A parade for Jeffco's dogs

Third annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair takes place Sept. 8

Posted 9/5/18

If you think there isn’t anything much cuter than seeing a dog dressed up in a creative costume, then imagine about a hundred making their way along Washington Avenue in downtown Golden. “It …

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A parade for Jeffco's dogs

Third annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair takes place Sept. 8

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If you think there isn’t anything much cuter than seeing a dog dressed up in a creative costume, then imagine about a hundred making their way along Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.

“It seems like people are getting more and more creative with the costumes every year,” said Liz Maddy, Foothills Animal Shelter’s marketing and community engagement manager. “Everyone has so much love for their pets. This is a fun way to show off your pet and support Foothills Animal Shelter.”

The third annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair, a fundraiser for Foothills Animal Shelter, takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8.

Golden residents Jason and Marlo Quade have been involved with Foothills Animal Shelter for a number of years. Jason is currently the president of the Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter Board of Directors and the two have attended the event as spectators before.

But this year, the Quades are excited to participate in the parade for the first time. They have three dogs, but will be bringing Alee, a female English cocker spaniel, dressed as a ladybug.

“It’s fun to see all the pups dressed up,” Marlo Quade said. But moreover, she added, it’s important to support the local animal shelter. “It’s a community-centric shelter. They do more than just house homeless pets.”

She points to microchipping, vaccines, spay/neuter and other low-cost services the shelter offers to the community.

The staff and volunteers “give so much time, energy and love to the animals,” Jason Quade said. “And when the community reciprocates, it pumps them up to want to give even more to the community’s pets.”

Meet Miss Layla Mae, the 2018 Toby’s Pet Parade grand marshal

When Brooke Dahlinger of Superior had to put her dog to sleep last November after being together for 13 years, she visited all the local shelters in search for a new four-legged companion.

After a few months, on a Saturday night in February, Dahlinger found herself browsing Foothills Animal Shelter’s website when a picture of Layla’s face came up.

“I went in to go see her first thing in the morning the next day,” Dahlinger said, who was familiar with the shelter because of her volunteer work in 2009. She knew at first sight that Layla was the one for her.

Layla is an American bully, a new breed that came about circa 2013. She is what Dahlinger calls a “throw away momma,” meaning she is a female dog raised by a “backyard breeder” for the sole purpose of having puppies for the breeder to sell.

Because of continual breeding every time they go into heat, which is about every six months, Dahlinger said, the dogs eventually become too sick to reproduce. Or, they no longer produce quality puppies to sell, she said.

This is when they are discarded, Dahlinger said.

A good Samaritan found Layla in a park, tied up with a male dog of unknown relation to her, and took her to Foothills Animal Shelter. She was extremely underweight and suffered from a lot of hair loss. A veterinarian determined she was about three years old and had already had up to six litters of puppies — one being quite recent to the time she was discovered.

“I rescue to save,” Dahlinger said. “Once I saw how bad of shape she was in, I wanted her even more.”

Dahlinger adopted Layla on Feb. 4.

Layla will be this year’s grand marshal in the third annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair and will be participating in meet-and-greets during the entire event.

Layla is going to love the attention, and she deserves it, Dahlinger said.

“She’s sweet and docile and everything a shelter dog represents,” Dahlinger said. “She overcame a bad situation and found her forever, loving home.”

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