We all scream for ice cream!

Walt Grondona of Coburg had the sweetest idea last summer. In addition to offering photography for families and pets as he has for years, he would serve ice cream.  He crowned his expanded business “Walt’s Photography & Ice Cream,” and lickety split, things got more fun.

Open each summer “when it stops raining” and closed “when it starts raining again,” the shop offers hand-scooped premium Tillamook ice cream in 12 flavors — vanilla for the dogs, he says, “so no upset tummies.”

One recent customer was Smiggy (pronounced “Smidgie”), winner of Spot’s 2017 Willamette Valley Cover Model Search, for which Walt is often the official Cover Model photographer. Smiggy’s mom Kristi says her friendly Beagle not only loved the ice cream, he was crazy about Grondona. “Walt was wonderful,” she says, “he was so good with my dog.”

Kristi says Smiggy told her, “I like ice cream!” and that he had a ball with the shoot and with Walt. “I will definitely go back, says Kristi, “and will recommend Walt’s Photography to others.”

Walt enjoyed it too. “We had the most fun!” he says, adding that “Smiggy was just wonderful — he did everything asked of him.” Of course that’s what great models do.

After the photo shoot that proved to be fun for everyone, Walt says, “we had a little ice cream.”

Stop by Walt’s Photography & Ice Cream and get a photo of your best friend for $5, and an ice cream for $5.

The fun is on the house.

Get Yours!

Walt’s Photography & Ice Cream

Waltsphoto.com  |  541-686-1050| walt@waltsphoto.com

Meet Your 2017 Willamette Valley Cover Models

Pets entered Spot's Willamette Valley Cover Model Search last summer, and our winner, Smiggy (chosen randomly), graces the cover of the August/September 2017 issue.  All the smiling beauties who entered are featured below.


This happy 2-year-old Lab/Pit mix is a sweet, excitable and intelligent young man who has been in Greenhill’s care for almost a year.  He has a ton of energy and loves to play and explore his surroundings. Charleston is looking for an active family who can give him the exercise, for both mind and body, he needs daily. He loves to curl up next to his people for cuddle time, and he hopes that might be you!  Meet this handsome guy at 1st Avenue Shelter in Eugene, or learn more about him at Green-Hill.org.


You’ve seen Tank here before.  That’s because he’s been in the shelter for a long time, and many are working to help find his forever home.  He is loved by all who know him — for his happy, gentle ways, and for the way he shines as an ambassador for Greenhill Humane in Eugene.

Tank thought he’d found his forever family earlier this year, but their life changed and to everyone’s sadness, he couldn’t stay. Tank was especially sad as the family had kids, which he loves!

Now, once again, Tank waits and longs for his forever family. He needs to be an only dog, and that’s turned out to be quite an obstacle. Tank and the many people who love him dream of the day he finds his special person or family who wants an only dog too!

Even waiting as long as he has, Tank’s happy spirit continues to shine.

If you have a quiet family home where this beautiful boy can love and be loved, complete with lots of cuddles, Tank can’t wait to meet you!  He’s stored up lots of kisses for that magical day he gets to say, “Thank you for being my family!”

To learn more about Tank or to meet him, call 541-689-1503 or visit green-hill.org.


Bailey is a young girl with lots of energy. She loves to play and, at just 9 months old, is enthusiastic about sniffing around and learning about new smells. Bailey is a great mix of Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador Retriever and has a good history with cats and kids, as well as other dogs that can tolerate her energetic play style. Bailey is looking for an active family that can get her the daily exercise she needs and can help her grow into a beautiful and loving adult.  For more information on adopting this great girl, call (541) 689-1503 or visit green-hill.org



Lane Rescues getting more pets home

Lane Rescues, a Eugene-based group supporting animals at local shelters and rescues by publishing adoptable pets, has teamed with Spot Magazine to distribute a monthly brochure. The beautiful, oversized, full-color brochure features adoptable dogs, cats, horses and more. Businesses and individuals sponsor pets, making the brochures possible. Watch for them everywhere Spot is available in the Willamette Valley, and please share them with those who may be ready to meet the new love of their life! Learn more at lanerescues.org.


I am an affectionate gentleman who likes to show it with sweet head bumps. I can be shy at first, but love laps and get head scratches and warm up once we get acquainted. I need to be an only cat, but trust me! I have enough love and affection to fill any home! Come see! I’m at 1st Ave Shelter in Eugene, 541-844-1777, green-hill.org.  


If you’re looking for the next Instagram sensation, meet Arrow. This handsome boy turns heads! He’s been tagged #handsome-mutt and #sultry-sharpei-mix for starters, but the possibilities are endless for this funny independent spirit. Arrow will do best as an only pet in an adult home as befits a star like him! Meet Arrow at 1st Ave Shelter in Eugene, 541-844-1777; green-hill.org.

Meet Your 2016 Willamette Valley Cover Models

Pets and their people entered Spot's Cover Model Search at events all last Spring and Summer down south in the Willamette Valley.  Winner, Maggie, graces this month's cover.  All the other beauties who entered are featured here.

Cover Model 411

Name: Maggie

Age/Breed: Approximately 5

Stomping Grounds: Maggie has many favorite places – Eugene’ South Hills, Mount Pisgah, and the Amazon Trail near U of O.  Also, Friendly Street Restaurant is a fav among several pet-friendly restaurants she loves.

Pack: Patrick and Renee, Rochelle (Renee's sister) who travels from Windsor, Ontario to visit and stay with Maggie when Patrick and Renee travel.  Mark at Friendly Street Restaurant, who treats her to roast beef and turkey.

Loves: Car rides (especially to restaurants). She loves to be adored and the center of attention, and savors naps with her people.

Special notes: Maggie takes long naps lying upside-down and snoring. Seemingly lacking a sleep meter, Maggie breaks to go potty, then quickly resumes napping. Her neighborhood walk is called the "Maggie Mile", because at the one-mile mark she's ready for a nap.