Bathing beauties: Evergreen's Sudsy Dog Wash gets pups clean while helping EAPL

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From Bob the great Dane to Peyton the pug, canines large and small were pampered at the ​​Super Sudsy Dog Wash on July 31.

In its ninth year, the dog wash provides an exciting time for dogs and their owners while providing a fundraiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League. The event is sponsored by TallGrass Spa and Salon, and this year, it was held at Ambary Gardens in Kittredge, a move from its longtime location in downtown Evergreen.

“We want to do a fundraiser for EAPL while also having fun,” Gail Sharp, the owner of TallGrass, said. “It’s about the dogs, but it’s also about this community.”

Because Saturday’s weather was less than stellar for an outdoor dog wash, volunteers brought it inside one of Ambary’s buildings with plenty of warm water. Ambary owner Steve Cohen said he was more than happy to help out.

“This is a great community event with a good cause,” Cohen said. “It worked out great, and we hope to do it again.”

Once at the gardens, owners led their dogs to a pool to get cleaned. Most of the canines looked a little apprehensive as the volunteers from both TallGrass and the National Charity League rinsed, shampooed, rinsed and then towel-dried the animals. To top it off, each received a light blue TallGrass bandana.

Debi Chernak of Evergreen brought her three huskies — 6-month-olds Lucy and Aspen, who were receiving their first bath, and 5-year-old Aspen. Chernak is a 20-year volunteer and foster for both EAPL and the Inter-Mountain Humane Society based in Bailey. 

Chernak stayed close, especially in the kiddie pools where the pups were to provide some encouragement.

Evergreen native Carrol See brought 4-year-old Liza, a goldendoodle, and after the bathing was complete, See took Liza to the doggie photo booth to try on some accessories for photos.

Among the smallest pooches to get the volunteers’ spa treatment were Paisley and Peyton, both 9, who were adopted by owner Lauri Sibert when they were 7. 

The volunteers were having wet, dog-washing fun, doing their best to put the pooches at ease before their pampering. 

“We are all animal lovers at TallGrass. We want to help out the community and EAPL,” spa Director Melissa Rackliff said. “TallGrass wants to thank the gardens and EAPL for being such a helpful support for our community.”

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