Dog Fancy magazine has awarded Steamboat Springs, Colorado the coveted title of DogTown USA.
Every year, Dog Fancy readers nominate dog-friendly cities and towns to the editors of the magazine. The editors then research the candidates and select the winner based on the presence of dog-friendly activities, as well as dog-friendly restaurants, businesses, dog parks, medical specialists, pro-dog legislation, and other criteria. This year, Steamboat Springs took the top spot.
Nikki Inglis, the public relations manager for the Chamber Resort Association shared what makes their town so special: "In Steamboat, dogs splash through the Yampa River Core Trail, ride on rafts and kayaks, join in neighborhood parties, and walk with their owners on miles of scenic trails. At Rita Valentine Park and Spring Creek Park, dogs enjoy off-leash trails and playtimes.”
Additionally, there are several cafes and restaurants that cater to dogs and their owners as well as nine dog-friendly hotels. Even the local car wash offers an area to wash your dog too! Many businesses have dogs that show up for work, creating an environment of friendly energy.
In the spring and fall, dogs participate in the Poochy Paddle at the Old Town Hot Springs pools. "Dogs swim, jump off pool decks, fetch tennis balls, and drench their owners,” Inglis says. The Crazy River Dog Competition, is a highlight of the Yampa River Festival kayaking event, where dogs compete in river navigation and retrieving. Dogs are also featured in winter activities. During the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival’s Dog Dash, dogs pull kids on sleds through the abundant snow.
The local shelter, the Routt County Humane Society, does a great job serving animals and the community with quick, well-matched adoptions even though they are an all-volunteer nonprofit group. Local veterinary hospitals donate thousands of dollars in services to RCHS programs. Residents are also generous contributors to help care for homeless dogs and assist low-income families with veterinary care and spay-neuter costs. Steamboat Springs was presented with a check for $5,000, which was donated to the Routt County Humane Society.
Ernie Slone, editor of Dog Fancy, presents Molly Waters and Holly Larson from the Routt County Humane Society their check.
Each winning city will be featured in the September issue of Dog Fancy.
Photos courtesy of Dog Fancy's Facebook Page.