Canines compete for top DogTerra honors |

Canines compete for top DogTerra honors

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With the snowcapped Tenmile Range in the background and a blue sky overhead, Leadville resident Stephanie Dwyer and Champ take off on the 1K ski joring course.

BRECKENRIDGE – Different breeds of dogs from all over the county energetically tested their skills in agility, speed, fetch and pulling Sunday morning at the third annual DogTerra competition at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge. Nearly 40 human/canine teams competed in events such as ski joring, a dogstacle course and a Frisbee toss under a flawless blue sky and a warm winter sun.

The dogstacle course provided the most laughs of the morning, as humans on Nordic skis or snowshoes guided their leashed canine counterparts through six features – weaving through race gates, jumping over a straw hay bale, pushing a cardboard cylinder five feet using the nose (the humans did this), bobbing for tennis balls (the dogs did this), leaning under a limbo pole and leaping through a hoop. Tom Foreman drove up from Denver to attempt the event with Tag, his five-year-old yellow Lab. The DogTerra first-timers zipped through the course in 1:14, which had them tied for first place about a half-hour into the race.

Foreman said Tag’s best performance came as he was maneuvering through the seven race gates at the start of the course.”He had a problem with the tennis balls,” Foreman said. Teams were penalized if their dogs couldn’t pluck a tennis ball out of a barrel within 20 seconds.

Linda Schutt and her seven-month-old border collie, Newfoundland mix Nanii Bou Jou had their best luck at the tennis ball bucket, where Nani Bou Jou swiftly picked the familiar toy out of the pail.”She knew to grab the tennis ball,” Schutt said.

Meanwhile, dog owners donned harnesses so their pets could tug them around a one-kilometer ski joring course.Breckenridge resident and Summit Middle School Nordic skier Bailey Jefferson cruised around the loop on skate skis as her border collie Moka Lua towed her around the course, kind of.

“She kept up, then on the uphill she started to pull, which is a first,” Jefferson said.For some, the competition was second to enjoying the beautiful weather and supporting a local nonprofit.

“We just like to be around dogs,” said Silverthorne resident Laura Auyeung, with her small, curly-haired Bichon, Zeus, at her feet.DogTerra is a fundraiser for LAPS or League for Animals and People of the Summit. The event, which is one of the nonprofit’s three yearly fundraising efforts, was expected to pull in about $1,000, LAPS president Sally Beerup said.

The money is used to fund LAPS causes such as the countywide spay and neuter program, and to provide financial support to dog owners for unexpected medical expenses.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at

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