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Winter fun in Colorado: The pets

The Gazette - Updated: November 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm

SANTA PAWS

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbot Lane, enter east side, $45, reservation required; 473-1741, www.hsppr.org.

Bring the kids and the family cat, dog, bunny, hamster, pig, rat, bird, snake, ferret, lizard or other pets to a professional holiday photo session with Santa, on 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 22; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23. Blue Fox Photography will provide digital images.

HIT THE DOG PARK

Playing fetch is a year-round activity in the Pikes Peak region, which has several off-leash dog parks. Rampart Dog Park (fenced with water, mulch hills and benches for owners) is in Briargate at 8270 Lexington Drive at Union Boulevard. Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park (fenced and well-maintained) is south off Highway 115 at Canoe Creek and Charmwood drives. Palmer Park Dog Park, which is fenced, provides water, benches, obstacles is at 3650 Maizeland Road. Bear Creek Dog Park (fenced with a separate area for small dogs under 25 pounds and a pathway for all dogs with a creek, woods, water, restrooms) is at 21st Street and Rio Grande Lower Gold Camp Road. Jackson Park (an unfenced area in a public park) is at Holland Park Boulevard and Forest Hill Road.

MEET A REAL WORKING DOG

Good Times Adventures, 6061 Tiger Road, Breckenridge, $75 $40 children 8 and under; 1-970-453-7604, http://www.goodtimesadventures.com/dogsledding.html.

Drive a dog sled pulled by Siberian huskies in Breckenridge. Good Times Adventures 6061 Tiger Road, Breckenridge, (970) 453-7604 has a six-mile tour along winding trails in the Swan River Valley. Up to six people can take turns commandeering the sled.

SKI WITH YOUR DOGS

Canine Skijoring, by the Colorado Mountain Mushers and The Pagosa Nordic Club, Jan. 4, 2014, in Pagosa Springs, free; contact Jennifer Martin, (970) 264-9358, www.pagosanordic.com.

This clinic covers basic gear and techniques of this fledgling sport, which combines taking your dogs skiing and dog sledding. Includes a fun race in Yamaguchi Park, South 5th Street across from the Sports Complex downtown.

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