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calendar pups

Park Side Credit Union

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Kayla & Sam McAnally

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Brandon & Scooter


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Artisans, Eateries, Merchants

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notes Publisher’s Note

publisher Nancy Dewar

When asked what I do, my response is, “I spread good, happy & fun news…about animals & those that love them!” That’s what 406 Bark does! And we never could spread this positive news without our partners who support the magazine. Thank you all! Beyond words. I hope all of you reading this will support them! On another note…wishing everyone a wonderful holiday & all of the best life may offer in 2018…lots of love, laughter, good health, kindness, optimism & endless wags, meows & nickers. With enormous gratitude & a big salute to those that have made 406 Bark possible. Many, many thanks. Ciao……

Nancy 603.498.3237

design Mrs. and Mr. Design

thanks to our contributors… Carsyn Beach Melissa Genovese Ervin Kertusha Brandon Langel Leah McCormick Diana Sheffield Fran Tabor Del Thiel photographers Daley McDaniel Photography Harley Mumma Photography Kelly Kirksey Photography Published by 406 Bark LLC six times a year.

Our Consistent 2-Year Loyal Pawtners From Day 1 Countryside Animal Clinic (Dr. Rick Myers) Frontier Builders (Wally & Michelle Wilkinson) Hart Jewelers (Wes Hart) Whitefish Animal Hospital (Dr. Jim Thompson) Our Other Loyal Paw-tners A1 Vacuum, Janitorial & Sewing Center Allison Dawn Photography Animal Clinic of Kalispell Answers Pet Products Ashley Creek Animal Hospital Auto-Mutt Barbara St. John (Instructor – The Radiance Technique®) Barn Pros Baskin Robbins Bigfork Harvest Foods Billy Z Auto Detailing Blankenship Construction Brandon Langel (PureWest Christie’s Real Estate) Browning Creative Calm Animal Care Camera Shye Photography Caroline Jones & Rosie Cat’s Meow & Hound Hideaway Coins & Carats Cooke Boyd (Author) Dog Sled Adventures Dollar Rent A Car Don K Subaru Earth Star Farm Electric Avenue Gifts Ellie Bell’s Best Friends Evergreen Compounding Farm-to-Market Pork Firebrand Hotel Five Star Rentals Flair Boutique Flathead Crematorium Glacier Animal Hospital Glacier K9’s HK Painting Horse & Rider Emporium Indah Sushi Jess E. Owen (Author) Jessie Mazur Photography

Kim Shirley (Fine Artist) Laughing Horse Lodge Lisa Lorge (National Parks Realty) Little Brothers Window Cleaning Lonesome Dove Guest Ranch Malloy’s Mobile Detailing Maranatha Pet Sitting McGarry’s Roadhouse McGough & Co. Mighty Paws Pet Sitting Montana Trap-Free Public Lands Mountain View Pet Crematory Muse Style Boutique Nancy O’s Interiors North Valley Hospital Park Side Credit Union Pawsitively Pets Pets Plus Piggyback BBQ Pro Guard Pest Solutions Providence Handyman Randy’s Savedog Underground Fence Real Deals Rebecca Farm Refinery Sage & Cedar Sawbuck Do Jang See Spot Sit STAT Restoration Sweet Spot Candy Shop Tailwaggers Ten Spoon Vineyard The Islander Hotel The Master Suite B&B The Raven The Springs The Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery Tom & Katie Brown (Sotheby’s Realty) Trailhead Supply Walk Your Dog Club Whitefish Aesthetics Whitefish Equestrian Center Whitefish Escapes Whitefish Fine Wine & Liquor Store Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits Whitefish Plastic Surgery Whitefish Pottery Wildwood Eccentrics Windmill Storage Xtreme Carpet Cleaning Yoga Hive

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Interested in advertising with us? Have a good story idea or a suggestion on a great animal or person to feature? Please email Nancy Dewar/Publisher (603) 498-3237

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Woofing It Up at the FIREBRAND

By Nancy Dewar Photography by Harley Mumma

Like the old American Express tagline “Don’t leave home without it,” many Americans feel the same about their dogs! They don’t leave home without them. In fact, 37% of pet owners take their animals on the road with them (up from 19% 10 years ago), according to the American Pet Products Association. There are over 30,000 pet-friendly hotels in the US, and some even cater to their animal-loving guests in different (and crazy) ways. The Hotel Monaco in Washington D.C. will deliver a gold fish to your room if you’re missing your pet! Though there are some dogfriendly hotels in the Valley, The Firebrand Hotel in Whitefish is the only upscale, boutique property that welcomes pups…a smart move on their part! 6 www. 406bark .com

This distinctive property, developed by Whitefish Hotel Group and managed by Averill Hospitality, opened in August 2016. It offers 81 beautiful, comfortable and stylish rooms plus 5 premium Skyline rooms. Rooms on the first floor are available to guests traveling with their dogs. The hotel has a feel of urban sophistication combined with rustic, western warmth. Native barn wood and stonework surround the check-in desk. The lobby and dining area is cozy and inviting with small groupings of comfy seating areas, a massive fireplace, high-top dining tables and of course, a welcoming bar area! One of the fun things about going to the Firebrand as a “local,” is that one feels that they’re out of town and on vacation! Its

trendy design is vastly different than other hotels in the area and a nice change. It really has a distinctive vibe…casual sophistication. The hotel emphasizes highly personalized service, making it popular with both guests and locals.

