Grab your best friend and come play!

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The pet event season got a roaring start with the NW Pet & Companion Fair at the Expo Center last month.  The Spot crew had a blast, joining Carr Subaru for a photo contest with two great prizes:  appearing in a Subaru TV ad, and being on the cover of Spot.

It was a fantastic weekend!  Free admission was appreciated by all, as was the roundup of outstanding vendors, presentations and featured entertainment.  Kudos to Amy Johnson and Vanessa Wright, who in three short years have turned this once ailing event into a spectacular weekend of entertainment, learning, adoptions and shopping.

The fun has only just begun . . . here’s what’s on tap this month:  

May 4 – Walk for the Animals for Humane Society of SW Washington at Ester Short Park in Vancouver

May 4 – Furball for Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon at the Portland Art Museum

May 11 - Doggie Dash for Oregon Humane Society at Waterfront Park in Portland

May 19 - Bark in the Park for Greenhill Humane Society at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. 

At Doggie Dash, the Spot crew will have our popular Goodie Bags — awesome totes from our friends at CVRC that keep contents hot or cold and have lots of compartments.  They’re filled with goodies like Doggy and Kitty Tonic from our friends at Bluebird Herbals, the Pet Emergency Care Handbook from VCA NW Veterinary Specialists, food samples from Whole Pet Northwest (Solid Gold), canned food lids from Sellwood Dog Supply, and more.  We love our partner businesses, and they love sharing goodies you can use.  Available for a $5 donation at pet events while supplies last, all proceeds support PAW Team.

At Bark in the Park, take your best friend to the Spot booth to enter this year’s Willamette Valley Cover Model Search.  Marnie and Victor look forward to seeing you!                                   


Thank you for getting Spot’s first digital issue.  It’s been a crazy few months here as we’ve worked to get the digital program up and running, launch a new website, and continue the work of strengthening Spot’s sustainability.

We’re proud and grateful Spot is your #1 source for everything pet — from news, resources and products to the heart stories that connect us all in loving life with animals.

Thank you too for your continued patience as the Spot crew navigates much new terrain.  Not every step we take is perfect — we’re continually adjusting and correcting along the way — but please know we’re working hard to provide a magazine you’re proud of, and the resources for “everything pet” you need and count on. 

As always, we’re here to serve you, with news, entertainment and resources, and to help you give your best friend optimal health and happiness. 

Yours in everything pet,

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