Adopting a Pet is Easy, If You're the Right Kind of Human For A Furry Companion

Flickr/Stefano Mortellaro
Back in the late '90s, when I was preparing to rent my first apartment, there were three things on my list that the potential home had to have: it had to be in Capitol Hill, I had to be able to smoke cigarettes in the place, and it had to be pet-friendly. I didn't have any animals at the time, but I wanted a cat. I eventually found that apartment -- a nasty basement two-bedroom off of Colfax Avenue by Scooter Liquors -- and I adopted a cat. I named him Scooter after the liquor store, because those are the choices a nineteen-year-old makes. Scooter was my baby.

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Podcast Profiles: Adam Cayton-Holland and My Dining Room Table

Ryan Brackin
Podcasts are in tune with the democratized spirit of Internet media; anyone with a microphone and a computer can offer their listeners unlimited hours of recordings, usually for free. Limited only by their imaginations, podcasters have a freedom of expression unrestricted by commerce, censorship or geography. Indeed, several great podcasts have blossomed from Denver's own flourishing arts community. Here to celebrate them is Podcast Profiles, a new series documenting the efforts of local podcasters and spotlighting the peculiar personalities behind them.

After he successfully navigated the High Plains Comedy Festival through its second year, it would be understandable for Adam Cayton-Holland to indulge in a bit of glad-handing and laurel-resting before moving forward. Instead, he's been busier than ever. He'll be appearing on the series premiere of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and competing once more on @Midnight, so tune into Comedy Central on September 17 for a "double-dose of ACH." In preparation for an upcoming show at L.A.'s taste-making alt-comedy venue, Holland will be debuting his hour on Saturday, September 13 at the Syntax Physic Opera. With all these developments in the running, the time has never been better to check out My Dining Room Table, an interview podcast featuring national headlining comedians, Denver luminaries and plenty of discussion about Holland's dog, Annabel.

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Photos: The Amazing Acro-Cats Rock and Roll at the Bug Theatre

Feline-o-philes of all ages purr with joy whenever the Amazing Acro-Cats slink into town because, you know -- cats playing guitars and riding skateboards and stuff. Animal trainer Samantha Martin has parked her cat bus in front of the Bug Theatre for a run of performances inside, continuing Thursdays through Sundays through August 10. Here's a taste of what to expect if you go, courtesy of photographer Ken Hamblin.

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Unleashed by Petco wags its tail for a new location on Colfax

The inside of the brand-new Unleashed by Petco at Colfax.
Unleashed by Petco, a chain that's popping up all around the country, prides itself on being butt-sniffing friendly. "We make it a priority to be involved in the community that surrounds us," says Margaret Aareberg, general manager of the Unleashed by Petco that will open this weekend at 3615 East Colfax Avenue. "We are hoping to take part in the events that happen in our part of town, we would like to set up a table at City Park Jazz and hand out free goodies."

But first, to celebrate the store's grand opening, it will host festivities for pets and pet lovers alike the weekends of May 31-June 1, June 7-8 and June 14-15.

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Photos: The creepy crawlies of Repticon

It was a slithery scene over the weekend at the Repticon expo, where folks had a chance to get all touchy-feely with snakes, lizards, scorpions, tarantulas and other scaly, hairy, scary creatures on display at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Brave photographer Brandon Marshall brought back these shots from the creepy-crawly event.

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Photos: Worst in Show celebrated the average mutt with blue ribbons and a lot of love

Categories: Pets, Photos

Dogs of all shapes and sizes gathered Saturday to compete in a different kind of dog show: Worst in Show, a benefit for Freedom Service Dogs, celebrated the scruffy and downtrodden canines of the world, giving ribbons out for everything from cuteness to super drooling powers. This might not have been the Westminster Kennel Club with its goofy hairdos and pampered prancers, but as these pictures by Marissa Shevins show, it was still a lot of fun.

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Photos: Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show 2014

Categories: Pets, Photos

All photos by Danielle Lirette
The eighteenth annual Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show took place this past weekend. Full of furry friends doing fun tricks, this event at the National Western Complex was a must-attend for dog enthusiasts. Our photographer Danielle Lirette was there to catch all the tricks and adorable pups.

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Author Colette Auclair on horse books, escapism and selling her book through Twitter

Eric Weber
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

Colette Auclair is a romance novelist who lives in Colorado with her husband, her Portuguese water dog and a thoroughbred horse. Auclair writes sexy, light-hearted love stories based in an equestrian setting. Her debut novel, Thrown, was a 2012 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist before being published by the Pocket Star division of Simon & Schuster. Her next novel, Jumped, is scheduled for a June 23 publication. Westword caught up with Auclair to discuss horse books, the value of literary escapism and how she sold her book over Twitter.

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Photos: A bully parade in downtown Littleton

Breed-specific legislation might be a hot-button issue in the metro area, but that didn't stop local American pit bull terrier advocates and their canine best friends from proudly walking down Main Street in Littleton on Saturday to promote positive awareness of the breed. As costumed bullies and other breeds marched in the third annual Colorado Pit Bull Parade, photographer Darian Simon was there to record the whole dog party. Here's a photo preview; see the full slide show here.

See also: Photos: Pit bull lovers show off their pets during author/advocate Ken Foster's Denver stop

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Bruce Cameron, former Denver columnist, at Tattered tonight for The Dogs of Christmas

Bruce Cameron and friend.
There is a popular adage among teachers of fiction writing: "Write what you know."

And what does former Rocky Mountain News columnist and humor writer W. Bruce Cameron know? He knows that "dogs are wonderful creatures," according to his website. That particular bit of knowledge has inspired Cameron's fourth book,The Dogs of Christmas.

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