Guard dogs on duty Hosts Shantal and Brantly Goodwin at the Cottonwood Inn Head Turkey Wiccus welcomes guests to inn  
Winston introducing himself to Daphne the chicken
Taos Cottonwood Inn - Casual Elegance at its Best!
Taos Cottonwood Inn - Casual Elegance at its Best!
Taos Cottonwood Inn - Casual Elegance at its Best!
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Rescue Animals

Shantal brought her love of birds and animals to the Taos area in late 2007. She moved to the Cottonwood Inn with her two long-time companions Eva and Winston.
Day old chicks at the Cottonwood
Both were rescued from a big city dog pound in 2001. The Cottonwood offered more open space than Shantal was used to dealing with so one of her first efforts was to redo both of the existing chicken coops in anticipation of getting some layer chickens. As soon as the snow was gone, the back coop had a new fence and a cleaned and repaired house. The front coop got an extension on the old goat house fence, a thorough cleaning, and all the surroundings that would keep chickens happy. The first batch of 15 chickens arrived from a breeder in April of 2008 and Shantal has not slowed down since. Winston and Eva went through chicken boot camp and learned to love their new housemates. Tragedy struck in June when a neighbor's dog got into the pen and killed several chicks. Shantal persevered by strengthening the coop and fences in order to protect her pets.

The second batch of chicks came from a different breeder in August of the same year.
Pyrenees with geese
Shantal's menagerie was beginning to gain the notice of passersby. Early in 2009, Shantal got a call from a woman who was tired of feeding her nine chickens. The first of the rescued chickens arrived at the Cottonwood. These nine were quickly followed by a rescue peacock and peahen with 3 chick mates, then three turkeys, then two ducks and then six geese. Shantal was now known as the goto person for unwanted birds.

Birds were only the beginning. Life at the Cottonwood changed forever with the arrival of two flock protectors in the form of Sparky and Schmoo. These Great Pyrenees mixes were rescued from a peacock farm in Kansas. For those who are unfamiliar with the Great Pyrenees breed, these dogs grow to a fearsome 150 pounds of protective energy. They are very gentle with visitors and farm animals. The chickens love to pick and squawk at the dogs. The guard dogs either take the abuse quietly or else just move to a new spot on the farm.
Emus at the Cottonwood
Rescue took a new direction when local llama trekker, Stuart Wilde, asked us to help him with some of his rescue llama herd. Elvis is the result. He is fairly shy but curious. He will not approach people that are not holding food in their hands but he is never far away when folks are around. Llamas make great protection animals who will chase off coyotes and , we hope, any stray dogs that might try to break into the farm. Elvis is best friends with the two Emus, Thing One and Thing Two (yes, more rescue birds).
Wiccus the flirtatious turkey
The new barn, in addition to having the workshop for the inn, acts as housing for half of the chickens, half of the ducks and one of the geese along with several of the dogs. Shantal has been threatening to get several barn cats from the Stray Hearts animal rescue group in Taos.
Wiccus the flirtatious turkey was the runt of the turkey flock who was picked on by all of the other turkeys when he was rescued by Shantal. He is now one of the most popular animals on the property. Wiccus loves women, spends his day preening for the guests and acts more like a shy dog than a turkey. Two starving turkeys and four ducks that were not wanted after a 4H project fill out the managerie for now.

Recue Gallery

Close-up of Winston
Close-up of Winston
Eva meets Maude
Eva meets Maude
Schmoo and rooster
Guard dog being harassed by the Bwockarooster
Elvis the llama snacking with the emus
Elvis the llama checking out the Emus
Elvis the llama
Elvis the llama
Winston and Daphne
Winston and Daphne
Shantal gets help feeding the birds
Shantal gets help feeding the birds
Schmoo and Sparky the filthy mutts
Schmoo and Sparky the filthy mutts
Babette and Mimi at about 3 weeks
Babette and Mimi at about 3 weeks
How Eva sees the coop
How Eva sees the coop
Winston and Mimi
Winston and Mimi
Chicks on arrival August 18, 2008
Chicks on arrival August 18, 2008
Eva and Buffy
Eva and Buffy
Daphne up close and personal
Daphne up close and personal
Cool duck with goose
Van Duck with his goose friend Brigette
Ducklings going for swim
Ducklings heading out for a swim
Rooster Bernard
Bernard the boss
Goose raising duckling
Brigette the Goose raising Dinkie the Duckling
Daphne, Shantal, and Winston
Daphne, Shantal, and Winston
Brantly with a sleeping Daphne
Brantly with a sleeping Daphne
Chickens hanging with the dogs
Rescue chickens hanging out with the dogs
Sparky and Schmoo as puppies
Schmoo leading Sparky astray at 10 weeks
Bernice is really Bernard
Bernice is really Bernard
Shantal and Ms. Squawkers
Shantal and Ms. Squawkers
Winston goes rabbit hunting at the Cottonwood b and b
Winston goes rabbit hunting at the Cottonwood b and b
Brantly points out some important facts to Babette
Brantly points out some important
facts to Babette
The End
The End
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COTTONWOOD INN 
HCR 74, Box 24609, El Prado, NM 87529  
Phone 1-575-776-1140 or 575-776-5826  
email: cottonwoodinn@gmail.com