Is your pooch ‘extreme’? |

Is your pooch ‘extreme’?

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk This years DogTerra helps celebrate the 15th anniversary of the League for Animals and People of the Summit. The event begins Sunday with registration at 9:15 a.m. and competition beginning at 10 a.m.

BRECKENRIDGE – If you find yourself awed this week by the world’s extreme winter athletes at the 2005 Winter Gravity Games, just wait till you see a four-legged frontside 540 or a wet-nosed melon grab this Sunday in Breckenridge at the second annual DogTerra – a whole different species of adventure snow competition.DogTerra isn’t just an old-fashioned, garden-variety shredfest.

It combines the excitement of extreme winter canine athletics with the feel-goodness of a fundraiser for one of Summit County’s favorite charities: the League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS).”This year marks the 15th anniversary of LAPS, and to celebrate, we’re giving our Snowshoe with Spot a different spin by merging it with DogTerra,” said Sally Beerup of LAPS. “We hope that all our loyal snowshoers will continue their support and try something a little more ‘out there.'”Dog-owner teams will compete in a timed skijor and a snowshoe event. The day will also include an obstacle course with gates, straw bales and hula hoops. Frisbee fanatics can showcase their vertical prowess in the Snow Jump.

Dogs and owners who are less athletic, but just as competitive, can go head to head in the Best Dressed Pooch contest and the Pet-Owner Look-alike contest.All participants can refuel throughout the event with free doughnuts, hot chocolate, Abbey’s coffee and doggie treats. All paid entrants will be eligible for a drawing for a new pair of snowshoes.

“It’s going to be a very exciting event,” said Alex Karklins of the dog-friendly Gold Run Nordic Center, the event’s host. “Given the volume of calls we’ve been getting, lots and lots of people are going to show up. It should be a fun time.”Entry fees for DogTerra are $20 per dog. Entrants can save $5 by joining LAPS or by renewing their annual membership by the day of the event. All proceeds benefit LAPS, which provides financial assistance for low-income families faced with steep vet bills. The nonprofit also funds spaying and neutering at the Summit County Animal Shelter.

For information, call Gold Run Nordic Center at (970) 547-7889, or e-mail To volunteer at DogTerra, call Summit County Animal Shelter at (970) 668-3230.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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