and livestock management and protecting the lands for future generations by installing conservation easements on parts of our property to ensure future generations an opportunity to experience this small but precious gem on Earth, its one magical place! Check it out if you get the chance.
Needless to say my upbringing instilled an awe and respect for nature and all her creatures and of course, I’m sure you can imagine, DOGS were always a huge part of the landscape! 12 years ago my husband’s work as a wildlife biologist brought our little family of four humans, two cats, and two dogs to Bend, Oregon. We were thrilled! What a perfect place to raise our fabulous family. Our boys are very loving, handsome, talented individuals who are active guys with outstanding spirits! They are now grown and off on their own adventures. I am truly fortunate to have a family that supports my passion for animals and cherishes all the grand things in life…family, friends, the great outdoors and all its inhabitants, food, art, music, laughter and last but certainly not least, we love each other.
As life journeys on here in Oregon and I professionally purse Moon Dog Lodge, I am humbled to roam the beauty of this wonderful part of the planet with such extraordinary furry companions. Moving in the great outdoors at Moon Dog Lodge with a group of canines is an experience that heightens your senses to a degree that many have forgotten, and with great delight it gifts both humans and dogs a time to connect to a very intuitive way of being.
Dogs are profoundly aware creatures that demonstrate to each of us how to take the world in a loving embrace each and everyday. They share their amazing insight and wisdom through cool wet noses, wiggly bodies, thumping tails, slobbery sticks and balls, grunts, growls, and howls, heads to the ground in hot pursuit, furry faces out the window, glee in seeing an old buddy or finding a new one, sprints down the road, kisses, nuzzles, thoughtful quiet gazes, a spirit of youthful elation, flying over sagebrush and darting between ponderosa in the woods, peaceful snoozes, forgiving licks, excitable greetings at the front door, mournful expressions as you leave without them, dinner dances, and the list could go on and on…
Dogs are truly a precious part of our universe and are far more then exceptional best friends.
I am grateful to have the opportunities to expand my knowledge of canines by taking classes, chatting with educated dog folk and through a variety of literature. But what I find most fulfilling is the opportunity to observe these awesome beasts in a “dog community” environment. It is a glimpse into a world (I think) we humans secretly admire.
Always wishing you much love, inspiration, and discovery with a dog by your side.
- Born and raised on a working guest ranch gifted me with priceless background of animal knowledge, awareness, and understanding.
- 2 years caring for private horse ranches, dog sled teams, and rehabilitation work with a private rescue operation for abused and abandoned longhaired German Shepards in 1991 in Durango CO while pursuing a degree in illustration.
- 4 years owning and operating “TLC” an all-animal care house and ranch sitting service in Manhattan KS.
- 6 years in Bend Oregon owning and operating “STRUTT YOUR MUTT,” a professional (legal special use permit) trail guide service for dogs and professional house sitting service.
- 4 years in Tumalo Oregon owning and operating “MOON DOG LODGE,” a guest ranch for dogs, a professional alternative day care and boarding service.