Her busy life includes parenting her 15-year-old son, operating the successful MESH Communications Group marketing company for 20 years, and working to improve the lives of dogs.
When she’s not living her dream job as hospital administrator ofCascade Veterinary Referral Center, you may find Traci Delos swimming with sharks in Hawaii, the Bahamas or Mexico. And while traveling is her passion, she says opening Cascade was “the greatest adventure of my professional life.”
From professional makeup artist to pet photographer is not your typical career path. “I think it taught me a lot about working with the client,” says Lindsay, “and I had a lot of time to observe what happened on set. I learned how to cultivate that client relationship and make it comfortable for the subject.”
Perhaps he’s driven to capture perfect portrait moments because of his grasp of the finite nature of life. One thing is sure: the moments Bruce captures are magical.
She's an angel in muck boots, who dreams of tree houses and makes the world a kinder place.
Five years ago, Cheryl founded My Way Home Dog Rescue to...
The hottest comic book publisher in fifth grade, today the owner of Black Sheep Screen and Sign creates whatever customers — or he — can imagine, emblazoned in iconic pop art style on posters, t-shirts and more.
Fueled by really good pizza and a belief in happy endings, Deanna Cecotti has been battling on behalf of Greyhounds for 15 years. Also fascinated with WW I battlefields, she may be a fighter by nature, but this girl is "nicer than I seem."
Do modern-day superheroes really exist?
In Clark Kent mode, Ken Alwine manages the TSA Command Center at the Portland Airport – challenging, high-pressure, even intense.
She’s a dynamo fueled by dark chocolate and big dreams. A passionate crusader who envisions someday shaking hands with the vet who cures canine nasal carcinoma, the disease that stole her beloved Labrador, Chase.
A pioneer in Animal-Assisted Occupational Therapy, Libby Jackson’s passion has people across America wanting to be just like her! The Portland native is one of only a handful of OT professionals speaking, publishing and teaching fellow practitioners within her discipline how to collaborate with dogs in therapy practice.
Treating pets wasn’t part of the plan for Mary Mandeville’s career as a chiropractor.
Nor was “The Walking Dead” on her “to watch” list.
But today, Mary’s successful practice brings comfort to a mix of injured, athletic, and aging pets.
Everything happens for a reason, Kara Hamada believes, and fittingly, it was an outing to buy pet food that inspired her nonprofit, Core Paws.
Summer-girl Laura Amiton's sense of fun and knack for customer service recently brought The Filling Station Pet Supplies to Tigard, a shop where premium pet products are loaded into your car -- WITH a courtesy windshield wash. Hearkening back to the service of old-time gas stations, there’s even a drive-thru, and staff in retro uniforms.
While age may frost our pets’ noses and stiffen their joints, Pauline Zonneveld's camera finds the beauty written by the years. Her minimalistic style lets her subjects shine through with grace and humor.
Among a litany of successes, Camilla Mortensen admits to one “big” failure. His name is Biggie, a death-row Pittie out of Los Angeles, and he WAS her foster dog. "I had adopted a Pit mix puppy, Rhoda, from a rescue in The Dalles, and several friends fell in love with her," she says. "Rhoda was — and is — a great testament to what lovers Pits can be."
Rick Woodford, The Dog Food Dude, is the acclaimed author of Feed Your Best Friend Better. Already receiving requests for signings and readings for his new book, Chow, out in December, Rick is skeptical.
"It's hard to do a dramatic reading of 'Mutt-Loaf'," he laughs.
Shhhhh... don't tell. It's a secret.
Jennifer Keene has THE best job in the world.
And a kick-ass collection of vintage lunch pails.
“When I say my dogs are ‘foster failures’ I mean they were fosters I failed to give back,” laughs Amanda Ferguson, who lives with foster failures, Tito and Peaches, both Chihuahua mixes; cat Mr. Skinny; and 5-foot-long Fydo, a bright orange corn snake.
Staying organized and on top of things comes naturally to the general manager of A Dog’s Best Friend Doggy Daycare’s two Vancouver locations. Formerly an administrator/executive assistant, Jaime never imagined herself in the pet business, but when friend and former employer Anne Nipp acquired the businesses in 2011, she recruited Jaime to manage them.
Blake Sakamoto of ‘Nu Wavers’ and ‘The Dan Reed Network’ has been playing music in Portland forever. His love of music was clear from as early as age 6 and, beginning with piano, over the years he mastered the guitar, drums, and vocals. Involved in the music program while attending Cleveland High School, Blake formed a band with a few kids, and the rest is history.