Grand Junction’s Laughing Dog hosts Furry Friends fundraiser |

Grand Junction’s Laughing Dog hosts Furry Friends fundraiser

Sharon Sullivan
A picture of Laughing Louie, a former shelter dog, hangs inside Grand Junction's Laughing Dog Coffee House, 413 Monument Road.
Sally Bellacqua |


WHAT: French Toast for Furry Friends

WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Laughing Dog Coffee House, 413 Monument Road

COST: $5 or $6.50

INFO: 970-434-7337;;

What could be better on a Sunday morning than French toast made with fresh-baked whole wheat bread with all the trimmings?

Add a fresh brewed cup of coffee and a good cause, and you’ve certainly started the day right.

The Laughing Dog Coffee House is hosting its second annual French Toast for Furry Friends event on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will benefit Roice Hurst Humane Society’s shelter and adoption center for dogs and cats.

For a $5 minimum donation, you get one piece of French toast made with whole wheat crunch bread, plus whipped cream, syrup and fruit. Or order two pieces for a minimum donation of $6.50.

Laughing Dog co-owner Suzanne Bjorge bakes the bread with whole wheat flour, sunflower seeds, millet, and black sesame seeds. And she uses honey, not sugar.

A “Laughing Dog” photo contest will also be held in conjunction with the tasty fundraiser.

“All pet pictures are welcome, not just of dogs,” a recent news release said. “(The) entry fee is $1 per picture. All photos will be kept by the coffee house and posted on their wall; (the) best picture will win a prize.”

Last year’s event raised more than $600 — money that went toward food, medical care and overall expenses incurred at the animal shelter, Roice Hurst events coordinator Shannon Freed said.

“Our cost per day is about $1,500 (or $15 per cat or dog, per day),” she said.

Typically the shelter houses 50 dogs and puppies, and 50 cats and kittens at a time.

Bjorge and her husband, Kent Diemer, love dogs and have two of their own. Bjorge said she intends to make the fundraising breakfast an annual event.

All profits from the sale of the French toast will go to Roice Hurst.

“Our purpose when we opened was to be part of the community,” she said. “We like to contribute to shelters.”


The shelter currently has several “bonded pairs” of dogs that are featured online at

“The benefits of bonded pairs is when you’re away from home, they have a buddy,” Freed said. “The dogs were raised together, so we’re trying to keep them together.”

For example, there is a Golden retriever mix, and a Dalmatian mix that is a bonded pair. Another pair includes a “friendly” boxer and a lab mix.

“We’d love to get the bonded pairs a home,” Freed said.

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