Seattle Pet Collective Podcast

Episode 018 - Dee Lugo and Michele Kinsey of Wag Booth

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Welcome to the Seattle Pet Collective Podcast , where we share stories about animals from the people who love them. You'll hear from some of our favorite Seattle businesses and nonprofits who are doing great things for animals and their people, and we'll pretty much just talk about animals and how they make our lives better.

Hosted by Marika Moffitt, Owner and founder of Dirtie Dog Photography, a pet photography business in Seattle specializing in capturing the story of animals for the people who love them.
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Welcome to the Seattle Pet Collective Podcast , where we share stories about animals from the people who love them. You'll hear from some of our favorite Seattle businesses and nonprofits who are doing great things for animals and their people, and we'll pretty much just talk about animals and how they make our lives better.

Hosted by Marika Moffitt, Owner and founder of Dirtie Dog Photography, a pet photography business in Seattle specializing in capturing the story of animals for the people who love them.
www.seattlepetcollective.com

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Hey everyone! This quick message is just to let you know that we will be back soon with more great episodes! I’m taking a break to focus on my clients during this amazing time of year, but I’ll be recording new episodes in a couple of weeks. Thanks for listening!!
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October 3, 2019
Episode 018 - Dee Lugo and Michele Kinsey of Wag Booth
In this week's episode, I got to learn the story behind Wag Booth, a photo booth for dogs and their people founded here in Seattle by Dee Lugo and Michele Kinsey.  It's seriously so much fun for me to have other photographers as podcast guests so we can gush about how much we love photographing dogs! Dee is the photographer behind Wag Booth, and Michele is the dog calmer/treat giver/assistant who helps make things run smoothly.  Wag Booth isn't an ordinary photo booth experience. Dee and Michele bring a portable studio setup along with bins full of costumes and props for people AND dogs. They put a lot of work into their custom themes, and spend a lot of time caring for/cleaning everything after each event. This is not a "use it yourself" operation. Dee actually takes all of the portraits, and edits them for delivery within 48 hours. A-MA-ZING!!!!  I had so much fun with these two, and I cannot wait to see everything they create with this brilliant business. There's more to learn about Wag Booth, so please go visit their website to see all of their amazing offerings, and follow them on all the social media outlets!!! https://www.wagbooth.com  https://www.instagram.com/wagbooth https://www.facebook.com/wagbooth
1:19:20
September 11, 2019
Episode 017 - Melanie Rushforth of Northwest Spay and Neuter Center
This week's guest is Melanie Rushforth, the Executive Director of Northwest Spay and Neuter Center located in Tacoma, Washington. Northwest Spay and Neuter Center is Washington's largest nonprofit spay and neuter center. They have spayed and neutered more than 120,000 pets in the past 10 years, thus saving millions from entering the shelter system. This is amazing!!!! To learn more about Northwest Spay and Neuter Center, please visit their website: https://www.nwspayneuter.org
1:25:37
September 4, 2019
Episode 016 - Kait Robinson of Kait's Calling
This episode features Kait Robinson, owner and artist at Kait's Calling! Kait is an AMAAAAAAAZING artist who specializes in creating gorgeous custom painted portraits of people's beloved pets. She also does some beautiful graphic design work, and has done some freaking awesome art for my friends at The Seattle Barkery. Including my favorite tank top that I can't stop wearing. I'll probably share a selfie in it soon, but it features Sherman the barkery dog. RIP Sherman.  I had so much fun hanging out with Kait. She's really funny and her love for the work she creates for her clients is inspiring. I'm obsessed with her art, and I can't wait for you guys to go see it (if you haven't already)! You can find Kait's work online:  http://www.kaitscalling.com/  https://www.instagram.com/kaitscalling  https://www.facebook.com/kaitscalling/ 
1:24:40
August 21, 2019
Episode 015 - Holly Cook of Holly Cook Photography
Today's episode is so great because I got to nerd out with another pet photographer, my friend, Holly Cook of Holly Cook Photography! In addition to learning about Holly's history in the animal world, she tells us about her adventure of traveling down to Los Angeles in July to participate in the Seen = Saved event that had hundreds of volunteers helping to photograph and adopt out all of the animals in the LA County shelters.  Holly shares her story of being there to photograph dogs, and what it was like to see so many people come together for an amazing cause. We also talk a lot about being pet photographers, and how photographing rescue animals can get emotional. Oh and get this, Holly wrote a book from her days as a pet sitter. Her book is called, "My End of the Leash: Compassion Fatigue From a Pet Sitter's Perspective," and you can buy it HERE! (she didn't want to promote it because she's super modest, but I believe someone out there might need to read it) Please visit Holly's website to learn more about the work she does, and how you can work with her: www.hollyccook.com Please go read this beautiful blog post she wrote about her dog, Hazel. And follow her on all the socials:  https://www.facebook.com/SeattleDogPhotographer/  https:://www.instagram.com/holly.cook.photography https://www.instagram.com/seattle.dog.photographer
