Heart Dogs : Benefiting BlissWood’s Texas Border Collie Rescue

November 6th, 2014

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is more than just a pet-friendly bed and breakfast in Texas. Animals are a big part of life here. As a working guest ranch, we’re home to lots of wonderful creatures, big and small. And as a dog lover, BlissWood owner Carol is a long-time supporter of All Border Collie Rescue (ABCR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Border Collies and recently formed her own nonprofit Texas Border Collie Rescue, Fosters of BlissWood (also on Facebook), and Carol will continue to rescue and foster for ABCR on her ranch.

Border Collie Rescue Benefit

So we’re happy to share the news about an exciting upcoming project from Aki Yamaguchi, a talented photographer and fellow dog lover. Aki Yamaguchi has created a beautiful and heartwarming book of photography that chronicles life with her beloved dog, Jazzy. Heart Dogs is a beautiful tribute to the bond between a woman and man’s best friend. Yamaguchi’s photos tell the story of the profound impact a dog can have on a person’s life. And if you’ve ever visited BlissWood for a ranch vacation, you might recognize some of the scenery – many of the photos were taken here!

border collie rescue houston

Yamaguchi recently launched a campaign on Kickstarter in an effort to raise funds that will help cover some of the costs of printing, editing and shipping this book. If, and when, the project is fully funded, Yamaguchi has generously decided to donate proceeds from sales of the book to help the foster dogs from All Border Collie Rescue who are currently living at BlissWood as they await their forever homes.

Be sure to check out the campaign which runs through November 9, 2014 on Kickstarter.  When you contribute to the Heart Dogs project, you’re supporting a good cause and a great book. Plus, depending on your contribution level, you can also expect to receive a ‘thank you’ in the form of a card, print, t-shirt, or your own reserved copy of the book.

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” 

-Will Rogers

Texas Babymoon : BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch

September 15th, 2014

When you’re expecting, life is full of happiness and joy, but it’s not without stress. It’s important to take some time to relax, but that’s easierTexas Babymoon said than done. That’s why you should treat yourselves to a relaxing vacation before your baby arrives. So make a trip to Cat Spring, Texas and take advantage of the Texas Babymoon Package at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch!

At our Texas Hill Country guest ranch, you can enjoy a little pampering, as well as some one-on-one time with your partner before the big day. We specialize in packages that will leave you refreshed and recharged. We’ve got everything you need for a peaceful getaway as you’re getting ready for that special delivery.

During pregnancy, many expectant mothers try to keep travel to a minimum. It’s probably not the ideal time for an epic road trip or a long plane ride. But BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the perfect location for getting away, without getting too far from home! Conveniently located just 50 miles outside Houston, it’s an easy drive from many areas of Texas.

Choose the Babymoon Package, and we’ll give you a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience. Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted with a welcome basket and sparkling cider. We’ll set the scene with a fresh bouquet of Baby’s Breath and a special treat of chocolate-covered strawberries. And since the trip is all about relaxing, the mom-to-be will be treated to her choice of a hand or foot reflexology treatment. It’s time to get your “me time”, while you can!

Texas Babymoon picnicWhile you’re enjoying your BlissWood Babymoon, you’ll want to be sure to plan a peaceful picnic in the gazebo at the Enchanted Lake. And later on in the evening, enjoy a little date night with a gourmet dinner for two at Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant.

Give us a call today at 713-301-3235 and we’ll help you start planning your very own Texas babymoon!

Our 2- night Texas Babymoon package includes:

  • Welcome basket
  • Sparkling Cider on arrival
  • Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
  • A bouquet of baby’s breath (can be upgraded to roses)
  • A romantic picnic in the Gazebo at Enchanted Lake
  • Dinner for two at Carol’s at Cat Spring
  • Hand or foot reflexology treatment for mom-to-be (a massage for dad-to-be can be added)
  • Package Cost: $279 per couple (plus room rate)

A Wild West Wedding at BlissWood

August 8th, 2014

Are you ready to start planning your big day? BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the ideal place to start your life together! Our working ranch outside of Houston provides the perfect backdrop for Western themed weddings in Texas Hill Country.

You’ll find the perfect mix of elegant and rustic here at BlissWood. You and the love of your life can say your vows beneath a majestic oak tree, in a gazebo overlooking a lake, or in an intimate garden setting. And after you say “I do,” you can move on to the show barn for a boot-stomping reception. Enjoy dancing the night away here with all your friends and family.

We’ll do everything we can to make sure that your wedding is customized just for you. Depending on the level of “fairytale” you want, you can even arrive at your ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage! It’s sure to be a grand entrance that your guests will never forget on a day you’ll always remember.

western themed weddings in Texas

Our idyllic 650-acre ranch is truly a dream location for weddings of all sizes. Whether you’re planning a large wedding or an intimate gathering, you’ll find what you’re looking for at BlissWood. We offer elopement packages too! And we’re happy to help you with everything from flowers to music to cake! We know that you want every detail to be just right.

