Shine with Spot

July 30th  4-7pm  Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Ave., Portland, Oregon


Making Social Media Work for You by Causes on Facebook VP Matt Mahan

Entertainment by Michael Allen Harrison

Networking Mixer

A benefit for the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund and the S.A.F.E. emergency pet fund

Tickets are $30/$15 for non-profits

Admission includes food & drink

(email for the discount code)

Click Here to Get Tickets

The future is here, and social media is changing the way we communicate and do business. Those who understand social media and how to use it for maximum results will be best equipped for successful fundraising, and business.

Spot is pleased to present an afternoon of learning and connection that promises to energize, inform and teach — all in good company and in a beautiful setting. The day is targeted to pet business and nonprofit owners, managers and staff…because being at the top of our game means giving our best to the animals we hold dear.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who has helped, and can’t wait for you to experience the wonderful afternoon they’ve made possible — a gift to us all.

Come! An amazing afternoon awaits.

Jennifer and the Spot Crew

Our Featured Guest

Matt Mahan VP Causes on Facebook

Our Featured Guest

Michael Allen Harrison

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor ~ Bi-Mart


Employee-owned Bi-Mart has been a business partner and champion of Spot from the very first issue, and has expanded its support of companion animals in the Northwest to include support of pet-related events, animal welfare nonprofits, and more.  Bi-Mart is the presenting sponsor of Shine with Spot, and it was their support from the earliest planning stages that made it possible to bring this invaluable learning and networking experience to the professional pet community.

With 72 stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, Bi-Mart supports countless events and programs that help these communities grow and thrive, and provides a shopping experience rooted in the spirit of family and community. Bi-Mart — “Just right for the Northwest” — exemplifies the concept of “hometown hero.”

Champion ~ Sniff Dog Hotel

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The crème de la crème for your dog, Sniff Dog Hotel isn’t just a bed and breakfast for the pooch.  From choosing the type of room to the activities your pooch will enjoy, the crew at Sniff has it covered.  And quality goes far beyond the basics:  The hotel is engineered to ensure cleanliness and comfort that’s second to none.  State of the art air filtration systems prevent odor.  Chances are you’d never know you weren’t at the Ritz if it weren’t for the fact that so many guests are strolling on all fours.

Co-owner, Jamie Mollas shared, “As we celebrate Sniff’s first birthday, we’re happy to report that despite all the craziness of starting a new business, we haven’t wavered from our original vision.”  That vision?  To not only provide a fantastic place for pets to play, learn, and stay, but to give back to the community.  From Spot Walks last summer and Shine with Spot this month, Sniff hasn’t taken their mission lying down.  This September, Sniff is sponsoring “Paws for Art,” which benefits Pet Peace of Mind, an organization that allows hospice patients to keep their pets with them throughout their life journey.  Other organizations Sniff proudly supports include DoveLewis, Fences for Fido and the Oregon Humane Society.

From the café to the dog park, spacious suites to training classes, those who dig all things dog love Sniff.  Stop by for happy hour and enjoy a Golden Retriever (latte), surf the net on wifi, and enjoy 2,000 square feet of dog-romping, tail-thumping entertainment — at one of the coolest places in town.

Our Friends & Contributors

Best Friend ~ Cascade Veterinary Referral Center

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Emergencies, accidents, illnesses . . . the unexpected . . . happens.  Fortunately for your pets, Cascade Veterinary Referral Center is local and available for all those special needs.  From orthopedics to neurology and everything in between, the highly-skilled docs at CVRC have the expertise, tools, and experience to give your pet the best.

Specialized equipment such as CT scanners and ultrasound machines are rare in general practice veterinary offices.  As in human medicine, pet medicine has become complex, requiring specialized knowledge.  Great strides are being made in identifying causes of pet illnesses and treatment options.  Just a decade ago it was tough, if not impossible, to find a doctor who could provide stem cell treatment or brain surgery on your dog or cat.  Many animal diseases that were once a death sentence now have a cure.

Also, high-tech modalities better convey the problem.  No more abstract imagery or convoluted terminology.  Digital x-rays, ultrasounds, echocardiograms, and more make more sense than ever of what’s inside.  Doctors can be more confident both in their diagnoses and in their processes of elimination.  Thanks to ultrasound, for example, doctors can see inside while they work.  Also, surgical complications may be less severe because procedures are less invasive thanks to laparoscopic technology.  CVRC has a full staff of specialists and the tools of modern medicine, and the know-how to help you through trying times and to give you the best possible outcome.

