Collar the Culprit!

January 2016 Collars are probably the most basic cat or dog accessory. I’m doing year-end inventory, and am realizing that if you came to visit, oh, the collars you’d see. Just in the dog section of collars, there’s nylon, leather, metal, and neoprene. In the nylon collars, Soda Mountain carries single-ply and double-thick solid colorsContinue reading “Collar the Culprit!”

Winterizing Your Best Friend

Raise of hands here – how many of you go for winter walks without shoes? How many would agree that ice and snow are not good on bare feet? Now, have you ever considered that your dog – ever ready as they¬†might be to go for a walk with you – has to walk onContinue reading “Winterizing Your Best Friend”

Furry Friends and Wagging Tails

One of the things we like most about the Flea Markets in Sumpter….is the relaxed nature of such a large event in such a small town. How many flea markets have you been to where atvs and dogs are allowed? It’s all smiles when the dogs come to town and bring their owners with them!Continue reading “Furry Friends and Wagging Tails”

Wild Plants: Currants & Locoweed

On the drive into Baker City last Tues (7 May 2013), I noticed the yellow-flowering currant were starting to bloom in the gorge. On the way back, the patch of locoweed at the base of the dam hill caught my eye. As I neared Sumpter, I saw squaw currant blooming. On Fri the 10th, itContinue reading “Wild Plants: Currants & Locoweed”

Wildflower: Glacier Lily

Glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum), also sometimes identified as deer tongue, is a member of the lily family. As the widow grass at Sumpter’s corner of Climax and Auburn was finishing up in the third week of April (2013), the deer tongue were showing up. That corner’s a bit sunny and dry, though, and the flowerContinue reading “Wildflower: Glacier Lily”

Dog Toy: Bottle Buddies

An oft-requested product is “that toy you can put your own water bottle in.” Here at Soda Mountain, those are represented by Bottle Buddies, made by Kyjen. Facial features are applied to the plush fabric with satin stitching. As long as the fabric holds up, you keep putting in an empty water bottle for renewedContinue reading “Dog Toy: Bottle Buddies”

Wildflower: Widow Grass

April 8, 2013 Today’s wildflower is widow grass, also known as grass widow, Latin name Sisyrinchium angustifolium. It is a member of the Iris family and is closely related to prairie¬†blue-eyed grass. One glance at the photo below and you can see why “grass” appears in the flower’s name. This specimen was photographed right inContinue reading “Wildflower: Widow Grass”