Dog adoption event this Saturday

Column by John Akal
Posted 6/10/21

If you have been reading my column for a little while, you will remember a couple of my periodic updates on my two boys, Mad Max and Ivan the Terrible. Those are the two Siberian Husky pups we …

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Dog adoption event this Saturday


If you have been reading my column for a little while, you will remember a couple of my periodic updates on my two boys, Mad Max and Ivan the Terrible. Those are the two Siberian Husky pups we adopted back in the early months of 2020, right before everything shut down due to the pandemic. Max was about 10 months to a year old and Ivan was about 3 months old. Well, they are pretty much all grown up now. By that I mean they are physically about as big as they are going to get, but being Huskies, they will act like crazy puppies until they are about 5 years old. Maybe 10. OK, they may never “grow out of it”, whatever “it” actually is. At this point I have two 75 pound dogs that get the “zoomies” every day and practically knock you down at the door every time you leave them alone for more than five minutes.

But, they are my pride and more than anything, my joy. They bring so much fun and happiness into our lives, I can’t even begin to describe it. They have become inseparable brothers who play all day and night, sleep together, bring each other their toys, and work together as a team. Not as a sled dog team, a team of vandals who still like to find things to destroy around the house. Usually Ivan finds something one of us left out in a vulnerable place, like socks, couch pillows or a cardboard box. He steals it then brings it to Max and sits back watching him totally destroy it. This seems to be very amusing for the two of them. Once in a while Ivan takes a particular liking to whatever he stole, and then it become a growling tug of war that has resulted in every single pair of socks that I own having some kind of holes in them. Everything else ended up in almost unrecognizable shreds all over the floor. Yes, they have over 20 dog toys scattered around. They prefer to get the reaction chomping on a 50 year old heirloom, like they did last week, brings into the equation. Ooh, Daddy got sooo mad and chased us around. Let’s do that again!

They both look so happy and proud of themselves that I know my admonitions of “Bad dogs, bad!” probably don’t have the impact I was hoping for. But, when they do finally settle down and look at you with those eyes or lick you on the face, you remember why you adopted them in the first place. They bring more happiness and laughter into your life every day.

Every dog owner reading this knows exactly what I am talking about. It doesn’t matter what breed you have, they all become members of your family that bring that love and joy to your household. Cat owners? There’s no such thing. Cats own you, not the other way around. If you have a cat in your house don’t worry about what would happen if you died and nobody found you. Your cat would eat you. Yes, I’ve had almost a dozen cats in my household too. If you feed them they tolerate you. They also own the dogs in the house.

Which brings me to this week’s event. Animal Rescue of the Rockies will be hosting an event at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse here in Golden on 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, June 12, where the group will be bringing a lot of dogs that need “furever” homes. That’s right, you can go to Dirty Dogs to adopt a … well, I’m sure they will give them all baths before they get there. It’s located at 17999 W. Colfax Ave here in Golden.

This is a nonprofit organization that came together in 2003 to provide an alternative to the traditional shelter environment. Rather than putting animals in a containment facility, they put them in foster homes with people who care for them until they find a new permanent residence. It gives homeless pets a chance to socialize in a home environment which, in turn, gives them an advantage when transitioning to their new owners. They also work with other animal rescue groups in Colorado and have provided some inspiration to more traditional shelters to initiate fostering programs of their own. They have provided permanent homes to over 10,000 dogs and cats.

This event is special because it gives you a chance to actually meet and greet the available dogs together in one location. Usually they are scattered around in different homes and you need to look on the website, then set up an appointment to meet them. For more information about Animal Rescue of the Rockies go to You can check out some of the adoptable doggos too.

So, if you want to add some of that joy, or just get a new thing for your cat to ignore, drop by this Saturday.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at


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