Our Beneficiary

Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund

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For those who remember Bob Barker’s closing line on The Price is Right: “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered,” the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund’s mission is understood. Stop pet overpopulation. Stop the crisis of euthanasia in the nation’s shelters. For the love of pets, love them enough to spay and neuter. The Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund goes even further, helping transport pets for those who could not otherwise get their dog or cat to the veterinarian for these essential surgeries. OS/NF helps educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter, which not only helps reduce pet overpopulation, but also provides health benefits to animals. OS/NF Director Kathie Nelson says, “By all means, cost should not be a deterrent for spaying and neutering.” OS/NF works by partnering with veterinary clinics to offer low-cost sterilization coupons with no income restriction. The coupons’ average annual impact is 6,000-8,500 pets that no longer contribute to the problem.

Our Winery Dogs

Wendy and Don Lange generously donated their fine 2006 Pinot Noir from their new store, Domaine Trouvére, in downtown Dundee, Oregon. The Lange’s Pinot Noir is renowned, and their vineyard, Lange Estate Winery, was pronounced “one of the great pinot noir producers in the United States” by The Wine Enthusiast.

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Polly is a happy greeter of visitors to the Lange Winery Estate in Dundee. Great dog lovers, the Lange’s have four Shelties. When asked how they came to have four, Don Lange said, “You’d have to ask Wendy.” Naturally, we did.

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Once a rescuer of Great Pyrenees, originally they had a Pyrenees and their first Sheltie, Lucy. When her Pyranees passed Lucy needed a friend, so number-two, Polly, joined the family. Just six weeks later an email arrived about Nellie, who was too small to show, and “so became our third,” says Wendy. Minnie snuggles in the tote of dog mom, Wendy Lange. Wine tasters at their new store, Domaine Trouvere, admire her beauty and small size.As to Minnie, the Langes were simply with friends seeing Sheltie puppies. Don thought Minnie was cute, but they were just along for the ride and not getting a puppy. As they left Wendy mentioned her and the raiser said, “Don’t worry, she has a home.” But, soon after, Wendy received an email whose subject line read: “Don’t open, Erase right away.” And now there are four.

Today these cuties are seen everywhere. Lucy was chosen from hundreds of dogs to appear in a 2011 Wine Dogs USA calendar, and just last month the girls had been photographed for an upcoming Wine Dogs book in which they were previously featured. All four posed on top of a wine barrel, captivated by the photographer’s squeaky toy.

Spot thanks the Langes and the girls for their hospitality, and support of spay/neuter, and pet emergency services. While loading up their donation at the winery, Wendy threw in extra, saying, “for the kittens and puppies.”

Visit the Lange’s beautiful new store at 155 SW 7th Street in Dundee and find them online at

Treasures from the raffle trove

Aloft Hotel

Girls Night Out Spa Package

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Feeling a little overworked? Overtired? Under-indulged? Enjoy a fantastic girls’ night out at the Aloft Hotel in Portland. This package includes an overnight stay in a double-queen loft room, spoils you with champagne and truffles, pampers you with a pedicure, paraffin treatment, and 15 minute massage, makes you squeal with delight at the Morgan Jewelers gift certificate, and launches your morning after with breakfast at re:fuel by Aloft.

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Dave’s Killer Bread

Gift Baskets

You’ve gotta love this hard-working, pet-loving, success story that is Dave Dahl.  His killer gift baskets include T-shirts, Sin Dawgs, a $20 gift card and a couple of great loaves (natch!)

Floral Sunshine

Arrangements come to life

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Flowers are used to say many things, and now that includes:  “Woof!”  This sunny, “Golden” flower dog creation by Annie Chen of Floral Sunshine does just that.  Annie’s arrangements are stunning, unique, and are sure to be as special as the moment you want to commemorate.  This fragrant pup brings joy to any occasion . . . bet you can’t wait to give this pup a home!


Fred Meyer Jewelers

Pawsitively Yours Diamond Jewelry

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Put your best paw forward with stunning diamond jewelry from Fred Meyer Jewelers’  Pawsitively Yours collection. The next best thing to wearing your heart on your sleeve, this pretty paw with sparkling diamond is an eye-catcher sure to bring smiles.  And just as they wrap us around their little paws, why not wrap little paws around your finger?  The whimsical Pawsitively Yours unisex ring is complete with both a heat-treated diamond paw and pawprint cut-outs.  Dress it up or dress it down, and wear your puppy love in style.

