Carbondale hosts howlin’ good time |

Carbondale hosts howlin’ good time

Trina Ortega
Carbondale correspondent
Aspen, CO colorado
Angel, carrying a horse on her back, leads her humans, Debbie Patrick and daughter Shayne, down Main Street in the rain at last year's Bone Day in Dogdale impromptu parade. The event was canceled due to weather, but this year's weather forecast calls for a pleasant day on Sunday. (Jane Bachrach)

CARBONDALE ” Local dog celebrities, scrappy mutts, and four-legged friends who need homes will be part of Sunday’s Bone Day in Dogdale, a fun and quirky fundraising event supporting KDNK and the Animal Rescue Foundation.

Bone Day begins with a doggie parade down Main Street at 10 a.m., followed by “peticures” with dog baths and nail clips by the Dogg House, the Worstminster Dog Show, Denver-based wonder dog, Zap, animal massage, vet advice and more. The day finishes with the Roaring Fork Kennel Club’s practice show, featuring handlers and their dogs, young and old, who have their sights set on competing in the AKC show in June.

Perhaps the defining quirky event will be the Worstminster Dog Show (a takeoff on the Westminster Dog Show) hosted by the Bonedale Kennel Club. Dogs can be entered into several categories, such as the round group for overweight dogs; the biggest bitch class; an over the hill gang group for senior dogs, 12 and over; a junior handlers group; and more surprise classes.

“The Bonedale Kennel Club is internationally known for their innovations in the dog show ring in different kinds of classes,” event organizer Jane Bachrach said. “Doggies be forewarned.”

The club not only presents prizes, trophies and cash awards to the Best in Show, but also to the Worst in Show.

“The worst in show dog has to have a number of specific traits. The worst in show needs to be badly behaved, needs to be kind of filthy dirty and ungroomed,” Bachrach explained.

One local canine, Waldo the St. Bernard, has been named parade marshal, and also will be seeking donations to help pay for his rash of recent, high-cost medical bills.

Zap will make an appearance showing off his skills in “article discrimination,” an ability to identify 100 different objects named by his owner.

Animals from Animal Rescue, Colorado Animal Rescue and the Rifle Animal Shelter will be in the adopt-a-thon and also will have their own class in the dog show, according to Bachrach, who is a dedicated animal lover herself, with two horses, two dogs and a cat.

She said that’s one of two main reasons she wanted to hold the event ” to raise both funds and awareness.

“It’s financial because I really want to help KDNK and I want to help the animals. The reason we chose KDNK is because KDNK has the pet tag memberships. So KDNK directly helps people find their dogs. KDNK is really involved in saving dogs, in a way, just like ARF is,” she said.

Also related to Sunday’s event, on Saturday CARE is hosting its annual May Day for Mutts, an adopt-a-thon and tours of its upgraded shelter at Spring Valley.

Bachrach encourages dog owners to call ahead for Sunday’s dog baths to ensure a spot. Call 964-0139 to make a reservation for a Quick wash or Super wash.

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