Happy hour’s gone to the dogs | SummitDaily.com

Happy hour’s gone to the dogs

BRECKENRIDGE – Where else but in Summit County can you belly up to the bar with Fido, Lassie and Kujo after a long work-week?With cold-nosed companions in tow, local dog-loving worker bees can unwind this Friday at the Huneck Gallery of Breckenridge. Both human and canine gallerygoers will have the chance to nosh on refreshments as they browse through rooms of jewelry and dog-themed art.”It’s an opportunity for people and dogs to get together to mingle and socialize,” said Karen Martiny of Animal Rescue of the Rockies (ARR). “We did one of these in November, and we had a blast. My little dog Buffy was the official greeter at the door. She’s paralyzed in her hindquarters, so she sits in a little cart. Of course, she draws a lot of attention.”A portion of the sales from Friday’s event benefit ARR, which is raising money to create an animal sanctuary in the High Country. Martiny hopes someday to purchase several acres of land upon which unwanted pets can live out their days free from the possibility of euthanasia.”We’d like to build a no-kill animal sanctuary that’s also a lifetime care facility for pets whose owners have passed on. We want to have a homelike environment. Animals need to be happy, and it’s stressful for them to be in a cage for the long-term,” Martiny said.

Martiny also envisions providing veterinary care and behavior training, in hopes of eventually adopting out rescued animals.”We just want to provide a chance for pets that otherwise might not have one,” Martiny said. “It’s heartbreaking when they run out of time. A lot of animals with behavior problems can turn into wonderful well-behaved pets – they just need more time.”The Huneck Gallery’s owner Jaime Light is delighted at the opportunity to help.”We really believe in what ARR is doing, and (the event) is just plain fun,” Light said. “We get a good turnout, and they get to make some money and generate interest in what they’re trying to do with animal rescue.”Light plans to offer libations and fine cheeses for human guests and her hand-crafted, cheesy dog mix for the four-legged art lovers in the crowd.”We give people and their dogs full reign of the gallery,” Light added. “It’s absolutely chaotic.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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