Monday, April 21, 2014

Part 1 - Where in the world were we ?

We mentioned a couple of days ago that we had a surprise for Denny's 3rd birthday.  Friday morning we got in MY car and off we went to the   Retreat at Sky Ridge which is co-owned by Jack Hanna. Now some of you may not know of Jack Hanna - here in the USA he is famous for being the director of Columbus Zoo and also for doing many many TV shows featuring endangered species and raising money to help protect them. The retreat is 140 acres and is located in the Ozark Mountains near a town called Eureka Springs and is entirely pet friendly!

Here we are arriving and being greeted by what Denny thought was the BIGGEST dog he had ever seen!   I knew better though - it was a horse and her name is Yonkie. She is 17 years old found her forever home at the retreat after she was adopted though the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. She was originally a pacer horse and her official name is Yonka Doodle Dandy but everyone just calls her Yonkie. She wanders  freely all over the property and is very friendly. YES - the Dweeb was scared of her :) At night time she has her own special stable she goes back to.

The cabin we had was very spacious and had everything we needed! It even had a huge two person jacuzzi which we stayed well away from because it is really just a fancy name for a B.A.T.H and we didn't want to give Mom any ideas. One thing Mom really LOVED was the swing on the deck and we spent a lot of time sitting there listening to the wind chimes and the birds.

Something we thought was pawsome was we had our own special table and waiting on it was a place mat with bowls and a big bag of cookies with OUR names on it ! Mom said because it was Denny's birthday and a special weekend - he could come off his diet have some of the cookies. Of coarse he was a bit scared of everything the first day and didn't want to eat any but she snatched them from my jaws saved them for the next day for him. Come back tomorrow and see more of our adventure.


  1. THAT is a GORGEOUS "CABIN". It is like a HOME. AND they had stuffs all ready fur DENNY'S Birfday!! AMAZING. WE love YONKIE. THAT is super that he can have all that space to roam around.
    We can't wait to see MORE.

  2. So beautiful my friends!! What a wonderful birthday - Happy Birthday Denny. It would absolutely be wonderful to go visit such a wonderful place... and mom and dad an bring ME! XOXO - Bacon

  3. What a beautiful cabin!!! I cannot wait to hear more about this fantastic trip!!!!
    *high paws*

  4. that's really a giant dog! no wonder that even people can sit on the back of that big doggy. I love your cabin, it's so comfy! and you even had your own table and bowls with your name on it, wow! I'm there tomorrow to hear more.

  5. Oh that's really cool. Happy birthday Denny.

  6. Happy happy woofy birthday Denny!!
    What an awesome cabin in such a lovely area. My favourite part is that very special table, with those yummy cookies! Hope you had fun!
    Pippa :)

  7. It looks like a great place to relax! Can't wait to see more.

  8. OH our MOM wants to live in that beautiful!!
    stella rose

  9. Good think Denny has you to look after him. You are a good brother to Denny and it's his B-Day.

  10. What a cool place. That dog is ginormous
    Lily & Edward

  11. That has to be the bestest birthday surprise of all. You guys are just going to have such a wonderful time.

    Good idea about staying away from that spa thingy. And we're laughin' at your mum having to SAVE Denny's cookies....BOL!

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  12. That looks wonderful! Happy Birfday Denny!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. What a pawsome place! I hope the resorts give you freebies for the review, we will definitely put it on our list of places to check out. We can't wait to hear more about your stay. Happy birthday Denny! Love Dolly

  14. What a birthday pressie this was, Denny! We can't wait to hear more!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  15. You're having a holiday .... just like me! That place looks fantastic. What a great birthday pressie!!!!! It can be a bit scary being away from home but it's good that you are looking out for Denny, Reilly. Denny will love it too once he settles in. It always takes me a little while to get used to a new place. That big dog looks like a REAL NICE bloke!!
    Looking forward to the continuation ...

  16. What a wonderful place!!! How cool that you guys got to go, can't wait to hear more!

  17. Aww, what a nice surprise for Denny - and you too, Reilly! That is one very nice cabin - we can't wait to see more. Mom says she would love to sit and swing on that lovely porch too.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  18. WOWSA!!!! You guys sure are lucky doggies! That is one pawsome cabin!! Ma wouldn't mind livin' there all the time.
    I can't waits to hear more abouts it!
    Ruby ♥
    pees: good idea stayin' away from that tub thingie...

  19. WOW! That is a PAWSOME birthday surprise! Your cabin looks amazing - we can't wait to read more about your visit.
    Wally & Sammy


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