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Palmer Saylor III

They say the dog is man's best friend, and if you've hit Washington Park at dusk lately, the saying definitely holds true in Denver. So if you and Sparky are looking for something to do this Saturday night after playing fetch, curl up on the couch with a bottle of beer and a box of biscuits for the PBS special A Dog's Life.

A segment of the Spirit of Colorado series, "A Dog's Life" covers everything from cow-herding dogs in Mancos to the Colorado Blue Ididarace through Kremmling's deep snow. There's even a segment featuring liver brownies hot out of the oven at Bubba and Ebonee's dog cafe in Longmont. "There are a lot of interesting dog stories that are very central to Colorado," says Lisa Olken, producer of Spirit of Colorado. Why? "It's a very dog-friendly, outdoorsy state." The numbers don't lie: Denver was voted third most dog-friendly city in the country in 2001 by Dog Fancy magazine.

"A Dog's Life" airs on PBS at 7:30 p.m. on December 28. "I love the American Kennel Club agility piece with the dogs running in and out of the plastic cones," says Olken. "The dogs just look like they're having so much fun; you can't help but smile." And as all dog owners know, loving your pet means picking up a lot of doggie deposits. One Aspen man who is profiled takes canine waste removal to a whole new level, donning a green cape and calling himself Scooperman, a sanitary superhero. Hot dog!


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