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Thu, Apr 23 | By Amy Lieberman | 83

ASPEN, Colo. -- With the cost, time and commitment factors involved with pet ownership, the undertaking certainly isn't for everyone. But one Aspen, Colo., shelter and boarding facility offers residents and tourists alike a half-way medi… more ›

Shelter Dogs Vacation with Tourists in Ski Town
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jackie
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jackie
4 years ago

maybe by having the dogs for a couple of days they'll decide to adopt

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i still think this sounds more golden then it is. it maybe wonderful for the people but remember the dogs still have to go back to their cages when their vacation is over. i think with all their good intentions this may border on cruelity

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

What an awesome program!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

What a wonderful article to read! Kudos to Seth for being willing to try this out! What an awesome program that not only helps the dogs, but also the people. Imagine not having a dog, always wanting one but not being able to have one for whatever reason...This program gives the opportunity of having a dog for a couple of days or so...

I hope this program is a continued success and that it becomes a nationwide program.

What a creative way to get dogs out of the shelter for a bit...Give people the opportunity to bond with the dog they take out....It opens a new door for adoptions...Excellent!

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

You couldn't have said it any better Cathy!!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

cathy the only problem is that they have to go back at the end of their vacation.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

That sounds like a really great program for all the people and pets!

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
4 years ago

I guess it should have occurred to me, but I was stunned to read that retired sled dogs are ending up in shelters.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I was surprised to read that too! Considering how these dogs would put their life on the line only to be put in a shelter when they could no longer pull sleds, that bothers me. But then again, a lot of reasons animals end up in a shelter bother me.

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
4 years ago

Way to go. I am so happy to see that this person is willing to take the risk and the responsibility in order to give these poor dogs a chance at a break. Finally someone willing to put their interest before his/her own. I really wish and hope that this will continue to work out and not some idiot come along and ruin it again for the dogs - trying to be some kind of fake hero, or saying that it is cruel to take the dogs out just to put them back in - they must feel horrible about being put back in the cage, they would be better off nerver being taken out! Yeah

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Kbehrendt
4 years ago

That's...creative

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m s.
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m s.
4 years ago

This is a superb idea -- may such a program last forever -- i know it's worth the risks involved -- everyone gains so much with this program, especially the dogs -- if only this program could be emulated in other communities across the nation and world.

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jane w.
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jane w.
4 years ago

I think that it is a great idea but I can see the problems involved. The people just have to be willing to be "good dog owners" for the time they have the dogs.

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Nick & Ashlee K.
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Nick & Ashlee K.
4 years ago

what a great idea, my dog would love this!

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

What a great idea! This has the potential to help animals get adopted!

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kerri p.
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kerri p.
4 years ago

Interesting story. Ive heard of shelters loaning out animal to take home for weekend so you can see if this pet works in the home environment(a good match) for potential owners.

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lorraine B.
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lorraine B.
4 years ago

What a Great Program for the Shelter

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Heather M.
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Heather M.
4 years ago

This sounds like a great program

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Djes7770
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Djes7770
4 years ago

Interesting story about this shelter. Nice for the dogs to be taken out so often. Hope that increases their chance of being adopted.

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karla w.
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karla w.
4 years ago

good story. I like it.

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
4 years ago

This is good but I think the people benefit more than the dogs in the long run. What happens to those dogs who have to go back to their cages? Seems like building up their hopes or something.

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
4 years ago

Again, at least it gives them hope, something to look forward to. An opportunity to find a permanent home. I can not imagine being locked in a tiny space 24/7 and never coming out of there.

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maria h.
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maria h.
4 years ago

My son and I walked dogs and played with the cats at a shelter in the White Mountains.We had a good time as did the dogs we walked.We ended up adopting one of those dogs.We didn't get the third degree before we were allowed to help out.

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Linda
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Linda
4 years ago

I read alot of the discussion and I agree that this lacks the ability for screening clients, but I also agree that it's great for the dogs and makes them more adoptable. It didn't say that it lead to more adoptions, but I would think it would.

