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These guests enjoyed the dog days of summer in style

Grammy Award-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves performed her hit
song “Follow Your Arrow” at the 2014 Grammy Awards. (Press photo)

By Amy Shanahan, photos courtesy of Megan Rees and the DFL

Grammy Award-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves headlined the 13th annual Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ on August 1 in Castle Pines Village (CPV). Musgraves, who also performed at the very first Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ thirteen years ago (at age 12), performed her hit “Follow Your Arrow” to the delight of the 550 guests at the sold out event.

Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ is a fundraiser that is held each year at the home of CPV residents Jana and Fred Bartlit and benefits the programs and services offered to homeless animals at the Dumb Friends League (DFL) Buddy Center and the DFL Harmony Equine Center. The Bartlits started the barbecue 13 years ago as a cultivation event once they learned that only one percent of all charitable giving goes to pets.

“It’s wonderful to raise awareness about the plight of homeless pets,” remarked Jana. “The first year we only had 75 guests and over the years it just continued to grow and grow and take on a life of its own! The money raised is pretty amazing.”

This year the event raised $800,000 for the cause. In addition, 16 adorable pets found new loving homes. Local and out-of-town guests enjoyed a delicious Texas-style barbecue, live music, and loads of fun in the name of a great cause.

Megan Rees, the public relations manager for the DFL remarked, “It was another successful year and we’re so thankful to our friends and supporters in the community for making it all possible. The funds will help provide shelter and care for more than 20,000 cats, dogs, horses and small pets this fiscal year.”

To learn more about the Dumb Friends League, visit

Meet Sawyer, a 5-month old Bassett Hound/Beagle mix that was adopted to a wonderful home after meeting his new family at Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ.

Guests enjoyed the musical entertainment of Grammy Award-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves in the giant tent set up at the home of CPV residents Jana and Fred Bartlit. The annual fundraiser was a huge success, raising $800,000 and increasing awareness about the wonderful work done by the Dumb Friends League on behalf of homeless pets.

Sixteen of the 20 homeless pets that were present at Lulu’s BBQ this year were adopted that evening.



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