What makes it popular with canines? Well, the pooches all seem to love their “welcome” letter with information on the best places for dogs in the area; i.e. WAG Dog Park, Tailwaggers, dogfriendly trails and more. The snuggly dog beds, treats and doggie dinnerware also gets tails wagging. And, of course, they love the warm welcome they receive from hotel staff members and guests! The Firebrand’s very first “puppy guest” was a yellow Lab named Remington who was just a few months old. A hotel staff member babysat for the family and Remington during the family’s week-long stay. And speaking of babysitting, they had another guest who put their “baby” in a carriage and pushed him everywhere. Ah, what we do for our pups! The Firebrand is staffed by several true doglovers. Many of the key personnel are proud

pup parents including Fabienne & Brian Averill (Managing Partners & Corgi lovers), Edna White (Sales & Marketing Director & mother of a Rottweiler and a Husky), Angela Flickinger (General Manager & mom of 2 happy-go-lucky Labs),

Rikki Wallawine (Restaurant Operations Manager & mom to a long hair Chihuahua), Shelly Detwiler (Housekeeping Manager & mom to 4 assorted breeds), Jessica How (Spa Manager & mom to a Staffordshire Terrier), Sarah Sundelius (Accounting Manager & mom to a Mastiff) and Monteen Feldt (Executive Assistant & mom to a Terrier/Collie/Rottie mix and a little Poochin!). Not only is the Firebrand a special place for visiting guests with dogs, but it’s also a really great place for locals. It offers a wonderful new option for dining…breakfast, lunch and dinner. The evening menu includes a variety of smallplates of contemporary cuisine in a comfortable cocktail atmosphere. And speaking of cocktails, the hotel offers 12 Western craft beers on tap, a selection of premium wines from around the





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world and a Sunday Mimosa special. One may dine on the outside patio in warm weather, or enjoy a coffee and house-baked scone at the promenade bistro tables, where dogs are welcome too! Local businesses should think about the Firebrand when planning small events, meetings and receptions. The rooftop patio is also a special venue for social gatherings and small weddings, offering an incredible view of Whitefish and the surrounding mountains.

People that live in the area often don’t think about dining, drinking and woofing it up at local hotels. However, I think you’ll find a visit to the Firebrand truly special in terms of ambiance, outstanding cuisine inspired by regional food sources and flavors of the world, piano music on Thursday evenings and live music on Saturday nights featuring various local artists. Plus, when you have friends and family visiting with their dogs, they can all enjoy boutique accommodations right in the heart of downtown Whitefish…a great place for mutts to strut their stuff and get some tasty treats along the way from the many dog-friendly retailers!

MeetThe FIREBRAND Pack out & about

Sadie – Assistant Restaurant Operations Manager to Rikki Wallawine

Arnold & Willis – Assistant General Managers to Angela Flickinger

Loca – Assistant Spa Manager to Jessica How

Ruger – Assistant Accounting Manager to Sarah Sundelius

Loki & Moo – Executive Assistants to Monteen Feldt

Maya, Lucky Duck, Kiska & Montana – Assistant Housekeeping Managers to Shelly Detwiler

Freedom & Jackson – Assistant Sales & Marketing Directors to Edna White

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Who Rescued Whom? By Del Thiel - Whitefish

On a recent evening the moon felt like a gift. It was on its crescent first quarter, and the sky was like a clean blue panel, not even a single cloud. I had a full sensation of gratitude in my heart while contemplating the beauty of that slivery moon on the sky, almost silver. As soon as I pulled into my parking spot and got out of my car, I heard a sweet meow. I looked west and didn't see anything except the trees. Then I heard a second meow. This time I looked to the north end of my building, and there she was. This sweet kitten. I couldn't help but call for her, and she ran straight to me. It was like she was there waiting for me to come home! She had a collar around her neck, but no name tag on it. I wondered what might have happened to her. Why she would be outside? “Who's your owner?” I asked like she would answer me. After spending a few minutes playing with her, I looked at her once again and said, “Well, I don't know what to do with you kitty!” Then I started to go upstairs to my apartment, and she followed me all the way to the third floor. I opened my door, let her in and she seemed very, very comfortable! “But I have to find your owner,” I kept telling her. So, I placed posts on Facebook, contacted animal hospitals in Whitefish, called animal rescue groups, put a note on “Lost & Found Pets of The Flathead” and contacted Kitty's Mom Rescue Organization. I even took her to Whitefish Animal Hospital to see if she had an ID chip, which she didn’t. Three weeks have passed, and so far no one has claimed her. I guess she is a gift sent to me, as the night before

I had such a deep moment and feeling of emptiness in my heart. I had been crying, missing my beloved cat - Prince - who I lost a little over 2 years ago. And the very next day this sweet kitten found me.

She is a great companion…always calm and soothing in her moves around the house… and loves to play. Yes, of course I adopted her! How couldn't I? She has filled that gap in my heart. I named her Luna in honor of that silver moon on the blue sky. It was meant to be for us to find one another. She brings me so much joy. I’m truly not sure who rescued whom. Del Thiel lives in Whitefish & is a licensed esthetician. Her studio is located at Savvi Salon & Day Spa in Kalispell. Del works with clinical grade products, offering a variety of treatments that improve the health and look of your skin. You may contact Del at (406) 212-6060 or via her website. (

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out and about

Specialty Pet Plates

Paws to Play Grand Opening Event Photo by Eric Bruer Photos

fun things to


Hugh Rogers WAG Park

A Grand Opening Worth Wagging About

After a tremendous amount of work and effort, Kalispell’s Paws to Play Dog Park celebrated its grand opening on September 17th with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by city officials, board members, local folks and lots of wagging tails! The new park features two fenced areas where dogs can romp off-leash, waste disposal stations and water fountains will be installed soon. Speaking of waste disposal, Park Side Credit Union, a supportive pawtner of Paws to Play, donated doggie bags for the park…with a bit of humor injected. The bags read, “Make Your Deposit Here!” A big salute to ALL who made the park a reality!

