2012's gonna be swell!

Jennifer and Jenny at the Ducks' latest stompin'Such exciting times!  I can't wait for you to see the latest from the work we've been doing in recent months, and you don't have long to wait.

Spot's website is in redesign as I write, and I hope you'll check in around midmonth and join the fun —  and I do mean fun!  Soon this will be a place where us pet lovers can connect with each other and share ideas, stories and photos, plus meet and learn from pet experts, and much more...like shopping!  Yep, Spot's Boutique will be in business, and we look forward to seeing our friends sporting the fine, fun, and ever-changing gear and apparel the boutique has to offer.

Another new attraction is the addition of video.  Watch for fun, educational and funny bits on the website, Spot's Facebook page, Twitter and other outlets.  You'll even see them frequently as companions to feature stories in the magazine itself.  In fact, the fun starts now: this month our feline guru, Kathy Covey, presents tips on bathing kitty, complete with a video that's not only helpful, it'll make you smile.

Stay close and join us in exploting all things pets in ever greater (and more fun!) ways.  In closing I want to share a note about this issue, which is packed with the beauties who participated in our Cover Model Search - Portland this fall.  Please note that all of the photos — including the gorgeous shot on the cover are the work of the award-winning David Childs of David Childs Photography, the same rockstar who every month in Spot and at OHS teaches his craft, helping people hone their own shutterbug skills.

David is an exquisite artist, smart as a whip, and a huge friend of and contributor to animals and their welfare.  I'm proud and so pleased that we're blessed to work with him.  In showcasing his work from our 2011 Cover Model Search, this edition naturally kind of became "David's issue" and for that I'm glad.  I think you'll be too!

Yours in all things pet,

PS: If you're wondering what became of the pretty homeless girl I recently fell so deeply in love with, meet me at Spot's House (www.spotmagazine.net), go to "Blog Spot" and click on "Behind the scenes with us"...and find out what happened next!