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SUMMER 2013 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1

Departments: 6 Publisher’s Note/Masthead 8 Contributors 30 Party Scene 42 Chillin’ in Colorado 44 Calendar of Events 45 Products we love! Columns: 18 Media Hound

Preventing canine cancer

Mike Nelson, Channel 7 News

20 Pet-Friendly Neighborhood

23 Weekend Getaway Estes Park

26 Pet Business Profile Beds N Biscuits

28 Health Laryngeal Paralysis

31 Pet Business Profile

Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group

32 Canine Sports in Colorado Dock diving

34 Featured Non-Profit

National Mill Dog Rescue

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41 Hygiene

Clean your dog’s toys!

Features: 14 Beat the Heat 16 Favorite watering holes 24 BSL in Colorado Cover Story: Celebrity Canines in Colorado!

36 N  utrition Healthy, gluten-free treats for your dog!

40 Grooming Trimming nails!

Salida

38 Safety Dognapping is on the rise!

Boulder

22 Weekend Getaway

37 Wellness

10 Harley 11 Cloverton the Deaf Dog 12 Zoey says…

Stick it to canine cancer!

13 Naki’o the Bionic Dog


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publisher's note

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Welcome to

The Denver Dog www.thedenverdog.com

The Denver Dog Magazine!

Publisher/ Editor in Chief Danielle Lewis denverdognetwork@hotmail.com

the premiere issue of

I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about keeping Denver dog lovers abreast on the best pet-friendly adventures our great state has to offer. After months of growing and expanding our online pet directory, I knew that a print magazine was going to be the next step in reaching even more dog lovers in Colorado. I am so thrilled that our premiere issue will be hitting the stands during such a beautiful time of year. There are so many wonderful activities to do with your dog during the summer in Colorado. In our summer issue, you will read about our favorite watering holes, weekend getaways that allow your dog to tag along, and how to keep your dog safe this season. Colorado is a pet friendly state that has so much to offer our four legged friends. We hope to encourage our readers to get outdoors with their dogs this summer! Our premiere issue will provide you with the information on the latest in canine sports, pet businesses, and pet-friendly neighborhoods our wonderful state has to offer. Aimed at improving your dog’s overall quality of life, you’ll find articles such as preventing canine cancer, trimming your dog’s nails, and how to properly clean your pet’s toys. We will also share with our readers an excellent recipe for gluten and corn-free homemade dog treats!

Executive Directors: Diane Roush Don Lewis Art Director:

Kelly Mayer

Managing Editor:

Emily Douglas

Production Coordinator:

Jennifer Parker

Copy Editor:

Aaron Brachfeld

Advertising Director:  Danielle Lewis denverdognetwork@hotmail.com Photographer:

Michael Grossberg

Distribution Managers:  Danielle Lewis Diane Roush Web Site Design / Manager:

Kelly Mayer

Colorado is home to many amazing dogs with stories to tell. We are proud to be featuring four famous Colorado dogs in our premiere issue. We hope you enjoy the heartwarming stories of Zoey, Harley, Naki’o, and Cloverton.

How to reach us: The Denver Dog 16748 E. Smoky Hill Road #115 Centennial, CO 80015 Phone: (720)-218-9444 Fax: (720)-367-5087 denverdognetwork@hotmail.com www.thedenverdog.com

I look forward to taking this journey with all of our fellow dog lovers in the Denver and metro area!

For advertising inquiries:

Sincerely,

Letter to the Editor / Story ideas: denverdognetwork@hotmail.com

Danielle Lewis Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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Copyright 2013 No part of this publication may be reproduced without expressed written permission of the publisher. No part may be transmitted in any form by any means, including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher. Publisher accepts no liability for solicited and unsolicited materials that are damaged or lost. Views expressed by editorial contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.

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contributors larie allen, dvm, dacvs Board-Certified in Surgery founding fellow, Surgical Oncology Dr. Allen earned her Doctor of veterinary Medicine degree from the university of florida in 1993. She completed a program at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, followed by a surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New york City. Dr. Allen is one of the few surgeons in the country included in the veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology. Membership requires additional specialty training in this field. She also recently became an ACvS founding fellow in Surgical Oncology, a very prestigious honor.

lori Beuerle

kelly kalisZeWski

christie pace

Lori has more than 15 years of experience in business consulting, strategy and development. Most recently she co-founded Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group, LLC in 2005. As founder and President of Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group, LLC she has led the business vision, funding, financial, marketing and administrative direction. Her role with CRCG is a compilation of this past experience in both large and small companies. The translation of this experience has been key to the development, growth and success of CRCG.

Kelly is the founder of Wishcuit, a non-profit organization whose mission is raise funds for rescues, canine cancer research and treatment, and urgent dogs in need. Kelly became inspired to help dogs in need after losing her own dog Cain to canine cancer. The Kaliszewski’s have three dogs, one of which is Zoey the pit bull who serves as a spokesdog for Wishcuit.

I have always dedicated my life to helping animals. I am a Certified veterinary Technician and have worked as a technician for 9 years. Now, inspired by my dog, Naki'o, I founded Nakio's underdog Rescue to help dogs and cats with special needs and/or disabilities find loving homes. It is my goal to educate others that just because an animal is different doesn't mean they deserve any less, their spirits are absolutely amazing!

heather ratynski dale pellerin Cloverton the Deaf Dog and Dale Pellerin exemplify overcoming obstacles while helping others overcome theirs. Participating in charitable bike rides, walks and workshops across the country as the mascot of Team Cloverton the Deaf Dog, Cloverton has become an international canine charitable fundraising force for human causes.

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Heather Ratynski is a native of Colorado who has a diverse professional background including animal welfare, non-profit management and currently works in the pet retail industry. She is president of Rocky Mountain DockDogs, an Affiliate Club of DockDogs and enjoys running and triathlon, photography, traveling and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. She shares her life with her husband, John, and four rescue dogs: Alex, a blind chow mix and Dutch Shepherds, Ku, Kane, and Kanaloa.

rudi taylor Rudi Taylor lives in Berthoud, CO with her husband, 5 rescue dogs and 2 horses. Not only does she own and manage two successful companies: Happy Mango Beads and Wishful Living, she also volunteers her time daily to National Mill Dog Rescue, using social media to create awareness about puppy mills and dog rescue.


