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About Us / Contact Us

Business Phone/Text: 408-471-8757
Jackson Local Cell: 209-304-0561 (Northern California)
E-mail: owner@DogPony.com

PLEASE NOTE: 2024 is our 11th and final year of OVERNIGHT vacation rentals at the Ranch and our calendar booked up quickly (and so did our wait list)! We plan to continue DAY VISITS but there are no remaining Day Visit dates in 2024. Please check back in January 2025. More info about our phase-down plans in our Jan 1st announcement e-newsletter.

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Harrell's dogs and horses at their Gold Country vacation rental Troy & Cyndi Harrell are animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts whose dream was to build a beautiful place for their dogs & horses. We chose the Jackson area during many stops here after skiing at Kirkwood on our way back to the SF Bay Area. It took 2 years of searching but finally bought this 60-acre property in 1998 as raw land and have enjoyed the many year journey of developing it into our Dog & Pony Ranch. There have been interesting and sometimes frustrating lessons about rural living while adding well, septic, road, power and other utilities, fencing, trails, pond, horse facilities and finally our custom home.

Labradors enjoying the private swimming pond at Dog & Pony RanchThough some lodging businesses "allow dogs", we get frustrated by the many that have tight restrictions on size/number/breed and high pet fees. Our family has too often been relegated to rooms with icky carpet and lots of pet stains. Our Dog & Pony Ranch has been an ideal solution for vacationing with our dogs and horses which is close enough to the Bay Area so we were able to getaway frequently. And others beyond our own pets love visiting the Ranch. We have been active in animal rescue and have brought many of our foster dogs here who have found healing from their pasts while swimming in the pond, running off-leash and learning to become well-behaved family members. The Ranch is just too special not to share with others!

Family getaway to Jackson, California We love entertaining friends and family at our Dog & Pony Ranch where we put our best foot/paw/hoof forward to welcome the many people (and their pets!) visiting over the years, first camping and later in our luxury home which we opened to the public for vacation rental in 2013. Many guests have commented on the peaceful quiet and restorative feeling of our country getaway, which we also found very beneficial for stress relief from our high-tech careers.

Troy retired from high-tech in 2016 so we relocated to the Ranch and expanded it to a farm-stay experience with more barn animals. Troy is working harder than ever in "retirement" maintaining the Ranch and all its animals. Cyndi still works high-tech remotely part-time and manages the bookings including quick responses to all inquiries. We hope you'll come visit this special place - we greatly enjoy sharing our rural ranch with other animal lovers!