You can thank the ski staff at Arapahoe Basin for this daily dose of dog cuteness.
It’s National Dog Day! Go hug your pup (or a friend’s), and then be sure to celebrate with this video. The ski safety and rescue team at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin has a new team member: meet Penny.
Penny is a golden retriever, and judging by her youthful puppy looks, maybe only 3-4 months old. However, she’s already in school for avalanche training!
Ski patrol teams frequently use avalanche dogs — trained working dogs — to assist with avalanche rescues and backcountry safety searches. A Basin’s dogs (and hopefully, Penny later) are certified through the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment center. As of 2019, A Basin had five dogs on staff.