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Harley’s | By Rudi Taylor (Harley’s Mommy)

Sto ry

Harley is a magical dog – he talks. Anyone who has visited his Facebook page will attest to that! He’s got a story to tell and a mission to accomplish. Harley’s first 10 years were spent living in a small filthy cage in a puppy mill. He never had a bed or a bone, he received no medical care, and he never knew the touch of a kind human. His job was to help produce puppies; cute little Chihuahua puppies to be sold in pet stores all over the country. Harley was one of the lucky ones, he got a second chance at life, he was rescued. Most dogs don’t last more than 5-6 years in a mill, but Harley is a survivor, he had to be, his mission awaited him. When he was rescued, Harley was in heart failure, his lungs and stomach were filled with fluid, his teeth were all rotten, his nails were so long they caused his toes to deform, his tail was broken, and his spine was fused from painful arthritis. He’d also lost his left eye; this kind of injury is common in puppy mills as the cages are often cleaned using a power washer without removing the dogs.  Now Harley is a spokesdog against puppy mills. Harley has helped raise more than $50,000 and every penny has gone toward saving more mill dogs and their medical expenses. Harley’s most recent campaign, “Harley to the Rescue” raised more than $3500 in only 4 days for the purpose of funding a rescue!  Follow Harley’s adventures on his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/harleyfreighttraintaylor

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Photos Courtesy of Rudi Taylor


celebrity canines in colorado Photo Courtesy of Dale Pellerin

Photo by James Pfenning

Cloverton the Deaf Dog

Cloverton the Deaf Dog has proven that a dog with a disability can do a lot to help humans with their disabilities. Cloverton has become one of the top fundraisers in the nation for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Along with his dad, Dale Pellerin and the charitable team they founded last year, Team Cloverton the Deaf Dog, they have grand hopes of doing even more in 2014 to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. As a three time participant in various 150 mile long Bike MS rides across the country, Cloverton and Team Cloverton have raised nearly $40,000 to help fund the National MS Society’s pursuit of a cure for MS. In 2013, Cloverton and Dale will be traveling with their special dog trailer across the United States participating in Bike MS Events in New York, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and beyond. “Cloverton has really become a charitable fundraising force finishing in the Top 100 fundraisers for the National MS Society in every one of his rides. Other causes have taken notice and Cloverton’s become a highly requested participant

| By Dale Pellerin (Cloverton’s Daddy)

at charitable events across the country,” explains Dale. Another cause that Cloverton has become close to is the pursuit of a cure to breast cancer. Cloverton will be walking for the first time as a member of Team Cloverton the Deaf Dog in Susan G. Komen Foundation Breast Cancer walks across the country in 2013. Cloverton has also partnered with a local breast cancer advocacy and awareness series of workshops administered by the non-profit organization, “Focusing on Forward.” “Overcoming obstacles while helping others overcome theirs” has become the mantra for Team Cloverton the Deaf Dog. “Cloverton is an amazing dog that has done so much to spread joy, awareness and interest in causes that a dog normally isn’t associated with. He’s helped open the door to new methods of fundraising and creating awareness that will hopefully one day lead to cures for multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.” Follow Cloverton’s adventures on Facebook: “Cloverton the Deaf Dog”

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celebrity canines in colorado Photos Courtesy of Kelly Kaliszewski

Zoey Says… Stick It To Canine Cancer! | By Kelly Kaliszewski (Zoey's Mommy) Zoey brings happiness to everyone she meets, and as ambassadog for Wishcuit, she is dedicated to improving the lives of dogs. Wishcuit's mission is to help dogs in need and Zoey's role serves double duty! Dressed in one of her signature tutus, she attends events across the country spreading pit bull cheer by promoting positive pit bull awareness, while also raising awareness about canine cancer. Sadly this disease affects approximately six million dogs each year, including Cain, who was the inspiration behind Wishcuit, and beloved dog of founder Kelly K. In February 2013, Wishcuit launched Tutu's For a Cure, which is a cross country tour to raise funds for the research and treatment of canine cancer. Zoey’s fans are extremely supportive, and help sponsor her efforts through purchasing her “Tutu” of the month. Her number one goal is to provide awareness, and educate thousands about how to spot the early warning signs of cancer in their pets. Through sales of

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Wishcuit's Love Adds Up stickers and magnets, Zoey has raised and donated thousands of dollars to benefit research that helps find a cure for cancer, primarily in the field of comparative oncology, with the belief that it will someday lead to finding a cure for cancer in both canines and their human companions. Find out how you can support Zoey's efforts, and help find a cure for cancer by visiting Wishcuit’s website and Zoey’s Facebook page. Let's work together, and Stick It to Canine Cancer!

Let's work together, and Stick It to Canine Cancer! www.wishcuit.com www.facebook.com/stickittocaninecancer


celebrity canines in colorado

naki’o the BioniC Dog

| By Christie pace (nakio’s mommy) Naki’o has faced a lot of adversity in life but despite his obstacles he’s always come out on top and with a smile! As a puppy, Naki’o was left in a foreclosed home in Nebraska during the harsh winter. He was found frozen to a puddle and frostbite took all of his toes on all four legs, leaving him with nubs. The frostbite also took part of his nose, ear and tail. He has been adopted into a loving family and known as the first dog in the world with four prosthetic legs! Naki’o has faced many ups and downs with his disability, such as having revision surgeries on 2 nubs and learning to re-walk again with his prosthetics. He took to his new prosthetics quickly and with a smile. Naki’o has been an inspiration to many animals and humans around the world. He inspired his owner to start a rescue in his name, Nakio’s underdog Rescue in Colorado Springs. This amazing rescue helps animals with disabilities find loving homes. Naki’o has been hard at work in his community to raise awareness for animals with disabilities. He is actively out in the community with his signature smile and "shoes", showing the public how much he loves life and is able to be mobile and do what other dogs do, just a little differently. His motto is “the only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Despite having four prosthetic legs he has that “can do” attitude! Naki’o is proud of his disability and enjoys spreading the word to give animals like him the second chance they deserve! He is the reason for Nakio’s underdog Rescue, which will continue to move forward in finding forever Homes for those animals with disABILITIES.

photos courtesy of Lindsey Mladinich photography

nakIO’S UndErdOg rEScUE wEbSItE: www.nakiosunderdogrescue.org EMaIL: nakiosunderdogrescue@gmail.com FacEbOOk: "nakio's Underdog rescue" "naki'o the bionic dog"

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beat the heat | By Danielle Lewis

Summer is right around the corner! This means the kids will be home from school, trips to the swimming pool, and of course, the inevitable heat wave. There are many ways people keep cool in the summer including wear shorts and turning the air conditioning up. It is important to remember that your pets also need to keep cool. Pets can easily become hyperthermic and potentially die in hot weather. We would like to share with you some tips to keeping your pets safe this summer.

