Dogs days of summer in Aspen |

Dogs days of summer in Aspen

Joshua Landis of Landis Properties, pictured with his dogs, Flash and Pancake, will present this year's Dog Day community carnvial.
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What: Dog Day community carnival

When: Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Aspen Animal Shelter, 101 Animal Shelter Road

Cost: Free

The second annual Dog Day community carnival kicks off Sunday at the Aspen Animal Shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter started the event last summer as a way “to give back to the community,” group board member Bland Nesbit said.

The Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter is a nonprofit organization that works closely with and supports the animal shelter.

This year’s Dog Day carnival will feature live music by local artists DJ Naka G and Dan Sheridan, more than 17 food and drink vendors, two petting zoos, a dunk tank, an Aspen Fire Department engine, raffles with prizes and more.

For the pups, the “B.Y.O.D.” (“Bring Your Own Dog”) event also will have a veterinarian and a dog trainer available for free consultations as well as a dog wash and treats courtesy of Natural Balance dog food.

And of course there will be many puppies, kittens, older dogs and cats available for adoption, Nesbit said.

Nesbit said that last year’s event “was really well-received,” with approximately 900 people in attendance.

“It was beyond our wildest expectations,” she said.

Nesbit added that she cannot emphasize how crucial the event sponsors are in bringing the free event to fruition.

“Without them, there would be no event,” she said. “Everyone is so willing to participate, we almost had to turn away sponsors.”

Dog Day 2016 boasts more than 30 local sponsors, including Landis Properties, the real estate group that is presenting the event, and EKS Events.

Blazing Adventures will offer free shuttle rides (pets welcome) between the base of the gondola and the animal shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter at 970-544-9247.


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