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Our four legged family is never with us long enough. Of the more than 10,000 dogs that have stayed with us at Barkwells in our 17 years, so many have moved on. Their loved ones keep their spirits close and want to remember them always. To honor and memorialize these beloved ones, Barkwells has created its Memorial Garden, where stones can be placed during your stay.

Some guests ask if they can spread their dogs’ ashes at Barkwells, as it truly was their “happy place”. Cremated remains are naturally salty and alkaline, so they are toxic to plants, therefore, not a good solution for the health of our small property.

We are fortunate to have NC’s only conservation burial park right next door. Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is a beautiful and welcome resource for information and alternatives. We asked about ashes and they provided the following information.

Along with Who Gives A Crap toilet paper and Softshirts Tshirts, we are excited to be working with and supporting our new dog bed supplier. Brindle pet beds are great for your dogs because they are 4″ Thick – 2″ of comfort memory foam and 2″ of high-density support foam. They have a 100% Waterproof encasement cover surrounded by an easily removable and machine washable super soft, zippered velour cover. The soft, doughy consistency conforms to weight and pressure to relieve achy joints, arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Along with Who Gives a Crap toilet paper, we are delighted to have found a good resource for organic cotton T shirts just down the mountain!

Based in Greenville, SC, SoftShirts organic cotton is grown without ANY pesticides. Growing “traditional” cotton typically takes more chemicals than just about any other crop in the world – so much so that birds and bees won’t return to an abandoned cotton field for up to 10 years. Organic cotton uses NO chemicals so the soil is never contaminated.

In our ongoing efforts to be good stewards of the planet, and ourselves, Barkwells continually seeks to improve the products we use and provide to our guests.