Turning 5 and making strides

Before anything else, a quick shout-out:


Hey, Willamette Valley Pet People!

You’re a huge part of the Spot community! Have you voted yet? The ballots are open ‘til Sept 30th.

Top Dog Awards honor pet and pet-friendly organizations named best by popular vote for products, services and performance. This is a great way to say THANK YOU! 

Jennifer McCammon with Broadway

Ok, onward. This month there’s much cause for celebration . . . check it out!

Spot’s Transport and Foster Networks are growing! We’re becoming increasingly involved in rescues, and took part in two last month. The first brought 18 cats out of a hoarding situation (story and photos in “Behind the Scenes With Us” the Blog Spot heading on our website). The second involved getting a litter of 8-week-old Pit puppies and six 6-9-month-old Pit and Pit mix pups from So Cal to loving foster homes in the Northwest. Both had happy endings. If you’d like to lend a hand and heart, please sign up online. 

On a related note, we’re currently studying regional transport, foster care and shelters, and we’d love to hear from those of you working in shelters and rescues. We’re working to identify the needs and overlapping resources toward streamlining and maximizing all our efforts. Our goal is to connect existing resources, eliminate redundancy, and improve connections and transparency for all involved — toward saving time, money, and more lives. 

If you work in rescue, transport, foster care or shelter, we’d love your input . . . and there’s an app for that! — (not really, I just couldn't resist using the expression) — but there IS a questionnaire on our website. Please help Spot help — put your 2 cents in about what’s needed, and what’s not. Thank you!

Yep! They’re underway. Spot Walks are meetups for fun, fitness and socialization — for pets and their peeps! The first few are just for fun, as they’re still officially in development. BUT, they’re happening, they’re a blast, and we want you to come play! 


Smile! Photo classes start now 

Spot has partnered with photographer David Childs, who some of you may know from his amazing work on Fences for Fido’s slideshows, as a photo teacher at OHS, or you may even have a framed “David Childs” hanging in a place of honor at home.

This month David begins a series of photo classes right here, and you are gonna love them! Read all about it page 13, and take a seat . . . class is set to begin.

We’re also pleased to announce that David is Spot’s official photographer for the Portland-area 2011 Cover Model Search. This year’s search is happening at Doggie Palooza Oct. 24th at the World Forestry Center. On that note, circle the date for Doggie Palooza! In addition to the Cover Model Search and 2 Spot Walks will be a Halloween costume contest, pooch parade, contests and more.

Spot’s Willamette Valley Cover Model Search, conducted this summer by Spot’s top shooter Marnie McCammon, wraps this month with a last chance to enter at Hot Dogs, Cool Pups Aug. 7 at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. I’ll be there too, so please stop by and say hi!

Finally, in addition to the magazine, Spot’s online media are great ways stay current on what’s shakin’ at Spot’s House. Fan Spot on Facebook, subscribe to eNews, and/or follow us on Twitter. In addition to Spot happenings, you’ll get posts on regional pet events, health warnings and food recalls, broadcasts on rescues in progress, and just-for-fun alerts on everything pet. Sign up for one or all, they’re each a little different, so take your pick of the litter!

Much to celebrate. Thanks for being part of the adventure — we love having you along!

Oh, and speaking of celebrating. Last but not least: Spot turns 5 this month!

It’s our great pleasure to serve, work with, and celebrate this special “birthday” with you! Thank you for 5 wonderful years, and here’s to many more! 

Yours in everything pet,