WAG Dog Park P-update

There’s been lots of activity at the Whitefish dog park recently…more than just active dogs! A big improvement project is in the works and should

ABOUT be completed by late Spring. It includes a new outlet for the pond to control the water level, as well as the ability to change the water (keeping it fresh) and a new creek bed. There will be a custom bridge over the creek, new landscaping will add some shade to the center of the park and the obstacle course will be upgraded. Leslie Lowe, landscape architect and owner of Beargrass Landscape Architecture, partnered with Whitefish-based River Design Group on the design. She also created the master plan for the original design of the Hugh Rogers WAG Dog Park.

Tipper’s Been Busy

Tipper (a.k.a. Tito), a Jack Russel who lives in the Valley, has been busy with his duties as the mascot for Crimestoppers in Cascade County/ Great Falls this year. In April he went to Great Falls with his mom (Amy Olson) for a weekend of events. He met with law enforcement officials for the 1st annual Crimestopper meeting, posed for pictures and politely ignored a box of

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Tipper the Crimestopper Mascot

doughnuts on the table in front of him...which Amy thinks impressed people the most! They then headed to the “Kolor Me for Kids Run” for No More Violence Week where Tipper did a radio interview, was sprinkled with every color of the rainbow by excited runners and then his favorite part...running in the race! The weekend wrapped up with an appearance at the Crimestoppers booth at the fairgrounds, and Tipper then slept the whole way home! In October (Crimestopper Month), he attended an event co-sponsored by Crimestoppers and the Cascade County Human Trafficking Task Force. Amy says that Tipper’s now glad to just be a regular dog again…playing with his friends at the dog park!

Specialty Pet Plates

Just a reminder that there’s an easy way to support the Humane Society of Northwest Montana by purchasing a specialty license plate. These special plates, designed by Harley Mumma and approved by the Board of Directors, first came

out and about


Stockings & Stuffers


What’s Your Pup’s Personality?

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New IKEA Pet Products Photo by IKEA

Santa at Tailwaggers out in 2015. You’ll pay a one-time additional fee of $60, of which $20 goes directly to the Humane Society. When you renew your plate, there’s an extra $20 on top of the registration fee and 100% of that goes to the non-profit. The State offers a variety of specialty plates for humane societies, so be sure to ask for the “Humane Society of Northwest Montana” plate!

Howl-aday Photos with Santa

You’re sure to see lots of happy peeps and pups at Tailwaggers in Whitefish on Friday, December 8th, during the 2017 Christmas Stroll and the store’s annual “Pet Photos with Santa” event. The cost is $10, and 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force. It’s always a great time (from 4 to 8 pm)…mingling with local mutts while supporting this important non-profit. A

big thanks to the owners of Tailwaggers, Abby & Chase Pierce, for hosting this event.

Pawsome New Designs from IKEA

If you happen to be a fan of IKEA, you’re sure to love their new “Lurvig” Collection of pet furniture and gear that was launched this fall. Lurvig is the Swedish word for shaggy! The collection includes beds, scratching posts, bags, bowls and toys…all designed by "animal-loving designers" with insight from veterinarians. The products are stylish, functional and reasonably priced. (

Test Your Pup’s Paw-sonality

Here’s a fun, unique gift idea for the dog-lover in your life…Dognition, an online assessment tool that measures your pup’s personality via 20 do-at-home games. It was developed by





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Brian Hare, a professor at Duke University. Dognition uses a series of simple games to test dogs on their empathy, communication, cunning, memory and reason. The test results are sorted and assessed, identifying the key personality trait of your canine from 9 different categories such as Socialite, Maverick, Einstein and Charmer! The games can be purchased online for $19, and gift certificates are available.

Fun Stockings & Stuffers

The Company Store’s bright felt appliqued cat & dog stockings offer a bit of bright whimsy for the holidays. For a more neutral look, check out World Market’s faux fur Mouse & Bone stockings! Looking for something fun to put in the stockings? Well, consider some plush veggie toys for health nuts, a solid leash made from reclaimed climbing rope for the athletes in your life or an innovative “silent” dog tag that makes for silent nights!

