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January 17, 2013
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A toast to our furry friends in the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Laughing Dog Coffee House, 413 Monument Road, will host a "French Toast for Furry Friends" fundraiser Sunday, Jan. 27. The French toast is for human consumption, actually, and the proceeds for the furry friends.From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Laughing Dog owners Kent Diemer and Suzanne Bjorge will serve up French toast made with homemade wheat bread, topped with whipped cream, fresh fruit and syrup - for a minimum donation of $3.50 for one piece, or $5 for two. All proceeds from the special menu item will benefit the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, a nonprofit animal shelter and adoption center.Diemer and Bjorge are dog lovers with three of their own, two of whom were rescue dogs. They also have a cat that was rescued. After the coffee shop's November opening, Roice-Hurst volunteer and dog photographer Sally Bellacqua brought in a photo of a "laughing" pooch named Louie, a former shelter dog. The photo hangs on the wall at Laughing Dog Coffee House.Bjorge decided she'd like other laughing dog photos for the shop, so is sponsoring a photo contest the same day as the French toast brunch. Customers are invited to bring in their best "laughing dog" pet photograph to be entered in a photo contest that will also benefit Roice-Hurst. The entry fee is free with a French toast purchase, or $2 without. The photos will be displayed temporarily at the coffee shop.Adoption fees charged at Roice-Hurst do not cover the shelter's food and medical expenses; the nonprofit depends on donations and fundraisers, volunteer/events coordinator Shannon Freed said."Suzanne loves to make homemade bread," Freed said. "She wanted to help Roice-Hurst. This is a way to help the humane society and showcase her bread. Her bread is wonderful."Last year the "no kill" animal shelter found homes for more than a 1,000 pets - 320 cats, and 728 dogs.For more information on adopting an animal or volunteering at the shelter, visit more information about the Laughing Dog Coffeehouse, visit

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