Forre Fine Art Gallery hosting dog-friendly benefit for the local Humane Society |

Forre Fine Art Gallery hosting dog-friendly benefit for the local Humane Society

Fran Fields and Forre Fine Art Gallery are hosting a benefit Saturday for the Eagle Valley Humane Society. Enjoy both Picassos and pups. That's Fields' dog, Foxy, whom she rescued from a high-kill shelter.
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If You Go ...

What: Pawpres: An Après With Your Dog.

Where: Forre & Co. Fine Art Gallery, 141 E. Meadow Drive, No. 203, Solaris in Vail Village.

When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

Cost: $20.

More information: Bring your dogs. It’s a benefit for the Eagle Valley Humane Society. Your $20 gets you two drink tickets, doggy treats and a raffle ticket for a Matsuhisa dinner. RSVP to Fran Fields,, or call 970-476-0999.

VAIL — There’s no place like home, and Fran Fields is inviting you and your dog into her fine-art gallery to raise money for the Eagle Valley Humane Society.

Fields landed in Vail as an art consultant for Forre & Co. Fine Art Gallery in Vail’s Solaris.

“It’s high, high-end art that is mixing with the dogs. People get to look at Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, along with the pups,” Fields said.

She is originally from Alabama, and her Southern lilt slips through occasionally in ways that would convince you to buy art just to hear her talk.

Anyway, Fields has rescued dozens of dogs (around 50) from high-kill shelters in her home state.

Two years ago, she moved to Colorado with her 15-year-old rescue dog. After she was settled in, she made a flying run back to Alabama to get a second dog — a year old border collie puppy — she had rescued from a high-kill shelter.

“Unfortunately, she was a very high-energy puppy who required a large yard to exercise in,” Fields said.

Because dogs are often considered four-legged lease breakers by local landlords, Fields couldn’t find anywhere to rent for her and her two dogs.

The local Humane Society helped find the dog a new home.

“I contacted the Humane Society and they bent over backwards, for no charge,” Fields said.

Earning Her Keep

The puppy, Peppermint Patty, went to Elizabeth Holland, a Lake Creek woman who has lived in the valley most of her life and worked for Slifer Designs for 30 years.

Patty earned her keep almost immediately, scaring a mountain lion off Holland’s front porch. A picture was published in the Vail Daily.

“A true Vail local,” Fields said. “Patty now has lots of room to run.”

Peppermint Patty will be at today’s party.

The local Humane Society doesn’t have a shelter. It puts dogs in foster homes, and that costs money.

Fields hopes to raise some of that money during today’s event.

“It is truly unprecedented the way Alabama animal laws differ from Colorado laws. I would love to spread awareness,” Fields said.

The local Humane Society doesn’t do that many events these days, and they’re thrilled with this one, said the Humane Society’s Char Gonsenica.

“Fran has a heart of gold and saved a dog that she couldn’t keep. She contacted us for help to find a home. It worked out well for the dog and its new owner,” Gonsenica said.

Fields said she wanted to do something to show her appreciation, and started with this.

“With her heart of gold, she wants to return the favor, to raise money to adopt more dogs,” Gonsenica said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and

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