Basilica Sunset has a new home!

Meet Milo ! 

He is a new addition to our family here in Mesilla. Many of you knew Sampson. Sadly, we lost him a year and a half ago. Dene and I weren't ready until now. Still hard as he resembles him (except for shear size - he is exactly half of what Sampson weighed - Milo is 70 lbs.)  He is a very sweet boy. We rescued him from Golden Retriever Rescue in El Paso. We / they believe he is a Lab / Golden cross and we decided he's about 18 months old. Still some puppy, but enough brains to settle down and hang out with Goldie. Doing well! We are happy to have him in our home. Crate trained, vet checked, chipped and officially ours! 



Our Story

Dene and I retired here in Old Mesilla. We both had our individual careers; additionally - we raised Galloway Cattle. We were on what we called the the DD Ranch for 18 years. Time I will always remember and cherish.

Ten or twelve years ago we dreamed of a ranch in NM. We were originally looking for a ranch in eastern NM around Santa Rosa. The ranch didn't sell, we got older! The year we were feeding cattle in -27 degree weather, we looked at each other and we both new we were done. It is a younger persons game! So as our needs changed; so too did our newly defined search.

The new definitions were: "Not in town," "Not on a small lot" and "NO MORE WINTER!" The house needed to fit us. Dene's travels took him right through Las Cruces / Mesilla for 40 years on business trips. He knew immediately where to look. So the herd was sold September 2015 and the Ranch December 2015. We closed on December 7th (2015) - a Day of Infamy - for 2 reasons now! Almost 2 years have passed and we couldn't be happier!

We are located SW of Old Mesilla by about a mile? We can walk to the Spotted Dog or the old town square. We are on 11 acres with 9 acres currently planted with pecans. We have room for a couple more rows - so our number of trees could change.

Retirement seems to suit us. Just look at our smiles!

Next Steps...

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