Another perk to hosting your wedding at BlissWood is that we have a resident Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. The talented Skeeter Hagler will be sure to capture every beautiful moment of your special day.

At BlissWood, we’ll pull out all the stops to make sure that your special day is truly special. Get started today and we can help you plan your perfect Texas wedding. Give us a call at 713-301-3235 to start planning your Texas wedding!

Celebrate Family Fun at BlissWood

July 16th, 2014

Not only is BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch a great place to get away, but it’s the perfect location to get together! We love helping guests celebrate special occasions like weddings, girlfriend getaways, and Texas family reunions!

We recently hosted a fantastic family reunion here at BlissWood. Our location in Texas Hill Country ended up being a convenient meeting spot for a big family that was traveling from all over. Reunion guests hailed from New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio.

When you host an event at BlissWood, you have your choice of 10 spacious houses and cabins on the ranch, as well as 8 more units at our nearby Oasis. This group took advantage of the accommodations at the Dog Trot House and thought it was just right for their big gathering. They had a blast playing games, swimming, and just hanging out.

Texas family reunion

There are so many things to do at BlissWood for family members of all ages. You can hike, bike, canoe, or fish. Relax and play a game of horseshoes or just take in the beautiful scenery while you spend some quality time with your family.

And what would any reunion be without food? When you have your reunion at BlissWood, you can have meals catered or you can dine at our award-winning Carol’s at Cat Spring Restaurant. Our last group enjoyed a Saturday night dinner at the restaurant and in addition to a great meal, found the ambiance to be top-notch. They were impressed with everything from the food to the table settings to the service!

And as a little added bonus, one of the reunion guests adopted a foster puppy that was staying at the ranch from All Border Collie Rescue. It always warms our hearts to connect an animal with a loving home after a wonderful visit!

Give us a call today at 713-301-3235. We’d love to help you plan your own family reunion!

Stetson the Sochi Street Dog

June 20th, 2014

We love animals here at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. We have a whole host of animals who live here and BlissWood owner, Carol Davis, does great work to help animals in Texas with All Border Collie Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to finding forever homes for Border Collies.

If you remember the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia earlier this year, you probably recall hearing about their street dogs. Sochi’s abundance of stray dogs made the news during the Games, when authorities began rounding up and killing dogs. When the world caught wind of this terrible development, a number of animal rights groups stepped in to help save the dogs of Sochi.

Many Olympians joined in with the rescue efforts, taking home dogs themselves. Web sites popped up urging people around the world to help and save lives by adopting a dog from Sochi.

Carol Davis found Dog #153 on one such site. The site described him as a beautiful dog with a great personality. Many of his canine buddies from the streets of Sochi had already been rounded up and killed, but Dog #153 was caught by an animal rescue group. Carol took action and began the adoption process. It was a long process – it took months to make the arrangements and help from people on both ends but, in the end it all worked out for the best.

animal rescue in Texas

This lovable pup is now a world traveler. He finally made it all the way from Sochi, Russia to Houston, Texas. When all was said and done, he had flown 7,000 miles before arriving at Houston Intercontinental Airport.

Dog 153 is no longer a number. Now he goes by the name Stetson and he’s adjusted quite well to ranch life in Texas! Stetson is having a great time exploring the 600 acre ranch here at BlissWood and enjoying life. He’s one lucky dog!

All Border Collie Rescue’s Dancing for the Dogs

June 3rd, 2014

Everyone looks forward to the weekend, but we’re especially excited this week. We’ve got big plans! This Saturday, BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch will join All Border Collie Rescue for a night of dinner and dancing. On June 7th, we’ll be attending “Dancing for the Dogs” at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Lofts in Houston.

The event will feature performances by world-class ballroom dancers, including Top 24 International Latin Competitors, Katia Kuznetsova and Cristiano Callegari! Attendees will even get a chance to see BlissWood owner and former competitive dancer Carol Davis take the floor with Cristiano Callegari!

Additionally, there will be performances by two canine musical freestyle teams from The Texas-Six Steppers dog freestyle dancing troupe. The evening’s emcee will be Shern-Min Chow, news anchor and reporter for Houston’s KHOU.

It will be a fun night, but it’s also for a great cause. All donations from the event will benefit All Border Collie Rescue. We love the work that All Border Collie Rescue does. They’re dedicated to caring for dogs in transition as they look for permanent homes. Since 2008, when All Border Collie Rescue was founded, they’ve rescued over 1000 dogs. BlissWood’s Carol Davis has personally fostered around 200 of those Collies!

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All Border Collie Rescue helps find forever homes for dogs from shelters throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other neighboring states. They work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, and match Border Collies with families who are right for them.

Support a wonderful cause and have some fun! It’s not too late to buy tickets for Dancing for the Dogs. And if you’re interested in table sponsorship, send an email to carol@blisswood.net. You can also buy a raffle ticket online for the chance to win a one week stay at the Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa in Cabo San Lucas! Just click on the ‘donate’ button and designate it as raffle tickets for Cabo raffle. (Raffle winners do not need to be present to win.)

