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Hero Dogs – Sadie

dog wash in EvergreenThe American Humane Association’s annual Hero Dog Awards honor those dogs used in service or those that have done extraordinary things. A Westminster, Colorado dog named Sadie was a 2011 recipient of this honor. A nationally certified accelerant detection K-9, Sadie works in the Major Crimes Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She has worked approximately 400 fires, and has assisted in cases resulting in numerous arrests, including high-profile arson/homicide cases where her nose has detected critical evidence for collection and prosecution. She has never lost in court. Sadie has worked in extreme environments (high-rise buildings, collapsing structures, snow-covered mountains) and never missed a call to duty. She has an incredibly friendly demeanor and conducts approximately 50 demonstrations a year to promote fire safety and fire prevention. Sadie is truly an ambassador for all working dogs, and was more than deserving of this national honor.

 

 

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Cowboys and Their Horses

Eric Lars Bakke is a local Evergreen photographer best known for his creative perspective that allows him to capture the art of people as they make an imprint on their environment, producing emotionally evocative and visually appealing images. He likes to photograph people and animals doing what they do, where they do it. The result is fantastic. Check here to learn more about Eric Lars Bakke.

sports photography in Evergreen, Colorado

© Eric Lars Bakke

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Friends For Life, Photography

 

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Enjoying the Snow

dog wash in Evergreen

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life

 

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Black Bears

There are an estimated 12,000 black bears in Colorado. I should know – they’re all family, really. I am an inquisitive creature, very adaptive, bright and social yet secretive. I am quite tolerant of you and am generally shy and wary, avoiding people as much as possible-unless I’ve grown used to getting my food from you.

In mid-August, like clockwork, I move to oak brush habitat in search of berries and acorns. During the fall, if the food supply is there, I will feed 20 hours a day, consuming 20,000 calories and adding 2-4 pounds of fat daily for my winter hibernation. I may eat 20-30 pounds of chokecherries (it takes 1,500 to make a pound), serviceberries, squaw-apples, buffalo-berries and gambel oak acorns a day. So don’t bother me, I’m eating – and I won’t bother you. I’m busy packing on the pounds for my long winter’s nap. 

 
 

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Symmetry

The symmetry of two living creatures interacting so each becomes a whole, is truly magical. – Frank Bell, Horse Whisperer

What is it about horses that bring healing to the broken places in people? Maybe we cannot pinpoint the exact thing that makes the equine-human connection so powerful, but therapists the world over recognize this power. Therapeutic horseback riding has been developed specifically to teach riding skills to people with disabilities. This type of therapy is beneficial for children and adults who present with any of a wide range of cognitive, physical, and emotional conditions. Equine therapy is employed to help children with a history of abuse, children with autism, and even those who are rehabilitating from severe cancer treatment. Colorado has many programs available in several locations.

In an equine-assisted activity (EAA) program, a certified or specially-trained riding instructor teaches a person with a disability how to ride a horse. However, working with horses can provide more than just riding skills – participants can also learn companionship, responsibility, confidence, leadership, and vocational and educational skills. Riding a horse provides a unique and sometimes profound activity which builds physical strength, creates a non-threatening social environment, and can help an emotionally wounded person develop a horse-rider relationship that fosters healing.

Building a relationship with an animal is very rewarding in many respects; for a person with an emotional, social or psychological disability, the trust and loyalty of an animal demonstrates to them how important they are; they may then apply this newly-acquired self-esteem to personal relationships. Learning to handle a horse may also help a person feel in control of their situation, since in dealing with horses there is a direct relationship between action and reaction. The sometimes unpredictable nature of animals also creates a real-life environment in which the rider can confront their fears, and adjust to situations beyond their control, which can be a life-changing experience for those who feel their whole life is out of their control.

Maybe you don’t see yourself, or your special-needs child as a horseman; but, you may be surprised by what a horse can give you. And you may be even more surprised by what you learn to give.

 
 

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On the Boardwalk

Today is “that” day – that special fun day when I go downtown with my pet. She grabs my beautiful bandana (style is very important to me, as I’m sure you guessed) and we walk the historic downtown boardwalk in Evergreen. First, we always stop at the bank, where I’m welcomed like an old friend. If I give the teller my most winning smile, I’m sure to get a yummy treat.

Then we choose outdoor seating at one of the local restaurants or coffee houses. My sweet pet gets something for herself, while I lounge under the table, accepting gentle pats and compliments from friendly shoppers. If we stay long enough, it seems we see the whole town pass by. I love our boardwalk days! They’re full of snacks, catching-up with old friends, greeting the neighbors, and generally being admired by all – and all this in the beauty of our friendly mountain town. I must say – it’s good to be me!

 

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Memorial Weekend Fun

Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us, and in Colorado it seems that this weekend is meant to be spent outside with your four-legged friend. There are severalMountain Parks located in the Evergreen area that are fun to visit, now that the weather is a bit nicer.  These parks were purchased in the early 1900’s by the city and county of Denver. They are primarily used for picnicking for large or small groups.  For more information visit the Denver Mountain Parks website. Denver  All you need for a day of fun are a leash, water for you and your pet, and some snacks and toys, which your furry friend can pick out at Dogma. Get ready for fabulous fun, visiting one of the parks listed below.

  • Bergen Park, located just south of I-70 on Evergreen Parkway
  • Bison & Elk herd on both sides of I-70 at the Genesee exit (#252)
  • Corwina Park, located about 3 miles south of Evergreen on Hwy 74
  • Dedisse Park, north of Evergreen Lake on Evergreen Parkway
  • Dillon Park, in south Evergreen on Brook Forest Road
  • Fillius Park in north Evergreen at Evergreen Parkway and Bergen Parkway
  • O’Fallon Park, 2 miles south of Evergreen on Hwy 74 along Bear Creek
  • Pence Park, in Indian Hills on Parmalee Gulch
  • Red Rocks Park and natural amphitheater, 9 miles south of Evergreen, near Morrison.
 
 

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