John Marshall, High Point Road

How long have you been living in Glen Haven?

I’ve lived in Glen Haven since 1976, so 42 years now.

What type of dog is Sammy?

Sammy’s a mixed breed, but he’s got some Great Pyrenees in him. He’s a great mountain dog -- loves winters!

Do you have any special considerations you have to make living in Glen Haven with Sammy?

Sammy does really well in the winter. I get him shaved in the spring to help him handle the heat. It also helps me spot the ticks now that it’s tick season..

Have you noticed any changes within Glen Haven over the years regarding the dog population?

Back in the day all dogs were off-leash and roamed the neighborhood. Everyone knew all the dogs. More and more people have moved to the area, along with more and more dogs. Fewer people have their dogs off-leash anymore. Sammy still roams around the town, everyone knows him here in Glen Haven.

Has Sammy had any special Glen Haven experiences?

He did fall in the river during the big flood of 2013. Fortunately, he was able to swim out!

Hoochie and her human Tim Sterkel

Tim Sterkel, High Point Road

How long have you been living in Glen Haven?

I’ve lived here 25 years now fulltime. Glenna’s been here 44 years. My grandpa built the cabin below mine in 1930, we’ve had ties to the area for a long time.

What type of dog is Hoochie?

Hoochie’s a three-year-old boxer.

Do you have any special considerations you have to make living in Glen Haven with Hoochie?

Hoochie does really well out here. She has short hair, so she doesn’t get ticks. She hasn’t been eaten yet! We had a little dog before and it was eaten by a mountain lion. I didn’t want another dog after that, but a friend posted a picture of this little boxer puppy they’d adopted. So cute -- we got her sister, ‘Hoochie’.

Have you noticed any changes within Glen Haven over the years regarding the dog population?

Everyone’s dogs used to run free in Glen Haven. They’d pack up at night, did a really good job of keeping the wildlife at bay. No dogs were eaten by mountain lions back then. Hoochie’s still free range.

Has Hoochie had any special Glen Haven experiences?

She loved to bother Glen the big elk who visited the neighborhood last fall. We got some pictures of that and sent them out on our Christmas cards last year. People loved it!

Marion Nolen and Benny the Black Lab

Marion Nolen, Crosier Mountain Road

How long have you lived in Glen Haven?

I bought this house I live in now (off-Crosier Mountain Trail) from John Marshall back in ‘77. I guess that makes it 42 years more or less.

What type of dog is Benny?

Benny is a black lab.

Do you have any special considerations you have to make living in Glen Haven with Benny?

Benny has adapted really well to life here in Glen Haven. I don’t have to take any special considerations for him. He’s off-leash most of the time. We live close to highway 43, but he doesn’t go far, never to the road.

Have you owned other dogs here in Glen Haven?

Benny’s my fourth dog in Glen Haven (Butch, Pa, and Pal came before). My other dogs were family dogs. He’s the first to be just mine.

Have you noticed any changes within Glen Haven over the years regarding the dog population?

There seem to be more people and more dogs now. Some people now seem to insist on leashes, but there isn’t a leash law in Glen Haven. I have noticed more people using poop bags to pick up after their dogs, which seems strange.

Has you had any special Glen Haven experiences with your dogs?

Back when I had Butch, the Rangers got to know him pretty well. He’d be gone sometimes overnight. They knew where he lived and they’d bring him back from the National Forest.

When I had Pal, I worked down at the post office in Glen Haven. Some hikers got to know him and would walk down to the post office to ask if he could join them on their hikes. They even featured him in a calendar!

Remember that many of our neighborhood canines roam free and go slowly driving through Glen Haven!