Walk your dog early in the morning or in the evening Pet owners mistakenly believe that they can continue to walk their pets at the same time of day they did in the winter. After the sun comes up in the morning, it becomes increasingly hot throughout the day. Afternoons can become especially hot which can create a dangerous situation for your pet. Not only can the hot pavement burn your dog’s paws, but the extreme heat can also send your pet into a heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include heavy panting and difficulty breathing. Your pet may also collapse or potentially have a seizure. Heat stroke is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Pet owners can help prevent heat stroke by only exercising their pets during times of day when it is cooler. Even a very short amount of time in extreme heat can be potentially deadly. If it is too hot for you, then it is too hot for your pet. Also, be certain to carry water for your pets to keep them hydrated during walks.

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Leave your dog at home when running errands Have errands to run in the hot weather? Your dog would greatly appreciate it if you left him at home during your shopping trip. Dogs die every year after being left unattended in cars. In a few short moments a car can become a coffin for dogs. Pet owners mistakenly believe their pets will be fine if they roll down the windows and park in the shade. The truth is that the environment in the car can still become too hot for your pet. It is best just to leave your pets at home when you need to go out and about. If you must bring your pets with you in the car, be sure to turn up the air conditioning and bring fresh water for them to drink to help them keep cool.

Take your dog for a swim Help your dog beat the heat by taking them for a swim at Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group! In addition to helping your dog cool off, swimming also helps burn calories and can ease joint pain associated with arthritis or other injuries. Your dog will thank you as they will be able to get plenty of exercise without the threat of heat stroke. Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group Englewood-Broomfield-Longmont 303-762-7946 www.dog-swim.com


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favorite watering holes

get WEt this

SUMMER! Swimming is a great way for dogs to burn off extra energy and calories. There are many wonderful places you can take your dog for a swim in Colorado. We would like to share our favorite watering holes with our readers to encourage you all to get wet this summer!

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chatfield state park

coot lake

LOCATION: 11500 N. ROxBOROuGH PARK ROAD LITTLETON, COLORADO 80125

LOCATION: N. 63RD STREET BOuLDER, COLORADO

This park has an off-leash dog area with two ponds for your dog to take a dip in. your dog is certain to have a great time walking the trails and taking a nice long swim in the ponds! It is required to purchase a valid dog-off leash area or annual pass to access the area.

Take your dog for a swim at Coot Lake this summer! you can take in the beautiful views of the flatirons while your dog has a blast swimming in the lake and walking the trails. Dogs must be on a held leash unless they meet voice and Sight Control Standards and display a City of Boulder voice and Sight Tag.

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favorite watering holes

Grand Lake Location: Grand Lake, Colorado Grand Lake is home to three lakes that provide the best fishing, boating, and sightseeing in Colorado. There are three lakes to choose from that allow dogs: Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand Lake. Grand Lake Sports rents canoes and kayaks so you and your dog can go out onto the lakes together!

Union Reservoir Dog Beach Location: 4 61 County Road 26 Longmont, Colorado 80504 This reservoir offers a dog training area on the south side where dogs are permitted to roam off leash and swim in designated areas! Visitors at Union Reservoir can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, camping, windsurfing, and picnicking.

Animas River Trail Location: 3 rd Street and Durango Mall Durango, Colorado This summer, take your dog to the Animas River trail for a great time! Your dog can take a dip into the river while you walk through the trail. You can also take your dog to nearby Durango dog park to roam around in a wide open area. The Denver Dog | Summer 2013

 

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media hound Photos by Spirited Images Photography

Fido’s Forecast Channel 7 News Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson Mike Nelson is well-known for being the Chief Meteorologist for Channel 7 News. What you may not know about Mike is that he and his family are avid dog lovers. Mike and his wife, Cindy have rescued countless dogs over the years. The Nelson’s currently have four dogs-Tinq, Torq, Tilly and Bailey. Tinq and Torq were rescued together eight years ago. The Nelson’s were happy having two dogs and did not plan on getting a third. Fate would step in one day when Torq fell ill and had to be taken to the emergency room. While there, a staff member decided to show Cindy a pug puppy who had recently been treated for parvo. When Cindy asked the staff member what the dog’s name was, they responded, “She doesn’t have a name because she doesn’t have a home.” The puppy had been purchased at a pet store and became sick shortly after the previous owners brought her home. The owners did not want to pay for the treatment. They dropped her off at the emergency hospital and told them to “Do whatever they want with her.” Fortunately, the hospital decided to treat the puppy so she could have a chance at a good life. The Nelson’s did not need to hear anymore. The dog would soon have a name, Tilly Nelson. The Nelson’s had three pugs when they decided to take in a foster from Maxfund No-Kill Animal Shelter. Her name was Bailey, and she was a twelve year old beagle/basset hound mix.

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Despite the fact that she wasn’t a pug, Bailey fit right into the Nelson clan. After a month of having her in their home, the Nelson’s decided to keep Bailey for life. Mike and Cindy are firm believers that rescued dogs are the best dogs. “They love unconditionally and are so grateful,” Cindy says. The Nelson’s would like to encourage others to find their next best friend at their local animal shelter. “When someone says they don’t want to rescue a dog because they want a certain breed, we tell them that there is a rescue group for almost every breed of dog.” The Nelson dogs are lucky to have the perfect parents who love them unconditionally!


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Boulder

pet friendly neighborhood

| By Danielle Lewis Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is approximately twenty five miles northwest of Denver. The city of Boulder frequently acquires top rankings for education, art, health, and well-being. Boulder is not just a great place for humans to live, it also happens to be very pet friendly. Local dog parks and pet friendly businesses are just a few of things that make Boulder a wonderful place to be a dog. The city of Boulder has several dog parks including Valmont Dog Park, Foothills Park Dog Park, and Howard Hueston Dog Park. These parks allow your dog to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and get plenty of exercise. If your dog enjoys a good swim, then consider taking them to Coot Lake Trail for a dip in the lake. This dog friendly trail offers plenty of space for dogs to roam. Your pooch can take a dip into Coot Lake to cool off. Additionally, Coot Lake shares a short piece of trail with Boulder Reservoir loop, which provides additional access points and options for longer outings. Dogs must be on a held leash unless they meet Voice and Sight Control Standards and display a City of Boulder Voice and Sight Tag. There is no need to leave your pooch at home when you want to go out for a bite to eat. Downtown Boulder has a wide variety of restaurants that offer dog friendly patios. A few of these restaurants include Amante Coffee, Foolish Craig’s Café, and Pastavino. Have a friend coming in from out of town to visit you? Boulder has several pet friendly hotels for those who want to travel to the city with their pets. Boulder Broker Inn,

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Homewood Suites, and Quality Inn and Suites Boulder Creek are just a few of the hotels that allow dogs. The city of Boulder has an abundance of veterinary clinics, dog daycares, pet boutiques, and groomers to accommodate all of your pet’s needs. Additionally, Boulder does not have any breed specific legislation laws. This means that all breeds of dogs are permitted to live in the city. From dog parks, trails, pet friendly restaurants, Boulder has everything your dog needs to have a great time!

