Once again, I photographed the fundraising event of my favorite dog rescue - Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR). Why is it my favorite? Oh, maybe because it's where I got my dog, Murphy. Plus, they know how to throw an incredible party! This year's theme was "Jackpot... GRRR turns 21!" Recently, GRRR has been rescuing golden retrievers from Turkey - one of whom is named Jackpot.
Yasemin Baban came all the way from Istanbul to speak at the gala. Yasemin has saved the lives of nearly 1,000 golden retrievers from the forest, streets and shelters of Istanbul, Turkey. Yasemin and her volunteers work with Turkish shelters to rescue golden retrievers and get them ready for plane rides to their destinations. It was heartwarming to see Yasemin meet the people who had sponsored and adopted dogs that she had sent to Denver. It was a once in a lifetime chance for the dogs' new families to meet Yasemin and let her know how much they LOVE their new dogs!
Another highlight was meeting Dash, a GRRR dog who is part of the Auraria Campus Police Department. Dash and his handler, Officer Corey Averill, are the K9 Unit for the campus, focusing on explosives detection. I wish I had more time to take photos of Dash. I'll have to see if I can get myself invited back to photograph him working. It's somewhat fascinating to me that a dog from the same rescue as my nutty dog is a productive, working dog. Not that I don't love my Murphy but he's better at squirrel patrol than bomb sniffing. (Read more about Dash in this fun article from CU Denver.)
The silent and live auctions are always a big part of the fun at the gala.
To see all the photos from the gala, click here.
If you thinking about adding a Golden Retriever to your family, do yourself a favor and check out Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies!
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