First RV Trip Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arkansas travel blog

What these people do for the animals is awesome.(see text)

Like on the sign...dogs, cats, horses, pigs, birds, & bunnies.

In front of the visitor center.

This is where we're waiting...

...for our free tour appointment.

Parking lot and grounds...

"

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...their tour vans.

Visitor center and gift shop.

There are many trails for dog and cat walks...guess which this is.

In one of the cat houses, each has a bed & box...

...lots of places to sleep...

...and play.

Can you find the cat in this picture?

Visitors to play with...

...for the sociable ones.

Lots of private places to hide in the ceiling.

This is one of the dog houses. Access to the doors is...

Some are round, each dogs space has an inside door and an...

Our tour van.

Some scenes drivng around...

"their" 3700 acre canyon...

...which has been used over the years...

...for quite a few western movies...

...and T.V. shows.

"Angels Rest", their pet cemetary...

...with sections for dogs, cats, etc.

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This barn was in a John Wayne movie, forget which one he...

That looks like a cave up there...

...sort of.

Byron told us there were real AND fake petroglyphs behind here.

I went back to look...not sure what I'm looking for...

???

I'm pretty sure "Dave 52" is a fake one.

This one looks real though...

...and this one.

Great place to visit on Rt. 93 about 5 miles north of...

Glenda chose Honey's Place for her grocery shopping. No Wal-Mart here.

An old Packard I think. Nice decoration.

Main street of Kanab, Utah.

Our favorite restaurant there. (See text about the family and pIes.)

There's a K up on the mountain for Kanab. Many of the...

...here in Utah have a letter like that on "their" town mountain.

The liquor store and the police station are next door to each...

LITERALLY, 5 feet apart.


Tuesday (I think, I lose track) Aug. 1

We took an easy day in Kanab to grocery shop, do laundry, check tires & oil, shave…you know all the basic stuff. Glenda went to “Honey’s Grocery Store”, it looked like THE local place to shop. It’s pretty nice when you can get a parking space right in front of the store instead of a quarter mile down the parking lot and when I walked in an idle checker actually greeted me.

We DID however do one interesting thing…we made an appointment and got the free tour of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They own a 3700 acre canyon about 5 miles outside of town. They are a no-kill facility that takes in animals from shelters around the country that are slated for death…including blind, crippled, or older dogs, cats, bunnies, pigs, horses, birds, and a few wild animals. Don’t get me wrong, they have lots of healthy ones too…hundreds of cats, dogs, and birds. They bring them in, quarantine them for a week or two, treat them, spay or neuter them, chip them, find them a forever home if they are adoptable, or give them a home and treatment for the rest of their lives if they aren’t adoptable.

At any given time they have about 1600 animals on the property. The buildings we saw on the tour are modern, state of the art, facilities/homes for the animals, with complete veterinarian care and lots of volunteers to provide attention, training, love and care. We only got to see and pet one dog, “Wigglesworth” who was a cross between a Sharpei and a German Shepherd…he had a big wrinkled head and was a real sweetie. We went into one of the cat houses and got to pet a bunch of them, but if you want to see bunnies, pigs, birds, or horses, they have separate specialized tours for that. We also got a quick tour of the canyon which is part of the Grand Staircase Escalante. That’s another discussion about this part of Utah for later. Our tour guide Byron, was the grandson of the original owner of the canyon, so he grew up there and knew where there are fake petroglyphs and where there are real ones. He had some interesting stories about movies being made there in his grandfather’s and father’s day, there have been 4 or 5 westerns filmed there, including “The Lone Ranger” and “The Apple Dumpling Gang.”

The one thing that impressed me was that they did NOT hit on us for money or donations. If you want get a membership it’s $25, no pressure, and that gets you a newsletter/magazine, etc. about what they are doing. They have partner shelters in a few states and are promoting the no-kill philosophy state-by-state across the country. Their adoption numbers are staggering and they are reducing the euthanasia numbers by millions. Enough said, but if you love animals and want to see what they are all about here’s a link to their website:

http://bestfriends.org/

I know that if we get another dog, I’ll be inspired to adopt one rather than buy one from a breeder. I already figured there are enough breed specific rescues to get the breed I want that way. The people at Best Friends said…you don’t have to adopt from them…any time you adopt one, it’s one less that needs a home no matter where you adopt them from. The one thing about theirs though, is they have been working with the animals to make them “better” pets all the while they are there. They work with them daily to make them adoptable.

One more thing about Kanab today…I went to the liquor store to get Glenda a bottle of wine…it’s in a little strip shopping center. Guess who the next door neighbor is…the police station, the two doors were LITERALLY 3 feet apart. (see pictures). Then when I went in, the cop (I’m sure this little town only has one.) was in there shooting the shit with the liquor store lady. I asked if they needed special protection…next door wasn’t close enough…he laughed and said he was just killing a half hour until he could go home.



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