DogTerra 2007 to benefit dog park in Summit County
Summit Daily News
BRECKENRIDGE ” Dogs catching Frisbees, running, flying through an obstacle course, and even pulling skiers on a rope are all part of the action at the annual DogTerra event this weekend at the Gold Run Nordic Center. The event is being put on by the League for Animals and People of the Summit, LAPS.
Each year, LAPS hosts the dog, Olympic-style event to fund their many services. This year however, instead of using money raised to fund the organization, it will go to a new endeavor. There is no official dog-specific park in the county and LAPS is leading the effort to create one. Currently, most parks are merely dog-friendly, a status which can be revoked by the town at any time. LAPS and the town of Breckenridge have been working with each other to create a bona fide dog park. The money raised this year at DogTerra will be used to help a park come to fruition, yet exactly what will be done remains to be seen.
“They will be doing something,” said Sally Beerup, LAPS president, “We’re going to help them out one way or the other.”
The dog park issue is still up in the air at this point though, whether Breckenridge wants to use existing Carter Park, set aside new land, or even create a dog-designated park at all. The first step is believed to be putting up a temporary fence at Carter, funded by LAPS, so that dogs can roam free and safe. The LAPS organization is committed to doing everything in their power to make something happen.
This Sunday’s DogTerra will include the Frisbee catch, a dogstacle course, a snowshoe race, and a ski joring competition ” the event that encompasses a dog pulling a person wearing Nordic skis in a mini-version of the Iditarod. This year, LAPS has even called on the help of ski joring instructor Louisa Morriffey. Morriffey will put on a free clinic at 9 a.m., just prior to competition. The harnesses are provided, and all ages and abilities are invited to the clinic to get a taste of the ski joring activity.
Each competing team will have access to free coffee, Abby’s donuts, and a picture, which Beerup describes as being “pretty hilarious.” Each human competitor must have either snowshoes or Nordic skis to compete in the races, and the limit is set at two dogs per person. Each dog can compete in each competition once and, of course, no steroids. Competitors also have a chance to win free dog and ski gear as well as have full day access at the Gold Run Nordic Center.
For more information or to volunteer, visit summitlaps.com or contact the organization at LAPS@colorado.net.
What: Fourth Annual DogTerra
When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Gold Run Nordic Center, Breckenridge
Cost: Per dog, $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers; second dog is half price
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