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A cluster of mutts

Stina Sieg
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Courtesy photo by Jane Bachrach
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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Jane Bachrach can think of only one place where everyone is smiling ” almost all the time.

The dog park.

“Dogs make people happy,” she said. “And vice versa.”

So, according to Bachrach, why not give your pup his day?

This Sunday, she’s heading Bone Day in Dogdale, a canine-centric event, set to raise money for KDNK and the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). As she spoke over phone Tuesday, her voice was excited, if a little stressed. After all, the idea of corralling a heard of mutts in downtown Carbondale is no small feat.

Good thing that when it comes to canines, Bachrach’s deeply dedicated.

“Dogs are the children of the new millennium,” she said, reusing a phrase she coined herself.

This doggie celebration all began about three years ago, she recounted, back when she started “Peticures,” a smaller-scale station fundraiser in El Jebel, where people could treat their pooches to a good wash and grooming. Owners and canine alike were lapping it up. She saw then that the “community as a whole really embraces dogs,” she said.

That’s when Bachrach, a lifelong dog owner and KDNK DJ, realized she wanted to do something more.

Enter Bone Day. Set in the “dog days of Spring” (Bachrach’s words, of course) the event kicks off with a pooch parade, open to all friendly pups. Just as long as they’re not aggressive nor in heat, they’re also invited to enter the “Worstminster” Dog Show, a lighthearted affair, with unusual classes, such as the “Round Group” (for pudgy dogs) and the “Biggest Bitch” (open only to females). Top dogs and underdogs in each category will go on to compete for “Best in Show” and “Worst in Show” titles, respectively. Lucky dogs might win a bed from High Trails or a custom made bowl, courtesy of the Carbondale Clay Center.

Even if their pet doesn’t win a prize, owners can still treat their “best friend” to a “peticure” wash by the Dogg house or a massage (yes, by a certified dog masseuse).

For a dollar a minute, humans may access vet advice, too. Anyone wanting a picture snapped with their pet may buy one from event photographers ” also known as the “pawpurazzi.”

Topping off this doggie pile of activities will be a practice dog show by the Roaring Fork Kennel Club. Most importantly to Bachrach, there will also be an adopt-a-thon, featuring dogs from ARF, Colorado Animal Rescue and the Rifle Animal Shelter.

As Bachrach put it, she gets creative ideas all the time, but this one is special. It helps her favorite radio station and local dogs, all in one fell swoop.

“They’re fun and they’re funny and they make you laugh,” she said, explaining her dog love. “And they don’t talk back to you.”

She went on, saying she had this celebration planned twice last year, but both times fell through. Once it was on account of a doggie flu, while on another day, weather was an issue. This time around, however, she’s not letting anything stand in Bone Day’s way.

“This is going to happen, no matter what,” she said.

Even if it’s raining cats and ” well, you know.

Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111

ssieg@postindependent.com


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