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Dogs have their day for a good cause at outdoor spa

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By Sandy Barnes

Standing in a kiddie pool filled with fresh water, Megan the golden retriever got a special shampooing and massage from Kim Stutsman of Tall Grass Spa.

Megan stood patiently while being washed, rinsed and towel-dried at the third annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails event at Evergreen National Bank on Sunday. The spa organized the event as a benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

“We’ve washed about 80 dogs, and we’re not done yet,” Michele Alton of Tall Grass Spa said while holding a towel for the next canine client.

As dogs of all shapes and breeds were taking turns getting beauty treatments, Beignet, a French bulldog, was keeping an eye on things through her pink sunglasses. Beignet also was wearing a Parisian-style hat adorned with lace as she strolled around with her owner, Marleen Puzak, an EAPL volunteer. Beignet and Puzak were walking with Mimi, a part-Staffordshire terrier available for adoption through EAPL.

Massaging dogs is a lot harder than people, Stutsman remarked. They are more sensitive and need to be kept calm, she said. 

However, it was all for a good cause. And the dogs seemed to appreciate the pampering they were receiving from spa staff and volunteers.

The coddled canines’ owners were treated to snacks and wine provided by Creekside Cellars and listened to musical entertainment by the TwoTones. Conifer performers Kathleen Widland and Jeff Scarborough played and sang a variety of tunes.

The EAPL is a volunteer nonprofit organization that offers dogs, cats and other animals, including rabbits and a pot-bellied pig, for adoption. EAPL also has a foster care program for pets in need of homes.

For more information, visit www.eapl.com or call 303-674-6442.