Fundraiser to provide dogs' bulletproof vests

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“Doc” and “Zoos,” the Douglas County Sheriff's Office's newest dogs, are on patrol, but don't have the protection of bulletproof vests, said Kim Vanderholm, a veterinarian at Franktown Animal Clinic.

So Vanderholm and others involved with the K9 Friends organization, which supports the sheriff's K-9 Unit, have planned a fundraiser called “Wag Your Tail” to raise the $5,000 needed for the two vests.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22, about a mile north of Franktown near Highway 83 in the Hidden Mesa Open Space.

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Dogs are free. The price includes drinks, bottled water and a barbecue lunch prepared by Flying Horse Catering (Pegasus Restaurant of Castle Rock), and the opportunity for participants to walk their dogs on a three-mile trail. For those so inclined, there is also a seven-mile loop.

The event includes demonstrations by the sheriff's dogs, and other educational opportunities.

People don't need a dog to attend. If the family dog comes, however, it needs to be on a leash and must have proof of a rabies vaccination.

For more information, go to k9friends.org.