The Gold Run Nordic Center and the Town of Breckenridge host the ninth annual L.A.P.S. DogTerra on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free Abbey's coffee, donuts and doggie treats. This year will welcome back the Snowshoe Poker Run where the best hands (& maybe the worst too) will win prizes. Also new is the Mighty Mite Sprint for all dogs 20 pounds & under ... it will be "short & sweet" and lots of fun to watch or participate in ... to the best of your abilities. We'll still have the free 45-minute skijoring clinic for beginners, taught by expert Louisa Morrissey and she will also have a separate coaching class for the more advanced (levels to be determined at registration that day). If you have skijor equipment, bring it, but some will be provided also. Morrissey is also sponsoring a collar exchange at the end of the event and will be donating new collars to owners who trade in the less animal-friendly choke/pinch collars.The wildly popular doggie agility games will be happening with experienced instructors showing you and your pooch the ropes. Frisbee & Chuck-It contests will be going on during the day too.This is a great family event where each member can try any or all of the events. The entry fee is per dog so one dog can do each event with any of its humans in tow and all ages are welcome. L.A.P.S. members pay $25 and non-members pay $28 per dog with any additional dog $10 each (cash or check only). You can join L.A.P.S. the day of and get the discount. Each paid registrant will receive a doggie goodie bag, plus free treats all-day long.Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the courses open at 9:30, running concurrently. Dogs must show current rabies tags and have a 6-foot leash and humans need either Nordic skis or snowshoes to participate. Prizes will be awarded to top winners in all events and we guarantee that you and your pup will go home happily exhausted, if only from socializing with all the other two- and four-leggers. L.A.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose main goal is reducing pet overpopulation through its spay/neuter programs in the Summit County area. Financial assistance to low-income Summit County families, facing high veterinarian bills or the need for spay/neuter, is available through our medical/surgical funds (ask your vet). L.A.P.S. encourages everyone to be a responsible pet owner by offering vouchers for discounts on spay/neuter that can be picked up at the animal shelter. These are available to anyone who lives or works in Summit County. If you'd like to volunteer for any of our annual events or make a tax-deductible donation, email LAPS@colorado.net or go to www.summitlaps.com or send checks to L.A.P.S., P.O. Box 2512, Frisco, CO 80443.
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