Spotlight Local Business: Tenderfoot Training Located in Boulder, Tenderfoot Training encourages responsible animal parenting, healthy socialization, humane use of training tools, natural nutrition, and sensitivity to the animal heart, mind, and body. Contact them for any training needs or questions: www.tenderfoottraining.com Downtown Boulder Inc. 1942 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 303-449-3774 www.boulderdowntown.com City of Boulder, Colorado www.bouldercolorado.gov


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weekend getaway | By Danielle Lewis

SALIDA

Located in central Colorado, Salida embodies the Colorado lifestyle experience. This small town has some big adventures to offer including archery, biking, camping, climbing, fishing, four-wheeling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and a world-class zipline tour. Whether you want to get your hands dirty doing some of these activities or just explore the beautiful downtown area, you are guaranteed to find something for everyone in the family to do.

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Mountain Goat Lodge 9582 Hwy 285 Salida, Colorado 81201 (719)-539-7173 www.salidabedandbreakfast.com

Loyal Duke’s Dog Park Holman Avenue Salida, Colorado 81201

Salida Artwalk www.salidaartwalk.com

This beautiful lodge offers rustic-style lodging with all the modern conveniences of home. All members of the family are welcome, including the four-legged kind. All rooms at this lodge are pet friendly. In addition to rooms accommodating pets, they also have a fenced half-acre off leash area for dogs to run around and stretch their legs! There is a $10 fee per night which includes a goodie, water bowl, and dog bed. Pet sitting, (and kisses) are free.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Salida has to offer by taking your pooch to this local dog park. Loyal Duke’s has a separate small dog area, drinking water, and benches. There is an on leash hiking trail at this dog park as well. Your pet can safely roam around as this dog park is surrounded by a four foot fence.

This summer, June 28th-30th Salida will celebrate their 21st Anniversary Artwalk. You and your family can walk through downtown and enjoy great music, art venues, and beautiful scenery. The annual “Salida Circus” will be roaming the streets. You can observe stilt-walkers, jugglers, unicyclists, sword swallowers, and belly dancers. Support local artists by bidding on beautiful artwork or just enjoy looking at the masterpieces.

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weekend getaway By Danielle Lewis |

ESTES PARK

Estes Park is a beautiful, quaint town that is home to Rocky Mountain National Park. A popular summer resort, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. From the beautiful sights of Rocky Mountain National Park to the romantic sights and sounds of downtown, Estes Park has everything you and your family need to have a great time. Stanley Hotel 333 Wonderview Avenue Estes Park, Colorado 80517 1-800-976-1377

Rocky Mountain National Park National Park Service 1000 US Highway 36 Estes Park, Colorado 80517 (970) 586- 1206

Estes Valley Dog Park Highway 36 & Community Dr Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Make reservations for your family to stay at the famous Stanley Hotel. Well known for inspiring Stephen King to write The Shining, this hotel has everything from beautiful sights to interesting history. The Lodge at the Stanley has adopted a Preferred Pooch Program designed to give your four legged family members the complete vacation experience. This package includes a plush dog bed, water bowl, and homemade dog treats. Additionally, the fabulous Vet of the Rockies, Dr. C, is on call for any advice you might need. There is a fifty pound, one dog limit per room.

Rocky Mountain National Park offers majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, and easy access to campsites. This park encompasses 265,761 acres of land. The park is split by the continental divide which gives the eastern and western sides of the park different character. The east side of the park tends to be drier, while the west side of the park tends to be more lush and wet. Dogs are permitted in the park in areas that are accessed by vehicles including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds. They must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and must be attended at all times.

Take your dog to the Estes Valley Dog Park to roam around and burn off some energy. This large, off-leash dog park has everything your pooch needs to have a great time. In the small dog area, there are agility obstacles that consist of a ramp, a tunnel, and a jump. If you mosey on over to the large dog area you will have access to the lake. Your dog can take a dip into the lake and cool off while you enjoy beautiful sights and sounds.

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bsl in colorado

| By Danielle Lewis

What is BSL?

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officials realize that humans are the ones to blame when it comes to dog attacks.

If you are a dog lover, then it is very likely you have heard the term “BSL” thrown around. Many people do not fully understand what BSL is and what it means for pet owners. BSL, short for breed specific legislation, is a law passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed of breeds of domesticated animals. Some jurisdictions have enforced BSL in response to highly publicized incidents involving dogs commonly used in dog fighting.

To better inform pet owners of the BSL laws in our state, we have put together a list of cities that do enforce BSL laws. If you own a pit bull or have intentions of adopting one, you should be aware of what cities have enforced a ban on this breed.

Breed specific legislation laws affect a variety of dog breeds in the United States. The most common breed affected by BSL laws is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Pit bulls are frequently used in dogfighting crimes and often fall victim to terrible abuse at the hands of humans. Here at The Denver Dog, it is our belief that no dog is born with the desire to bring harm to humans. We hope that the day will come when city

ColoRADogs is a non-profit rescue whose mission is to advocate for responsible ownership and advocacy for pit bull type dogs. They have done extensive research on breed specific legislation laws. According to their website, the cities in Colorado with BSL are Aurora, Castle Rock, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Lupton, La Junta, Lone Tree, Louisville and Rifle.

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bsl in colorado On the bright side, there are many wonderful cities in our state that do not currently have any BSL laws. Here are a few of them: Aguilar

Eagle

Idaho Springs

Salida

Akron

Edgewater

Julesburg

Sheridan

Alamosa

Elizabeth

Keenesburg

Silverthorne

Arvada

Englewood

Kiowa

Steamboat Springs

Aspen

Erie

Kit Carson

Sterling

Avon

Estes Park

Lafayette

Telluride

Basalt

Evans

Lakewood

Thornton

Bayfield

Evergreen

Larkspur

Trinidad

Bennett

Fairplay

Leadville

Wellington

Berthoud

Firestone

Limon

Westminster

Black Hawk

Fort Collins

Littleton

Wheat Ridge

Boulder

Fort Morgan

Lochbuie

Windsor

Breckenridge

Foxfield

Longmont

Winter Park

Brighton

Fraser

Loveland

Woodland Park

Broomfield

Frisco

Lyons

Yampa

Brush

Fruita

Manitou Springs

Yuma

Buena Vista

Georgetown

Monte Vista

Burlington

Glendale

Montrose

Canon City

Glenwood Springs

Monument

Carbondale

Golden

Morrison

Centennial

Grand Junction

Nederland

Coal Creek

Grand Lake

Northglenn

Colorado Springs

Greeley

Nucla

Crawford

Greenwood Village

Olathe

Crested Butte

Gunnison

Ouray

Cripple Creek

Gypsum

Pagosa Springs

Crowley

Hartman

Parker

Delta

Hayden

Pierce

Dillon

Holyoke

Pueblo

Durango

Hudson

Ridgway

It is our hope that one day BSL will be a thing of the past. Until then, The Denver Dog is happy to assist pit bull owners by having a category for pit bull friendly businesses on our website. Visit www.thedenverdog.com and click on the category “Pit Bull Friendly” to have instant access to businesses that are happy to work with pit bulls.

