Meet Your 2017 Top Dogs!

More than 2000 pet lovers participated in these 8th annual Top Dog Awards, voting for their favorite pet and pet-friendly businesses in 38 categories.

The results are compiled in the pull-out BEST in the BIZ Directory inside, which I hope you’ll use and share whenever you or pet-loving friends or family are seeking the best services and products for your beloved pets this year.

These outer pages of Spot give you the Good Neighbor Vet Furry FunPlanner, your go-to for pet and pet-friendly events in February and March.  There’s always so much going on — so many ways to play, connect, learn and grow with your pet and fellow pet parents. New events are added continuously; for the latest, click here.  To get events for upcoming weekends on the fly, tune into the GNV Furry FunPlanner report on KPSU Radio Thursday evenings at 6:10 on 98.1 fm radio.

Copies of the Directory will be available all year at pet events and select businesses. Need more copies?  email

Thank you so much for voting this year! Your endorsement of these businesses gives them a real boost, including sweet bragging rights for being named your favorite!

Our thanks also go to the wonderful businesses who made this possible by supporting the Directory through advertising. Check out their ads, and please support them!

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This winter has been challenging for many, and certainly for our local businesses. Demonstrations and crazy winter conditions caused expensive closures, and in some cases, costly damage. 

It’s more important than ever now to support our local businesses.  They are the heart, soul and backbone of our community, and they are devoted to us — their customers — working tirelessly to maintain the highest levels of knowledge, expertise, and customer care. Please love them back!

Speaking of love . . .  In these changing times, let’s let love be the fuel, the engine and the heart of all we do, for the animals, and for each other.