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Janet Day: Pose your pets with Santa

Janet Day
Talk of the Valley
Winter Park, Colorado

Santa Paws. Those who know me well know that I’m a sucker for a furry bottom and cold nose. I rescue broken down, thrown out, beat up, unwanted Labrador retrievers and am a friend to all dogs (as well as horses and an occasional cat).

Animals in need don’t know the economy is in trouble, nor do they care. They just need help. You can affordably and entertainingly assist needy animals by embarrassing your own pets ” have their photo taken with Santa.

Grand County Pet Pals, which does so much good in finding homes for the animals that end up in our shelter by providing community education and more, is offering the Santa pet photos for $10. On Saturday, Dec. 6, a likely hair-covered and non-dander-allergic Santa will be at Mountain Dawg Outfitters in Fraser (the favorite hangout of my latest ugly and ill-behaved but loveable rescued creature) from noon until 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Santa will shake clean his red suit and head over to the Grand County Animal Shelter in Granby from noon until 4 p.m. There will be treats and pet-related fun at both locations. Go to http://www.gcpetpals.org for directions to both locations. All proceeds from the photo fest will go to Pet Pals.

Disaster or Opportunity? There’s some old adage that crops up in movies occasionally and goes something like “When God (or pick your higher power) closes a door, he (or she) opens a window.” Another is “from disaster comes opportunity.” Those thoughts came to mind as I was reading through a fact sheet about the newly created Colorado Beetle Kill Trade Association. It’s founder and author of the document, Lorne Curl of Silverthorne, has a lot to say and most of it is pretty interesting.

The beetle has won, Curl notes, but that doesn’t mean the humans should give up. There are businesses to establish, jobs to create and a future to be developed around finding commercial uses for beetle-kill trees and forest restoration. For details about the organization, go to http://www.cobeetlekilltradeassociation.com or e-mail info@cobeetlekilltradeassociation.com.

In an indication of how big the beetle kill issue has become, the New York Times last week ran a significant story about the attack on the lodgepole pine forests of the West. The story mentions Grand County, but what was most interesting was how much more severe the problem is in areas of Montana and British Columbia. I can’t imagine it being any worse than it is around here, but apparently it is.

Ski and Soak. The Devil’s Thumb Ranch winter events calendar is out and there are all kinds of fun things from moonlight dinners to skijoring, but what got my attention is the Ski and Soak Days on Dec. 14 and Feb. 15.

Take a skate ski lesson with the ranch coaches and the Women’s Quest staff, have lunch and then tailor your own afternoon schedule: ski some more and get a personal video analysis, take a yoga class, indulge in wine and cheese while learning about Nordic equipment and waxing, or just soak in the outdoor heated pool or hot tub. What’s not to like? The whole day is $100. For more information or to make a reservation, call (800) 933-4339.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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