Howdy dog families,
Inez here, welcoming you to explore Moon Dog Lodge’s exceptional alternative day care and boarding services. Our guest ranch for dogs provides only the utmost safe social opportunities along with the highest degree of devotion to the love and care of our Moon Dogs. We embrace the individuality of each dog care taking their body, mind, and spirit. We keep our service small and intimate as we truly cherish the relationships we build with the our guest dogs. With 25 + years of professional pet care experience; you know you have found the right helping hands. Our service shows its level of dedication and professionalism by being licensed, insured, and bonded. In addition, we take what we do seriously, all our Moon Dog guardians (staff) are trained through a specific program on the understanding of dog culture, dog behavior, leadership and communication skills, along with pack communication and management. Moon Dog Lodge’s educated guardians, safety protocols, and unique care taking components set us far apart from other pet care providers. We simply have found a very special niche and practice a very different type of philosophy that defines us. We are a one of a kind, a dog care service that our Moon Dog families find extremely valuable. We are honored to care take these precious family members!
What is a moon dog? It is the bright spot on a Lunar halo…They are rare as they must have just the right components.
Moon Dog Lodge is located in lovely Tumalo just 15 minutes north of Bend and 20 minutes from Redmond Airport. We are a communal service and flourish in the social “dog pack” concept our program provides. Our guest groups encompass the full spectrum of a pack from alpha, beta, to submissive. Our guardians provide guidance for our packs with calm, compassionate, confident, and consistent leadership. We nurture our dogs with clear direction and a overall simple atmosphere of down to Earth components….Lovely fresh air, ranch fields, ditches, a pond to take a dip in (seasonal), and of course delightful social play and physical release to name just a few. Our 20-acre property is a large part of our setting and we utilize the open space to the maximum. Our free form (off leash) social outdoor part of our program literally opens up the doors for a dog to be a dog and sets free the natural energy, in a natural space with naturally, you guessed it, good buddies! Whether they are youngsters, mid years, or beloved elders Moon Dog gifts a space to experience balanced communal adventure and relaxation. We are blessed in central Oregon a good portion of the time with sunshine but no matter rain, snow, or shine we look for the joy and frolic. Moon Dog is always sensitive to severe temps and customize our outdoor program to make sure all dogs stay comfortable and happy. We balance cruz’n the great outdoors with healthy down time. Peaceful Zzzzz’s mid day and through out the evening (boarding dogs) in our lodge are a very important part of a dogs day. Our lodge area is also simple and down to Earth set up providing a welcoming and comfortable space to satisfy the need to relax and re-boot their happiness.
As briefly mentioned above, our staff (The Moon Dog Guardians) are educated dog lovers. Our human pack are educated and trained specifically for our program through a well established company in the dog industry. This program is infused with Moon Dog’s unique philosophy and understanding of the dog world. These very special components offer our staff a wealth of valuable information about the canine animal and its body, mind, and spirit. Much thought and energy is given to our interviewing and training process of our guardians. We seek individuals that have a deep connection to dogs and a drive to seek higher knowledge about the human-dog relationship. Moon Dog Lodge strives to give our guardians the tools and understanding they need to offer excellent leadership and build healthy loving relationships with our guest dogs. Moon Dog guardians are educated, invested, companionate, and loving guides and care takers. The dogs know and trust in this, a very large key factor to what makes Moon Dog Lodge an outstanding service.
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 70 years raising quarter horses, grass fed free range beef, 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 large 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! sylvandale.com
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! 15 years ago my husband’s work as a wildlife biologist brought our family to Bend, Oregon. We were thrilled! What a perfect place to live and watch our boys grow. Now young men, our kidos are off on their own adventures. I am proud to say they are very loving, handsome, talented, active individuals with outstanding spirits. They now live in Portland, I am thrilled they are just over the mountain! 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, good 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 beasts. Moving in the great outdoors at Moon Dog Lodge with a pack 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 in the now and remind us of the intuitive blessed creatures we all are.
Dogs are profoundly aware creatures that demonstrate to each of us how to take the world in a loving embrace in each moment. They share their amazing insight and wisdom each and every day 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 through the years and beyond. We are always learning and growing with our knowledge of these very special animals dogs are and the relationship we share with them. But what I find most fulfilling is the opportunity to observe and interact with 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.
- 7 years in Tumalo Oregon owning and operating “MOON DOG LODGE,” a guest ranch for dogs, a professional alternative day care and boarding service.