"Rover" At The Peaks: Barking Success
Kids and dogs.
Stage lore says you never want to be the act that follows because both win hearts and minds just by showing up. And they did, in droves, mid-week at The Peaks Resort & Spa in Mountain Village for the “Rover” event, a casting call for photographer Andrew Grant’s fourth and final book celebrating our best friends.
“Rover” is also a book with an ulterior motive: Andrew, a nationally known commercial photographer, created the series as a platform for raising awareness about and money for pet rescues all over the country.
Normally, the price of entry onto the pages of “Rover” is a donation of $5,000 to a local rescue – in this case, Second Chance Humane Society – but Andrew decided for the very special Telluride event, he would make an exception to the rule. The original plan: select just one lucky pup for inclusion in his museum-quality art book for FREE.
Then reality bit.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed by the number of incredibly unique dogs and their heartwarming stories,” he explained. “It was very difficult to select winners. I wish I could have included at least 11 more dogs, but each time we give away a page it’s $5,000 less raised for rescues and we’ll find donors for each page in the book. We always do.”
In the end, Andrew and his fellow judges, Kelly Goodin, director, Second Chance, and Kristine Hellman-Rosen from The Peaks’ Soggy Doggy, a dog grooming boutique and spa, selected the winning animals (yes, plural, so much for plans) based on character, a unique look, and a particularly compelling story. One was a rescue; the other, a purebred.
Bear is an eight-month-old purebred mini poodle, who belongs to Lynn Tardif, a personal trainer and triathlete who leads spinning and kickass fitness classes (“Tabata Boot Camp” and “Pound”) at the Peaks’ world-class spa. (Lynn, who is fluent in French and Spanish, also runs the brand new Telluride Language School, which uses the Musica Lingua method of instruction.)
“We are grateful for gracious support and generosity of Andrew, Amanda (Andrew’s partner, in charge of marketing), General Manager Dave Ciani, a big-time dog lover, and Britt Havard of the Peaks for putting the event together. The wonderful gathering brought back great memories of the times Second Chance hosted the fabulous Fur Ball in Mountain Village. We look forward to doing similar dog-friendly, dog-fun events in the future. In fact Kristine of Soggy Dog Boutique and Spa (which raised $362 for us through event grooming!) invited us to join her for monthly Yappy Hours in spring and summer at the Peaks, so we can bring up our adoptable dogs to Mountain Village on a regular basis,” added Kelly.
More about “Rover”:
Click on this link to watch a video featuring Andrew in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFlXcvmyUB8
Email email@example.com for more information about the “Rover” initiative.
Call 310-721-339 to book an appointment with Andrew Grant.
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