Archive for the ‘Ranch Life’ Category

Stetson the Sochi Street Dog

Friday, 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.

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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!

Spring Calving Season at BlissWood

Wednesday, 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.

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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

Wednesday, 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…

Winter Weather at BlissWood!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

2014 has been an awfully cold and snowy winter for most of the country. And even BlissWood hasn’t been totally immune to this year’s weird winter weather! Our normally sunny ranch in Cat Spring, Texas joined in on the meteorological madness just last week.

We were pretty sure that we had seen the last of Old Man Winter, but he showed his face one more time. (Or at least we hope it was the last time!) On a day that started out at a beautiful 74 degrees in the morning, the winds changed quickly as the temperature dropped an astonishing 40 degrees by late afternoon! But it wasn’t just the cold that hit us hard. By the next morning everything on the ranch was coated in ice!

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The blooms of our flowering trees were all covered in sparkling ice. And while it’s not the type of weather we usually hope for, it certainly made for a beautiful winter wonderland. We’re glad we got some good pictures of the storm because the next day it was all gone! Maybe it was just a reminder to beware Mother Nature.

But it looks like spring is in the air at BlissWood now! And we’re glad, because that means more sunny days for enjoying the great outdoors here on the ranch. With all the winter weather behind us, it’s time to get out and enjoy all the simple pleasures that BlissWood has to offer. For us, spring means nature walks, hiking, biking, fishing, and picnics. We’re even beginning to see bluebonnets popping up all over the pastures. Some of them are already starting to peek out!

If you’re  ready to spring into Spring, plan a trip to BlissWood! You can check availability online or just give us a call at 713-301-3235. We’ll be happy to help you start the season off right!

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Up Close With the Animals at BlissWood!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

BlissWood Bed and Breakfast is not your typical B&B. It’s much more! In addition to a cozy, country getaway, we’re also the perfect place for Texas ranch experience vacations. Our working guest ranch offers a variety of exciting onsite activities, as well as an array of wildlife. Whether you’re a lover of animals or you’re just interested in having an authentic Texas ranch adventure, BlissWood is the way to go.

When you stay with us at BlissWood, you have the opportunity to see all sorts of interesting creatures. But you won’t be limited to seeing them. You can also choose to have a more interactive experience. All of our guests have the option to join us for a morning feeding tour. It’s your chance to get up close and personal with a lot of our animal residents!

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In addition to all the usual barnyard animals, you’ll also be able to meet some of our more unusual inhabitants. As you stroll around the property, you might just happen upon some of our black buck antelope, potbellied pigs, alpaca, and miniature donkeys.  It’s also common to come across a peacock or two. Animal lovers will not be disappointed!

And if you’re looking for adventure, you’ve got it. It wouldn’t be a real ranch vacation without some riding! So if your idea of a Texas vacation includes saddling up, you’re in luck. We offer guided horseback rides as well as riding lessons for both children and adults. You’ll love exploring our scenic 650-acre property by horseback.

So if you want to get away and relax in nature, start planning your trip today! You can visit our website to check availability online or just give us a call at 713-301-3235.  We’d love to see you and introduce you to some new furry and feathered friends!

Catch Some Fun (and Fish) at BlissWood!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

We love summer, and it’s not over yet!  We have fun all year long at BlissWood Bed & Breakfast Ranch, but there’s nothing like a warm summer day for relaxing at the lake, enjoying a picnic, or playing some disc golf.  At BlissWood, we combine a real B&B experience with all the action of a family resort. You can have tons of fun at our Texas inn fishing, biking, and more. So if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway and great onsite activities, come on down to Cat Spring, Texas and pay us a visit!

When you stay with us, you might want to pack your bicycle. The ranch has plenty of room and easy terrain for a leisurely bike ride. You can even explore the nearby country roads if you want a longer ride. We also offer bicycle rentals here for just 35 dollars a day.  Of course, there’s no charge if you bring your own wheels!

And for many of us, nothing says summer like relaxing by the water and whiling away the hours with a fishing pole in hand. If that sounds like your idea of a perfect day, you’ll enjoy some catch-and-release bass fishing in our stocked lakes.  Again, we can supply the gear, or you can go ahead and bring your own.

Texas inn fishing

Just the other week, a couple of our guests had an exciting day at the lake! This big bass tried to get away – he squirmed right off the hook. But that didn’t stop these determined young fishermen.  One of them actually jumped in the water and caught him by hand!  We’re glad he did, because it made for an excellent photo op and fun memories!

If you’re interested in booking your own fun-filled getaway, you can check availability online or just give us a call at 713-301-3235.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The Buzz at Our Texas Guest Ranch

Monday, July 15th, 2013

We’re preparing for our first harvest here at BlissWood, but it’s not the usual crop. Just when you thought BlissWood couldn’t get any sweeter, we’re getting ready] to harvest honey! Of course, we can’t take all the credit – we’ve got a hive of hard-working bees here. And if all goes well, we’ll soon have fresh honey available on our Texas guest ranch.

Thousands of years ago in ancient Rome, the historian Pliny the Elder called honey the finest, most health-promoting liquid known to man. It’s hard to believe, but honey does have many proven health benefits. We all know that it’s a tasty natural sweetener, but it’s more than just a sweet treat. Honey contains 18 amino acids, as well as many vitamins and minerals.

