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From the best tricks to the worst breath, dogs of every shape, size and disposition were celebrated June 5 at the ninth annual Westmuttster Dog Day Afternoon fund-raiser for Charlie’s Place, …
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From the best tricks to the worst breath, dogs of every shape, size and disposition were celebrated June 5 at the ninth annual Westmuttster Dog Day Afternoon fund-raiser for Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek/Gilpin Animal Shelter.
As in years past, the event, held on the Idaho Springs football field, brought out vendors, musicians and pet owners who signed up their dogs for a day of canine socialization and a series of competitions, including oldest dog, an obstacle course and best smile.
Kate Foy of Idaho Springs brought her two dogs, Woody and Milo, and wanted to have them compete for the best smile award, though she admitted her Jack Russell/pit bull’s smile can be a little spooky.
“It is fun to watch all of the dogs, and it is fun to have my dogs participate in things with other dogs,” said Foy, who was enjoying her second time at the Westmuttster.
Laurie Phenix, president of Friends of Charlie’s Place, said she thought the event went well, despite slightly lower attendance than the previous year. Phenix estimated the event raised about $2,000.
The money is put into the shelter’s medical emergency fund, which is used to treat injured animals and to provide neutering and spaying services. The fund-raiser is one of several events each year orchestrated for Charlie’s Place by KYGT radio and the nonprofit Friends of Charlie’s Place.
Idaho Springs resident Sue Warmack brought Driver to take part in the day’s contests.
“He’s the best of everything,” Warmack said of Driver. “He’s best in show, best breed, he’s got the best howl, the best worst breath — but he does not obey very well.”
She said she enjoyed supporting a local organization and having fun with her dog.
“It’s fun for people just to come out and meet new people, see new and different animals, socialize, and it supports Charlie’s Place.”
Georgetown residents Michelle and Michael Barnes were attending the event for the first time. Their dog, George, has been working on a series of tricks that includes shaking hands, giving high-fives and dancing.
Michelle said she believes the fund-raiser helps build community across the county.
“(It creates) a sense of being a part of the community, being able to get together and have fun and enjoy the weather — it’s sunny, finally,” Michelle said.
Alora Knight of Fall River Road neatly summed up everyone’s sentiments with a to-the-point treatise on puppy love.
“This is a great day,” Knight said. “We love our dogs.”
Contact Ian Neligh at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check www.clearcreekcourant.com for updates and breaking news.
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