Fear of Noises & How to Manage Them health notes

By Dr. Carsyn Beach, DVM, Countryside Animal Clinic

As we near the celebrations surrounding Christmas and the New Year, it is important to consider our furry companions and what they may think of the fireworks’ cracks and bangs. Since they do not understand what is going on, many think their worlds are coming to an end in flashes and pows. A similar effect is seen with thunderstorms that can be loud as well as have drops in air pressure which can be felt keenly by pets. Noise sensitivity or phobia affects many pets, leading to fearful behavior. Dogs with noise sensitivity may become clingy, pace, tuck their tails and put their ears back, appear hypervigilant, have dilated pupils and vocalize (anything from yawning to growling or barking). Cats often hide or have a redirected fear response demonstrated through aggression, to the owner or to other pets. This fear response in dogs and cats can lead to fear aggression, so be cautious when interacting with your pet if he is demonstrating any of these signs. If a door opens your pet may try to bolt. Many pets go missing around the time of storms and fireworks as they try to get away from the terrifying noise. There are several ways to prevent pets from suffering from noise sensitivity or phobia, or even to desensitize pets already demonstrating signs of noise phobia. Starting off on the right paw is critical, or at the very least catching the phobia early. If your pet seems afraid of the vacuum cleaner, bubble wrap or banging pans, you may want to prepare for other possible noise phobias. YouTube has excellent noise recordings, or there are many CDs available, such as Legacy Canine SoundsGood CD or the UK’s Sounds Scary CDs for Dogs. Early exposure to potentially scary noises as described below is incredibly helpful, especially during critical periods of development from six to twelve weeks of age.

Whenever attempting to desensitize to feared noises, it is important that your pet is in a calm state of mind, evidenced by a relaxed down posture: laying propped on his elbows, alert, with hips shifted to the side. Do not use punishment during the training process, as this leads to increased aggression or anxiety. Reward your pet as he relaxes, and he should progressively get to the point where his shoulders relax, respiratory rate slows and he sighs. This calm state allows your pet to use the reasoning part of his brain instead of the fearful or arousal part which inhibits learning.

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There are several ways to prevent pets from suffering from noise sensitivity or phobia, or even to desensitize pets already demonstrating signs of noise phobia. Starting off on the right paw is critical, or at the very least catching the phobia early.

For more immediate management and during any noisy event, environment is key. Offer your pet a safe place. Your pet will often already go to this place when the feared noise occurs. Ideally this room would be interior without windows, though blackout curtains or honeycomb curtains can also help dampen sounds. Bedding can also be used to dampen sounds. Offer an open crate with noisereducing blankets (elevated for cats), or a closet or bathtub. While the noise occurs have white noise (all frequencies, may block noise) and/or classical or calming music playing. While the loud event is going on, be relaxed yourself as otherwise you may contribute to your pet’s fearful behavior. Redirecting with a food-filled toy may help, but if it does not it is important to avoid interacting with your pet since he is very afraid.

For additional help during noisy events, there are many tools available, though many are not well-studied. The pheromone DAP (Adaptil for dogs, Feliway for cats) can help your pet to remain calm, and often improves relaxation during counterconditioning with the scary noise CD. Many pets can be soothed with the ThunderShirt, which fits snugly so your pet is basically getting a big comforting hug leading to the release of soothing endorphins; however, some pets do not feel this effect.


For inconsolable pets, there are medications which may be prescribed by your veterinarian to help keep them calm. Alprazolam and Sileo (a new FDA-approved medication for noise-phobic dogs) seem to work best, especially if given about 1 hour prior to fireworks or other loud noises.

Enjoy the festivities surrounding Christmas and the New Year, but keep in mind that pets do not understand what is going on around these holidays. With patience and desensitization pets can get to the point they can be calmer, if not comfortable, with these loud noises. For those pets that still dislike loud noises, there are many options such as the ThunderShirt, pheromone diffusers, and, in severe cases, medication. Happy Holidays!


Dr. Carsyn Beach, Countryside Animal Clinic

Once you are armed with your scary sounds, it is important to start with the volume very low and with your pet calm. Play or feed treats while the noise is on, then stop giving your pet attention when the noise is off. This way your pet attributes good things with the scare noises. Gradually increase the volume. If your pet ever seems fearful, reduce the volume and return him to his relaxed down then start over. Keep these sessions short and work on it daily. Most improve with this desensitization and counterconditioning in about a month.



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great gear + goods to go fetch… Flair Boutique

in downtown Kalispell is a fun store not to be missed! Owners Sara & Ryan Berweger handpick all their merchandise. The shop’s become the go-to place for small, cool gifts that are reasonably priced and items you can’t find anywhere else — including a great selection of stocking stuffers & “white elephant” gifts! Flair has a wide array of Montana-made items, from huckleberry products made in Kalispell to T-shirts, jewelry and art. They also have lots of fun products for animal lovers. Following are a few they carry, but you’ll find even more when you visit the store!

Voted BEST GIFT SHOP in the Flathead Valley in 2016 & 2017


36 Second Street East – Kalispell – (406) 407-7210 (


Greeting Cards

Dog Bone

great local goods



Tea Towels


Dog Treats

Dog Breath Totes & Lunch


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Funny-Side-Up Egg Mold

WAGFEST 2017 Photos by Harley Mumma

The 2017 WAGFEST held August 26th at the Hugh Rogers WAG Park in Whitefish was a huge success in terms of raising money for the dog park and having FUN‌for pups & peeps alike! Alpine Animal Hospital hosts this annual event with support from many local businesses. Thanks to the following for donating support & raffle prizes this year: Bar W Guest Ranch, Ciao Mambo Restaurant, Glacier Raft Company, Glacier Distilling, Glacier Roundhouse Pottery, Kalispell Brewing Company, Last Chair Kitchen and Bar, Montana Coffee Traders, Nick King, Stumptown Snowboard, Tailwaggers, The Clip Joint (Brittany Smith), Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish Theater Company & Xanterra.





