Local veterinarians bare all
Pet owners know a good veterinarian gives it their all. Some of them bare it all, too.A well-publicized fund-raising calendar, featuring vets from the Roaring Fork and Eagle valleys, has raised $17,000 so far for a spaying and neutering program for pets in Garfield County.The calendar features veterinarians who appear to be naked and strategically obscured behind various props, like horses, exam tables and other equipment.
“Most people think it’s pretty funny,” said Cindy Sadlowski, who hatched the plan to benefit Colorado Animal Rescue Inc., or CARE. Most of the funds from calendar sales go into the nonprofit’s “Dove Fund.” That program helps Garfield County residents who need financial assistance to get their cats and dogs “fixed.” The program is named after a stray cat who gave birth to 12 kittens while in CARE’s care.Some funds are also used by “The Street Cat Coalition,” which traps, fixes, vaccinates and releases feral cats in Garfield County.
Dr. Randi Bolton, a veterinarian who owns and operates a mobile equine practice in the valley, was the subject of one of the more interesting photos in the calendar. The vet appears to be in the buff except for a pair of black cowboy boots and gloves. Her midsection is hidden behind a horse’s head and neck.Bolton said the calendar has definitely grabbed attention, given the comments she has received. “Every friend has to razz you one way or another,” she said. Friends and clients sometimes hesitate when they see her and say, “So … I saw your picture in the calendar.” Sadlowski said there are lots of the 2005 calendars still available for sale. They sell for $20 and are available at veterinarians’ offices throughout the valley. Other locations include Amen Wardy and Ulibarri’s in Aspen; the Woody Creek Store; and Town Center Booksellers, Heather Gallery and R.J. Paddywacks in Basalt.
Some vets have already volunteered to pose for future calendars, Sadlowski said, but the groups fund-raising efforts might take a different turn. “I don’t know if there’s a second run,” she said.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org