The Pedersen Family

A close family that strives to squeeze the life out of every minute, the Pedersens love to dream, create, serve, build, fly, mentor, and simply be involved in relationships. With their passion for adventure, people, and animal husbandry, combined with a heart for the underprivileged, this energetic family loves to explore the far corners of rural developing nations while practicing veterinary medicine and enjoying humanitarian work. With a sensitivity to world cultures, Heather and Bruce have been devoted to each other in both marriage and work, and use their God-given talents and abundance to serve others locally and overseas.

Heather Mehra-Pedersen

Heather’s career spans across a few industries from stockbroker to author. This Lehigh University graduate has worked with her husband in the veterinary field for over 2 ½ decades. As serial entrepreneurs (combined with a bad real estate habit), they co-founded in 2001 in an effort to make the world one big library. When not maintaining the vision and focus of daily operations at Talus Rock Retreat or touching base with their three grown kids, she is a sign language interpreter and works on her own non-profit, She remains the ‘Yin’ to Bruce’s ‘Yang’. Having lost their single-engine at 5,000 feet, she (unlike Bruce) no longer enjoys flying in small planes.

Bruce Pedersen

Bruce is the co-founder and CEO of BookCrossing, a private pilot, licensed veterinarian, 4-time Iditarod vet, Mongol Derby vet, innovator, and member of the Army Veterinary Corps. In an effort to hold on to Talus Rock Retreat through the 2008 economic recession, he exiled himself to the oil fields of Watford City, ND, and valiantly succeeded in pioneering the second largest veterinary hospital in the nation. The Center is poised to be the Mayo Clinic of vet med and, eventually, a teaching hospital.  While working as rodeo, fair, and emergency vet for both large and small animals, he also maintains a strong passion and acumen for technology, real estate, and aviation. With a contagiously positive attitude, he fervently believes in the greater good.

Kipling Pedersen

My firstborn, while eligible to graduate from Sandpoint High School at 13, proved too young to send off to university. Instead, he experienced 3 senior years (and proms) while attending Stanford’s online program for gifted kids. Undergrad years were spent enjoying a full ride to Montana State University, studying abroad over 2 years while backpacking across Asia and Europe on a shoestring budget (thus sleeping in trees, on park benches, and hopping night trains). All before turning19, he studied Arabic in Morocco, spayed dogs in Egypt, and bathed donkeys in Thailand before finally finishing his DVM degree from London’s Royal Veterinary College in 2020. Licensed to practice in 4 continents, Dr. Kipling is heading to New Zealand to live and work with his soon-to-be-wife, Kristy Friesen.

Rio Pedersen

My second child and only daughter, Rio, is fluent in French and Spanish. She loves to dance, scuba dive, ski, run, surf, and summit high peaks in foreign lands with ice pickaxes. She also delights in solving difficult math problems and finds great joy in riding busses with chickens over bumpy roads while maneuvering through little brown countries. Rio pursued studies in Peru and Chile after hoofing it around Asia while still enrolled at Regis University in Denver. Completing a degree in International Business with a triple minor in French, Communications, and Programming, she hopes to someday complete her pilot’s license. She can then continue traveling the world -just a lot faster and while earning a living!

Selkirk Pedersen

My youngest son is a savvy entrepreneur with big ambition! Our wild child spends his free time tearing up Schweitzer Mountain, traveling, filming, and creating terrific artistic videos. He was a licensed drone operator and helicopter pilot before the age of 19.  He has a lucrative Craigslist habit and has managed to trade donkeys, trailers, scuba gear, and boats for snowmobiles, guns, and campers. This mighty young wheel can sell ketchup popsicles to women in white gloves and obtained his real estate license in Idaho, North Dakota, and Colorado by 20. His real estate career has him busy while finishing his Film degree from Denver Film School. Whimsical and spontaneous, look for the streak across the land and air; he is a hurricane of energy and drive with a big heart!

If you’re looking to relocate to beautiful Sandpoint, ID and want a realtor who knows the area like the back of his hand, contact Selkirk directly.

Phone: 208.610.4021


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Co-Founders of

(2001) BookCrossing – making the world a library by sharing books and promoting literacy reaching out to third world countries founded on the principle that the two things that change peoples’ lives are the books they read and the people they meet. This free global book club is a growing movement and a cross between a treasure hunt and a message in a bottle with over 2M members releasing more than 13M books in 140 countries.

(2005) VetExperts: The third-largest veterinary center in the nation, Watford City Veterinary Center (a VetExperts hospital) seeks to become the Mayo Clinic of veterinary medicine and lead the industry in efficiency, innovation, and client satisfaction by continually improving every process that encompasses animal healthcare.

(2017) Wagstarter: Funding health and hope for pets, Wagstarter is a community of passionate animal lovers supporting sick and injured pets. Founded by veterinarians, Wagstarter passes 100% of your net donations directly to the clinics performing lifesaving care.

(2018) ButterflyCoins: A global experiment to inspire, track and celebrate the butterfly effect of random acts of kindness.