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society tails


local celebs

Calendar Pups Paws to Play dog park, in conjunction with Park Side Credit Union (a.k.a. Bark-Side Credit Union!), will be offering a 2018 calendar featuring cute canines from the Flathead Valley! They will be available in December and may be purchased for $15 at all Park Side Credit Union locations and online at All proceeds will go to support the Paws to Play dog park. (

Name Prim Everdeen Hammer…a 4-year old Border Collie mix Parents Taite Hammer of Kalispell

My favorite tail Prim was adopted when she was 6 months old from PAWHS of Deer Lodge after being born on a ranch to owners who were abusive to her. She was scared and shy; however not anymore.  She sleeps every night in her best friend’s bed (her 10-year old owner, Taite Hammer) and lives every day to play. 

Best tricks Prim attended and won the talent contest in 2016 at the Paws to Play Dog Park fundraiser at Lawrence Park by jumping for bubbles. She is currently learning to jump through hoops and loves to play Frisbee and ball.

Fur-vorite hang-outs Her grandmother’s back yard where she has plenty of room to run and her very own doggy swimming pool. She also enjoys camping and loves to swim.

What makes me wag Prim loves to play…all day… every day. She enjoys catching

bubbles, balls, Frisbees and chasing sprinklers. Boy, can she can jump!

Best friends Her dog-sister Miley and dogbrother Todd Best traits Prim is loyal and smart.

Not-so-best traits She gets frantic when guests are over. She can’t contain her need to play. Oh, and once she ate a wall! Will be voted (“what”) by fellow pups at the new Paws to Play dog park “Best Ball-Chaser”

Name Roscoe-the-Rascal…an 8-year old Papillon Parents Diane Bokor of Kalispell

My favorite tail During a 10-mile hike to Chief Cliff and back, brave little Roscoe treed a momma black bear and 3 little cubs. Lots of barking.  We did not even know they were there and would have hiked right by them.  Brave or foolish???!!!    Best tricks Roscoe is very good at FETCH but will only participate if he gets paid.  And by paid, I mean really good treats, which we refer to as his “money.” Fur-vorite hang-outs Roscoe’s favorite place to hang is Lone Pine State Park.  It is practically in his back yard.

What makes me wag Anytime Mom comes home, he wags like crazy. He also wags at

friendly dogs.

Best friends Loki, the Malamute in the North Fork is a good friend to Roscoe. They are both the subject of separate “super hero” children stories: Roscoe Saves the Day (this story can be heard on public radio’s KUFM children programing on occasion) and Loki Saves the Day (another story of bravery when encountering a bear). Best traits Roscoe is super smart (everyone agrees).  He also is concerned and attentive if any dog seems to be “in trouble” – lots of empathy. Not-so-best traits Roscoe does love “eau de earthworm” and never misses a chance to roll on dead earthworms.  He just cannot stop himself, even if he just came from the groomer.  He looks extremely happy rubbing his back on the grass with his legs kicking in the air, wiggling in every direction; all caution tossed to the wind and

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then repeating again and again and again – kind of like an addict.

Will be voted (“what”) by fellow pups at the new Paws to Play dog park “Best Chaser of the Dreaded Squirrel”

By CJ McKee – Marketing Media Specialist/Webmaster; Park Side Credit Union

Park Side Credit Union has always been a part of the community – even for our furry family members! In addition to our official Park Side Partners, such as Paws to Play, we donate to many other similar organizations through our Pass the Bucks program. For every new member that joins Park Side, we donate a dollar to a different local nonprofit organization. Total new members are added up at the end of the month and we pay it forward. Our October donation in the Flathead Valley went to the Humane Society of Northwest Montana! Do YOU have a favorite nonprofit we can add to the list? Contact us today and let us know!





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real pawtners

Membership Equals Donations

dogs and wine

K9’s+ Wines Wines for Bird Dog Lovers

Reddy Fox

By Diana Sheffield Photography by Hells Canyon Winery

Over 35 years ago, Steve Robertson took a chance planting 5-acres of Chardonnay in Southwest Idaho. The area is now an American Viticultural Area - known now as the Snake River AVA - and it is one of the newest, most promising wine regions in the Northwest. generation Idahoan, he found inspiration for his wines in the wild land and pioneer spirit of the mountain west. As a self-proclaimed "outdoorsman, hunter and lover of the west," it is only fitting that Robertson produces a line of wines with labels that are works of fine art depicting sporting and hunting dogs.

Robertson established Hells Canyon Winery in 1981, and it’s the oldest wine grape vineyard in Idaho. They have now expanded well past the initial 5-acres of Chardonnay with plantings of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate grown wines are a testament to the terroir of the area which benefits from a moderating, marine influence that travels from the Pacific over the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The sundrenched slopes also increase the quality of the grapes and allow the grapes to ripen in this mountain climate; hence the name of “Sunny Slope Wine Trail” for this local grapegrowing region. Years ago, Steve trained as a chef at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in New York but found his true passion was as a sustainable grape farmer and producer of high-quality, small batch wines. A fourth-

Appropriately named “Bird Dog White” and “Retriever Red,” these wines are part of the winery's Artist Conservation Series which supports wildlife artists. The vineyard also supports wildlife conservation through donations to the Wild Sheep Foundation, Quail Unlimited and the World Center for Birds of

Prey. Hadley Robertson, Steve's daughter, says “We strive to support our environment through wildlife conservation organizations and good farming practices so we can continue to hunt wildlife in wild country!”

The Robertson's are dog lovers (of course!) and have four fine winery dogs; an English Pointer named Derby Pie, a small black mixed breed named Weiner Schnitzel, a Corgi/ Dachshund named Reddy Fox and a Havanese named Salty Dog. Reddy Fox is Steve's constant companion, for both hunting and winery work. She is an experienced tractor rider and helps with rodent control.

