Thank goodness for pets!

Whatever is happening in the greater world, as a friend said recently, it keeps on turning.

Exactly right! And thanks to our pets, it turns with laughter, joy and boundless love.

And OUR little world — this treasured place we call the Northwest — keeps turning out so much to celebrate!

Our friends at Dignified Pet Services, who provide loving care when it means the most and host the sacred annual Service of Remembrance (Dec. 1st this year), have begun providing at-home euthanasia, an option that can help make goodbye a blessed, grace-filled time. They are also opening a new location in Milwaukie, in addition to their longtime facility in Tualatin.

Nancy Fedelem, beloved proprietor of Salty’s Pet Supply on Mississippi and Fang & Feather — which moved into larger digs on Lombard last month — opens South Paw Pet Supply on the South Waterfront in late December. And while she’s got her hands full with her beloved businesses, Nancy still manages to find time to host events supporting great causes — like recent Photos with Santa events in which she herself served as the jolly old elf!

New projects at Spot include Golden Ears, a social network and resource hub for people with aging pets. Stay tuned for details, and watch for Golden-Ears.Love this spring.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this community fueled by love, and in standing steadfast in knowing that, in our little corner of the world, the soil is rich, and our backs and hearts are strong. We work knowing things can and will get better — not only because we believe, but because we do.

The ASAP story is a great example of the power of collaboration — which in this case dramatically increased live release rates at area shelters, and more. It is this spirit of collaboration — continued, communal effort — that will continue to make positive changes in pet health, happiness and safety in the months and years ahead.

Thank you for being a part of it all!  We wish you a holiday season filled with family, friends, joy and love . . . cold noses and warm hearts,