A New Puppy for Timberline Lodge, and the Tradition Continues!
In the mid 1990s, their job as mascots became more stressful. The increasing volume of visitors to Timberline became a bit of a burden on the dogs, leading to concerns for their health and demeanor. After considering the situation, management molded the long-term tradition to a changing world and came up with a wonderful solution involving employees. Since that time, rather than allow the dogs to live independently at the lodge, Heidi and Bruno have belonged to long-term employees who become their primary care-givers and alpha masters. The dogs cheerfully come and go to work with their appointed alpha master, still spending most of their time at the lodge carrying on the tradition, and bringing happiness to Timberline’s many visitors.
This week, Assistant General Manager Scott Skellenger and his wife and Mt. Hood Brewing Company Manager, Leslie Skellenger, have taken on the master responsibilities of a particularly lovable and docile purebred female St. Bernard mascot. At just 11 weeks old, she is already getting a lot of attention at Timberline. Her name, of course, is Heidi.