Hells Canyon Winery is in the Snake River Valley in Caldwell, which is about a 9 ½-hour drive from the Valley. It is open to the public on weekends year-round. Wines are served at their wine lounge - a gorgeous patio and estate wine bar that overlooks the Owyhee mountains, the Snake River and of course, the vineyard! If you plan to visit, there are numerous other vineyards in the area. For a complete list, check out: Hells Canyon Wines can be purchased online. ( Diana Sheffield graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. She currently manages the wine department and wine club for O'Brien's Liquor and Wine in Columbia Falls.

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Weddings to Woof About … Leah & Aaron Mower...

& Fritz

Photography by Kelly Kirksey Photography ( Sponsored by McGough + Co., Whitefish

Weddings to Woof About

Who are you?

Bride: Leah McCormick (now Leah Mower). I’m originally from Boston and moved to Montana from Los Angeles. I am the general manager of Whitefish Escapes in downtown Whitefish. We specialize in property management for luxury vacation rentals here in the Valley. Groom: Aaron Mower. I was born and raised in Kalispell. I graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula and work in IT.

Dog: Fritz …loves the snow and hiking with his mom and dad.

How did you meet?

We met online in May of 2014. My profile said I was passionate and stubborn, and he actually wrote to tell me he liked that about me.

The proposal?

We met for the first time in person at Disneyland, had our first official date in Disneyland, first kiss in Disneyland (not all in the same day)…so Aaron wanted to bring Disney into the proposal. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and would go to Disneyland quite frequently. At this point in time I was moving to Montana to be closer to him. It was one of my last days in LA before moving, and my best friend flew into town to help me pack and drive to Montana. Aaron’s two sisters and their families happened to be in town to go to Disneyland, so we planned to meet up with them. When we got there, we met up with one of Aaron’s nieces; and she brought us to the fountain between Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean (my two favorite rides). We were meeting everyone there,

and I had a feeling something was up. Aaron’s sister asked to take a group photo in front of the fountain and started handing out the pins you can get from the Disney town hall. I looked and they said “I’m Celebrating,” so I assumed it was for Aaron’s niece who just had a birthday. They handed me one that looked different (with Cinderella and the prince on it) and it said, “Just Engaged.” The back of the pin said, “Leah will you marry me?” Aaron then came from around the corner with the ring box in hand and asked me to marry him. It was definitely a magical day for us!

What is love?

For us it’s finding that one person who brings you immense joy and happiness… your best friend. Putting their wants and needs above your own and doing whatever you can to make them happy.

What do you love most about your dog?

We adopted Fritz when he was 10 weeks old from TRACS shelter in Thompson Falls. We fell

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in love with him immediately. He is just a mildmannered pup and so loving. We love how sweet he is and how intelligent he is, as well. We always say we hit the “puppy jackpot!”

What was your favorite part of your wedding… your dog’s favorite part? We both loved the simple fact that we got to celebrate our big day with all of those we love. We also loved dancing the night away with friends and family! I’m pretty sure that Fritz’ favorite part was laying on the train of my dress any chance he could get!


We were married in April 2017 at Diamond B Weddings in Kalispell. We went to Aruba for our honeymoon for a week and then went to Disneyland, of course. We had to bring our Disney story full circle! Mum’s Flowers was our florist, Jimmy John’s did the great catering and Kelly Kirksey Photography captured our day with amazing photos.





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Animal Cruelty in Montana By Dr. Melissa Genovese – Whitefish Animal Hospital

I had a difficult time coming up with a topic to write about for this issue of Bark 406! Ideas would briefly come to mind, but never settle in as the right topic.  I logged many hours running and thinking over the last several months, while I trained for two challenging trail races that I recently completed; The Rut 28k & the Whitefish Legacy Half Marathon.   One of them pushed me beyond my comfort zone at certain points.  That made me think about other situations that have challenged me over the last year.  One of those was an animal cruelty case.   Our clinic was contacted last summer by the U.S. Humane Society to evaluate a case of concern in another county.  I was available and willing, so I made the trek to the location.  The property and buildings weren’t well maintained and contained many different animals.  There were 53 dogs, along with horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, pigeons, budgies and a few feral cats.  Other than the goats and birds, the animals were in poor condition.  Based on my initial evaluation, the sheriff’s office determined that there was enough evidence to pursue the case further.   A week later, I went to the property again accompanied by the U.S. Humane Society staff and sheriff’s office.  I examined each dog individually

to determine their overall health status. The vast majority were underweight to emaciated, with matted fur, suspected ear infections and other health issues.   Based on their physical health, nutrition and living conditions, the animals were removed from the premises and fostered until the case could go to trial.  

The trial took place a few months later.  I testified for the first time in my life.  It was an unusual experience, as I found myself educating the court on the basic health and care of a dog and explaining why the dogs in this case were not taken well taken care of.  I was so anxious after an hour on the stand that I had sweat marks from my armpits to my waist.  Thank goodness I wore a black

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and grey sweater so it was camouflaged! After deliberating, the jury found the individual guilty on several counts.  All of the animals currently have homes where they are loved and well taken care of.  It feels good to know that I played a part in improving their lives.

