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May 3, 2010
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Out with your dog: It's mud season, all over my dog

Hey, Summit County! It's spring in the High Country, and you know what that means - mud! All over our dogs.

Lately, we've been running on the semi-melted roads with cute Juliette (our pup) in tow, and she's getting these crazy "mud-sicle" dreads on her undercoat - a nasty mixture of snow and slushy dirt.

It's takes, like, 15 minutes for her tummy to melt enough to towel her off, and in the meantime she's filthy.

So, I was totally psyched to hear that a friend of a friend installed a dog bath in their mud room, complete with an extendable shower head to spray off their dirty dogs.

If I had a mud room (and a chunk of expendable funds), this would be tops on my list for home upgrades.

In the meantime, I'm keeping an extra-large beach towel hanging outside my door.

But, some day I aspire to have my own muddy-mut bath instillation. I can dream, right?

I've also heard the Carter Park dog area in Breckenridge is a yucky, dirty mess at the moment - to be avoided at all costs. I can't wait until it dries out!

Know of any amazing pet cleaning products? E-mail us at crow@summitdaily.com

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Erica and Mike Stankelis also wrote in to tell me about their dog Kodiak.

They said "his FAVORITE place to go is swimming at Green Mountain Reservoir. With it starting to be spring-ish, he will be itching to go for a swim in the reservoir no matter how cold the water is (not exactly sure if this is permitted or not though). But he can't get enough of it, and it seems to be a favorite for all doggies there. Plus you can camp as well, so you can make it a weekend of full-on exercise for your pooch. Guaranteed to go home worn out and happy! You may have already wrote about it, but there is a Yappy Hour at the Keystone Inn which also allows doggies to stay over."

Nice! Thanks for the tips.

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Here's a bit of news for local kittie lovers - Animal Rescue of the Rockies recently opened Cat Casita, a feline adoption room in Fairplay. It's located above Chow Down - Fairplay's pet supply store, and it's seeking funds and volunteers to help with its upkeep.

Helpers are needed to clean up the cat room or to simply hang out with kitties in the afternoon.

To sign up for volunteer shifts or get driving directions, call Renee Ryan at (720) 979-9310. For more information, visit www.animalrescueoftherockies.org or e-mail animalrescueoftherockies@yahoo.com.

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Where do you like to take your dog during Summit County's summer season?

And remember - if you have any pet news, photos, birthday wishes or tips, I want to print it.

Caitlin Row currently lives with her dog - Juliette - in a mud pit called Summit County. E-mail her at crow@summitdaily.com.


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The Summit Daily Updated May 3, 2010 09:28PM Published May 3, 2010 09:18PM Copyright 2010 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.