1:37:07
August 14, 2019
Episode 014 - Kari Kalway of Puddles Barkery
Today's episode features Kari Kalway, the owner of Puddles Barkery, a pet treat bakery providing soft, preservative-free treats for all the good dogs. Kari was inspired to start her business because her dog, Kora, is a sassy, picky pup. Kari wanted to create the perfect treat for Kora that all dogs could enjoy. Kari tells us more about how she got started, where she is headed and who she likes to work with in her community. She also talks a bit about Kora's recent health struggles and the challenges that go along with that. For more information about Puddles Barkery and to find out where to purchase treats: www.puddlesbarkery.com www.instagram.com/puddlesbarkery www.facebook.com/puddlesbarkery
1:47:05
August 7, 2019
Episode 013 - Whitney Hartshorne of Frolic Pet Services
On today's episode, my friend Whitney Hartshorne stopped by to chat with me about the work she does with Frolic Pet Services. Frolic is a local business providing private dog walking, pet sitting and in-home training to pet owners in the Greater Seattle Area. They care for any pets a person may own, help with pets with medical and/or special needs, provide transports to and from veterinary and grooming (among others) appointments for their clients. They have been in business over 10 years, and the owner has been doing in-home dog training for over 14 years. They have a lot of clients with pets that have behavior issues, so they work with the owners to craft the best care plans to keep everyone happy, healthy and safe! All of the people who work for Frolic are actual employees, not contractors, who have been vetted and fully trained. This is so awesome!  To learn more about working with Frolic, you can visit their website: https://www.frolicpetservices.com Give them a follow on social media to see adorable photos of the pets they care for: https://www.facebook.com/FrolicPet https://www.instagram.com/FrolicPet
1:22:05
July 31, 2019
Episode 012 - Debbie Hendrickx of Swell Gelato for Dogs
Debbie Hendrickx, the owner and creator of Swell, Gelato for Dogs, started her business because after a corporate career, she wanted a "truly happy business" that could celebrate her passion for dogs. This episode is a great conversation about having an idea to create something that puts joy into the world, and actually doing it. I love this story so much, and am super inspired by Debbie and her truly happy business. Her gelato is made here in Seattle (by her and her parents help when they come to visit from Belgium), and is available in most independent pet stores in the Pacific Northwest (and some in California too!). To find more about where to pick up some Swell gelato for your dogs, you can visit the website: https://www.swellgelato.com And follow Swell on social media to see adorable dogs enjoying their cups of Swell gelato! https://www.facebook.com/swellgelatofordogs https://www.instagram.com/swellgelatofordogs
1:12:30
July 24, 2019
Episode 011 - Lora Troncoso of Seattle Dogs Homeless Program
WE ARE ON EPISODE 11! I don't know why I'm so excited at 11, but I AM SO EXCITED! Okay, I think it's also because today's guest has such a great story. I feel so honored to be able to share with you, Lora Troncoso who is the Founder and Director of Seattle Dogs Homeless Program. Seattle Dogs Homeless Program provides pet food, supplies, vet care, boarding and rescue for people and the animals they love who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle. Lora shares with us how she was inspired to start this program after her own experiences of being homeless with dogs. This woman is amazing, and she is a gem in this city.  I found myself in tears several times throughout listening to Lora's story, and I am pretty sure you will get a bit teary as well. There are some great laughs in here too you guys, so don't worry. I'm probably going to listen to this episode a bunch of times because I want to tell everyone I meet about Lora and Seattle Dogs Homeless Program. They need a lot of help to keep doing the work they're doing.  Their two biggest needs are financial donations to their veterinary fund/account at Greenwood Animal Hospital (How amazing is it that this incredible veterinary hospital stepped up to provide them with care?!), and a truck. They're currently using a car to deliver supplies in multiple trips all over the city to homeless pets and their people. If they could have a truck or some sort of vehicle that was easy to drive and could fit everything they need to deliver in one trip, that would be amazing. So, enjoy this episode, then please spread the word about Lora and Seattle Dogs Homeless Program. Let's help them continue to do this amazing work!  For more information about Seattle Dogs Homeless Program: https://seattledogs.info https://www.facebook.com/Seattlesdogs https://www.instagram.com/werseattledogs
1:15:46
July 17, 2019
Episode 010 - Vicki Draper of Healing Your Animal
Today's episode features Vicki Draper, a modern-day animal healer and author dedicated to helping animals and their people through all stages of their lives together. Her skill set includes massage, acupressure, craniosacral therapy, Reiki and animal communication, combining Eastern, Western and Energetic medicine. Vicki serves people and their pets locally and remotely, nationally and internationally.  I have seen Vicki's work in real life, and it is amazing. To learn more about how to work with Vicki, you can find a wealth of information on her website as well as a schedule of all of her amazing upcoming events: www.HealingYourAnimal.com