For more information on BSL laws or how to help rescue pit bulls visit: www.coloradogs.org

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pet business profile

Beds n Biscuits The Denver Dog recently sat down with Bruce Miller, the owner of local dog daycare business Beds N Biscuits. We would like to share with our fans the q and A we had with Bruce so that you can learn more about this great dog daycare!

Why did you decide to start a dog daycare Business? That’s easy. Three reasons: Emma, Dharma and Daphne! Those were my dogs at the time (Emma still is) and I was frustrated because I never felt good about leaving them overnight. My partner at the time told me I was just too picky about their care and I think he was right. Nobody took care of them the way I thought it should be done. So, in 2001, when we heard about a kennel for sale in Wheat Ridge, we jumped at the chance to buy it. I had been in the corporate world for a number of years and thought it might be nice to own a small business for a change and I could see how it might be a good business opportunity if run properly.

What services does Beds n Biscuits offer? Basically, we are running a four-star hotel for pets. We see ourselves as the Ritz-Carlton of pet boarding, and just as the Ritz offers so much more than a bed, we offer so much more than the fenced enclosures most kennels provide. first of all, we have 95 spacious, secure indoor sleeping spaces which are cleaned and disinfected every day. These feature an open design with lots of fresh air. Best of all (from what the dogs tell us) we have 15 outdoor play yards and the opportunity for all day supervised play with guests of the same size and similar temperament. These yards have shade, cooling misters and a pool for summer heat. They are equipped with plenty of drinking water as well as balls and raised platforms for running and jumping.

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Most importantly, a trained staff member is present at all times to ensure that everybody gets along. Departure day bathing is available by prior arrangement and, for a small additional fee, we can administer medication in accordance with your veterinarian’s instructions. for bored or lonely dogs, we offer daycare by the half or full day, which includes lots of outdoor playtime with other guests and can include spa services when desired. Our day spa provides a day of frolicking with friends and ending with a calming bath with one of our soothing, rejuvenating shampoos.

What makes Beds n Biscuits different from other dog daycares? That probably depends on perspective. from our human customer’s point of view, it may have a lot to do with our location. for those heading west, into the mountains, we are a quick and easy stop on the way out of town. for those going to the airport, we are a simple detour to drop off pets and jump back onto I-70. Our four-legged guests would probably say we are distinguished by our personal attention. Let’s face it: pets get homesick, just as children do. So we do everything we can to make sure the pets left in our care feel loved and cared for during their entire stay. We play with them, individually or in groups, and we give them lots of personal attention. We won’t say they don’t want to go home when it’s time, but let’s just say their return visit is usually met with lots of tail-wagging! MakE a rESErVatIOn FOr yOUr dOg tO Stay at: bEdS n bIScUItS! 4219 Xenon Street wheat ridge, colorado 80033 phone: 303-940-9188 website: www.bedsnbiscuits.com Facebook: “beds n biscuits” photo courtesy of beds n biscuits


This summer, do not leave your dog locked in a hot car. Cars become coffins in a matter of minutes in the summer heat. Instead, please leave your dog at home or take them to a dog daycare facility to play. This message created by Danielle Lewis, designed by Kelly Mayer and provided as a public service announcement by The Denver Dog Magazine.


health

Laryngeal

Paralysis |B  y Larie Allen, DVM, DACVS Veterinary Surgeon at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital

With the warmer weather setting in, one of the clinical problems that becomes more prominent in dogs is laryngeal paralysis. This is a condition where there is either partial or complete paralysis of the larynx resulting in an inability of your pet to properly ventilate and cool themselves. In hot weather and with exertion this can make them susceptible to overheating which can lead to heat stroke. Laryngeal paralysis most commonly affects older (approximately 10 years of age), large breed dogs. The condition is more common in Labrador and Golden Retrievers, but it can affect any large breed dog. The cause of laryngeal paralysis is unclear, but current research suggests a degeneration of nerves (neuropathy) that supply the muscles of the larynx. This leads to weakness of the muscles responsible for opening the larynx. With the loss of these nerve and muscle functions, the cartilages of the larynx are unable to open normally. This causes an upper airway obstruction and decreased ventilation which is essential for the pet to cool themselves. Clinical signs can range from minimal upper respiratory noise to severe respiratory distress. Historically, these patients may have shown exercise intolerance, voice change, coughing, gagging, progressive increase in respiratory noise, or a severe respiratory crisis. Warmer weather, increases in activity levels and weight gain/obesity are known to exacerbate these symptoms. Some dogs with mild to moderate symptoms may be conservatively managed with weight loss, a sedentary lifestyle, and a cool, non-stressful environment. However, dogs with moderate to severe upper respiratory symptoms or dogs that have had a respiratory crisis are candidates for surgical intervention to open up their airway for proper ventilation. Prior to surgery, complete diagnostics should be performed to rule out other causes of respiratory noise or distress. These diagnostics include a complete neurological examination, CBC, complete blood chemistries, thoracic radiographs, and a laryngeal exam. The laryngeal exam is usually performed immediately prior to surgery under light general anesthesia using a respiratory stimulant to evaluate the laryngeal function. Once the stimulant has been given, a normal larynx should open wide when the dog inhales. If the larynx has little to no movement, it just flutters or it closes upon inhalation, laryngeal paralysis is diagnosed and the patient is prepped for surgery.

