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Dumb Friends League offers spring-break
camps for young pet lovers

DENVER (March 14, 2011) Looking for a fun and educational activity for your child over spring break? The Dumb Friends League is offering one-day spring camps for second through eighth graders. Spring Critter Camps are a great opportunity for your kids to learn about animals and interact with some adorable pets.

Nicole Schimming, humane education manager at the Dumb Friends League, says the organization is excited to offer one-day spring camps for the first time. “Teaching kindness, compassion and respect is what it’s all about,” she said.

Schimming also said the Dumb Friends League places great value on educating young people about the care of animals at an early age. “We believe it’s important for future generations to learn about safety around pets, animal body language, and potential careers with pets, because these young children will soon be our adopters, employees, volunteers and supporters,” Schimming said. “Besides, it’s just great fun to see the smile on a child’s face when they get to experience the human-animal bond.”

Crafts Camp, offered on March 22 and 29, is for second and third graders. Campers will make crafts they can take home, learn about caring for pets, and interact with dog and cat ambassadors.

Cat Camp, a camp for fourth and fifth graders, will be held on March 23 and 30. This camp is all about feline. Children will learn about cat care while socializing with shelter cats and learning how to clicker-train them.

Careers Camp is designed for sixth through eighth graders who dream of working with animals. It will be offered on March 24 and 31. This camp is an opportunity for young adults to gain first-hand knowledge about different animal-related careers. They will meet a pet adoption counselor and learn about their job as well as observe a veterinarian in surgery and have the opportunity to train cat, dogs and rats.

Each one-day Critter Camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $50, which benefits the Dumb Friends League. Camps take place at the Dumb Friends League Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock. For more information, or to register your child, please visit or call (303) 751-5772, Ext. 7231.

Dumb Friends League Crafts Camp

March 22 and March 29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One-day camp for young pet lovers, ages 6 to 8 (2nd through 3rd grade). Fun and educational camp where children learn through crafts. Campers will create take-home crafts, learn about pet care and interact with cat and dog ambassadors. $50 for one-day camp.

Dumb Friends League Cat Camp
March 23 and March 30; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One-day camp for young pet lovers, ages 9 to 11 (4th through 5th grade). Fun and educational camp where children learn all about cats. Campers will have the opportunity to socialize with cats and even learn to clicker-train a shelter cat. $50 for one-day camp.

About the Dumb Friends League

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond for 100 years. The Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

* All information and photos provided by the Denver Dumb Friends League

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Front Range Dog Agility Team will be competing in the United States  Dog Agility Association Trails at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. For more information, please visit


Thursday, November 4, 2010

6:30 pm till 9:30PM

Chophouse and Brewery

Caboose Room

1735 19th Street, Suite 100

Denver, CO, 80202

$50 per person / $90 per couple ( In advance )

$55 per person ( at the door )

Colorado’s Helping Hands Foundation

For more information and to register for the event visit

Announcing a new Meetup for The Denver Yappy Hour Club!

What: Join us for Yappy Hour at the Gin and Sin Speakeasy!

When: Saturday, September 25, 2010 4:00 PM

Where: Gin and Sin Speakeasy
3862 High Street
Denver, CO 80205

Bring your dog(s), tell your friends and join us for Yappy Hour on Saturday, September 25th from 4 – 8pm at the Gin and Sin Speakeasy (formerly Jezebel’s Juke Joint)!

What’s Happening at Yappy Hour: In addition to meeting new people, socializing with your dog(s) and enjoying a great dog-friendly venue in Denver, we’ll have other activities for you and your canine companion(s) to participate in!

Activities: We won’t be asking for a cover charge, but as Big Dogs Huge Paws is an all-volunteer, non-profit rescue organization that relies on donations to help giant breed dogs in need, there will be other activities and opportunities you can choose to participate in that will help us help more dogs. We will have a paw print station where we can make you can get an air dry clay keepsake of your pup’s paw, a drawing for great prizes, and we’ll have home made dog treats, fleece tug toys and more! All proceeds from paw prints, raffle and other items available through BDHP will be donated to help with medical care, food and rehabilitating the gentle giants of Big Dogs Huge Paws rescue.

All well behaved dogs are invited to attend with their humans. Alcohol will only be served to guests at least 21 years of age with a valid ID. Your dog must be on a leash upon arrival (though there is a fenced in off leash area at the Speakeasy).

A big thank you to Kristian and friends at the Gin and Sin Speakeasy for hosting this Yappy Hour event! Find out more about the Speakeasy online at

Questions? Please email us at We’re looking forward to getting together for Yappy Hour on September 25th!

~ Your two-and-four-legged friends at Big Dogs Huge Paws

RSVP to this Meetup:

Dog Dayz at Scott Carpenter Pool

Scott Carpenter Pool turns into an aquatic dog park for two weeks in August. The pool closes for human usage and we open up the water for dogs to enjoy.

