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By Joanne Irons
Special to The SUN
It was 22 years ago, high atop Mt. Adams overlooking downtown Cincinnati, when the area merchants sponsored the first annual Reindog Parade. It still is a special event to this day, in its 22nd year. Dogs wearing antlers and holiday costumes, along with their owners, walk the stretch of streets showing off their holiday doggie wear.
Pagosa Springs’ first Reindog Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 21, starting with registration at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center at noon. The registration fee is $10 and each family that registers will get a swag bag of goodies.
The parade begins at 1 p.m.
There will be $100 gift certificates from Chow Down awarded at the end of the parade for best costumes.
There are antlers available for a donation to the Youth Center. Jenine Louise will be available to take pictures of Santa and your dog. Free hot dogs donated by Kiwanis of Pagosa Springs will be cooked to perfection on the Calvary Church grill. Patricia and Rob Shoffner will supply hot chocolate, and the brown bag raffle items have been donated by the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Chow Down, Pagosa Feed and other community merchants.
Enter your dog or come watch the event along the Riverwalk by Town Park and on the south side of Pagosa Street.
In addition to all the parade hoopla, there will be mushing demonstrations by Pagosa Dogsled Tours. They will donate a dogsled tour for a lucky winner.
There will be an aid station for both dogs and companions sponsored by Pagosa Feed. They will set up the aid station part way through the parade route with shelter, drinks and treats for both reindogs and their owners. So, if you want a little break from the action, stop in for a snack and a drink of hot cider, with cookies available for the dogs.
We look forward to an afternoon of canine fun. Dogs must be on leashes and you must clean up after your dogs.
For more information, call the Youth Center at 264-5030. Registration forms can be picked up at the Humane Society Thrift Store and shelter, Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Chow Down and Pagosa Feed.