This 501c3 Nonprofit was created in 2014 to give refuge to abused, handicapped and senior dogs. To begin this venture we bought a 10 Acre farm and named it Le Château de Chien. The intent was to hold farm weddings to fund the shelter. Sadly the neighbors complained to the county and we were told we needed a variance to hold weddings and the neighbors voted against our request. This left us scrambling to find alternative ways of funding. Our daughter mentioned Airbnb and we joined. To our amazement we received SuperHost status our first year and have maintained that designation to present. Our Airbnb is seasonal. People love to come here because they can bring their dogs and hike the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. We are solely dependant on the funds from Airbnb and the Experiences that people can book to fund our shelter. Since the beginning of the Covid 19 Pandemic our Airbnb has suffered. We are in dire need of funds to feed, get veterinary care and cleaning supplies. We continue to request donations to care for our current 16 dogs and 2 cats.
I started making Witch Balls as a gift to couples who stayed at our Airbnb to celebrate a special event. They are quite popular and I began selling them on Amazon Handmade. The balls are clear and can be filled with anything you can fit into the small opening at the top. Throughout the year I collect all manner of flowers, herbs, succulents, pine cones and needles along with the occasional feather or any other pretty and natural element I find here at Le Château de Chien. I dry theses in order to put them into the globe in the dried state. People who sign up for this class are welcome to walk the farm and collect their own choice of filling. They are provided with a paper bag to take home their fresh finds and dry them before completing their ball. These make excellent gifts. If you want to bring a special gift to a host who has invited you for dinner, fill them with herbs. They can also be opened in the spring and emptied into a pot to see what will grow. Classes will be held each Saturday from 2:00PM to 3:00 PM, The cost is $30/per person, reservations required, limited to 4 during pandemic.