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The most common surgery performed today is unilateral arytenoid lateralization. The procedure, also known as “tie back,� permanently ties-open one side of the larynx. This procedure though life-saving in some cases is not free of complications. Long and short-term complications include swelling, coughing, gagging, pneumonia, or failure of the surgery to hold the larynx open. Complications can be minimized by elevation of the food and water bowls, feeding soft food or moistened dry food, change from a neck collar to a harness only, and absolutely no swimming. In general, 85% of dogs that require surgery have improved respiratory function almost immediately. They are breathing more easily with less noise and are able to cool themselves properly. Regardless of the success pet owners must be forewarned that any patient requiring surgery for laryngeal paralysis will have changes in their lifestyle. It is recommended that these patients lose weight if indicated and remain relatively sedentary. If these guidelines are followed, these patients will have a significantly better quality of life. Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital 3695 Kipling Street Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (303) 424-3325 www.wheatridgeanimal.com


party scene

clovERton'S 5th BiRthDay paRty! photos courtesy of dale pellerin

Cloverton blowing out his number 5 candle on his birthday cake

Cloverton eating his birthday cake made by the Doggie Diva

Cloverton watching Camilla formica sing happy Birthday to him

bEcOME a Fan On FacEbOOk at: cloverton the deaf dog

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Cloverton's birthday cake!


pet business profile

caninE REhaBilitation anD ConDitioning group, LLC (CrCg) SERVICES: ANIMAL REHABILITATION (PHYSICAL THERAPY), VETERINARY INTEGRATIVE SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL SWIMMING! fun, Exercise, Rehab. Chances are your furry friend could use any combination of the three. CRCG leads the industry of animal rehabilitation and our caring team will help your dog or cat to feel stronger, move better and get back into the game of life. It started as a glimmer in a yellow lab’s eyes and continues as an evolving adventure with 3 business locations! The idea for CRCG started with Indy, a yellow lab who loved to swim. There were few clean and safe places in the Denver metro area to let her swim, and certainly nothing indoors. After Indy passed away from bone cancer, Clark came along and subsequently developed a shoulder problem. Exploratory surgery didn’t sound like the best idea so looking for other options, Lori Beuerle was able to successfully rehabilitate Clark’s shoulder through canine physical therapy/rehabilitation. Thus, the CRCG business concept came to fruition. Lori opened CRCG’s first location in 2005.

operative, and neurologic or otherwise compromised dogs and cats through physical therapy and integrative veterinary approaches. Our collaborative care team works hand in hand to provide the best and most comprehensive rehabilitation care for your family member. The services include underwater treadmills, variable current pools, exercise plans, cold laser, electro-stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs, nutritional counseling and more! CRCG offers recreational swimming for healthy dogs at our Broomfield and Englewood locations. We have Colorado’s first and largest indoor swimming pools for dogs. Our heated, indoor pools are open to the public seven days a week!

Our rehabilitation experts focus on restoring or improving the quality of life for geriatric, injured, overweight, post-

canInE rEHabILItatIOn and cOndItIOnIng grOUp broomfield-Englewood-Longmont website: www.dog-swim.com phone: 303-762-7946 Facebook: “canine rehabilitation and conditioning group”

Injured Geriatric Neurologic Overweight Postoperative

photos courtesy of canine rehabilitation and conditioning group

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canine sports in colorado Photos Courtesy of Heather Ratynski

JUST ADD

WATER! Rocky Mountain Dock Dogs get more altitude! | By Heather Ratynski Perhaps you’ve seen it on television or at a local festival; a giant 28,000 gallon pool connected to a 40 foot long dock. This unique setup is the basis for one of the fastest growing canine sports: DockDogs. DockDogs originated in 2000 at ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games as an exhibition event designed to keep the crowds entertained in-between the “real” events, but when the spectators began to number in the thousands, the potential of the sport was realized. DockDogs, Inc. was established in 2002 in response to the demand for standards in competition. In conjunction with 40 Affiliate Clubs, over 200 events were held across the US, Canada, UK, and Australia in 2011. DockDogs has been featured on ESPN, The Outdoor Channel, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Rose Parade.

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In DockDogs, dogs of all shapes and sizes 6 months of age and older, with handlers 7 years of age and older, compete in three disciplines. Any dog that successfully jumps off the dock walks away with a ribbon. There are three disciplines in Dockdogging. The basic technique for Big Air is called, “place and send,” which is where the handler first throws the toy into the pool at a desired location then places the dog on the dock and releases them with a command such as, “GET IT!” Other teams use what is known as the, “chase” technique, and requires more teamwork and synchronicity between dog and handler. The dog is put into a sit-stay on the dock while the handler walks to


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the end closest to the pool. Then the handler releases the dog and when everything goes right, throws the toy just before the dog reaches it, causing the dog to “chase” it while in the air. Highly toy-driven dogs will stretch and bend to try and reach that toy and this technique is usually how the longest jumps are achieved. A new discipline called Extreme Vertical was created in 2005 and took things to new heights. Instead of jumping out into the pool, dogs instead jump up toward a toy (called a “bumper”) suspended on an apparatus that hangs 8 feet from the edge of the dock and at least 4’6” above the surface of the dock. Dogs must be placed on the dock less than 20 feet from the edge and this high-flying competition is a favorite among crowds. Two dogs currently hold the outdoor world record in Extreme Vertical with jumps of 8’4.” That is actually 10’4” above the water! Speed Retrieve is the third discipline and its name says it all; it’s a doggie drag race where dogs are set from the 20 foot mark and must jump and swim to a bumper held on an apparatus at the end of the pool. Time starts when the dog is released and stops as soon as they have a complete grab of the bumper. Fastest time wins of course and much of a team’s performance depends on the reaction time of the handler once they are given the cue to go. Many handlers spend a great deal of time studying the lights and practicing their reactions as in this game even thousands of a second can count. The current world record for Speed Retrieve is 4.751 seconds. Iron Dog is a competition between teams who compete in all three disciplines. Tops scores from Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve are used to calculate a team’s final overall score. Iron Dog tests a dog’s endurance and flexibility as an athlete and for many this is the most coveted prize to walk away with. Does your dog have what it takes to be a DockDog? “Many people think that this is mostly about dogs loving water. Of course dogs need to know how to swim, but this sport is more about confidence and their drive to get a toy,” says Ratynski. She continues, “Those are two things that you can work on and build and this sport is a great outlet for dogs that are often seen as obsessive-compulsive when it comes to toys and retrieving.” She encourages people interested in trying the sport to sign up for one of Rocky Mountain DockDogs’ beginner practices or to enter a “wave” at a DockDogs event. “People shouldn’t feel intimidated to enter a competition,” she says. “Between