1:14:08
July 10, 2019
Episode 009 - Annie McCall of All The Best Pet Care
In today's episode, we learn about CBD and how it benefits our pets! Annie McCall is the marketing director for All The Best Pet Care. They have 15 stores in the Greater Seattle Area specializing in natural foods and supplements for dogs and cats. In addition to being the marketing director for All The Best, Annie enjoys fostering for local rescues.  You can learn more about All The Best Pet Care by visiting their website:  www.allthebestpetcare.com  
53:47
July 4, 2019
Episode 008 - Amy Ferguson of Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project
Today's episode features my awesome friend, Amy Ferguson, from Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project. Amy and I have been friends for a couple of years now, so our conversations are always full of giggles. Amy shares some great stories about how she found her way to working in the animal non-profit world. We also talk about fostering kittens, and how Amy wins the pet-naming game BIG TIME.  For more information about Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, please visit their website: http://www.feralcatproject.org/ 
1:02:39
June 26, 2019
Episode 007 - Kate Kondrak And Bruce
On today’s episode, I sat down with my friend Kate and her cutie pie dog, Bruce, to talk about their awesome adoption story. I met them both last Summer after putting a call out for great adoption stories on Instagram. I was so moved by the reaction that their followers had to their story, that I knew we had to meet.    I invited Kate and Bruce to be guests on the podcast because I know there are more great stories like theirs here in Seattle. The more we talk about and share these stories, the more we can inspire other people to choose to start their own adoption stories. This episode includes a few moments when my dog, Kerouac, decided to give her opinions on things. Kind of rude, but also cute because she’s my dog. After the episode, we had a little studio portrait session for Bruce because I can’t not take his photo when I’m around him! He’s just so darn adorable!   Things Kate and Bruce would love for you to support: Bruce was adopted from PUP Dog Rescue which is based out of Issaquah, Washington. Please go check them out to see how you can support them in the important work that they do! Please donate extra pet food at your local pet supply store when you can. There are so many pets out there that could use the extra help. Become a B.A.R.K. Ranger! There’s a great blog post from National Park Paws that explains this program, so please go check it out here. Follow Kate and Bruce online: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fantasticmisterbruce
1:08:48
June 19, 2019
Episode 006 - Tracy Campion Pet Connection Magazine
On today’s episode, I sat down with my friend Tracy Campion, who is the co-owner and co-publisher of Pet Connection Magazine. In addition to that, she is just an amazing human being because she loves animals so much. And she really loves our community of people who do great things for animals. She is one of those people who is a connector, and she supports the community by basically getting out there and saying, “What can I do for you? Let’s tell your story.” This lady seriously shouted out SO MANY organizations during our conversation, and it’s just evidence of how much she cares about this community. I had such a great time talking with her. We talked about horses, including the story of how she travelled across the country to adopt her horse, Smarty, for one dollar. We talked about dogs and kittens, and Tracy talked about her book that was published last year too! We even talked about some of the projects we’ve worked on together, and at one point I get all choked up about the affect animals can have on children. Yes, I cried. It happened. Expect it to happen again because I’m emotional when it comes to this stuff!   Here’s how you can support Tracy: Go buy her book, “Dog Behavior: Modern Science and Our Canine Companions” HERE on AMAZON! Pick up a copy of Pet Connection Magazine! Reach out for information about sponsoring a cover or advertising in Pet Connection Magazine. Follow Pet Connection Magazine online: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pet_connection_magazine Facebook: www.facebook.com/petconnectionmagazine
1:21:18
June 12, 2019
Episode 005 - The Seattle Barkery - Part Two
In Part 2 of the conversation with Dawn and Ben of The Seattle Barkery, we talk about their involvement with Old Dog Haven through fundraising, fostering and volunteering.  This is also where we talk about all the dogs they have had together, including their beloved Bernie and Sherman, who both recently passed away. We talk about loving dogs despite the fact that they break our hearts when they leave. This is such a beautiful conversation. If you're a dog lover, you'll definitely want to listen. Here’s how you can support The Seattle Barkery: Order awesome cakes for your dogs! Visit them at one of their three locations to pick up some treats! Share your photos on Instagram of your dogs enjoying their treats from The Seattle Barkery! If you’re outside of Seattle, and want better access to cakes from The Seattle Barkery, talk to your local pet food supply store about requesting cakes! Here’s where to find The Seattle Barkery online: www.theseattlebarkery.com https://www.instagram.com/theseattlebarkery https://www.facebook.com/theseattlebarkery
50:19
June 5, 2019
Episode 004 - The Seattle Barkery - Part One