The whole process from start to finish was a new encounter for me. As many of you have read or seen on television, animal cruelty cases and puppy mills occur throughout the United States.  I had never come face-to-face with one.  One of the aspects I found most surprising was how deceptive a “breeder” can be with those that are purchasing a dog from them.  

All animals deserve a loving and caring home

This breeder’s website and Facebook page had photos of healthy dogs in a well-kept yard with stories of therapy pets and wonderful reviews. The reality was vastly different.  Most of the dogs were kept in a small dirt covered enclosed area with very little water or shelter.   Four dogs were locked in a horse trailer, while others were isolated in a barn.  There was no apparent breeding protocol, as males and females of breeding age intermingled.  Only a couple of dogs were well groomed, likely for the photos on the website. For those of you looking to purchase a dog from a breeder, please do your research to the best of your ability.  As an interested dog owner, you should be asking them a lot of questions, just as they should of you.  If the breeder is too eager to sell the puppy with no questions asked, that is a red flag.  The Humane Society has a good resource to educate you on what to look for in a responsible breeder (noted below). There are several types of breeders out there: AKC registered (they have some good information on their website as well), smaller facilities, families that want to see what it’s like to have one litter, the “oops” scenario, and unfortunately people that just want to make money.  Regardless, it is important to think about the recommendations in the link below.  Some breeders continue to breed dogs that have genetic defects that continue to get passed on, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye abnormalities, allergies and behavioral issues, among others.  As long as we continue to support these breeders by purchasing their animals, the problem will continue. As much as I feel accomplished in training and completely my trail races, I feel proud to have made a difference in the lives of these animals.  They ended up in loving, caring homes…which all animals deserve.

Link to Responsible Breeders: ( puppy_mills/find_responsible_dog_breeder.pdf)



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"How I Met My True Love"

real love stories from real dogs

Brandon & Scooter By Brandon Langel - Whitefish

I met Scooter in the summer of 2010 when I had the pleasure of doing seasonal work in East Glacier Park. A friend had come across a puppy that had been abandoned in a ditch and when he stopped at my place with the little ball of fluff, I knew this abandoned puppy had a new home with me! At the time, home was “employee housing” in which dogs were not allowed; however, an exception was made for Scooter because of the happiness she brought to the other residents! After summer’s end Scooter and I moved to my property outside of Apgar Village, taking some fall time off and enjoying our newfound friendship. One morning we woke up to snow on the ground and it was decidedly one of the best days of Scooter’s life. She is a “snow-puppy” through and through. I’ve often joked that her mother must have been a fox because of the way she frolics through the snow and pounces as if she’s trying to catch something beneath the blanket of white! Years later we were at the same Glacier property in early spring gathering a couple items that had been stored there over the winter; a bicycle was among the items. I thought, “why not take a bike ride and let Scooter run out some energy.” We had been going for about 10 minutes when Scooter managed to flush a baby bear out of the woods right onto our trail! I stopped on a dime, did a 180, and yelled at Scooter in my most authoritative voice. Surprisingly she listened, and we were able to get out of the area before mamma bear noticed the commotion. The Whitefish Trail system, Stolte’s logging trails and the dog park in Whitefish are favorite hangouts for Scooter and me. Thankfully, we have not had any bear chasing action when we recreate a little closer to home. Scooter seems to have an affinity for Huskies, perhaps her spirit animal even. Every time we encounter a Huskie at the dog park or around town, her excitement and enthusiasm is through the roof ! She is also a big fan of Bichons, but I attribute this to her thinking that every Bichon she sees is my parent’s dog, Toby; one of Scooter’s “besties.” Scooter is an absolute light in my life, and I really don’t know what I would do without her. Her quirky personality constantly reminds me that if people were more like dogs, the world would be a better place!

Brandon Langel lives in Whitefish & is a licensed real estate agent with PureWest/Christie’s International Real Estate in Whitefish. If you’re looking to buy or sell, Brandon is an experienced professional and a true pleasure to work with. He may be reached at (406) 390-6676 or via email:

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A charming story of one mans dream to move to Montana and start a new life with his grown children, numerous dogs and horses. An old friend visits his ranch and becomes the love of his life. A sweet read. By Whitefish Resident Cooke Boyd To Order Call or Email (239) 784-8746

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By Ervin Kertusha (HK Painting – Kalispell)

King as a pup!

“If you’re lucky… a dog will come into your life, steal your heart and will change everything!” Author Unknown

Growing up in Italy, I had always been interested in rare and unique dog breeds. Dogo Argentino’s were on the top of my list, a breed that was developed in Argentina in the 1920’s for big game hunting. This breed is unfamiliar to many in the US, as I looked for over a year before I found a Dogo. I found a puppy in Omaha, Nebraska, and I immediately called the owners to have photos sent of the puppy and felt a bond right away. He was an intelligent, handsome puppy; white as snow with kind eyes you could not ignore. I quickly took action and started my road trip to Nebraska to pick up my puppy I named KING.

owner. He was invincible, so he thought…cutting his paw, bee stings, sickness and many other puppy inflictions. In addition to all of his health issues, King made sure to spill on my laptop (ruining it), ripped my curtains, chewed up hundreds in remote controls, broke multiple pairs of glasses and broke many garbage cans; puppy days!