Historic Texas

May 13th, 2014

Texas is a great state with a rich history. Located in lovely Texas Hill Country, our ranch in Cat Spring is just one of the many charming stops you might make on a historic tour of Texas.

Take a look at Sealy, Texas, if you will. Formed as a railroad town in 1879, our neighbors in the nearby city of Sealy recently received a Texas Main Street Program Grant. The grant was presented by Anita Perry, wife of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Along with a friend, BlissWood owner Carol Davis had the privilege of presenting the Texas and US colors on horseback.

historic tour of Texas

Sealy was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Texas Main Street Program. The goal of the TMSP is “to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns and commercial neighborhood districts in accord with the National Main Street Four Point Approach® of organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion.”

Across the great state of Texas, there are 84 official Texas Main Street communities. The program works with towns and cities of every size, ranging in population from 2,000 to over 200,000. And all that work is paying off. Texas Main Street communities have seen significant reinvestment into their historic downtowns.

It’s extremely important to support and invest in the downtown areas of our Texas cities. Downtown revitalization is key when it comes to preserving the economic and social health of a community. A well-preserved historic downtown is part of any city’s charm. It’s also a valuable source of cultural heritage.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact the program will have on the beautiful city of Sealy, and we’re honored to have been a part of it! Next time you take a trip to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, be sure to stop by Sealy!

Spring Calving Season at BlissWood

April 30th, 2014

Blisswood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is more than your average B&B. We offer one-of-a-kind Texas guest ranch vacations here in Cat Spring, Texas. And as a working ranch, we’re also home to lots of animals, big and small. At this time of year, it seems like every time we turn around, we’re home to one more! Now that it’s spring, the baby calves are arriving.

Who can resist snapping some pictures of a mom with a newborn? Our resident photographer Skeeter Hagler managed to capture this special moment just after the birth of one of our calves.

Texas guest ranch vacations

Our owner, Carol Davis, has been raising cattle for years. In addition to Angus and Angus crossbreeds, she also raises American Bison here at BlissWood.

With over 650 acres, we have plenty of room for all kinds of beautiful creatures. And we do have all kinds. As well as common barnyard animals like cattle and chickens, you might also see black buck antelope, potbellied pigs, fallow deer, alpaca, and miniature donkeys. And if you take a stroll around the ranch, you’ll probably even come across a peacock or two.

When you stay at our Texas ranch, you have the chance to meet many of our animals on the morning feeding tour. The tour is open to all guests and it’s a unique treat for any animal lover. But the wildlife is just one of the many things that sets Blisswood Bed and Breakfast apart from other inns. With charming, historic accommodations and a wide variety of on-site activities, a stay at BlissWood is a true Texas adventure.

So if you’re looking for a different kind of getaway or if you’re interested in animals and life on a ranch, start planning your trip today! You can visit our website to check availability online or just give us a call at 713-301-3235.

All Border Collie Rescue

April 23rd, 2014

At BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, animals are a big part of everyday life. You might say we have more than our fair share of them! We’re home to chickens, bison, antelope, fallow deer, potbellied pigs, peacocks, alpaca, and miniature donkeys. And in addition to all of those fine creatures, you’ll often find us with a Border Collie or two. (Or more.) But they don’t belong to us – we’re just helping out some of the sweet rescue dogs in Texas.

We’re proud to work with All Border Collie Rescue, caring for dogs in transition as they look for permanent homes. All Border Collie Rescue was founded in 2008, and in its first year in operation, it found homes for 25 lovable pups. Now, just a few years later, that number is reaching into the hundreds! At BlissWood, we’re happy to help as much and as often as we can.

All Border Collie Rescue is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue of Border Collies. They help to find homes for dogs from shelters throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other neighboring states. They work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, and match Border Collies with families who are right for them.

And we’ve got some wonderful news! Just last weekend one of our foster Border Collies was adopted! To celebrate the momentous occasion, we went out to take some photos in the bluebonnets. As you can see, Border Collies aren’t just smart – they’re photogenic too.

Ruby the Border Collie found a new home!

Ruby the Border Collie found a new home!

When you visit BlissWood, you might just end up bonding with some of our available fosters. If you’ve never met a Border Collie, you should know that they’re very smart and they learn quickly. A Border Collie makes for a great companion. They’re loyal to their owners and very capable, if you train them well. If you think there’s a chance that a Border Collie might fit into your life, please consider a rescue. They’re especially good pets for folks with active households.

Plan a visit to BlissWood today! You won’t necessarily leave with a new pet, but you never know…

Midweek Getaway Special

April 22nd, 2014
Texas Hill Country B&B Ranch

 

Stay with us midweek and take advantage of special savings! Book Monday-Thursday at our regular rates and save 25% per night!

 

*This is a limited time offer available for stays thru May 31, 2014. For new reservations only. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Not available on weekends or during holiday periods.

 

Check availability and book online with promo code: midweek25, or if you prefer, give us a call at 713-301-3235.


At Lehmann Ranch, 1 hour west of Houston

13251 Newberg Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Email: Carol@BlissWood.net
Phone: 713-301-3235

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