Blazer was owner Ken’s first dog as an adult when he first lived in Colorado. Ken grew up with dogs, his first being a Siberian Husky named Crystal. He then became involved with the Seeing Eye’s 4H project as a teen raising 2 Labrador puppies, Tucker and Tully, one of which went on to work as a guide dog, the other dropped out due to health reasons and Ken adopted him to live with Crystal.
Soon after graduating from the University of Colorado in 1993, Ken missed having a best friend, so he contacted many of the shelters in the area for a black Labrador that was a year old to adopt. He found one at what was then Denver Lab Rescue, who had a one year old they pulled from the Denver Dumb Friends League named Blazer. Ken took a chance on Blazer, who was already a adoption failure at the first home he was placed at, they said he need to be a one person dog. Ken at the time was a person guy and the two of them quickly bonded, enjoying all the great outdoors Boulder offers, they kayaked, hiked, camped, and skied together.
Blazer helped Ken decide on his first home he bought (he actually was with Ken when they looked at houses). Ken’s sister Caryn, loved Blazer too and in honor of him they named their first dog after him! Blazer went on to live to a ripe old age of 12 years old, and as a result of Ken’s love of rescue and Blazer, another NINE rescue dogs have gone on to live with Ken.