Our Pets

Our pets know the rules of the bed & breakfast: no barking, whining, jumping, scratching, biting or inappropriate sniffing will be tolerated – or back to the pound with ya! In other words, nothing less than perfect, well-mannered obedience will do around here. No matter what, though, the cute factor is most definitely part of the charm around here!


Meet our dog, Panda! Itching for a new dog with the promise to “take care of its every need”, our youngest son, Selkirk, persuaded me to visit the local shelter. We went “just for a look” – and what a look she has. From the pound to the palace, this bouncy, wire-haired Terrier/Border Collie mix was the runt of the litter and has proven to be pure joy. After her homecoming, the next 6 guests loved her so much they each went to the shelter and adopted her remaining siblings. She is often found self-entertaining, herding the chickens, or making fast friends with a stick. As the quintessential icebreaker, Panda absolutely loves to accompany guests for a property walk and sits attentively when guests fish (she is thrilled to play with thrashing fish!) Don’t be alarmed when she nibbles at your knee or thigh as a request to scratch her belly (which is often unabashedly presented spread eagle, on her back, in her “Welcome Home!” position).


A fiery Mini-Australian Shepherd, Fiddle (full name Francis Sinatra Fiddle McButterpants) loves the attention of our revolving door of daily guests. Wooing young and old with her wiggly stumped tail, while batting her most notable asset, (those stunning sapphire eyes) she is a people magnet. But all cuteness aside, don’t let this little blue-eyed beauty fool you…she is a high profile trouble maker known to take the stuffing out of a few of our home-grown chickens. Not much bigger than them, she only means to play. But there’s no telling where she’ll strike next! Slippers tend to disappear, and she loves to burrow in cushions.


Ornery and mischievous with an oversized personality, our tiny but mighty mutt escaped from a North Dakota Indian reservation. We think he’s a Long-Haired Dachshund/ Yorkie mix, but, after seeing him scale a 6-foot chainlink fence, we’ve decided he is also part cat. Measie is a very social dog. We delight in his sheer joy when guests bring new friends for him to meet. With his trademark one-up-one-down ears and catfish whiskers, he is extremely endearing.


The son of Measle and Fiddle, Sprout is a perfect mix of both. After an ultrasound showed three puppies on the way, little Sprout surprised us in the middle of the night as number four. While all of the pups were adorable, none looked like their parents. The runt of the litter, he’s a full-grown forever puppy, and we think he’s as yummy as the middle of a cinnamon bun. Sprout inherited his mom’s great brindle coloring and kind disposition and his dad’s unique one-up-one-down ears…The perfection we simply couldn’t give up.


RD, initials for ‘Reservation Dog’, is Bruce’s loyal, blue heeler companion. He came to the vet hospital as a puppy with a broken leg, straight off the ND Indian reservation. The owner told Bruce to put him down. Bruce offered to fix and keep him instead. Loyal only to one, he’s a dog’s dog. As a trick, he can jump 5 ft straight up like a pogo stick when you throw a ball in the air.


Technically not pets as we haven’t named our lovely free-range egg-laying breakfast blessings, our chickens live a lovely existence. Each morning, they roam their coop conversing about their last night’s dreams over a breakfast of organic feed. In the afternoon, these fat hens enjoy a bug-eating busy stroll around the property for at least 3 hours rain or shine. By late afternoon, they are convened back in their humble abode bawking and chittering about their Talus Rock daily adventures. From what we can tell, it’s quite a lively conversation. And Yes, their eggs reflect their lives: fabulous!

Pet-Friendly Accomodations

We LOVE our furry friends.

  • Pending availability, there will be $20 per night/per pet (paws) fee and $40 per night per large animal. Please call 208.255-8458 for details.
  • Up to 2 pets are permitted per room in travelling kennels and pet beds. For the courtesy of our other guests, we insist any barking, whining, chewing or scratching pets remain at home.
  • Please, for respect for our future highly allergic guests, pets are positively/absolutely not permitted on furniture or beds (even with personal blanket coverings) and must be in a travelling kennel when left at Talus Rock Retreat unattended.
  • Pets must remain in your room or be leashed in the house or on Talus Rock Retreat property due to tame livestock and wildlife surrounding Talus Rock Retreat.
  • If a guest’s pet arrives at Talus Rock Retreat without prior authorization, we reserve our right of refusal and this may cause you disruption or result in the total or partial loss of your security deposit.
  • Please note, as some guests are allergic and sensitive to cats, we do not invite cats into the house, however, we would be pleased to arrange an overnight stay at a local pet lodge or accommodations outside of Talus Rock Retreat.