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New Yappy Hour event in Windsor gives humans and their dogs a chance to play

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

As Andi Lechman watched her dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Willow, run and play Friday at Windsor Lake, she beamed.

Willow was playing with other dogs at the town of Windsor's first Yappy Hour event, a happy hour by the lake with cold beer and a fenced-in area for dogs.

Luke Bolinger, recreation supervisor for the town of Windsor, said it's the first event he's organized at the lake that's specifically designed to be dog-friendly.

"It's just such an awesome idea," Lechman said.

At the request of a resident, Bolinger and Jenn Barday, event coordinator for the Humane Society of Weld County, decided to work together to bring the event to Windsor.

"Everyone's so dog-friendly out here," Barday said.

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At first glance, it's just a happy hour in a roped-off area by the lake with a few local vendors. But the off-leash dog area, animal care vendors and the more than 20 dogs who happily trotted after their owners showed how dog-centered the event was.

The town plans to host one each month this summer through August, Bolinger said.

The vendors, which included local grooming salon Yuppi Puppi, Garden Valley Veterinary Hospital, a food truck, and beer from breweries including Brix Taphouse and Brewery, High Hops and WeldWerks, brought treats for both dogs and their humans.

Money raised from the beer tickets goes to the Humane Society, Barday said, and that organization also provided information to visiting residents about the variety of services it offers.

While adults said they were enjoying the sunshine, food and drinks, dogs ran around the off-leash area or sought shade under picnic tables.

They also kept a close eye on the section of fence most people used to enter and exit the off-leash section, and a few managed to make a mad dash for freedom.

The first run for the event did lead to some changes. Bolinger and his staff discussed ways to make the fenced-in area as secure as possible and also decided to host the event from 4-7 p.m., rather than 4-6 p.m. The next Yappy Hour will be 4-7 p.m. June 1 at Boardwalk Park.

But everyone who was asked confirmed they were a fan of Yappy Hour.

Brooklynn Klassen, owner of Yuppi Puppi, said the event also was good for dogs, because it gave them a chance to socialize along with their humans.

One dog, Murphy, almost never stopped moving as he explored and introduced himself to other dogs. Banksy, an 8-month-old Sheepadoodle, took frequent breaks by his humans.

But if they could speak, their owners said, they would almost all say they had a blast.

If you go

What: Yappy Hour, a new, dog-friendly event at Boardwalk Park in Windsor by Windsor Lake. Dogs and humans are welcomed at the free event, which will include beer from local breweries and food for sale, music and a special off leash area for dogs to socialize.

When: 4-7 p.m. June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3

Where: Boardwalk Park, 100 N. 5th St., Windsor

For more: For more information, including rules and vendor information, click here.