We founded the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in December
2000, shortly after moving to the ranch permanently. When
we first bought the property in the summer of 1998, our dream
was to turn these 160 acres of open grassland and cottonwoods
into a sanctuary for animals who are disabled. These are the
animals who are the least likely to be adopted and the most
likely to be euthanized in traditional shelters. The ranch
is now home to nearly 80 animals, more than half of them blind.
From the outset, we named the ranch the "Rolling Dog"
because our dogs love to roll around on their backs in the
sagebrush- and grass-covered meadows on the property. We'll
have as many as four dogs at a time rolling around upside
down, feet straight up in the air, scratching their backs
in the fields.
The sanctuary’s disabled residents are remarkable animals.
They are happy, energetic and loving. Many of our visitors
can’t believe the animals they see romping with each
other and running around are blind or cope with some other
kind of handicap. There isn’t a single animal here who
feels sorry for itself. Each and every one of them loves being
That’s really the ultimate inspiration for us. Despite
their disabilities, they want nothing more than a chance to
enjoy life. And that's what they get to do here.