Day of the Dog, Fort Collins Senior Center, Sunday, 17. November 2019

Dogs—can’t live without them. Ever. Inspired by the Tihar festival in Nepal, Day of the Dog honors the love and loyalty and open heartedness our dogs give us daily. Dogs are considered sacred in Nepali culture and their folk tales regale us with dogs’ bravery and heroism in the **** of danger and death.

Come celebrate your dogs with story, poetry, doggie bags and accounts of canine heroism and humor. Your dogs must stay home but send us photos of them, especially if you dress them up like the Nepalese do with flower garlands and vermillion marks on their foreheads. We’ll also have doggie bags to fill up with treats donated from local doggie businesses.

Day of the Dog—Celebrating Our Best Friends with Story is the beginning of a tradition that will evolve over time but the heart of it is you telling us about your best friend.

Participants will learn the essential elements of a good story—conflict, change and a universal message—then all you brave people will get on stage and give us your best 5-minute dog story. It’s all in fun, so no worries about how good you are—your dogs don’t care, why should we? The easiest way to get people to tell a story in front of an audience, is to have them talk about their dogs.

Our featured speaker is Dr. Jon Geller, an emergency veterinarian and hospital director at the Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. He is also the co-founder and President of the Board of Directors for two non-profits, The Ladybug Fund and The Street Dog Coalition. Local writer/poet Marj Hahne’s will present her You Tube channel, Bark and Bard, where she reads poetry to dogs “because dogs love poetry—cats not so much.”

Send us your photos of yourdogs with a garland of flowers around their necks and a red smudge on their forehead and watch for them on our Facebook page and Instagram.

Day of the Dog—Celebrating Our Best Friends with Story is a fundraiser for the nonprofit The Ladybug Fund, an organization that makes emergency veterinary care a possibility for Colorado pet owners who can’t afford it.

Day of the Dog—Celebrating Our Best Friends with Story is a production of Side Porch Stories, a storytelling business with Mary Roberts, and UNIcycle Business Consulting with Tami Parker. 

Contact info: 970.227.9806

Sunday, 17. November 2019, Fort Collins Senior Center, Day of the Dog

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