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Published March 3, 2019

You’ve heard of POTUS, FLOTUS and SCOTUS, but have you heard of FDOTTOS?  We didn’t think so.

Meet Rippy Van Pinkle, the First Dog of the Town of Silverthorne! The K9 companion of Mayor Ann-Marie Sandquist, Rippy takes his role as First Dog seriously. A golden retriever, Rippy turned three this past fall and his main job duty is to welcome folks to Silverthorne, as well as serve as a symbol for the authentic mountain lifestyle that Silverthorne provides.  

Throughout the year, Rippy attends official town events from the holiday tree lighting to First Fridays and gatherings at Rainbow Park, wagging his tail, looking for belly rubs, and possibly even a treat or two (he wants you to know apples and peanut butter are his favorite). He also assists the Public Works department by helping to remove as many sticks and fallen tree branches from around town as he possibly can. 

When he’s not on the job, you can find Rippy swimming in North Pond Park, soaking in the sun on his mom’s paddleboard or hiking up Angler Mountain Trail, which he thinks has the best views of the valley.  In the winter, he loves to snowshoe and backcountry ski. And, like any true outdoor enthusiast, his favorite way to end the day is on the patio at Angry James where he is hoping to earn his own bowl. An avid Broncos fan, Rippy was a little disappointed in his team’s performance this past season, but is optimistic that the new coaching staff can help turn things around.

So, next time you are out and about enjoying the many special events throughout Silverthorne, keep your eyes peeled for Rippy, and don’t hesitate to say hello.