Dog-Friendly Hotels in Your Favorite Colorado Destinations

If you’ve been following HeidiTown for any length of time, you’ve probably met our German Shepherd, Xena. As Xena got older and had more health issues, we started looking for ways to include her on our trips. However, I was astonished to discover that many so-called “dog-friendly” hotels do not allow dogs over 45 pounds.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Your Favorite Colorado Destinations Hotel Aspen

Courtesy of the Molly Gibson Lodge / Hotel Aspen.

A lot of HeidiTown citizens have fur kids that exceed this weight limit – our Xena is 75 lbs – so I made it my mission to find a few awesome Colorado hotels that were large dog-friendly. Here’s the list I’ve put together of some truly fantastic hotels that do not discriminate against large breed dogs. If you know of others, please leave a note in the comment section.   Continue reading

HeidiTown Gives Back: Colorado Animal Rescue Express (C.A.R.E.)

Colorado Animal Rescue Express logoI started the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign exactly one year ago. I wanted to highlight some great Colorado charities by giving them one month of free ad space on, plus a blog post about the charity. I was inspired to do this in part, because I get asked to promote so many nonprofit events during the year. I can’t help them all, so I developed this program  as a way to give back to the community I love.

golden retriever from CARE

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This month’s recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back campaign is Colorado Animal Rescue Express, or C.A.R.E.

This organization came to my attention by a fellow member of my People with Compassion for Pets giving circle.

I researched C.A.R.E., called and spoke to the founder, and am convinced that they are a worthy recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back. Continue reading

HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign: Denkai Animal Sanctuary

brother and sister puppies at Denkai

A brother & sister wait for forever homes at Denkai Animal Sanctuary. Photo from Denkai's Facebook page.

Each month I introduce my readers to a nonprofit of my choice and that organization receives free ad space on HeidiTown, plus Facebook posts and tweets about the nonprofit for the entire month.

November’s recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign is Denkai Animal Sanctuary  with locations in Greeley and Grover, Colorado.

If you’ve been reading HeidiTown for any length of time, you know that I’m an animal-person. Years ago, I actually spent a little bit of time volunteering at Denkai – walking dogs and hanging out in the cat room. That’s how they first got on my radar, but more recently my People With Compassion for Pets giving circle donated to Denkai.

Denkai has a mission of providing a combination of service for animals, at-risk youth and raising environmental awareness. They are one of only a few no-kill shelters in Colorado, and they take in all sorts of animals including livestock.

Denkai logoSeveral years ago, I interviewed the founder of Denkai, Floss Blackburn, for a local newspaper, and her hard work, determination and dedication is truly remarkable. Everything she does is for the love of animals.

Running an organization like Denkai is no easy task. This animal sanctuary is always in need of volunteers, donations, foster families for animals and every day items like soap and hay.

Please take a moment and LIKE Denkai on Facebook:

Denkai on Facebook

And check out their website:

Denkai’s website Give Back: Longhopes Donkey Shelter

Longhopes logoThe Gives Back campaign kicked off last month. Throughout the year, one Colorado-based nonprofit of my choosing will receive free HeidiTown ad space for one month. On the first Monday of each month, I highlight the chosen nonprofit.

This month’s recipient of the Gives Back campaign is Longhopes Donkey Shelter.

Few animals have a more persistent stereotype than donkeys. They are portrayed as stubborn and generally obnoxious, but this isn’t exactly true. Donkeys are also often considered to be just a different sort of horse, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. The donkeys I have met have personalities closer to dogs than horses.

Christine & baby donkey

Christine & a baby donkey. Who knew donkeys liked hugs?

I met the owner of Longhopes Donkey Shelter, Kathy Dean, several years ago at Burro Days  in Fairplay, Colorado.  Just last month, I finally had the chance to visit the shelter, located in Bennett, Colorado.

My giving circle, People With Compassion with Pets, had voted to “adopt” one of the donkeys at Longhopes, just $300/year. Donkeys are fairly inexpensive animals, and the $300 provides care and food for one donkey for year.

My friend, Christine, and I got to tour the facility and meet all the donkeys. Some were small, some were big, some were shy, but most were very outgoing, nudging us for attention.

There are lots of people in Colorado, who are great candidates for donkey ownership. You need at least two or more acres of land and a small, sturdy shelter. Donkeys are very social and often bonded, so Longhopes only adopts them out in pairs. The adoption fee for a pair is $550, and this includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Donkey nose

Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved. Photos by H. M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Learn more about Longhopes Donkey Shelter and see all their adoptable donkeys at A tour of the Bennett facility must be prearranged. Longhopes also has an active Facebook page where new photos are frequently posted. While cash donations are welcome anytime, the shelter is always in need of hay and farm supplies.

I recently wrote a full article about Longhopes Donkey Shelter in a local newspaper. If you’d like, you can read it here.


It’s a HeidiTown giveaway – drink for a good cause

Today’s HeidiTown contest is courtesy of Dancing Pines Distillery. This brand new distillery in Loveland is giving away two tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest, the annual fundraiser for Animal House Rescue in Fort Collins.

Fall Harvest Brewfest is a celebration of good drink from local breweries and Dancing Pines Distillery. It will raise much-needed funds for Animal House, one of only two non-kill shelters in Northern Colorado. The event is this Saturday, October 2 at The Drake Center in Fort Collins.

Read all about the brewfest by clicking here.

Dancing Pines Distillery is located at 1527 Taurus Court in Loveland. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Dancing Pines is a small, family-run distillery that opened this summer in Loveland, Colorado. October hours are 4-7 p.m. every Friday evening. They are located at 1527 Taurus Court. Stop in to try or buy their espresso liqueur, chai liqueur, rum, or whatever else they’ve recently distilled in their imported copper still. Dancing Pines products will be available in liquor stores on October 8, 2010.

Visit Dancing Pines on Facebook.

ENTER TO WIN two tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest by leaving a comment here telling the Mayor you’d like to be a winner! The winner will be chosen at random at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, and will be contacted via email.

To purchase tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest visit

*You must be 21 or older to be eligible to win this prize.

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