category Community outreach

Peaks N’ Paws: Our Featured Bingo Contributor

Nestled 15,000 feet above sea level in the majestic Himalayan Mountains above Nepal, cows and yaks roam free in lush green grasslands. These animals are considered sacred in Nepal and contribute greatly to the economic well being of the farmers. The milk from the cherished animals comes together along with lime juice and Himalayan salt to create all natural milk chews for dogs.

The idea of these all natural dog chews began twenty-five years ago when the three founders decided to become friends. Loyalty and trust combined with a love for the devoted dog, created a bond that began their journey of giving back to their community. The founders at PeaksNPaws believe, “that no animal has served us in as many ways as the devoted dog. They have stood by us through thick and thin, never expecting a thing in return. They make us smile and bring a brightness to our day like nobody else. And we don’t even need to ask.”

Currently located in Denver Colorado, this now local business is bringing these natural ingredients all the way from the Himalayan Mountains to our fur babies. As buyers of PeaksNPaws dog chews we are helping one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. You can catch PeaksNPaws at the Cherry Creek Farmers Market and the Denver Pet Expo, as well as entering their giveaways on their Instagram and Facebook accounts.

July Pint Night Featuring Odell Brewing to Benefit All Breed Rescue & Training

Our monthly pint night is upon us! We have partnered with Odell Brewing to take over all of our taps on July 10th at 6:30 pm.  We will be donating the proceeds from the evening to All Breed Rescue & Training. Our mystery prize raffle will also be happening with drawings starting at 7:30 and continuing until 8:30.  We hope to see all of you there to help us support this great organization!!

 

The Featured Organization: All Breed Rescue & Training

Location: 410 ½ E. Fillmore St. Colorado Springs, CO  80907

Phone Number: 719-264-6460

Email Address: info.abrt@gmail.com

 

Mission: All Breed Rescue & Training’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, rehome, (re)train at-risk shelter dogs and provide professional education services for all dog owners.They also educate the community to help keep dogs in people’s homes. They offer FREE training for all puppies under 16 weeks of age adopted from HSPPR to give those dogs the best foundation for success in their new homes through socialization. They take dogs in danger of being euthanized to make room at the shelter for more “adoptable” dogs then train and rehome those dogs to suitable homes.  Any dog that they rescue, they rescue for LIFE. Any dog adopted from them can be brought back at any time and will be rehomed. Interested in getting involved? Fill out a volunteer application at: https://haveanicedog.wufoo.com/forms/volunteer-form/

 

The Partner Brewery: Odell Brewing

Location: 800 East Lincoln Ave.  Fort Collins, CO 80524

Phone Number: 970-498-9070

Email Address: cheers@odellbrewing.com

 

We will be featuring 8 beers from Odell Brewing and 1 cider from Stem Ciders for pint night this month. Here is the list of what we will be featuring!

 

IPA – 7% ABV

Rupture Fresh Grind Ale – 6% ABV

Cutthroat Porter Nitro – 5% ABV

Easy Street Wheat – 4.6% ABV

90 Schilling Scottish Amber – 5.3% ABV

Levity Amber Ale – 5.1% ABV

Colorado Lager – 5% ABV

St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale – 6.5% ABV

Stem Hibiscus Session Cider – 4.3% ABV

 

Mystery Prize Raffle thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Pet Pantry & Dog Wash

Native Instinct Co

Republic of Paws

The Barking Biscuit Bakery-Mobile Treat Trailer

Painting with a Twist

Bark for Help, LLC

June Pint Night – Left Hand Brewing and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

How do I sum up who I am in a few short words? I am stubborn, determined, probably a little bit OCD, independent, and a control freak. I am incredibly close to my family, I love to cook, I enjoy traveling, food and wine. I’m a sucker for reality TV and try to find time to go the movies a few times a month. But what most people don’t know about me, is that I have been living with Multiple Sclerosis since 2009. Everyone I meet knows someone who has MS and their experiences are all different, but most often, people are surprised when I tell them I have MS. I’m not ashamed of my disease by any means and will usually tell people pretty quickly about it, but I like people to get to know me first so they realize that MS is not everything that I am.

