Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue
2013 Picnic!

RMCSR Picnic Site

Torrential rains and flooding threatened to put a damper on the 2013 annual Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue Picnic. We approached Saturday, September 14, being cautiously optimistic about the weather for our most fun activity of the year. And the universe cooperated as Saturday dawned with sunshine and blue skies in Centennial, Colorado.

The worker bees breakfasted early and gathered at DeKoevend Park by 9:30 to begin the set-up. We worked hard under the direction of Andrea Carrasco, the Picnic “Wonder Woman” Chairperson. Andrea is one of those lovely and rare humans who can juggle many tasks and “keep all the balls in the air at the same time.” Wow!

Everyone had a wonderful time. Hugging and kissing was the order of the day, both humans and dogs. Some of our wonderful supporters were not able to leave their homes due to the flooding and clean-up of debris. But no lives were lost among our good friends and that is something to be truly grateful for.

The silent auction was a great success and the lunches were absolutely yummy. Carey Vantress is an amazing caterer and we thank her for her expertise and kindness. Kate Neuschaefer with The Enchanted Biscuit arrived loaded down with her delectable doggie delights. (My Collie mix, Butler, never leaves home without Auntie Kate’s travelin’ tummy treats!), Jenny Rukavina with Acadia Massage displayed her broad knowledge of relaxing techniques with dogs, and we thank her for her gentle hands.

The Hewitt family—Ann, Joan and Barbara—graced us with their presence and lovely artwork. Melanie Harris and Melissa Miller schlepped their agility equipment to the park and demonstrated how much fun can be had while playing with your dog and letting our visiting dogs try their “paws” at it. And did you happen to notice a beautiful dark-haired woman who scooted around everywhere all at one time, snapping photos and making people smile? That young lady is Denice Rutherford, who makes every day a party.

And certainly never least (but in this case last), David Ordway and his amazing photography. Our own Uncle David makes dogs coming out of shelters look like supermodels. You might want to check out David’s website and see his work.

But the stars of the day were the lucky dogs and their enlightened human beings that make our job as volunteers for RMCSR the best job in the world. Kudos to the pooches and their people!

Yours in dogs,
Hope Hemperly, Director

Watch Denice’s video of
RMCSR’s biggest event of the year!


Volunteer Support Needed!

Please help support our events. Bring your dogs and come have some fun! We need you to talk to potential adopters, share your experiences, solicit new volunteers and answer questions about RMCSR.

To find out how you can help, please contact our Event Coordinators, Sandy and Jerry York, 303-840-4861, email. Contact Event Captains for additional information about individual events.