Being a pet owner wasn’t really as easy as I thought. As we arrived back to Kalispell, I brought him to the vet to get a wellness check to discover he was actually only four weeks old, not eight weeks, as the owners had originally stated. The first year and a half was tough, as for any puppy

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Though having a Dogo Argentino has been a crazy ride, as you know, we all can’t help but love our animals at the end of the day. Their company, companionship, protection and therapeutic support is what makes it all worth it. I can’t help but smile and laugh because of him. I’m very proud of King! I couldn’t ask for a better dog. Now that the puppy stage is over, he is doing very well, and life is pretty easy!

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A Noble Farewell By Fran Tabor – A1 Vacuum - Kalispell

Rug-a-be, a very special lady guinea pig, became our first pet. On warm days, she joyfully nibbled fresh grass and dandelions. When I peeled carrots, I gave her long strips of carrot peel and laughed as she gobbled up the orange strips like a child sucking up spaghetti. The carrot juice dyed the white fur around her mouth safety-cone orange.

waters ran free. We would give her a noble Viking funeral!

The vet offered “sanitary disposal.” In other words, he’d put her in the garbage for us. That might be OK for a goldfish, but not for classy Rug-a-be. One friend suggested storing her in the freezer until spring thaw. I pictured her little body between frozen fresh garden peas and wrapped elk steaks. Yuck!

Two days later a horrifying headline appeared in our daily paper. “Local Satanic Cult Practices Animal Sacrifices.” Sickened, I read on. “…found the burned remains of a small animal on the shore, obviously part of a sacrificial…”

We made a lovely funeral barge. Under a star-filled sky we walked solemnly to the stream’s ice-lined shore. We doused Rug-a-be’s funeral barge with gasoline. The little boat blazed!

Using a pole, we shoved the funeral pyre beyond the ice. It slipped easily into the rapid current. We Years passed. One winter night, what happens to stood there, watching her pyre bob up and down all loved pets happened to Rug-a-be. It was thirty on the dark water. It became a distant spark, then invisible. Our first pet had a noble final act. below zero, too cold to consider burying.

Rug-a-be! I showed the headline to my husband. His nose crinkled with disgust. He read the article. We hit on the perfect solution. A fast rushing His eyes widened. We looked at each other. “Maybe stream bordered our home’s backyard; its middle we shouldn’t say anything.” We didn’t.

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doggy thoughts

FLIPS + FLOPS By Flip-Flop

Editor’s Note: These are simply musings from Flip-Flop, an exuberant & opinionated shaggy dog. They are not any sort of product endorsement or a “dis” by this publication or any member of our editorial team. Just a bit about stuff she likes (Flips) and stuff she doesn’t (Flops)!

Photo Credit Darcy Elleby Pino

It’s that time of year again. In my search for “Ugly Holiday Sweaters,” I came across one for peeps that, though ugly, is fun & functional for “party animals!” Instead of going to an Ugly Sweater Party, this Cheer Pong Interactive Sweater (created by Tipsy Elves) makes you the party! Cups adhere to the garment. Fill with a liquid of your choice, and then friends try to toss ping-pong balls into the cups. If the ball lands in a cup, the person wearing the sweater removes the cup and drinks it. More rules are included with the sweater! (

Photo Credit RetroFestive

Sweaters for Peeps

Sweaters for Pups

Why can’t someone design a fun, interactive sweater for pups? Instead, we must choose from an array of pathetic, ugly holiday designs. In my search I found very few that offer even a touch of style. Most looked child-like and were covered with appliques, tassels, bows and baubles. If you insist on putting us in holiday garb… how about something simple and classic…PLEASE!!!

On My Wish-List

“Songs for Sophie” by George Skaroulis is a great gift for any dog or dog-lover! Who doesn’t love music? And researchers have found many similarities between dogs & people when it comes to classical music. According to a study in The Veterinary Journal of Behavior, music can reduce agitation, promote sleep, improve mood & lower anxiety in dogs. I hope I get this for Christmas. Not only is the cover adorable (of course, a shaggy dog!), but the playlist sounds fun with songs such as Tail Wagger’s Tango & Unchained Melody.



Photo by Petrageous Designs

Photo by Aimee Beltran via AP

NOT on My Wish-List

I don’t know. Perhaps some might think this toaster by Pangea Brands is fun. You can select from several dog breeds or simply a paw print or bone. From a canine perspective, I find this a bit distasteful. What dog wants to be portrayed as burnt toast? Though we love to find toast crumbs under the table during breakfast. And we love to make toasts to anything pawsitive. Speaking of which…a toast to all…to a wonderful 2018! Photo Credit Pangea Brands

Warm, Dry & Not Fun Cold, Wet & Fun

Yay! Another winter of snow means lots of great cross-country skiing. A few of my favorite trails to get cold, wet & have fun on include the Stillwater Nordic Center (8 miles west of Whitefish), Flathead National Forest (10 miles north of Whitefish), the Blacktail Mountain Nordic Center in Lakeside & Foys to Blacktail Trails at Herron Park (10 miles south of Kalispell). YAPPY trails to all!


After a fun day of winter outdoor activities, we pups love to go home to get warm & dry off. I prefer rolling wildly on the couch with my legs up in the air…squishing the water out of my shaggy coat. Others may just like a vigorous rub with an old, worn towel. Less fortunate dogs are often wrapped in “designer” towels… making them look like other creatures rather than the royal canines they are. Oh my…these designer dog towels are a real flop in my book! volume



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Photo Credit The Company Store

406 Bark Magazine Issue 12  

A lifestyle magazine for animal lovers in Northwest Montana.

406 Bark Magazine Issue 12  

A lifestyle magazine for animal lovers in Northwest Montana.