The 7th Annual Howling Good Time

You helped raise over $117,000 for the K-9 Unit this year!

The 2017 Howling Good Time Gala was a tribute for K-9 Borris who passed away peacefully at his home in May. Borris served the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as former Deputy Gerritt Kaufman’s partner between March 2005 and October 2012, and he did so without fear or reservation.

Video shown at the 2017 Howling Good Time Gala

All donations to K-9 Friends and proceeds from the Gala directly benefit the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Training and safety gear are always at the top of the wish list for our K-9s, and ongoing medical care for retired dogs is essential.

The 2017 Gala was the most successful since the charity’s founding in 2011.

Fortunately, you can still contribute to the K-9 Unit by making a one-time donation.

K-9 Borris

You should care about these dogs…

  • If you live in Colorado.

    Drug trafficking has never been worse in Colorado. These dogs are part of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and they’re on the job 24/7/365 patrolling I-25 – the third most heavily drug trafficked highway in America – and the surrounding counties.

  • If the safety of your family is important.

    As the driving force of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, these dogs assist with hundreds of arrests, building searches and drug searches every year, and have even tracked down dozens of fleeing criminals in the past two years, alone. Your family is much safer because of them.

  • If you believe even super heroes need protection.

    These dogs are heroes. They are highly trained, skilled K-9 officers and they put themselves in harm’s way for the sole purpose of saving human lives. They deserve the protection of ballistic, bulletproof vests and other safety equipment – standard issue for every other deputy.

  • If you care about our community.

    These dogs work and train tirelessly to make our community a safer place. Your contribution to K-9 Friends – no matter how small – makes

Platinum Sponsors

  • Animal Emergency & Specialty Center Gracious supporters of K-9 Friends since our inception, the Animal Emergency & Specialty Center (AESC) has been named the first ever Ongoing Platinum Sponsor by the Board of Directors. The DCSO K-9 Unit counts on AESC when there’s an emergency and you can, too. AESC provides expert emergency and critical care, internal medicine, specialized surgery and specialty care services including radiology/ultrasound, cardiology and rehabilitation therapy for your pets. For more information about AESC, please visit:

  • Coors At Coors Brewing Company, our leadership in sustainability started back in 1959. That year, Coors helped launch the recycling revolution when it pioneered the aluminum can and sparked a recycling movement. And we’ve been building on that legacy ever since – not just in the area of recycling but in supporting the community with investments in jobs, water stewardship and responsible drinking.

Founding & Gold Sponsor

  • Franktown Animal Clinic Franktown Animal Clinic has been providing expert veterinary care in the Southeast Denver area since 1990. Their new medical center is one of the largest and best-equipped in the state of Colorado. But it’s their PEOPLE who make the difference for your pet.

2017 Howling Good Time Sponsors

2017 Howling Good Time Table Sponsors

  • IDEXX Laboratories
  • Angela Sanders
  • David Swieckowski, D.V.M.
  • MWI Animal Health
  • Plum Creek Veterinary Services
  • Vrablik Family

2017 Howling Good Time Live Auction Donors

  • Copters for a Cause
  • Friends of Douglas County K-9 Board Members
  • Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Company
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lowe’s of Parker
  • Real Food Delivered
  • Franktown Animal Clinic
  • Cheyenne Mountain Resort
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Dr. Eric Klaphake from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Union An American Bistro
  • David Swieckowski, D.V.M.
  • Winspire
  • Pedego Southlands Electric Bikes
  • United Airlines

2017 Howling Good Time Silent Auction & K-9 Kup Donors

  • Adriana’s Mexican Restaurant
  • AMC Theatre
  • Apple Remodeling
  • Aspen Grove Salon
  • Bassett & Associates, Inc.
  • Beatrice & Woodsley
  • Bentley’s Pet Stuff - Elizabeth
  • Bentley’s Pet Stuff - Parker
  • Black Bear Golf Club
  • Blackstone Country Club
  • Breakfast on Broadway
  • Bubble’s Liquor World
  • Castle Pines Eye Care
  • Castle Pines Jewelers
  • Campbell Chiropractic
  • Andra L. Cody
  • Castle Rock Zip Line Tours
  • Cold Stone Creamery - Parker
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Colorado Symphony
  • Comedy Works Entertainment
  • D & D Tire Service, Inc.
  • Deko Ranch
  • DelaFoto Pet Photography
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Denver Zoo
  • Depriest Performance Horses, LLC
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Duke’s Steakhouse
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum
  • Elizabeth Salon
  • Hannah Evans
  • Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
  • Everything Alpaca
  • Franktown Animal Clinic
  • Franktown Firearms
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Gary Albert, CPA, P.C.
  • Georgetown Loop Railroad
  • Ghost Town Guest House
  • Greenlee’s Pro Auto Care
  • Hair by Sabrina
  • Alli and Dan Haltom
  • HawkEye LLC
  • Iron Horse Armory
  • Vlasta Karafiatova
  • Katie Barton, Cherry Creek Properties, LLC
  • Kroenke Sports and Entertainment
  • Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway Co.
  • Meridian Golf Club
  • Miyo Café
  • Callen M. Olson
  • Once Upon A Tan
  • OPA Grill
  • Ornery Art Studios
  • Parker Country Market
  • Kim and Ed Perkins
  • PetzLove
  • Philantopia
  • Pino’s Italian Kitchen & Bar
  • Rampart Firearms
  • Kathy Ravenel
  • Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Southlands
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad
  • Salon Di Lisa
  • Sip & Paint
  • Sizzor Magic Hair Salon
  • Smoking Roxi’s Bling & Beads
  • Spavia Day Spa
  • Stagecoach Saloon
  • Surf’SUP Colorado
  • Tagawa Gardens
  • Tailgate Tavern & Grill
  • TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon
  • TJ’s Hair and Nail Salon
  • The Tattered Tootsies a Nail Salon
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • The Egg & I Restaurant
  • The Fowl Line Sports Bar
  • The Melting Pot a Fondue Restaurant in Littleton
  • The Pet Stuff Place
  • The Wooden Table Restaurant
  • Nicole Thomas
  • Wendy Thomas
  • TJ’s Hair and Nail Salon
  • Treads Bicycle Outfitter
  • Valhalla Hunt Club
  • Kim Vanderholm and Chris Burchard
  • Wag N Wash Natural Food & Bakery
  • Westmanton Stables
  • Wild Women Winery

2017 Howling Good Time Volunteers

  • Wendy Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator
  • James Akers, D.V.M.
  • Cindy Alsobrook, D.V.M.
  • Joan Banko
  • Katie Barton
  • Shawn Bowers
  • Sharon Broaddus
  • Jerry Burk
  • Leigha Clark
  • Andi Cody
  • Nicole Dindo
  • Stephanie Emko
  • Katie George
  • Loni Hale
  • Petey Hartung
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Chelsea Lett
  • Jennifer Menning, D.V.M.
  • Mark Orne
  • Karen O’Shea
  • Amber Swieckowski
  • Evan Swieckowski
  • Mark Swieckowski
  • Nicole Swieckowski
  • Ryan Tervort
  • Nicole Thomas
  • Amy Wanke
  • Brian Wanke
  • Erin Wanke

The kind of genuine commitment to K-9 Friends we’ve seen in previous years is truly amazing. It is an honor to be surrounded by these caring sponsors as well as so many other great friends who have given so generously and volunteered with such passion. Together, we’ll make this year’s Gala even better!