Meet your 2014 TOP DOGS!

J with Roxy (and Peach the famous photobomber)

J with Roxy (and Peach the famous photobomber)

What makes a Top Dog?

The traits of a winner are as varied as the qualities that make something beautiful.  And while common themes pepper the stories of winners’ beginnings and journeys to success — things like heart, smarts, commitment, tenacity, optimism and drive — the designation of a Top Dog goes beyond that; bestowed not by financial reports or sales performances, and . . . not even by time.  Like beauty, that special something that makes a professional or business a Top Dog is in the eye of the beholder. 

It’s always such a pleasure presenting the year’s Top Dog Award winners — who earn the distinction thanks to your votes.  This year you voted in over 45 categories, and while some longstanding Top Dogs continued to reign supreme, many businesses rose in the ranks — some who’ve landed at or near the top in past years, others very new to the scene — which makes the competition all the more exciting!

How do you know a Top Dog? 

Top Dogs earn the logo for their winning year, so you’ll see it (or sometimes many!) displayed in their shop windows, inside walls, even on posts, fliers and/or correspondence.  Keep an eye out — that logo is a badge of which winners can be very proud — and one they won thanks to you.

Of course you’ll also find your Top Dogs featured in Spot’s annual BEST in the BIZ Directory, inside this issue, and available all year long at pet-centric businesses and events.  In addition to the pros and businesses ranked best by popular vote, the Directory contains beautiful ads showcasing our winning advertisers, including some businesses that simply love and support pets, the pet community, and . . .  Spot!  It is the ads from our amazing partner businesses that make this Directory possible.  Please support them!

As always, the BEST in the BIZ Directory is wrapped inside pages of traditional Spot content, this issue including a great story on DoveLewis’s 40th anniversary, a touching story from Dr. Heidi on “the best,” precious adoptables just waiting to meet you, pet-friendly events, and more.  

After enjoying the outer magazine stories and planning some fun this month and next, just peel off the outer pages (please recycle), and keep your BEST in the BIZ Directory handy for quick reference whenever you need outstanding pet products and services this year.  After all, what better referral for ‘the best’ pet products, services and businesses like hotels, auto dealerships, jewelry stores and more — than from over 2500 of your closest pet-loving friends! 

Big thanks to everyone who made this great edition possible — Enjoy!