About Us

Here’s Our Story:

The Ranch:

Bracken Ridge Ranch, so named for the abundance of Bracken Fern that’s grows there; is nestled among the trees in the Sierra Mountain Foothills of Northern California USA. The eighty-six-year-old second-generation ranch is owned and operated by Bruce and Jodi McDonald.

Our New Business: 

Dancing Cat Bargains:

For 27 years we sold craft eggs to egg artists.  Our ranch housed many types of birds that provided the eggs that we processed.  However do to the lack of sales during the COVID Pandemic, and the economic down turn we forced were find good homes for all our birds and to close the doors on that business.  That was a heartbreaking decision to make

On the brighter side we are giving our creative side some freedom of expression.   We did wood crafting for many years before starting  our egg business ( Eggers Nest).  We are now letting our creative side emerge again.

We are now doing Stone and Driftwood Sculptures and Dioramas. We have shifted our focus to selling knick knacks and fun items made over the years or found at estate sales that we have on the ranch. Check out our stone and driftwood sculptures, dioramas and other collectibles for sale in our online store by clicking HERE.

We are proud to continue serving Nevada County and beyond with beautiful products for your home! You can see a sample of what we are doing by clicking on the Dancing Cat Store Tab above in the menu bar.

Jodi and Bruce:

We’ve been  happily married for 42 years. We both love the Mysteries and Marvels of Nature. We both enjoy photographing the beauty around us.   We have a special place in our hearts for  abused and unwanted animals most of which  find a place of refuge on our ranch .

Jodi loves to write humorous stories. She has also published a book on Chinese Blue Breasted Quail.

Bruce goes to the moon and beyond over his passion for Steam Locomotives. He also is an avid oil painter.

And…That’s Our Story: