Dog Owners Celebrated
| September 20th, 2011

Tricks, Agility, Prizes = FUN

Responsible Dog Owners Celebrated!

VendorsOur outdoor (and indoor!) event brought lots of responsible owners with their dogs of every shape and size out on a beautiful Colorado day.  The weathermen threatened it would rain.  And it did finally sprinkle but it was at the end of the day when vendors started to pack up anyway!  Thank you Mother Nature! 

The day focused on the amenities that many dog owners don’t know exist such as dog massage techniques and artificial turf.  How about a dog waste pick up service?  From invisible fence to custom quilt dog breed totes – there was something for everyone.

Owners enjoyed visiting with the vendors as they hunted down all the breeds in our “Name the Breed” contest.  We gave away 10 prizes in all from Zoom Room products to dog daycare, pet walking and photography; even a Nina Ottosson puzzle and Kong Air Squeaker balls donated by Nor-Sky Pet Products LLC one of our distributors.  Thanks for all the donated prizes from our vendors!

Music is a celebration of life (dog or human!) – that’s why it’s called live music! And we celebrated The Wild Gnomes as they played throughout the afternoon their mix of rock and roll.  Where so many of us are plugged in, it was nice to listen to great acoustic guitar music, unplugged and unleashed!

Every Creature Counts and Big Dog Huge Paws had lots of interest in their dogs for adoption as well as about their rescue organizations.  Even though no one went home with a new dog during the event, we know these rescues will continue to find the best fit for their animals.

Indoors we kept things rolling with local author Devin O’Branagan signing her books, pet photography next door and in the gym, free agility classes! Several dogs and their owners got a taste of what agility is all about and many were excited to be able to be starting class this week.

Don’t forget if you had your pet’s photo taken, you can pick up the prints here at Zoom Room beginning Saturday.  Studio LaBelle took some amazing photos and enjoyed the many different breeds.

Spin?  Too mellow for these three!

We were wowed by the variety of tricks shown at the Tricks Contest during Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  From high fives to kisses on command, dogs of all shapes and sizes show us how much their owners enjoy their companionship but three really stole the show.

Pepper Tricks1st place and a private Doggy Disco party was awarded to Pepper, owned by Eric & Asha, who demonstrated several tricks from her repertoire.  The one that clinched it was enjoying her Starbucks Latte from her hind legs while walking around her owner.  This dog will do anything for a ‘puppy latte’ aka whip cream in a cup!  Great job Pepper!

Maverick Roll2nd place and a free Zoom Room group class went to Maverick owned by Carrie.  Maverick performed a perfect demonstration on how to put out a fire with “stop, drop & roll”!  This was the crowd favorite for sure!

Girlie Prayers3rd place and a $50 Zoom Room gift card will be enjoyed by Girlie owned by Mary Jo.  Girlie had several tricks to show including bow and spin.  Her winning trick was ‘saying her prayers”.  We will enjoy seeing what Girlie picks out from our store with her gift card.

Each winner also received a 3-pack of Kong squeaky tennis balls donated by Nor-Sky Pet Supply, LLC in Windsor, CO.

Our judges, Dr. Natalie Durbin from Cambridge Animal Hospital and Astral Carr a musician with The Wild Gnomes enjoyed the contest and came to unanimous decisions on all three of our winners.  Thanks to the judges for taking time for our contest and to our contestants for showings us how special your dogs are in the world of tricks!

Final thanks to our contestants that donated much-needed items to Every Creature Counts rescue – their pets appreciate your generosity!

First Aid Zoomers

No one likes to think his or her dog will get hurt or sick but we all know it happens.  Being informed helps you stay calm in a crisis and that was what the attendees at the Pet First Aid Seminar came to learn.

Veterinarians Drs. Brooke Freeman and Natalie Durbin from Cambridge Animal Hospital in Longmont spent 90 minutes discussing everything from vital signs for your dog to signs of shock and household toxicity concerns.

Taking pulseEveryone learned how to take their dogs pulse, wrap a wound, and how to restrain an injured pet safely.  With a sample of the first aid kit Zoom Room offers, the vets explained how everything is used and for what situation.  Many items have multiple uses.

The attendees had great questions that kept the flow of the seminar going from topic to topic.  All agreed they left knowing the difference between emergency and when it is OK to wait til morning to see your veterinarian.

Much, much thanks to Drs. Freeman and Durbin for their time and educating our dog owners.

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