“When I’m busy, he’ll just lay up there,” Burt said. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

National Dog Week

In case this was not already on your calendar, we are in the midst of National Dog Week. Most residents of Gallatin and Madison county do not need an extra excuse to celebrate their dogs, but it never hurts to shamelessly post large quantities of pictures of your pup on social media. 

Dottie smiling outside the Madison Valley Medical Center. With some bothersome wind, we laughed about going for the ‘windswept look.’ Photo by Keely Larson

Community focused

In a world that values individualism and independence almost to an extreme, people like Dottie Fossel are instrumental in promoting community values. Fossel is hardworking and self-reliant, but also community-minded, selfless and devoted.

A Pony Day parade winner walks down Broadway Street and tosses candy to spectators as bubbles float around his Candy Wagon. PHOTO BY HANNAH KEARSE


Every three years people line Broadway Street in Pony, Montana to celebrate Pony Days with a parade. Local businesses, cowboys and cowgirls throw out candy and wave to spectators as they parade through the town’s center. 

This year’s judges were Dr. Andrea Cady, Martin Shepaherd and Hannah Kearse.

Photo courtesy Jim Murphy.

On the Way Out

Jim Murphy thought he’d be working at R.L. Winston Rod Company for at least five more years. He moved to Sheridan, Montana in 2016, adopted a dog named Beau from the Beaverhead County Animal Shelter, rented a white house along Mill Creek and took his place as the Director of Exports at the warehouse in Twin Bridges, Montana.

Dr. Stacy Davidson (left) and Linda Dombrowsky (right) use cold laser therapy to treat the 12-year-old Russian Blue cat, Jack. (H. Kearse)

Meet the new veterinarian

ENNIS – Wisps of animal fur floated on Dr. Stacy Davidson’s blue jeans as she hugged the grey-blue cat, Jack, on the table. The examination room in the back of the Ennis Veterinary Hospital hosted more people than usual as equipment for a new blood-work lab was being installed.


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