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mistie E.
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mistie E.
4 years ago

Very trusting people.. I am unsure if I could be so trusting . It is a fine line to walk and I hope the dogs are always looked after with the love they deserve.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

this sounds good but i wonder if it is fair to the dog to have to go back to a cage fter spending time free. it is like being given up a second time. i just really don't know what to think of this. vage vs tempory freedom and having to go back

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

Once I was in a strange town attending court sessions in regards to a neice who was in foster care at the time. It was boring and lonely and the State would only let me spend an hour a day to take my neice to lunch while I was there. So, I went to a shelter and played with the kittens and walked the dogs. It was a small town and some shelters make you go through a DNA test (lol) just to handle the animals, but this one was very friendly. It uplifted my spirits immensly.

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di
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di
4 years ago

Sounds like fun and what a great idea.

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Alvin & Gretchen
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Alvin & Gretchen
5 years ago

This is such a good story.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

This is so good for the shelter dogs. what a nice article

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I agree, Joyce! This is wonderful all the way around!

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Michelle W.
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Michelle W.
5 years ago

It is great to see a shelter who really cares about the animals.

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Renee M.
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Renee M.
5 years ago

This is the kind of thing I like to read about. Some shelters really do care.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

I agree it was a very nice read

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Rosemary  M.
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Rosemary M.
5 years ago

What a great article. Those are lucky shelter dogs. Wouldn't it be nice if all the shelter dogs could go to someones home, go for walks, hang out, etc. I always notice how stressed they are when everyone is barking. The fact that they have so many repeat clients says to me, this works.

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Kris
5 years ago

This sounds like a great program. Any time the animals are happier, I can see where this would lead to increased adoptions. Anything that makes the animals happier is a positive in my book. I can see where there would be issues to be addressed with allowing the animals out of the shelter, but if it works it would be worth the extra work.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

Well said, Kris and I could not agree with you more!

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Thanks. It is great to see shelters thinking outside the box to increase adoptions and improve the situation for these animals.

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
5 years ago

Sounds like a great way to get some dogs adopted into some really nice homes.

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Kelly
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Kelly
5 years ago

What a great program for the animals! I would think it would be really hard to screen all those tourists though.

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

What a great story and a wonderful example of human kindness, not to mention what highly motivated animal lovers can do.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

You are so right, Sheryl! This is such a wonderful opportunity for both the dogs and the people! This was a great read!

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Nice idea if the people can be screened properly.

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Debby
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Debby
5 years ago

it is a decent idea.. but the liability risk is unbelievable.. I hope it leads to more adoptions than just a rent a dog service.. the animals need a forever home more than anything.

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Amanda D.
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Amanda D.
5 years ago

This is a really cool idea. It gives people the chance to kinda try the personality of the animal to see if that animal is right for them. AWESOME IDEA!!!!

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
5 years ago

Wow that is awesome!

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

Great idea! : )

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dj h.
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dj h.
5 years ago

Super-fantastic idea! I bet other communities with tourists & seasonal visitors could do this too.

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

I think this is a great idea for both the dogs and the volunteers. I can see where it could lead to adoptions.

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Jamie R.
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Jamie R.
5 years ago

This is a really great idea!

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Lherbertson
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Lherbertson
5 years ago

I think it's wonderful! I know a lot of people who want a dog, but can't get one for some reason or another. This definitely fills a void.

On a side note, ex-sled dogs end up in shelters? What, when they're too old to pull a sled they get dumped? That's horrible.

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Jean K.
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Jean K.
5 years ago

This is a great program. It is so good for the dogs to get out of the shelter. I can think of a lot of reasons NOT to do this, but am glad it is working out for them and wish them success.

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gailsplace@verizon.net G.
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gailsplace@verizon.net G.
5 years ago

Yes,Think of Mayer 'skiing' with somebody.Double diamond anybody?LOL

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Em C.
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Em C.
5 years ago

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Gretchen S.
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Gretchen S.
5 years ago

This is a great idea and should be replicated by as many shelters as possible.

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