Multiple Sclerosis
noun: sclerosis; noun: multiple sclerosis; plural noun: multiple sclerosis
a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

My story starts in 2009. I woke up one day feeling like I was going to fall over. It was the middle of December and being a server working in a high end steak house, the three weeks leading up to Christmas were crazy busy. I chalked up how I was feeling as stemming from being tired from working so much. I tried to rest, yet it kept getting worse. I started dropping wine glasses and running into chairs. I knew something was wrong when I tried to walk down the stairs and I fell into the railing. I went to the emergency room where they ran lots of tests. Their answer for me was that they “thought” it might be multiple sclerosis, but the only thing they could do was give me IV steroids to help with the symptoms. I decided against the IV steroids because I wanted to see what my body was going to do on its own. If it was MS, the hope was that it would clear up on its own, but it was just a matter of time. By the time Christmas rolled around, my entire right side of my body was paralyzed and I needed help to shower and eat, as my right side is my dominant side. An appointment with a neurologist a week later confirmed what they were thinking in the ER. An MRI showed that I had lesions on my brain that were indicative of MS. This sent me into a spiral of depression, shame, denial and sadness. I was 25 years old and still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and here I was, trying to deal with a disease that I was going to change my life forever. It took six weeks for my body to start getting back to normal. I was hopeful that I would never have another relapse; but I lived in constant fear of it, which only contributed to the depression.

In April of 2011, my left eye went blind and it was then that I knew, I had MS for sure and needed to figure out how to live with it. That was when I decided to start the medication that is available for people with MS. The medication helps to suppress the immune system so it doesn’t attack healthy cells in the body. After getting on this medicine and learning as much as I could about diet and exercise, I was able to move in a direction to start creating my dreams again. It wasn’t until I was 4 years into this journey, that Pub Dog became a vision in my life. Fast forward another 4 years and I can look back and honestly say that I am thankful for MS. It has taught me so many things about myself. I’ve learned to listen to my body, I’ve realized how strong I am and that I can do anything I set my mind to. I’ve learned to never use my MS as an excuse and to not judge other people when they are mean to me because they are most likely fighting a harder battle than I am. MS is a part of who I am; it is not the entirety of me, but it has made me a better person. Because MS has made me the person that I am, I’ve been able to take the strength I’ve learned and translate it into opening Pub Dog, which has allowed me to become a surrogate doggie mom to all of your fur babies, and for that, I am eternally grateful!

Because of my personal experience, I was so excited when we decided to partner with Left Hand Brewing for a complete tap takeover to benefit Bike MS and the National MS Society. Many people don’t realize that they don’t know what causes MS and there isn’t a cure…yet. Every dollar that gets donated to the National MS Society goes towards helping people with MS find effective treatment choices and solutions to the challenges of living with MS, helps people affected by MS to connect to individuals, information and resources they need to move their lives forward and generate resources that accelerate progress to help find a cure.

For me, I’m still early on in my disease and I still hold a hope that they will find a cure in my lifetime. Every dollar that gets donated helps them get one step closer to this. Left Hand Brewing has donated over $3 million dollars to Bike MS since 2008. I’m thrilled to be able to partner with them for our June pint night to be able to give back to a cause that greatly affects me personally!! I hope to everyone there to help us raise as much money as we can to help find a cure!

~Tara

Left Hand Brewing is doing a complete tap takeover on June 12th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. A portion of of the proceeds from all of the beers on tap will be donated to Bike MS. We will also feature our mystery prize raffle and there will be lots of fun giveaways from Left Hand Brewing Company! Come celebrate the beginning of summer with us!!

Featured Beers include:

Wheel’s Gose ‘Round – Raspberry Gose – Supports Team Left Hand
Juicy Goodness – Dry Hopped Golden Ale
Left Hand IPA – India Pale Ale
Death Before Disco – Porter
Polestar – Pilsner Lager
Sawtooth Ale – Amber Ale
Good JuJu – Ale brewed with Ginger
Nitro – Milk Stout
Peach Beerllini – Peach Radler