About two-and-a-half years ago, Loveland's Morgan Boltz was visiting the Dumont area for a ziplining daytrip when, on a whim, she and her friends stopped by Charlie's Place just to look around. Boltz …
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About two-and-a-half years ago, Loveland's Morgan Boltz was visiting the Dumont area for a ziplining daytrip when, on a whim, she and her friends stopped by Charlie's Place just to look around.
Boltz ended up adopting Sophie, a 4-year-old cattle dog mix.
On Saturday, the two returned to Charlie's Place for the first time to participate in the Canine on the Creek fun run.
The annual event raises funds for Charlie's Place — the animal shelter for Clear Creek and Gilpin counties — and the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District's youth programming. This year, the event featured a dog costume contest, a silent auction, a barbecue and a raffle in addition to the usual 5K and 1-mile courses.
"I thought it would be good to support the shelter she came from," Boltz said of participating in her first Canine on the Creek. "Plus, is a good excuse to come up to the mountains for the day."
And Boltz and Sophie were far from the only Charlie's Place alumni in attendance.
Dumont's Jamie Kochevar and her 6-year-old son Cole Hoffman previously adopted their dog at Charlie's Place, although their dog was injured and unable to run Saturday. So, the two got permission to take Felix, a puppy up for adoption at Charlie's Place, with them on their 5K.
And Felix was more than happy to go, with Kochevar saying, "I'm hoping he'll focus once we get going. Hopefully, he pull me along as we go."
Saturday marked Kochevar's third time at Canine on the Creek, although it was Cole's first 5K. As a big proponent of pet adoption and as someone who adopted from Charlie's Place, Kochevar explained that she wanted to support the shelter and spend quality time with her son.
Idaho Springs' Jeff Amann said he and his family enjoyed their first time at Canine on the Creek after seeing the event promoted on social media. The Amanns adopted their cat from Charlie's Place, and Jeff said they'd like to come back for next year's event to continue supporting the shelter.
"I'm thankful the weather held out," he continued. "The kids wanted to see the dogs."
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