DockDogs staff and club members there are plenty of folks who just want to help get your dog in the pool.” Just be sure to be patient when training your dog, explains Heather Ratynski, President of Rocky Mountain DockDogs, a local Affiliate Club headquartered in Denver. “Our biggest rule is that at no time can any dog be forced into the water by pushing, shoving or dropping. We always want to keep it positive for the dogs and sometimes it just takes a lot of patience.” “What I have always loved about DockDogs is the fact that any dog that can swim and has the drive can do this and it doesn’t matter how far you jump. World record holders cheer for and help out teams who may only be jumping a few feet. It really is an all-inclusive sport,” said Ratynski. “I started this sport with an 11 ½ year old dog who never jumped over 6 feet but the memories I created with him and the friendships I now have are priceless.” Rocky Mountain DockDogs holds regular practices at Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group (CRCG) in Broomfield, CO, which features an indoor regulation-size pool and dock. Beginner practices or “DockDogs 101” sessions are held to introduce new teams to the sport. The foundation of DockDogs, Big Air, is similar to the long jump for people where the length of the jump is what counts. Dogs and their handlers can use the full 40 feet of the dock and they have 60 seconds from the time their dog gets on the dock to when they must jump. So if you are looking for a fun new activity with your dog consider giving DockDogs a try. For more information or to contact: Website: www.rockymountaindockdogs.com Email Heather@rockymountaindockdogs.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockymountaindockdogs

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featured non profit

Photo Courtesy of National Mill Dog Rescue

National Mill Dog Rescue | By Rudi Taylor

National Mill Dog Rescue of Colorado Springs rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes retired commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. The volunteers care for the dogs from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and sometimes beyond! The idea behind National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an e-mail that Theresa Strader received: “50 Italian Greyhounds in need.” A large-scale breeding operation (or puppy mill) was going out of business and all 561 of the dogs were going to be auctioned off that weekend. One of those dogs was Lily. The moment their eyes met through the wire of Lily’s tiny cage, Theresa knew her life had changed forever and that this new life would include Lily. In honor of that very special Italian Greyhound, National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country. Since then, almost 7,000 dogs have been saved. 

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NMDR is a no-kill organization. Every single dog that comes through the doors is given whatever medical care they need without exception. They are groomed, usually for the very first time! Years of filth and matted fur are removed, allowing the beautiful dog underneath to shine. Soon they learn about all the simple everyday things that most dogs take for granted like toys and treats, a soft bed, and most importantly - love. NMDR depends on volunteers, and the kindness of the public in the form of donations.

For information on adopting a dog or to make a donation, please contact: National Mill Dog Rescue www.milldogrescue.org www.facebook.com/NationalMillDogRescue


nutrition

Healthy, gluten-free treats

for your dog! Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheet with bacon drippings or vegetable oil.

1 Cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Mix

Mix all ingredients together, then knead dough for approximately 3-5 minutes.

1 Cup Oatmeal ground to a fine powder using blender or food processor

Roll dough between two sheets of parchment paper or surface dusted with additional Gluten free flour to 1/2 inch thickness.

1 egg

Cut with cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Turn heat off, but leave in oven for an additional hour for crunchy treats or remove immediately for a softer treat.   For variety, place in zip lock bag with 3-4 Tablespoons of powdered milk if desired.   This is a great way to give man's best friend a snack that isn't filled with additives, preservatives and byproducts. You know exactly what your dog is getting! Recipe courtesy of Kats Suite Cakes: Website: www.katssuitecakes.blogspot.com Email: katssuitecakes@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatsSuiteCakes

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Ingredients:

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1 Chicken, Beef, or Vegetable Bouillon Cube dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water


wellness

Preventing Canine Cancer | By Kelly Kaliszewski Dogs are living longer, healthier lives due to better nutrition, preventive care, and advances in veterinary science. But along with living longer our dogs are being exposed to many more diseases, among them cancer. I have shared my life and love with many dogs, and when my dog Cain was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 my life changed forever. At the time, I had no idea that cancer existed in dogs, but his diagnosis launched me on a mission to learn all that I could about canine cancer. I poured through articles, and spent countless hours researching how I could prolong his life, if not cure him of this hideous disease. My efforts paid off by allowing me another year and a half with my best friend, and while I'm thankful for that time, I would have given the world for more. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, and it is estimated that nearly six million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year. According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, especially for those over the age of ten. However, it is important not to be misled by age as cancer can strike dogs at any age. Just as in humans, canine cancer is not thought to be caused by any single factor, and unfortunately, there are no definitive answers. Some blame it on food, while others blame it on environmental factors. There are many other things, including hereditary factors that can play a role in the disease’s development, or that can be responsible for the development of several types of cancer in dogs. Scary as it is though, cancer doesn't mean an automatic death sentence, and there are things that you can do to help your dog by being vigilant. You know your best friend better than anyone else, and by being aware of any symptoms, including changes in their mental or physical behavior, you could detect cancer in its early stages, which offers the best chance of successfully treating this disease. There are simple things that you can do to protect your dog. Among them is to include a once monthly, all over body massage to check for lumps and bumps, which will also help you become accustomed to bodily changes, not to mention your dog will

love the extra attention. Having your dog altered at a young age can reduce their chance of getting certain types of cancer. Breast cancer can be avoided almost completely by having your dog spayed before her first heat cycle, and a neutered male dog has zero chance of developing testicular cancer. Feed a healthy diet, including immune boosting supplements, and don't forget that all dogs, as well as yourself, benefit from exercise. In honor of Cain my mission to help others continues. While there is no way to guarantee that your dog will never get cancer, you help them tremendously by becoming educated about cancer and the early warning signs. Perhaps the most important thing I can share is to spend as much time together as you can, and live each moment with love.

For more information on canine cancer and how to help this cause: Please visit: www.wishcuit.com Find us on Facebook at: “Wishcuit”

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safety

Dognapping is on the rise! Dogs are being stolen at an alarming rate in our country. You might wonder why someone would steal a dog when there are so many other ways of obtaining a dog.

The following are a few reasons why dogs are stolen: • They are stolen to become bait dogs in fighting rings. • They are stolen to be sold to research laboratories. • They are stolen to be sold to pet stores or other individuals. • They are stolen because the person simply wants a dog, but does not want to pay for it.

Here are 5 ways to help prevent your dog from being dognapped:

1.

Keep a close eye on your dog when not on a leash, even in your own backyard.

2. 3. Do not leave your dog unattended in your car.  4. If someone asks how much you paid for your dog, do

Never tie your dog up in front of a business or other public places.

5.

not discuss it. They might be “fishing” for information to find out how much your pet is worth.

Have proper identification on your dog at all times. It is also a good idea to have your pet microchipped. If a stolen dog is found it will be easier to prove ownership of the dog.

