Press Release

PLANET DOG SPONSORS ADVENTURE DOG WORKSHOP AT OUTSIDE IN ASPEN AND DONATES $7,500 TO FREEDOM SERVICE DOGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kristen Smith (207)761.1515 ext. 101
pdmedia@planetdog.com

Portland, ME (May 9, 2012) – Planet Dog is heading to Colorado in June along with elite pro athletes, adventure innovators and outdoor enthusiasts to take part in Outside in Aspen. The socially responsible pet industry leader is sponsoring the Adventure Dog Workshop taking place on June 8th and 9th during the ultimate adventure weekend. While in Colorado, the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog’s non-profit grant making organization, will award a $7,500 grant to Freedom Service Dogs based in Englewood, CO.

Outside in Aspen is a joint project of Outside Magazine and Aspen Chamber Resort Association that is being presented by Good N Natural. Outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will hone their skills or learn a new sport with pro-athlete led clinics and outdoor adventures in kayaking, climbing, stand-up paddling, road and mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, trail running, fly-fishing, rafting, photography and the Adventure Dog Workshop sponsored by Planet Dog.

The weekend event also features the Outside in Aspen Triathlon, the Adventure Saves the World Symposium with elite athletes and Outside editors and the Great Gear Giveaway. There will also be plenty of fun things for everyone to do at Adventure Base Camp including live music with local great Jess Grew, a beer garden, demonstrations, food, kid and family activities, gear displays and more.

The adventure Dog Workshop, led by professional dog trainer Mike Stewart, will focus on honing a dog’s skills for adventure activities including specific training and techniques for enjoying the following activities with a canine companion: hiking and jogging; mountain biking; watercraft; campsite manners at fireside during meals and trail assistance. In addition there will be instruction on obedience, steadiness, and all the elements necessary for trail manners, and a few tips on canine first aid, nutrition, health care, and extended overland travel.

There will also be a presentation on the Adventure Dog Certification program. It is not necessary to have your dog present to participate in the workshop, but the Aspen Animal Shelter will offer dogs from their adoptable program for participants who are unable to travel with their own canine companions.

“We are excited about our sponsorship of the Adventure Dog Workshop at Outside in Aspen and we are glad that our support will help dog lovers and dogs learn new ways to enjoy and respect the great outdoors together,” says Kristen Smith, Planet Dog’s Brand Ambassador. “We are also looking forward to presenting a PDF grant to Freedom Service Dogs, a canine service organization in Lakeland, while we are in Colorado”, adds Smith.

Freedom Service Dogs custom trains rescue dogs for lifelong service and companionship to people with permanent disabilities. They rescue abandoned dogs from shelters and breed rescue groups and once they are trained they are provided free of charge to their partners. Dogs that cannot be placed as service dogs are utilized as therapy dogs and are made much more adoptable through the training process. The $7,500 grant from the Planet Dog Foundation will help Freedom Service Dogs rescue more dogs and place them with more partners in need.

“This is our fourth grant to Freedom Service Dogs and we are proud of the $30,000 we have donated to help them rescue and train dogs to help people with disabilities”, adds Smith. Freedom Service Dogs will be sending a Trainer team to Outside in Aspen to show participants the amazing things service dogs can do.

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Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of every purchase to the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) to support canine service programs nationwide. Since January 2006, PDF has given away more than $850,000 in cash grants and in-kind product donations to help more dogs help more people in need. In addition, PDF receives 100% of the profits from its best-selling Orbee-Tuff® Glow for Good Ball. For more information, please visit www.planetdogfoundation.org.

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