Honey is also believed to improve sleep and relaxation and naturally reduce allergy symptoms. It’s even used to heal cuts and scrapes!  With all these fantastic properties, it’s no wonder that beekeeping is becoming such a popular pastime!

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It’s a tricky business, but our beekeeper here on the ranch is a pro. Paul Casteig from Royal Ridge Honey knows that in order to produce the best quality honey, it is never heated or filtered during harvest.  And it’s always hand-packed in glass containers and never in plastic.

And to ensure the most natural product, our bees’ territory is free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified crops, and anything else that Mother Nature herself would not approve of.  That’s how we know that you won’t find a purer specimen of the golden food anywhere.

So if you’re looking for a sweet getaway, consider planning a trip to BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch.  In addition to a relaxing stay at our beautiful Texas guest ranch, you might even get to see the hive in action!  Call us today at 713-301-3235 or check availability online.

Have a Happy Birthday at BlissWood!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

You don’t turn ten years old every day.  But when you do, you should celebrate in style.  We recently hosted a 10th birthday party here at BlissWood and it was a huge success!  So if you’ve got a big birthday coming up and you’re looking for a unique party venue near Houston, Texas, consider BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch. Your guests will have tons of fun when you have your birthday party on a ranch.

BlissWood has everything you need for a successful birthday bash.  It’s a great location for all sorts of fun in the sun. The guests at this party had a blast splashing in the pool at the Dog Trot House. And all that swimming really helps to work up an appetite for hot dogs, hamburgers, and, of course, some birthday cake.

On top of that, BlissWood is home to lots of animals, too!  We’re home to bison, black buck antelope, fallow deer, potbellied pigs, peacocks, alpaca, and miniature donkeys. And these lucky kids got a chance to hold the 10-day-old puppies that were born on the ranch to a dog we fostered through Border Collie Rescue.  And while we can’t guarantee adorable newborn puppies for every party, we can guarantee a whole lot of fun.

At BlissWood, you can create the perfect blend of celebration.  You can have a pool party, a cookout, and a petting zoo, all in one!  There’s lots of room and plenty to do.  So whether your party is big or small, we’ve got you covered.  And not only will it be an unforgettable event, when you host your birthday party at our ranch, it’s a lot less housecleaning for you!

So if you’re ready to begin planning a one-of-a-kind birthday bash, give us a call at 713-301-3235 and we’ll help you get the party started!

Learn Archery on a Texas Ranch at BlissWood

Monday, May 13th, 2013

BlissWood is a great place to relax and unwind, but it’s really what you make of it. With plenty of activities on the ranch, it’s the perfect place for an adventure! We offer all sorts of onsite activities from horseback riding to bass fishing. At BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, every guest enjoys a vacation unlike any other.  We specialize in unique!  After all, there aren’t many B&B’s that give you a chance to learn archery on a Texas ranch!

If archery lessons are something you’ve never even considered, consider this: There are a great many health benefits associated with archery. You might not think of archery as an intense sport, but it does require strength and endurance. It works the muscles in your arms, back, chest, and shoulders.

It’s also a great way to exercise your mind as well as your body.  Archery relies heavily on mental focus.  A clear mind is very important for an archer.  So if yoga’s not your thing, you might want to give it a shot!  It offers many of the same benefits, including increased strength, balance, and coordination.

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But don’t worry – you don’t have to be a pro to take advantage of our onsite archery lessons. Many of our guests are first-timers when it comes to holding a bow and arrow.  And they love it!  It’s just one of the many unique offerings here at BlissWood.

So try something new!  Make a trip to Cat Spring, Texas.  Just an hour west of Houston, you’ll be sure to have a peaceful retreat and a Texas adventure, all in one!

If you’re interested in booking an unforgettable getaway at BlissWood, give us a call at 713-301-3235.  You can also feel free to check availability online.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit BlissWood for Pet Friendly Lodging in Texas

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with your canine companion, BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the place to go for pet friendly lodging in Texas. We love animals here – we have plenty of our own, with everything from chickens to bison!  But there’s always room for more, and we’d love the chance to meet you and your pets.

Our ranch is the perfect getaway for people and animals alike.  With lots of activities and ample space, you and your pets will have plenty of exploring to do.  Enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of everything BlissWood has to offer.  Whether you’re interested in fishing, hiking, biking, or even horseback riding, BlissWood has it all.  And best of all, you can enjoy it with your pet.

pet friendly lodging in Texas

This family had a wonderful stay at our ranch with their two border collies.  They especially enjoyed taking walks to the lake.

If you’re thinking about a BlissWood visit with your pets, it’s  important to consider how they get along with other animals. Remember that we do have some of our own animal residents, so if you think that might be a problem for your pet, you may want to reconsider bringing them along.

To ensure that everyone has a pleasant stay at BlissWood, we have a few important rules for traveling with a pet.  For safety, we ask that you never leave your pet unattended.  We also hope that out of consideration for other guests, you try to keep noise (barking) to a minimum.  And finally, we ask that you clean up after your pet!  Of course, we know that accidents happen.  So if an accident should happen in your room, just let us know so that we can clean it up immediately.

If you’re interested in a special trip for you and your animal companion, we’d love to have you.  We just ask that you call ahead, because we do charge an additional fee for your furry guests.  If you’d like to learn more or if you’re ready to make a reservation, please 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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