Friday, December 7, 2018





Hello everyone.  Hope all are doing well.
Just taking a minute to say thank you to all who have donated and purchased pendants from Dennis to help take care of these dogs.  And thank you for the prayers.

Dog food is expensive!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas.


As usual there is an on going need here for dog food, vet care and supplies.
If you would like to help out with dog food this month please just click on the donate button.

Dennis will be putting on another live feed this coming Sunday in our Facebook group
The Knotted Branch.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!





Monday, November 26, 2018

All about Happy Dog

Hello and Welcome

All about Happy Dog
11/26/18



Hello everyone.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  I've decided to begin making posts about each dog that is here.  It's really amazing how they all came to trust us and love us and we them. 

I know they are all special but Happy Dog really is special.  When we first arrived here he was one of the abandoned dogs that didn't want anything to do with people. Very skittish.

I wish I knew what his whole story is, but I know this, he trusts us and loves us now.  And the feeling is mutual. :) 

We didn't have any fencing at the time so the best we could do is put out food for each of the dogs that were living in the desert here, and hope to earn their trust.  Sometimes that meant taking a bowl way out where Happy Dog and his then companion Shyann hung out.  Slowly moving the bowl closer and closer to us.  And just giving them time to see that we were not there to harm them.

I'll never forget the first day that Happy Dog trusted me enough to get up from his resting place and run towards me for a head scratch, although darting in and out for it, not letting me rest it there.  He was inching closer and closer as the days when by, until one day he stayed longer than one minute and then eventually he learned to love belly rubs.  Every time I would go out to take photos, which back then was everyday, sometimes 2 and 3 times a day, Happy Dog would come running and hang out with me while I took pictures.  He would roll over and insist on a belly rub.

That first time he jumped up to come running up to me I caught on camera.   I'm embedding a PowerPoint slide show I made of Happy Dog.  Hope you enjoy.  

I also was touched the first time he came into the rock shop, which is where Scooter sleeps.  He didn't stay long, he came in because the stove is right by the back door, which is his door and is always open, and I was standing at the stove cooking.  And of course I had to give him a taste, can't remember what it was, something he liked.  

Then I remember the first time he got on the couch and the first time he slept inside all night.  Really

Here is a link to our PowerPoint presentation on Happy Dog.  It has pictures and the such.  Thanks for looking and a huge thanks to those who have donated and helped us along the way.  And thanks for your prayers, they are always appreciated. 

Please click on the link to view the PowerPoint presentation of Happy Dog.  It takes a minute or two to load but then it works great.


Happy Dog PowerPoint Presentation


Sunday, August 26, 2018


Shepherd Hills Haven Update

Hello everyone.  Geesh it's been ages since I've updated.  Let me start by saying a huge thank you to those who have donated, purchased the beautiful pendants made by Dennis and have encouraged us along the way.  Thanks to that we have been able to replace fencing that Chomp and Chewy tore apart in their escapades of escaping now and then.The new fencing will keep them safe. 

Now for sad news. 

As most of you know, my little loyal dog Jack died back in March and my heart still breaks over him being gone.  I sure do miss him.


And now Jack's best buddy and our loyal Cane Corso Gate is not doing well.  We will probably be putting him down in about a week.  My heart is breaking as is Dennis's too, Gate has been very special to us both.  


Gate has a mass on his head which the vet thinks is most likely cancer and he is of the age where he could not tolerate anesthesia or surgery and with other problems he has, it just isn't possible.  

The other dogs, Groucho, Lefty, Uno, Happy Dog and Sharp, are all doing well, as is Chomp and Chewy other.  

It is still our dream to be able to go non profit, build up this place and rescue more dogs.  I actually have a dream of being able to place small livable as in camping like, cabins around the 5 acres here, fence each one off and help people as well as dogs that need rescued.  Not sure if it will ever come true, but it's okay to dream right?  :)

Again, thank you everyone.  


PS, we do live feeds in our facebook group The Knotted Branch  Feel free to join up and watch Dennis make his beautiful cold forged pendants.  Maybe even purchase one.



Thank you