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Today's featured events: Bow wow! Put on the dog on Panzano's patio

Who even knew there was such a thing as National Dog Day? Not that I'm surprised, there being a day for just about anything you can think of -- and boy, we sure love our dogs. It was apparently founded five years ago by pet expert Colleen Paige with the intention of drawing attention to mistreated dogs, shelter dogs, service dogs and dog breeds that are discriminated against, among other things, and I can get with that, can't you? Paige also encourages people like you and me to consider adopting a dog or at least donating some green to a shelter today.

On a less serious note, the Hotel Monaco Denver, which already welcomes pooches in its fabulous lobby and boutique rooms, is throwing a big doggie party to celebrate the day. Here's the rundown: From 2:30 to 6 p.m., there'll be a Pooch Power Hour on the patio at Panzano, where the menu will include such doggy delights as peanut butter pancakes and Italian dog sliders. And beginning at 5 p.m., the same treats will be served, along with wine for the humans, in the lobby. Complimentary dog massages from Hands on Hounds will also be offered beginning at 4:30 p.m. It's a downright tony petworking opportunity from start to finish. Put on Fido's rhinestone collar (on the dog, dear, not on yourself), and get down there!

Hotel Monaco is at 1717 Champa Street; bone up on the details by calling 303-296-1717.

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