2011 Fire Hydrant 5k in Fort Collins …

Once again, we’re signed up to have a rescue booth at the Larimer Humane Society’s Fire Hydrant 5k in Fort Collins on Saturday, June 6th in Edora Park.  More information can be found below ….

Fire Hydrant 5 Event Information


Join us for the 21st annual Fire Hydrant 5, the county’s largest family- and canine-friendly 5K pledge walk/run of the season.

Prior to and following the walk/run, join in the fun of the Pet Expo featuring over 40 pet- and family-friendly booths, Fido photos, paw painting, and more!

Fire Hydrant 5 is looking to be bigger and better than ever this year! New this year is Paul and Kama’s Dog Show Mix-Up!  Enter your dog in a host of fun contests – both silly and serious – from best pet/person look-a-like, best pet trick, best doggie kiss, best singing duo and more!

Register as an individual or form a team! Your participation and the additional money you raise through pledges will help us care for the nearly 12,000 animals that come to Larimer Humane Society each year.

Event Day Schedule

The 21st Annual Fire Hydrant 5 will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Edora Park in Fort Colllins.
7:30-8:15 am     Event-day Registration Open
8:00 am-Noon Pet Expo
8:30 am 5K Run start, walkers to proceed behind antique fire truck following run start 
9:00-10:00 am   T-shirt Exchange at Registration Tent; come trade for your perfect size!
10:00-10:30 am 5K Top Finisher awards presentation
10:30-11:30 am Paul & Kama’s Dog Show Mix-Up

How Do I Register?

Registration is now open for the 21st Annual Fire Hydrant 5!  Visit our registration site to register online, or download the event brochure

General Pre-registration (through June 9th) – $30/person

Event-day registration $35/person
The first 500 participants will receive a Fire Hydrant 5 goodie bag, and the first 700 participants are guaranteed an event t-shirt.
Gather your friends, family and co-workers!  Special team pricing of $20/person is available for groups of six or more.  Teams do not have to stay together on the course—walker/runner combos are welcome!  Teams may register online or via the event brochure. If you are a team captain, you may invite team members through your online team website, or feel free to download the shortened registration form for hand-out to potential team members. All team members must complete a registration form.  For more information about team registration, email our development team today.
Cat Nap
Are you unable to participate on event day?  Register to Cat Nap!  Cat Nappers may register online or using the downloadable event brochure, and will enjoy all the benefits of an event-day participant including the ability to raise pledges and form and/or join an event team. Cat nappers will also receive the commemorative 21st Annual Fire Hydrant 5 t-shirt for their support!

Can I Bring My Dog?

Yes! Dogs are welcome at the event, but not required! Come alone or walk/run with your dog. All dogs participating in the walk/run must abide by the following guidelines:
  • They must be leashed at all times
  • They must be current on all required vaccinations and licensing
  • Please use a 6-foot or shorter, non-retractable leash
  • Poop bags will be available; please make sure to pick up after your dog
  • Aggressive dogs are kindly asked to stay at home


Look for the prayer flags on our canopy!!  We’ll have our two fosters, Tootsie and Leo, in attendance and … just maybe … they’ll have the same success as Jackson did in 2009.  He found his new family at this event!

Head high …

… and nose to the wind, little one.  Prayer flags whip in the crisp air, the lofty peaks of the Himalayas gleam in the distance … and the ancestral home beckons.  Godspeed, Lanni.

I got word this week that we lost one of our fosters.  A 14-year old, she recently developed canine cognitive dysfuction (CCD) and was clearly unhappy and uncomfortable in her surroundings.  Never easy to let them go even when we know we are doing the right thing by taking their pain and making it our own.  A milestone for us as this is the first placement (that we’re aware of) that’s aged out.

Lanni arrived in rescue as a shaggy 7-year old.  Her elderly owner had passed away and the family was unable to keep her.  I recall how badly infected her ears were.  During the intake exam, I flipped her ear leathers over and was appalled at what I found … ears full of black, gunky debris.  Literally full.  I started cleaning them out, getting black chunks as large as my thumbnail.  A review of the medical records provided noted she had an allergy to corn.  The food and treats dropped off with the dog all contained … corn.  No telling how long her ears had been chronically infected.  A larger Apso, it was a wrestling match every time we dosed her ears with the Panalog.  Applying topical medication is normally not a problem for me; however, I couldn’t do it myself and had to enlist hubby’s assistance in restraining her.  Very much like holding a greased pig.

Lanni had not been socialized around other dogs and was a bit, ummm how shall I say …  lacking in canine manners.  My crew did not appreciate her shouldering her way through any situation like a bull in a china closet.  Gentle as they come, just not able to read the other dogs’ body language. 

After a short time in rescue, Lanni hit the jackpot and went to live with Elaine and her mom, Anne, where she was well cared for and deeply loved.  I know the days ahead will be a bit less bright without gentle Lanni to grace their home.  My thanks to Elaine and Anne for taking such good care of her all these years.

‘Til we meet at the Bridge, little one …


A Trip to …

… the side of a mountain. A mountain in Bhutan, to be exact, and a Tibetan monastery perched on the side of that mountain …

Taktsang in Bhutan

Makes an awesome desktop photo!

A little history:  Taktsang Dzong or Paro Taktsang (spa phro stag tshang / spa gro stag tshang), also known as Taktsang Monastery or the The Tiger’s Nest, is a prominent Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma (Red Hat Sect), located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan. It was built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century.

It is no wonder that the Apso is a “sturdy little mountain dog!”