GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Our four legged friends had the chance to get to know one another Saturday morning all in effort to help some dogs without a home find an owner.
Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary and Ruff Around The Edges teamed up to host the first annual Bark in the Park event where dogs were treated with free treats, a swimming pool, and the opportunity to compete in several competitions.
Among those competitions were most look-alike between a dog and owner which Tonja Clark won alongside her dog, Lylah. “She’s stubborn and independent like me, but she’s the perfect dog,” said Clark. As they say like dog like owner, right?
Owners and their canines also competed in the highest jump, shortest and longest tail, and coolest trick. Todd alongside his two dogs, Zoey and Stanley, won not only the coolest dog trick, but musical chairs, dog edition.
“Smart dog, stubborn, but smart dog,” said Todd about Zoey after winning musical chairs.
The socialization event served as a place for vendors and dog owners to meet one another and be aware of local resources for their furry companions.
But it was also for 14 dogs to have the chance to find their forever home.
“We have a lot of senior dogs here because I have a program called Silver Whiskers where we provide senior dogs with senior people,” said Debbie Faulkner, owner of Black Canyon Animal Association.
Although there were many senior dogs, there were many different types to choose from to help get these animals the love and care they need.
“We have a dog here that can check seizures, it’s a Blue Heeler. He’s ten years old. He will put his paws on the person and beg them to sit down before they have to.”
After the event a total of 9 adoptions were made and organizers say due to the good turn out, they are planning to make this event a yearly thing.