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 6 years and talk daily abut their many beloved 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 6 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 .
Martina Muller , owner of Kindred Spirit , 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, 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.Martine is the"mom" of 3 rescued dogs, who help her run the operation and make her laugh out loud daily . Pablo and Sparky live with her at the cottage, while Cockapoo Kashi helps Desi run the ranch.
Kassi Walker,our dog handler is a native Oregonian as well and has been with us for 2 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 Teddy, and her mom Debra.
Alyssa Galloway is the mother of 2 human and 1 canine daughters . She is also the sister of Kassi .
How is this for family connections ? This doglover found her way to us after a career in hair dressing and loved it so much ,that she now does hair dressing just on the side . She has a cheerful, can-do attitude that we all enjoy and the dogs love it , when she stays overnight at the ranch to substitute for Martina and all the pups get to cuddle up on the couch and in her bed ! Her daughter Kiera has inherited her Mom's love for dogs and volunteers at the ranch frequently.