Caitlin Row: Out with your dog
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Candy-pink tongue, lolling out her mouth as she runs up the mountain path, leaping over puddles freshly made from the rain. Juliette. The dog.
When I first saw the fluffy, little puff-ball puppy – more resembling a little owl than a canine – it was love at first sight. She licked my nose. I named her Juliette and brought her home.
It’s been three years since I drove to New Mexico and got her from Beverly, a woman who runs a sanctuary for abandoned dogs called Bridging the Worlds. Its primary purpose is animal cruelty prevention – rescuing dogs from abuse, neglect and abandonment, and then nursing them back to health.
Juliette fell into this category. She was found wandering down a New Mexico highway with her mom, only one or two months old. There were no other puppies, and her mom – a beautiful German Shepherd named Helga – was underfed, anxious and wearing a too-tight collar. A family picked them up, and handed them off to Beverly to find them a good home.
A friend and I decided to get both dogs – it wasn’t easy. Helga was mentally unstable from the ordeal, and a talented jumper. (She once jumped from the stove to the top of the fridge like a cat to eat the contents on top, and she could open doors with her jaws.)
Both mom and pup flourished in Summit County however. Helga fattened up and calmed down, while Julie grew into a happy girl with floppy ears and a perpetually good attitude.
All in all, Juliette is a joyous, energetic survivor. She stands guard by my bed when she hears strange nighttime noises, barks at heavy foot steps, loves to pull me up hills and has a serious thing for squirrels. But her favorite place to go in Summit County is the dog park in Breckenridge. At Carter Park, there’s always a new friend, a ball to chase and a butt to sniff – rain or shine, summer or winter. From my side of things, it’s a great place to hang because there’s a sturdy fence and lots of accessible dog-poop bags.
Looking for a fun, dog-friendly place to visit has become a regular activity for me, and that got me thinking – why not create a running column on Summit County pets? Since Juliette and I will already be out and about, searching for fun things to do in our lovely, mountain community, why not share our findings? And if you have dog news, I want to publish it. Want to wish your pet a happy birthday? I’ll do it. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with Summit County pet news, and stay tuned. Photos are welcome.
For more information on Bridging the Worlds, visit http://www.bridgingtheworlds.org.
Caitlin Row lives in Summit County with her dog, Juliette. She can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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