Oh my goodness. This conversation with Dawn and Ben of The Seattle Barkery was so good, that I actually had to put it into two separate episodes! We probably could have kept on talking all day long. These two are so much fun, and their passion for their business and community is inspiring. In Episode 004, we talk about how they got started with making and selling treats for dogs, and their journey to where they are now with three physical locations (well, Buster the treat truck is mobile, but you know what I mean). We talk about some of the realities, challenges and rewards of running a small business, and how driving around a vintage ice cream truck can be terrifying and kind of hilarious. And, of course, a conversation with Dawn and Ben isn't complete without talking about their dogs. This is why we have a Part 2 episode for you guys that features the parts of our conversation where we talked about their dogs as well as their involvement with Old Dog Haven.     Here's how you can support The Seattle Barkery: Order awesome cakes for your dogs! Visit them at one of their three locations to pick up some treats! Share your photos on Instagram of your dogs enjoying their treats from The Seattle Barkery!  If you're outside of Seattle, and want better access to cakes from The Seattle Barkery, talk to your local pet food supply store about requesting cakes! Here's where to find The Seattle Barkery online: www.theseattlebarkery.com https://www.instagram.com/theseattlebarkery https://www.facebook.com/theseattlebarkery
1:16:26
June 5, 2019
Episode 003 - Julia Sklar, Seattle Pet Stylist
On this episode of the Seattle Pet Collective Podcast, I sit down with Julia Sklar, an incredibly talented, award-winning pet stylist here in Seattle. We talk about how cute dogs are, and how Julia loves grooming them to make them look even cuter. I have to say, I am super inspired after learning Julia's plans to study new grooming techniques in Japan. It's so important to continue to learn new things about the work we are so passionate about! You can see Julia's work by following her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/seattle.pet.stylist
55:02
May 29, 2019
Episode 002 - Lauren Hartley of All Dog Kind
"All dogs, regardless of their breed or past, deserve love, dignity and kindness." - Lauren Hartley, All Dog Kind On this episode of Seattle Pet Collective, I sit down with my dear friend Lauren Hartley, owner of All Dog Kind to learn more about her amazing business and chat about how the work you do can give back to things you care about. Lauren gives 20 percent of her profits to rescue, and is committed to practicing environmental sustainability in all the work she creates.  Lauren tells us about the things she creates that bring joy to people who love their dogs. The cornerstone of her creative business is her custom portrait packs that include a beautiful printed and framed digitally-drawn portrait that is then turned into a matching lapel pin and set of vinyl stickers. They're amaaaaazing. It's hard to pick a favorite thing that Lauren creates, but I really love the hats she makes for dogs. I photographed my friend's corgi, Jack, wearing the pumpkin pie slice hat earlier this year, and it's basically the best thing ever.   This lady is an inspiration, and I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her and the amazing work she does! This episode is a bit longer than we had planned, but we ended up chatting about our recent creative collaboration that featured seven rescue dogs dressed up for the Met Gala. This project has been so incredible, and a lot of wonderful things have happened since the recording of this podcast episode. We will probably have to record another episode to follow up!  There's seriously so much magic in this entire episode. Thank you so much for listening! Some cool things to check out after listening to this episode: Find Lauren and All Dog Kind online: www.alldogkind.com www.instagram.com/alldogkind www.facebook.com/alldogkind Check out our awesome project collaboration, "Dogs of Camp": bit.ly/dogsofcamp https://youtu.be/wo1S4efmKaE
1:23:29
May 26, 2019
Episode 001 - Start a thing!
 I’m Marika, and this is my podcast! I’m going to be straight with you. I’m totally new to podcasting, and I’m just jumping in because I believe it’s time for me to start this thing that has been cooking in my brain for a few years. I have wanted to create a space for people in the pet community to connect through sharing their stories for quite a while, and this podcast is how it is all coming together. I really believe that we can do incredible things when we connect through shared passions. Yes, it’s my podcast, but it’s not really about me. I’m hosting it, I’ll be talking a lot, but the real purpose here is to share the stories of other super amazing people in the Seattle pet community who are doing great things. Some of them are good friends of mine, some of them are soon-to-be good friends of mine. All of them are real. All of them love animals. All of them have stories to share. I’m sure I’ll tell a bunch of stories of my own here and there as they relate to the conversations on episodes, but if you’d like to get to know more about me, you can also check out www.dirtiedogphotography.com, www.facebook.com/dirtiedogphotog and @dirtiedogphotography on Instagram. Or you can shoot me an email to set up a coffee date. I love coffee, especially americanos. I hope you enjoy this intro episode. It was weird to record because I was just hanging out with my dog who had absolutely nothing to contribute to the conversation. It’s okay though because she’s still my favorite.
08:55
May 26, 2019
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