In April 2018 Kindred Spirit doubled its management power and opened a small extra location :
Desiree Humphreys moved into the Ranch house with her daughter and her 3 Wiener Dogs and took full charge of managing the medium and big dogs at the ranch, while Martina Muller moved into Bend after living at the ranch for 6 years . Martina specializes in giving special TLC to a few little and Senior dogs at "the Cottage " in South Bend . Martina and Desiree have been working together successfully for 8 years and talk daily about their many beloved charges. Both of them give daily adventurous hikes to their charges . More info on them below :
Desiree Humphreys is our acting Manager and lives at the ranch full-time .She has grown up in a pack of dogs of all sizes right here in Tumalo, worked with us for 8 years and has 4 rescued dogs of her own .
"DesI" has a degree from the NW Animal Behavior Institute, is the mother of a 11 year old and also our Artist- in Residence ( You will find her doodles and homemade signs decorate our walls everywhere) She has worked for a groomer and is happy to give your dog simple and practical haircuts for a donation . This capable and friendly young lady will inspire your confidence as soon as you meet her. Text her 541-668-5492 for updates on how your dog is enjoying her/his stay
Martina Muller is the owner of Kindred Spirit and manages our " small dog cottage" in Bend . She was born in Germany about 55 years ago. After teaching high school and raising a son here in Bend, she took classes in animal behavior, psychology ,massage, and first aid. Martina started Kindred Spirit in 2006 and moved it to our current 3 acre paradise for dogs in 2012 and lived at the ranch for 6 years . She now lives in South Bend, where she cares for a few small and elder dogs at her cottage She works at the ranch ,whenever Desiree needs some time off. Martina is the"mom" of 3 rescued dogs, who help her run the operation and make her laugh out loud daily .You can reach her at 541-706-1544 .
Jane Toomey assists Martina with the small/ elder dogs several mornings a week and invites them into her home when Martina has to go away .Jane's calm and friendly manner has made her an instant customer and dog favorite:-)
Jane is the mother of 3 children . She has studued psychology at COCC and has rescued and rehabilitated severall little dogs. S
Kassi Walker,our dog handler is a native Oregonian as well and has been with us for 3 years . She has always loved dogs, and is a quiet, gentle presence who keeps us all happy and sane. She is a good friend to all of our dogs( even though the big and medium dogs are her "specialty) . In her free time, she likes to be in the sun with her sweetie, her bulldog and her mom Debra.
KARA Kissler is our dog wrangler and " fix-it " girl . She is excited to combine her two passions in this job: her passion for being outdoors and her passion for working with animals . Growing up in Redmond in a menagerie of pets , she is excited to welcome new dogs and dog people into our community and get to know them. We are happy to have her on our team !