State of the Pack

Dear Packmates and Friends of SEA-PAH,

FOUR YEARS! SEA-PAH is still going strong after FOUR YEARS and it doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon. That is absolutely incredible! In that time, we’ve grown from 3-4 pups on a monthly basis to well over 80 at our last Public Mosh. Our community has seen an incredible rise in interest, in membership, and in scope! This can only be attributed to our members – who have been praised as open, warm, welcoming, and friendly.

Every year, the President is given the honor of writing the “State of the Pack” address, and this year, that privilege falls to me. I first have to say that I am both humbled and thankful to have been elected to the SEA-PAH board, and then selected as the new President. I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year to build on the successes of previous years and continue creating engaging social events and opportunities for our community to network and mingle with others of like mind!

During the past year, SEA-PAH has continued to grow rapidly and that growth has called for more events and more moshes! We moved to Private Mosh from the Bunker to Doghouse HQ at Doghouse Leathers and that helped to boost attendance to that event monthly! We experienced an incredible second year of Camp K-9 and we’re looking forward to an even better third year! Hopefully one that has less rain and wind!

The newly elected Board of Directors just returned from its annual retreat where plans were discussed for the full year’s calendar and 2016 is going to be a blockbuster for SEA-PAH! We’re going to bring back popular events from previous years like Best in Show and Unleashed as well as expanding the LEEP (League of Extraordinarily Educated Puppies) program – our education initiative – and holding more classes and discussions to help educate our community on Puppy Play and the Human-pup lifestyle. SEA-PAH will also be hosting both Paw and Pounce Weekend in August and the Northwest Puppy and Handler Contest in September – two opportunities for the region to converge in Seattle for pup-packed weekends of moshes, puppies, handlers, tails, and events!

To support SEA-PAH and this growing community, you are all invited to renew your membership this year or to join us for the first time. For an introductory cost of $20 in dues, you can become an Official Member which will grant you a year of benefits including privileged access to activities, discounts on select events, access to the monthly Private moshes, and member-only socials. This can be done in numerous ways including at our Monthly Public Moshes, at Doghouse Leathers, or soon via MemberPlanet – stay tuned for details!

SEA-PAH and Friends – I look at our Community – Our Pack.  This much I can say for certain.

The State of our Pack is…*SQUIRREL!!!!!*

…is Strong!

AROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

One Love, One Pack,

Baus Yukon
President of SEA-PAH

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From the Ambassador, NightCat

Hello everyone,

By now most of you have heard about Rainfurrest having to cancel their con for 2016. We at SEA-PAH and myself personally would like to give a huge thank you to their entire staff, whom has worked to make this con successful. Starting up and maintaining a conversion is a very long process. The number of hours that have been volunteered through out the year is absolutely astonishing. These people do it every year and their only reward is seeing our smiling faces and when and if we choose to stop and thank them. I feel the amount of work that goes into this every year is taken for granted. So from all of us at SEA-PAH we would very much like to give you the biggest Bark for your on going efforts.

Two years ago we contacted RF about doing a panel on puppy play during the con.  I had the pleasure of working with Gene, Buni and Enzo to help bring that idea to life. At first I didn’t really know what to expect and if anyone would even come. Then the day came we had everything set up and the door opened to a flood of pups, furries and other who just wanted to learn more. We completely filled the room and had a lovely 2 hour panel talk about what is puppy play. If it wasn’t for Gene, Buni and Enzo for helping give us a chance I don’t think we would have been able to reach that many people. So again, thank you thank you and thank you!

On a personal note. Seattle has been home to me for about 13 years. I have watched one con slowly die off and Rainfurrest sprout up by dedicated people in our community who where determined to keep a con in our home town. I’ve watched RF grow from a small con to a rather large con putting us on the map for a lot of people. This year has seen its struggles. But this is not the first time a con has had to struggle, nor will it be the last. The community is still full of strong people and if you want to keep RF a thing in the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend reaching out to the board of Rainfurrest and asking them how you can help.

Respectfully yours,

Nightcat
SEA-PAH Ambassador