Stapleton’s Calendar Canines – Lola

Lola - Dog of Stapleton Winner in Denver, CO

By: Holly Lange, Visitor Center Ambassador

We love our Stapleton Dogs, so we’ve been doing a monthly blog about our “Calendar Dogs” – the winners of our calendar contest and their families.

This month, we feature Lola, submitted by Gabby Vargas-Benson and her husband Dave, who live in Central Park North.

How did Lola get her name?

“My family is from Ecuador… so I like to name my pets something that will sound the same in Spanish as it does in English. The same goes for my cat Charlie.”

How did your photo come about (and were you thinking about the calendar when you took it)?

“We did think about the calendar. Last year, she was a runner up, (partly because) I took the picture with my phone. This year Dave brought out his good camera and we went to the sledding hill with treats and toys. We worked together to get a good shot – it was a team effort.”

Did you have a lot of potential photos, and what made you choose this one to submit?

“We had a lot. We knew that showing Stapleton in the background was important, so we chose one with that in mind.”

Tell us a little about Lola – what’s her favorite toy, or treat, or game?

“Lola is a little chow hound – she eats anything and everything! She’s about to turn eleven.  She loves her (Winter Welcome prize) squeaky toy – she likes to grab it by the antler and shake it around.”

What do you like about owning a dog in Stapleton?

“I love the parks and the pocket parks. It’s so easy to walk out your front door and go anywhere. Plus, I really like how this is such a close-knit community – more than any I’ve seen in Denver.”

What’s the best tip you can give to others when submitting their photos for the calendar?

“Shoot the picture at their level, outside, with a high resolution and a fast shutter speed. Have an assistant help you (with the treats and toys), if you can.”

We hope these answers will inspire others to submit their photos for the 2017 Dogs of Stapleton calendar. Don’t forget to take those snow photos while you still can, and remember to post on social media under #dogsofstapleton.