The Leader of the Pack Howls
I am happy to share with you that this issue marks the beginning of our 7th year since the first issue of The Prescott Dog in September of 2008. I didn’t know what to expect from our community at the time but I thought people here seemed to really love their animals. That is an understatement and you have proven that to me beyond a shadow of a doubt! Our little community is full of animal-loving people that not only care deeply about their own animals but the homeless population of animals being cared for so wonderfully by so many rescue and shelter groups. We are so proud to support them thanks to you and the many businesses who advertise in The Prescott Dog and attend our annual events.
You will notice in this issue that we have made what I think are some great changes to the look of the publication. We are showing a bigger picture on the cover and there is continuity throughout the publication that I think will be easier and nicer to read. Bigger pictures, colorful sidebars and layouts along with many other special touches all created by our amazing designer, Linda Lizarraga from EMI Printworks who has been our designer for several years. A special thank you to her and to Mark Davision, owner of EMI who over 7 years ago sat with me while we laid out the first issue. Thank you both for your support over the years. I really couldn’t have done it without you!
On our cover, we celebrate our 9th Annual Dogtoberfest & Adopt-a-thon which is shaping up to be another awesome event getting bigger and better every year. You can find out about all the fun in store for you and your family including your four-legged members.
In this issue, we also have some Special Features that I think you will really enjoy. I started The Prescott Dog after I lost my dog Harley, who taught me all about rescues and shelters when I adopted him from a shelter many years ago. His loss was devastating to me but my heart began to heal when I met another very special shelter dog named Bernie and from that, The Prescott Dog was born. I also realized that the grief from losing a beloved pet was also real and I’m happy to tell you that here in Prescott, there is a place you can go to help heal that loss. You will read about it in our Feature Article titled, Pet Loss Grief Group.
In this issue, we are also bringing you Part 2 on The Rescues of Rocky Point, Mexico with a story about the Rescue and Adoption Center of Rocky Point. This time, you will meet Nancy Phelan who was the pioneer of rescue in Rocky Point. Her story serves as a testimony to what one person can achieve when they have a passion that sometimes takes their lives into a different direction than they had expected. Nancy’s story is incredible and inspiring.
There is so much to share with you in this issue that I will just say that I think you will enjoy it “cover to cover” as so many people always share with me they do. I think it is extra special!
I hope to see you and your “best friends” at this year’s Dogtoberfest as we have a lot to celebrate. I am so grateful for this animal-loving community and all the incredible people I have had the pleasure to meet since I have been publishing this labor of love called, The Prescott Dog! I am humbled by it all!!
Love, Light & Laughter,
Ann, Bernie & Miss Pauleena
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