Big Dogs: Lone Tree Brewing Adoption Event Features Giant Breeds
People huddled on the floor between chairs, tables, puddles of drool, and furiously wagging tails.
While dogs are always welcome at the Lone Tree Brewing Company, more than usual, they gathered in the tasting room on July 31, towering over patrons as they handed out petting and scratching ears.
Big Dogs Huge Paws, an organization specializing in the placement of giant breed dogs, had come to town to host an adoption event promoting the 65 dogs the group takes care of.
The nonprofit places dogs in about 14 states and hosts events like Lone Tree Brewing to help people begin the adoption application process or learn about the organization.
The Larkspur-based nonprofit does not have a physical location and places the dogs with foster families until a permanent home can be found. Dogs are in the care of Big Dogs Huge Paws from various backgrounds and at different ages.
Verification of potential adopters takes between four and six weeks. Big Dogs Huge Paws volunteer staff speak with the applicant’s veterinarian, check references, make house calls, and bring a giant breed dog on site so staff and family can get a feel for a big pet at home. Dogs can weigh over 200 pounds, according to the group’s website.
Applicants with experience owning giant dog breeds are preferred, and most dogs have a waiting list, said Kati Harken, the organization’s community outreach coordinator.
“Giant breeds cause greater health problems. Obviously, it costs more to feed them. Bigger personalities, behaviors, ”Harken said. “So we really like people to have experience. “
Harken said meeting the dogs also helps people learn about the breeds the association works with.
Mike Webster, Tasting Room Manager at Lone Tree Brewing Company, said the partnership with Big Dogs Huge Paws began several years ago as part of the brewery’s monthly charity program.
The local craft brewery accepts dogs and tries to focus on community events, he said, making Big Dogs Huge Paws a natural partner.
“You can see how many dogs and people showed up,” he said. “Who doesn’t like dogs? “
Among the crowds admiring the Great Pyrenees, Great Danes and Newfoundlanders were Emma and Colleen Shumate, a mother-daughter couple from Castle Rock. The family adopted two Great Danes through the organization and came to Lone Tree to support them at the event.
Colleen said the family had a good experience working with the association after always wanting a giant breed dog. Animals are “the biggest dog you’ll ever have,” Colleen laughed, adding that dogs didn’t know their size.
“The ‘gentle giant’ is real,” Emma said.