What’s shakin’

A whole LOTTA shakin’ going on!

First, the Oct. 1st Mutt Mixer is BIG! Spot’s Wicked Costume Contest will feature the hilaritous company of guest judges Daria and Mitch (and Ted?) of 105.1 The Buzz, who most of us know and love as the funny, smart, gonzo afternoon DJs who also happen to be crazy for animals. Also on tap will be photo shoots in a holiday-themed mini studio courtesy of Bella Vista Photography, plus a little costume shop created especially for the Mixer by Wag the Dog. Last but not least, social networking diva Andrea Schneider, founder of pdxdog.com, will be with us and eager to meet and chat. Join us! These events are always fun, and this one promises to be over the top.

The next thing I can’t wait to share with you: Spot is having a housewarming party, and you’re invited. Please visit our newly remodeled home on the web — SpotMagazine.net — take a look around, make yourself at home, and let us know what you think! I’m jazzed about this development as at last we can share engaging videos and photos (you can, too!), cut loose on the blogs, and generally engage with all of you in a more meaningful way.

Last month we had the pleasure of seeing many of you at Dove’s Westie Walk, Doggie Palooza at World Forestry Center, and Dogtoberfest at Lucky Lab. Some of our friends in the food biz had asked us to pass along samples — loading us up with a variety of treats, and different types of kibble, and canned pet food (my babies sampled and went nuts over the latter). If you’ve seen us at recent events you know that we’ve been giving away “food samplers,” with high-quality edibles from our friends at Solid Gold (GREAT food), and others. If you haven’t entered to win one of these gift baskets, be sure to look us up at coming events — we’ll be there!

Finally, a moment for other things. As most of you know, Spot is constantly working in rescue, spay/neuter, and to “connect the dots” to maximize the efforts of all our good folks working to support the needs of companion animals in the Northwest. Please remember that it’s support from our advertisers that make it possible to bring Spot to you each month. If you love Spot, please let our advertisers know it’s where you found them! Or, if you don’t see a business in these pages that you feel should be in Spot, give ‘em a nudge — everybody wins.

-Jennifer McCammon, Publisher