Originally we'd planned to spend the day volunteering at BFAS, but then when we thought Rita would be coming along we changed our plans to just a 2-hour tour. (I didn't want to leave her alone too long in a strange rental place.) Of course, at the last minute, we ended up being able to leave her with my sis, so we got to spend the whole day there!
The day before our reservation for our tour, we drove past the BFAS info center in Kanab and noticed a sign board out front offering "free kitten snuggles." We couldn't resist that!
The next morning we headed to the sanctuary - on a big, beautiful piece of land - for our tour of Dog Town. (There are various free tours you can sign up for - of course we wanted to focus on the dogs!) The tour was very interesting, visiting various areas where the dogs are housed and trained. We saw this gorgeous pup out on a training walk:
A highlight was getting to meet this adorable puppy! BFAS has a great puppy socialization set-up. (Sure wish Rita had gotten that!) The trainer told the hubs to go ahead and leave his hat on - it's good for the pups to meet all sorts of different folks wearing all sorts of different things.
The property is so huge there are a couple of hikes you can do. On our way to our first short hike, we stopped at Angel's Rest, the cemetery. Man, we were rather sniffly visiting there. It's really peaceful, and there are 1400 wind chimes (which folks buy as memorials) so whenever there's a breeze there's a lovely sound. (How much of a donation do I have to make to get my own ashes buried there??)
Our short hike to Angels' Overlook took us to this lovely view.
After that we enjoyed a fantastic all-you-can eat vegetarian buffet lunch for $5! ("All you can eat" are the hubs' four favorite words!)
To work off our lunch, we went on another hike to Hidden Lake (yep there's a little "lake" hidden away under that cliff if you go into that opening. Pretty wild. We also hiked to some Anasazi ruins.
On our way back, we passed a woman who was at the sanctuary for a seminar - she runs her own rescue for herding dogs, and she was hiking with this cutie who was on his first hike with his new prosthetic back feet! See his little purple "boots"? Those are actually prosthetics.
For our last stop at the sanctuary, we went to the gift shop - where I went a little crazy! After all - it's all for a good cause, right?! I bought a jacket, 2 tees (pictured), a bracelet, a poster, a book, etc. :)
One of my fave things (well, besides meeting that puppy...) was the attention to detail. They have lots of fun graphics and signs everywhere, like this sign above the mirror in the ladies' room:
|"You look fabulous. Now go hug a puppy or a kitten."|
Do you have any special plans on your Animal Lover's Bucket List?
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