Neat trick: wrapping the year with a bag o’ treats

Jennifer McCammon with BroadwayThe pet event roster wrapping the 2010 season is huge! We must be in the Northwest, because rain or gray, dark or chill, WE PLAY!

Doggie Palooza

I am SO excited for this day of fun at the World Forestry Center Sunday, Oct. 24. This is the only day each year that pooches are welcome into the beautiful space on the hill (adjacent to the zoo), for a full day of pet-related fun and discovery. This is also the 2nd-largest pet event of the year in Portland — don’t miss it!

Calling all Cover Models

This year we’re conducting Spot’s Cover Model Search for Portland-area beauties at Doggie Palooza, featuring renowned photographer, David Childs. Not only will all who enter receive a “David Childs” of their very own, but this year’s “studio” is GORGEOUS. Spot friends Jennifer and Lauren at WFC placed us against a glass wall, behind which is the most beautiful water feature — the prettiest backdrop ever! That, coupled with our leading NW photographer means participants are sure to go home with quite a treasure. Plus, all who enter will appear in the February 2011 issue of Spot, and the winner will do a professional shoot with David, for their very own cover.

On the cover this month is wonderful Yozzer, winner of Spot's 2010 Willamette Valley Cover Model Search. Yozzer went in studio with the talented Walt Grondona of Eugene (thank you, Walk!), and all who entered, shot by Marnie McCammon this spring and summer, are featured online and in the magazine on page 18. Take a peek - smiles guaranteed!

Let’s Walk!

Also at Doggie Palooza, Spot will host Spot Walks at 11am and 3pm. Come get your Tshirt, PETometer (which clips onto the collar and counts canine steps), and access to the Spot Walks InfoLine, featuring walking routes and health and fitness tips. The WFC, perched atop the hill that is home to Washington Park, is rich with walking trails that are perfect for Spot Walks. Join us!

Other highlights at Doggie Palooza include a canine Halloween Fashion Show, a Pooch Parade with prizes in three categories, tons of vendors, and an unforgettably fun day.

Like a bottomless plastic pumpkin, this month is FULL of treats! Others include Willamette Humane’s Boo Bash Oct. 16, Pet Spooktacular at Jantzen Beach Oct 23, a bake sale at the new InBark (check out this cool new indoor dog park in Tigard) to benefit canine cancer Oct. 9, and more.

Grab your sweet pumpkin and come out and play! October is prime time for fun with our pets,