Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Love Your Valley & Your Dog

Love Your Valley & Your Dog

This weekend in Ridgway people will be gathering from throughout the region to celebrate the beauty and splendor of the Valley that Ridgway is nestled in. They will celebrate with the aid of all sorts of finely crafted beer from throughout the southwest Colorado and Live music that will have Ridgway’s Town Park jamming. But the secret ingredient to Saturday’s Love Your Valley Festival??? Dogs.

We all know that Ridgway is a dog-loving community but actually it is more than that, it is a community that promotes loving dogs. Pet friendly communities like Ridgway promote a generous, aware, humane, eco-friendly kind of a lifestyle that is very emblematic of why people choose to live here. “Got dog?” is another way of asking, “do you get our values and the kind of conscious lifestyle we are working to achieve here?”

The Love Your Valley Festival has always included dogs (and mother-in-laws but that is a topic for a different Pet Column). And of course, because why would you leave your furry friend home on a day that celebrates all that our valley has to offer. Who has more fun than dogs on the rivers, trails, mountains and lakes that surround Ridgway?

Even more reason to bring your dog to this Festival is that Second Chance Humane Society will be there again leading dog activities such as Musical Doggie Butts (last dog to sit when the music stops is eliminated), the Doggie Talent Show (win prizes for dog with the loudest howl, shortest legs and other fierce furry challenges), and the highly competitive Lassie Limbo contest.

Don’t have a dog to join in on the fun with? No problem - you can adopt one right at the Festival as Second Chance’s Mobile Mutts & Meows van and booth will be available onsite for the afternoon. Come meet one of many adoptable pets (see my bio below!) and love your valley and your new dog!

So yes you can meet me this Saturday. You will recognize me as a 2 year young Australian Shepherd with a propensity for making people laugh. My name is Hootch and I am a goofy sweet boy that is friendly with everyone, including other dogs and cats. Loyal to my breeding, I do enjoy chasing cows, especially when they join in the game and run. But as an Aussie I will be very devoted to my new family and eager to please. My motto is “if at first you don’t succeed...try it again with a wagging tail”.

So grab your dancing flip flops, your leash (so your dog can keep track of you) and your canine crush and come join the fun this Saturday May 21 at Ridgway’s Town Park from 1-6 PM! Wag you later...

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432

Shelter Hours

Animal Resource Center 11 am - 6 pm
Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm