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May, 11 2002 - Bone-nanza Pet Fair Benefits Max Fund

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North Metro Animal Hospital receptionist Malia Slominski, left, and Tessa Wheeler. Tessa is Dr. Garcia's granddaughter. Bob Hedge and his English bulldog, Hank. How could anyone say dog owners look look like their dogs? Hank, who's 1 year 2 months old, is training to be a gospel singer. This was North Metro's inaugural Pet Fair Bone-nanza.
High-tech pro Patrick Sanders with Theresa Garcia, Bone-ananza founder and daughter of North Metro Animal Hospital vet Dr. Garcia. Theresa, who has been ahead of the pack in getting Web cameras installed in the kennel and hospital, hired Patrick of Stout Street Design to redesign her site, www.bestdogvet.com. At the Bone-nanza, Patrick showed crowds how the 360-degree Pantilt Zoom Camera worked in the pet play area. Canine Cab had a booth at the fair. The company was vote "Best Dog Taxi in Denver" in 2002 by Westword. David Viet and Kristina Vourax of the Denver Dumb Friends League brought their huge Pet Carevan, an adoption kennel on wheels, to the fair. Here, they try to get Darla, a beautiful 4-month-old Australian shepherd that needs a home, to smile for the camera. "Somebody adopt me, please!"
At 18 months, Bucky, a Neopolitan Mastiff, is still not full grown. He will weigh 175 pounds by the time he's 2, said owner Shana Kohler, who described him as "big and gentle." This Emperor Scorpion from Africa is from Tropiquatics, a Denver company that carries all kinds of exotic pets. This little guy found a new friend. Sarah and Phil Bernardi are owners and operators of Sarah's Pet Sitting.
Joiner is a guide dog in training. The 11-month-old black lab has another three months of "college," where he receives instruction in self discipline and obedience. Upon graduation, he will be paired with a sight-impaired owner, said puppy-raising adviser Barb Deevers. The Dumb Friends League Pet Carevan. Angela and Alexander McClelland Eric, a North Metro employee, greets an old friend.
Shelties Monte and Cally are regulars at the North Metro day care program. "They have such good people taking care of them," said the dogs' owner, Maryann Motza. "Monty used to be shy. Now they knock each other over trying to get in here every day," said Mrs. Motza, who's been bringing her pets to Dr. Garcia since 1975. One of the model "cover cats" featured on the outside of the Pet Carevan. Justice, a cute cocker spaniel, is owned by Jodi and Douglas Samuels. William Van Treuren cuddles Taz, his Boston terrier, another patient of Dr. Garcia's.
North Metro has been in the same location near Pecos St. and I-70 for more than 20 years. Jordana, 7, gets to know a hermit crab. Dawn Berchota, a high school teacher, also sells Krazy Krabs. Hermit crabs live five years and like to eat popcorn and peanut butter, she said. Some are shy, but some aren't. "They're furniture movers," she explains. "They can pick up 50 times their weight" as they move their shells from place to place, she said. Dan Leavitt's Blue Notes provided a little jazz and swing for the Bone-nanza crowds.
It's hard not to be happy when an accordian is playing. The tenor sax player. Trombonist, singer and band leader. It was a chilly day, and the drummer dressed accordingly.
"I've got you....under my skin." "Wake me up when we get to the Friskies booth." Monique Anders brought her 5-week-old kitty. These two handsome guys spot a cat.
Erna McIntye and Eric work for Theresa and Dr. Garcia. Ms. McIntyre holds a memorial poem she wrote for her dog Koby, who died July 17, 2001. Ms. McIntye, a 20-year client of the Garcia's, came to work for them after Koby died. "I'm looking for my buddies from day care." Cotton candy, barbecue, snow cones and other goodies enticed kiddies and adults alike. A giant slide kept the kids happy.
Cal, a 3-year-old beagle who belongs to Mike Romano, is another North Metro boarder. Get outta my way, kid. You're botherin' me. They never get tired of a friendly pat on the head.  
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