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For the Love of Dog

Our Endless Affair with Man's Best Friend

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Once your dog has loosened up with a playdate and massage, it’s time to take advantage of the incredible hiking opportunities that abound, or, if it’s winter, you can grab your cross-country skis and enjoy the many trails managed by the Blaine County Recreation District trail system at Use the trails to get your dog in shape for the annual Paw and Pole, one of the oldest winter traditions here featuring ski and snowshoe races and silly costume contests. Now more than two decades old, it is aptly a fund-raiser for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

Got a dirty dog? Doesn’t matter the breed, The Dirty Beagle in Hailey is waiting with wide tubs and warm water.
Frank Alloway has been doing your dirty work, or helping you with your dingy dog, for five years now. The set-up is designed with the dogs in mind. Long rows of tubs, “so they can look down the row and see each other,” he says. Mirrors, “so they can check their look on the way out.”

Alloway knew he was on to something when he moved here from Boise and learned there were more dogs per capita here than anywhere else in Idaho. He offers frequent-washer cards, sells grooming supplies and toys, and has a special offer for the recently skunked.

“We have a secret formula for that,” he says. As we exit, he adds, “Yes, I have a beagle, a dirty beagle.”

Now that your dog is looking super-fine, why not take him on a gallery walk?

Lyn Stallard and Terry Tischer, makers of Fortunate Dog Cookies (which are sold at local pet stores and also at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and have been featured in People magazine) have opened Tails West, a Ketchum gallery-row venue at 271 Second Avenue North with all animal-related art.

“It’s not a pet store, it’s an art gallery,” says Tischer, “and the art we have is very fine art.” Some whimsical, some serious, it’s all worth a wag. And, of course, all hairy patrons can enjoy a fortune cookie treat. >>>


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