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The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley 2129 W. Chenango Avenue Littleton, CO 80120 303-703-2938 www.hsspv.org www.facebook.com/hsspv

Free a i s the Anes Cleaning Teeth

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grooming

Keep your dog’s Trimming Nails! | The Denver Dog reports Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is an essential part of their health regimen. If your dog’s nails get too long, they can break. This not only leads to pain for your dog, but the nail can also become infected. Additionally, long nails can cause an irregular gait that can lead to skeletal damage. Some dogs need their nails trimmed more often than others. It is important to keep track of how fast your dog’s nails grow so you can consistently remember when you should have them trimmed.

Tips for successful nail trimming: >> Many pets do not like to have their feet touched. For these pets, nail trims can be a traumatic experience. You should go slow and be gentle with your dog. Treats can be used as a positive reinforcement! >> You should touch your puppy’s feet often. This will get them used to having them touched and they will likely be more receptive to nail trims as they get older. It is also recommended that puppies get their nails trimmed frequently to get them used to the procedure. Once a week, you can trim the tips of their nails. Getting them used to having their nails trimmed will make the experience easier on you and them! >> Prior to the nail trim, you should stop by your local pet boutique and purchase Kwik Stop powder. In the event you accidentally trim your dog’s nails too short, this powder can be used to stop the bleeding. If you are not comfortable trimming your dog’s nails yourself, you can take your dog to your local veterinarian or groomer and have them do it for you! Find a veterinarian or dog groomer to trim your pet’s nails on our website! www.thedenverdog.com

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hygiene

Clean your dog’s toys! Have you ever wondered how dirty your dog’s toys really are? Dog toys harbor bacteria that can be harmful to your pet. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your dog’s toys clean!

Cloth toys Cloth toys are best washed in hot water in your washing machine. If you are concerned about damaging the toys, you can put them in a delicate garment bag prior to washing. After washing the toys, you can either put them in the dryer on low heat or hang them out to dry. You can also hand wash them in the bath tub with a mild soap. Just be sure to rinse them thoroughly before hanging them to dry.

Plastic toys Plastic toys can be cleaned by mixing 50% warm water and 50% white vinegar. Allow toys to soak for 30 minutes, rinse them, and then set them out to dry. Plastic toys can also be cleaned by putting them in the dishwasher. If the toy has a great deal of debris on it, such as a Kong toy with paste, it is recommended to let the toys soak prior to putting them in the dishwasher.

Inspect toys for damage You should determine whether a toy should be thrown away instead of cleaning it. In some cases, it is better just to throw the toy away. If stuffed toys are torn open and the inside stuffing is exposed, the toy should be thrown away so your dog does not ingest the stuffing. If plastic toys are broken and have jagged edges they should be disposed of to avoid injury.

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chillin' in colorado

Lupe

Quincy

Jessie James & Kitty

Henry

Angelyne Harper, Fuller & Orion Dakota

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Lexie

Lola

Morgan Paco

Norman

Pirate Gus Winston

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calendar of events

MAY

May 4th: Furry Scurry – 9:00 AM Washington Park S Downing St & E Louisiana Ave Denver, CO 80209 Join The Denver Dumb Friend’s League for this two-mile walk and fun run benefiting homeless pets. Furry Scurry participants enjoy refreshments, contests, demonstrations and more than 150 pet-related sponsors and vendors at the “Flea-less Market.” www.ddfl.org

May 9th: 2013 Woof and Wine – 6-9 PM

May 11th: Maxfund’s Lucky Mutt Strutt

Ralph Schomp BMW Galleria 1190 Plum Valley Lane Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Cheesman Park 1599 E 8th Ave Denver, CO 80218

Join Humane Society of the South Platte Valley for wine and food sampling, live entertainment, and silent auction fun! www.hsspv.org

JUNE

The Lucky Mutt Strutt is back after a one year hiatus. Come out to Cheesman Park for great fun for a great cause! www.maxfund.org

June 1st: 5th Annual Taggin’ Waggin’ Dog Vaccination, Licensing Pet Fair – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM O'Kane Park 7101 W 1st Ave (East Side of Park) Lakewood, CO 80226 This annual event offers low cost dog vaccinations and Jefferson County dog licensing with a Pet Fair atmosphere. All leashed dogs are welcome to bring the family to enjoy demonstrations, educational booths and pet supply vendors. For more information, please call 303-987-7114 or email bonmar@lakewoodco.org.

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May 5th: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Adoption Event – 11 AM-4 PM My Buddy and Me Natural Pet Store 4530 S. Reservoir Rd Centennial, 80015 Join My Buddy and Me Natural Pet Store for this fun adoption event. Many vendors will be there including The Denver Dog! www.mybuddyandme.org

May 19th: Canine Massage class with Mino Fuller of Hands on Hounds, LLC – 1:30-3:30pm Doggie Delights on Broadway 1432 S Broadway Denver, CO 80210 Do you want to create a deeper connection with your dog? In this class you will learn the many benefits of regular massage, the basic strokes and routines to support the physical and emotional well-being of your furry friend. Please bring your dog, a dog bed or small rug, as well as proof of immunizations. www.handsonhounds.com

June 11th: Animal Fair and Adoptathon on “Just One Day Colorado.” No Kill Colorado is hosting an Animal Fair and Adoptathon on June 11th. There will be many local rescues and shelters, animal practitioners and businesses, entertainment and vendors. Visit www.justoneday.ws for more information.


products we love

My Pet Reward www.mypetreward.com Never buy a pet tag again with My Pet Reward! Any time your information, phone number, or email address changes simply log in to your MyPetReward account and update your new contact information.

Gingerlead: The Dog Support and Rehabilitation Harness www.gingerlead.com The GingerLead is a soft, padded belly sling with a leash & handle to help dogs with weak hind legs walk!

Zippity-Poo-Da www.zippitypooda.com Walking your dog is now more enjoyable for both you and your pet! No more hand carrying waste bags or putting doggy bags in your pockets. With the Zippity-Poo-Da™your pet's poo is discretely carried for you!

Personalized Pet Tales www.personalizedpettales.com Celebrating the pet’s in our lives with personalized pet products. Products include ceramic tiles, frames, scrapbooks, and more! The Denver Dog | Summer 2013

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Contact us for all your pet door needs!� 303 912-0807� www.denverdoggydoors.com�

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Overnight Boarding Grooming & Bathing Services Play Time Daycare/Spa Tender Loving Care 4219 Xenon Street, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033 (I-70 & Ward Road) Open 7 days a week Day Care: Monday – Friday: 7am to 6pm • Boarding: Monday – Friday: 8am to 6pm Saturday: 8am to 4pm / Sunday: 2pm to 5pm

(303) 940-9188 Visit our online store for unique gifts www.bedsnbiscuits.com

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