The Dog Dayz event has been running strong for nearly a decade and saw close to 2,000 dogs come through the gate last year. It is a great way to spend a warm August afternoon with your best friend — your dog (or dogs) will be grateful for the chance to cool off and play with others.

Our Saturday sessions double as Dog Expos. Pet friendly companies from around the county will be on-site with information and fun give-aways.

So, come join us in August and be a part of the best dog friendly event around!


In 2010, Dog Dayz will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug.30. The pool will be open the following days/times:


Noon – 2 p.m.


4 – 6 p.m.


4 – 7 p.m.

Sat (Dog Expo)

10 a.m. – Noon

Sat (Dog Expo)

1 – 4 p.m.


Noon – 3 p.m.


4 – 7 p.m.


  • Humans must stay out of the water.

  • Refunds will not be issued.

  • Any dogs that fight will be asked to leave.

  • Pick up after your dog. Bags are provided.

  • $5 per dog per session.

  • $30 for a season pass good for one dog per session.


Contact Kim Lidkea at

Click on link below to watch video of Dogs swimming at Scott Carpenter Pool in Boulder, Colorado

Yappy Hour Denver

Today, Thursday, July 29 7:00p

at Hotel Monaco, Denver, Denver, CO

1717 Champa St.

Denver, CO 80202

800-990-1303 303-296-1717

CBS Greatest American Dog Judge and NBC Today’s Show Pet Lifestyle Contributor, Wendy Diamond, is coming to Denver! Join her at the exclusive 2010 Yappy Hour® Tour!

On July 29, 2010 please join us for our 2010 Yappy Hour® at Kimpton’s fabulous Monaco Hotel celebrating the release of Wendy and Lucky Diamond’s new book, It’s a Dog’s World!

The event will be raising money for a local animal rescue shelter!

Price: $50.00

Park officials vote to downsize areas for

off-leash dog parks / 9 news Denver

Above is a link to the 9 news video report.Sorry they make you watch a commercial first. It is an informative report though and worth watching.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY – For months, dog owners have been writing 9NEWS about a conflict at two of the state’s most popular parks. After hundreds of hours of debate, Colorado parks officials voted against those dog owners.

They voted to downsize areas for off-leash dog parks on Thursday.

The Cherry Creek State Park area will go from its current 125 acres to 107 acres, and the area at Chatfield from 80 acres to 69 acres. The downsizing was not the only decision made.

Park officials also unanimously voted to renovate the off-leash parks with new fencing, and extra staffing. The officials say they felt the changes were needed because of exponential growth of users at the two parks.

They say over the last 20 years, the number of off-leash dog users is 20 times what it used to be. The state says that growth has led to some safety and environmental issues.

David Tracer, an off-leash dog user for 12 years, attended Thursday’s public hearing.

“It really is a recreational area for people, first and foremost, and I’d like to see all users accommodated,” he said.

Tracer says he feels officials are downplaying how significant this downsizing really is.

“There is some conflict over what the actual size is, there are some areas that users believe have never been off limit that they’re saying have always been off limits,” he said.

On the other side of the debate is Bob Hantschel, who has run a horse camp for 37 years outside Cherry Creek State Park. Hantschel says he and his colleagues have not taken any public rides out this year. He says that is because there are too many dogs that spook his horses. The lack of public rides means a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in business.

“The unfortunate thing is that Fluffy doesn’t listen to their mom,” Hantschel said.

Cherry Creek State Park officials hope a wire fence will lower the number of user conflicts between dogs and horses. They say they do not feel their requests to downsize are unreasonable.

“[We've] formally designated almost the entire area at Chatfield, and a very large area at Cherry Creek to be, what we believe to be possibly the biggest off-leash dog areas in the country,” Ken Brink with the Colorado State Parks said.

Implementation of this plan could take up to five years. The full cost for the Chatfield plan is almost $190,000, and the cost for Cherry Creek State Parks renovation is more than $850,000. They say the reason that number is so high is because they are responding to the public’s request to create an entrance to the dog park at the 12-Mile South entrance.

The new user fee will be $2 per day or a $20 annual tag for off-leash users.

Dock Dog Pool in Broomfield, CO / CRCG

I went to the new CRCG ( Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group ) in Broomfield , Colorado. Broomfield is just outside of Denver on the way to Boulder.

To find out more about ALL that CRCG offers please go to their website :

I want to talk about their regulation Dock Dog Pool. It is WAY COOL !  My Golden Retrievers had a BLAST ! The younger one was jumping off the side of the pool after toys, Now I need to get her to jump off the higher part. I think she’s a natural and will LOVE it when she learns how.

Here are some videos I took of our time there.


Kick back and relax with a smorgasbord of hot dogs, bark burgers, K-9 kegs, music and fun

Where: City Bark at 2000 W 8th Avenue, Denver, CO

When : Saturday, July 17th 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Why: All to benefit their wonderful rescue dogs and “party” with other dog lovers and dogs

What to bring: A towel for the pooch pool, A blanket or chair for yourself, your dog loving friends, and appetite

Suggested Donation : $15 / adult

100% of donations will go to the dogs

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