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David Childs Photography

Professional Photo Shoot

Oohing and ahhing over precious moments captured on film?  Always wanted to capture precious moments with your pet?  A photo shoot with David Childs can fulfill that wish.  With his unique eye, David draws out the quintessential love between pet and companion.  David’s work is seen on covers of Spot, slideshows from Fences for Fido builds, photography classes at OHS, and the many images he’s taken to help rescue pets find forever loving homes.  He is especially gifted at sustaining the beat of a wild heart.  David’s signature:  “The world is our studio” means you pick the time, you pick the place.  David will preserve your puppy (or kitty) love forever.

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Domaine Trouvere Wine Shop

Enjoy and gift 2006 Domaine Trouvére “Cancilla Vineyards”  Pinot Nior, Cancilla Vineyards from “one of the great Pinot Noir producers in the United States” (Wine Enthusiast) plus complimentary tastings at Domaine Trouvere wine shop and at the beautiful, nearby Lange Estate Winery, both in Dundee, OR.

Hotel Vintage Plaza

Overnight Stay

The historic, pet-friendly Vintage Plaza Hotel allows you to relax in vineyard-inspired, lavish accommodations just steps away from the city’s best shopping, entertainment and fine dining.

Our Menu

Spot thanks these fabulous companies for their generous contributions!

Quimby’s at 19th…………………………………………World-Class Pizza

The latest new gem for great food and live music, Quimby’s at 19th hits the spot for great eats in a casually elegant setting.  And while renowned for their signature pizza (try some at Shine!), the menu boasts a unique surprise:  goodies from around the world at a dozen food carts on the premises.

Note:  Quimby’s at 19th is presenting every guest at Shine with a $10 Quimby’s at 19th gift certificate!

Anonymous Donor ………………………Veggies

This local food company wanted to support pet professionals, spay/neuter and the S.A.F.E. fund … anonymously. 

Their goodies are fresh and delectable, and provide the perfect complement to the spread.

SJ Dessert Company ……………………………Spectacular Sweets

Who doesn’t like a little chocolate?  How about caramel?  Indulge your sweet tooth with a delightful dessert uniquely created by SJ Dessert Company.  While chocolatier, Jessie Randhawa, serves up visual delights, you won’t want to look for long.  Rich and decadent or completely nutty, these special treats are not only beautiful, they’re scrumptious! •

Lange / Domaine Trouvere Wine Shop ………………Pinot Noir

This renowned winery and wine shop is a fav for fans of winery tours/tastings, and their wines are ranked best in the nation.

Lucky Labrador Brewing Company…………...……Brew

With four locations in Portland, Lucky Lab is charitable to many local dog-oriented shelters and businesses.  So when enjoying their quality brew you’ll know their support is going to the dogs.  Each location includes dog treats, dog-friendly staff and outdoor seating for you and your pup.

Widmer Brothers Brewing ……………………………Brew

Widmer Bros. has a rich tradition of giving, including to Big Brother’s Big Sisters and the ALS Association . . . and now, to spay/neuter efforts as well.

~ Special Thanks ~

DeAngelo’s Catering & Events ………………………Service

Whether you’re planning a personal celebration, social event, grand opening or gala, corporate launch or sporting event, DeAngelo’s Catering & Events has you covered.  Reigning at the top of their field, DeAngelo’s exceeds all expectations.

West Coast Event Productions ………………………Settings

Sophisticated.  Fun.  Sensational.  Award-winning West Coast Event Productions is dedicated to creating the event of your dreams.  They’re meticulous, and expert at getting it just right . . . every time.  West Coast has created events for PGE, Cascade AIDS Project, Microsoft and more.  A rare quality:  No minimums means WCEP is ideal for the smallest parties to “as big as it gets” events.  They’re equipped to create fabulous settings to any theme, period or mood, and from consulting to design, rentals to marketing, they do it all.  •

Signature Graphics………………………Printing

Offering superlative services in design, print, mail, and distribution.  Signature’s capabilties and expertise exceed their clients’ expectations, and their customer service is simply the best. Signature Graphics is located in Portland, Oregon.

Whole Foods Market Hollywood

~ Heartfelt Gratitude ~

To our amazing friends, coaches and champions

Don Leber • Jim Lisac • Jim Murry  • Andrea Schneider

~ Our Vendors ~

These fine companies support pet businesses and companion animals:

Wells Fargo Bank, Pearl District  • Castor Pollux • St. Vincent de Paul, Lane County