Archive for April, 2015

Penny’s Post: Spring Barrel and New Wine Dogs!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

penny.4.26.15PostWith Spring Barrel just around the corner, I thought you might want to hear from more of our “newer” Wine Doggies! They have such great stories – I could just play with their toys… I mean, listen to their stories all day long! Today you’ll get to hear from Benji & Sid.  Both dogs were rescued by their owners.  We are so lucky to have owners who love us unconditionally and give us the best homes. My owner surprised me this weekend with a bright red football! I love all the different sounds it makes when I bite on it – but my owner tells me this is an outside toy, and so sometimes I have to share it with my big sister Destiny!  Enjoy the stories and have fun during Spring Barrel Weekend - I’ll be staying home with my new squeaky football.  Toodles ~ Penny the Pill



Benji (left) & Gracie (right) waiting to greet their visitors at Barrel Springs Winery

Benji (left) & Gracie (right)  waiting to greet their visitors at Barrel Springs Winery

My name is Benji. Someone dumped me off last summer at Barrel Springs Winery. I loved hanging around Jim and Annette’s house and vineyard but I noticed they already had a winery dog and they weren’t too sure they wanted to take on another. I knew my big personality could win them over if I just had a little time! Unfortunately some big dog came into the front yard one morning and decided to eat me! Annette scooped me up, took me to the Vet and told Jim that it only cost $700 to fix me up, so they guessed they better keep me. I’ve been a happy camper ever since and I am even starting to grow on Gracie too.

Spring Barrel tasting is coming up next weekend and I’m already getting excited to see everyone. Gracie lets me take the lead on this. Jim will be tasting his 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon out of the barrel and they also have some artisan cheeses paired with their wines for tasting all weekend. I’m always on the lookout for a morsel or two to drop! They have some great discounts on 1/2 and full cases of wine for this event also. Gracie and I will be available for any photo opts and we can’t wait to share our owners enthusiasm and love for wine making. See you April 26-28 10am-5:00pm.  ~Benji & Gracie


Marshal taking a break with one of his owners, Paul while they tend to the vineyards together.

Hi, my name is Marshal and I joined the Paradisos pack last week. My home was meant to be, as my new owners were down to one dog, Digley, who apparently thinks he can keep the coyotes out of the yard single-handedly.  Needless to say, he needed back up and like my owner said, “One dog isn’t enough for the best mental health.”

My new owners found me at the Yakima Humane Society. Being friendly is one of the requirements of a good Wine Dog. Luckily for me, I fit the bill – I love people and I’m gentle and I love it when families come to visit me! I’m still learning my job, but my owner says I’m good at greeting visitors and escorting them along. I absolutely love getting tummy rubs and pets .. and of course, I also love treats!!! I’m not allowed in the tasting room though, my owners like to keep the food samples safe and the room allergen free to visitors – so make sure and say hello to me on your way inside! Since I’m the new Wine Dog in town, I would love to make some new friends with other dogs. If you bring your dog, please keep them leashed because we have free range poultry. I can show you where there is shady tie out spots along with leash free options and walks.  Speaking of walks, I can hardly wait for the Canine & Wine Walk, I’m hope to see you there! ~Marshal


Penny the Pill Post: Spring Barrel Weekends!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

SpringBarrel1Today marks the official kick off to Spring Barrel Weekends and my owner is so excited to try out new releases, drink wine from the barrel and meet new friends along the way.  Because it’s such a busy weekend, she tasked me with staying home and researching the wineries, their hours and anything extra fun happening at their facility.  Since there are 100 wineries in the Yakima Valley, I requested some help from my fellow Wine Doggies.  They were willing to share some of their stories too!

But first, let me tell you some of my own findings.  Most wineries are open at 11AM, but Windy Point Vineyards is open at 10:00AM and the views are just spectacular! Agate Field Vineyard will have pulled pork sandwiches available – I hope my owner brings me some leftovers. For details specific to this weekend, you’ll want to visit our Yakima Valley Tourism website.  Make sure to check it quite often because you don’t want to miss out on any of the festivities!! Well, now that you have some ideas for Spring Barrel Weekends, this little Pill is going to relax by the fire while my owner sips on her Merlot.  In the meantime, check out the latest from my buddy Bung at Bonair Winery and Vineyards.



Happy Tourist Season from your friend BUNG THE WONDER DOG. Winemaker Bill and I are hanging out together in the barrel cave. We’re getting ready for Spring Barrel Tasting at the wineries in my neighborhood, the Rattlesnake Hills near Zillah. Bill and I like to work on those red wines and we’ve got a woofing good wine, a Petit Verdot, for you all to barrel taste.

Come on out and spend time with us anytime on April 24th-26th to join in the festivities. Miz. Dee from Yakima is serving her finger licking ribs and chicken!  She is my best friend on those days- she knows how to make a doggie happy with those little tidbits! (Sorry Penny – I’m not even going to promise any leftovers) She is a lot smarter than I am and knows I can only have a little bit, as my doggie nose and mouth just run wild with those flavors!!

Please join us all here at Bonair Winery for some wonderful wines and great wine deals.  I will happily pose with you for a picture or two!  We are open every single day from 10-5 and

The Wonder Dog


Springtime in Downtown Yakima!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It was too nice outside to stay in last weekend, so my owner took me for a stroll around Downtown Yakima. She mentioned something about if I was good and kept my alter ego “Penny the Pill” to a minimum, there would be a reward at the end of the day.  We had a such a wonderful time at the Yakima Maker Space Spring Bazaar Fundraiser event – so many new people to check out, my owner loved looking at all of the arts & crafts, handbags and jewelry for sale. The Yakima Maker Space is a great place for projects of all sorts.

I (on the other hand) had my own agenda and pulled my owner toward a booth that I could smell from the moment we entered the room.  My new friend Jack Wright was selling homemade cookies, just for me!!! Well, he calls them the “Wright Bite” and the money being raised will go toward a school trip to Australia. My owner kept her word, I hadn’t been too much of a pill, so we left the Bazaar with a bag of Snickerpoodle cookies in hand.

On our way back to the car, I was greeted by some new furry friends (also on a walk) and one of their owners even noticed my brand new pink leash. The people here sure are nice and love dogs! I heard them tell my owner they were headed to the Greenway for a nice walk along the water.  I’ll have to check that place out, but for now – I’m happy with my treat from the Yakima Maker Space Spring Bazaar, being “good” has its rewards!

Until Next Time,

Penny the Pill

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