Seattle Pride!

Happy Pride Everybody!

Pride is quickly approaching, just over 2 weeks away, and we are all very excited!

The good news is that SEA-PAH has a place in Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday June 28th. We have a float similar to last year and will be marching with the Leather Contingent. Both VAN-PAH and PDX-PAH will be joining us to march in solidarity. There is plenty of room for pups on the float, and unlimited space for those who would like to walk with us. The float will be open to SEA-PAH members first, and it will be first come first serve basis. There should be ample opportunity to switch as pups get tired of walking, but it has to be done while we are at a full stop on the route so try to plan for the long walk. SEA-PAH will be providing water, but please bring any other snacks you might want for yourself. Remember to dress to show your puppy pride, to wear comfortable shoes as it is a long walk and to wear sunscreen!

Now for the not so good news… you know, the rolled up newspaper…

The Pride Committee has not released a starting location or what our position in the parade is. What this means is we don’t know where to meet yet or what time you need to be there. Hopefully this information will become available soon, and as soon as we have it, we’ll definitely pass it on to you!

Annual SEA-PAH Awards Announced!

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On Sunday we handed out out annual Good Puppy and Puppies Best Friend award. The President and Vice President of SEA-PAH get to recognize those who have done an amazing out standing job helping our community grow. From lending a hand or paw at our events, to having a welcoming smile to a new puppies. These folks did an out standing job last year and deserve extra pets and scratches. From the deepest part of my heart I thank you.

The Good Puppy award this year was given to Evan Jones(Pup Argus) for his outstanding personality. Ive never met a puppies as eager to help out as Argus. he was there for just about ever coat check and bbq. Argus always has a bounce in his step and a super warm inviting smile that any handler or puppy would feel at home around. Thank You Argus for your support.

Puppies Best Friend award goes out to those who do an amazing job not necessarily as a puppy but more of a Handler or mentor. This years award goes out to Danny Daniels (Puppy) who has worked at the cuff for 22 years. Puppy gave us a place to call home. He has worked hard to make the cuff home for a lot of communities. Thank you Puppy for your dedicated help to us.

This year Amp and I decided we wanted to give out another award and recognize Josh Nelsun(Pup Debit) our treasurer for the work he did last year. Besides keeping out books on track, filing out taxes and making sure everything money wise is organized Debit also worked very hard to make help Camp K9 happen last year. Debit also took on the election committee and over saw our first election. After our board switched over Debit stepped up and helped work really hard to help get new board members up to speed. Besides that Debit always has a smile and a fun witty attitude about puppy play. Thank you for everything and thank you for help set up the strong foundation SEA-PAH is built on.

Last year was an amazing fun year but we also had a few tragedies with the loss of two puppies. Phoenix SeaPup and Pup Bende Fraididog This was a hard hard time. These two pups committed suicide with in a few months of each other. Needless to say our community was devastated. Past President Matthew Schwab did and amazing job keeping the community together and showing our community support when it was needed most. I was also impressed with how other communities around us came together to offer us support any way they can.

Last year SML helped us honor them at Camp K9. Both puppies had a love for nature and camping. Chris Kauffmanorganized a hiking trip out into the woods. We hiked up to some of the old trees up in the mountains. He took us to one of Phoenix’s favorite places. It was truly breath taking and beautiful.

Mike Daggs and a few other members of SML also did a BBQ in honor of our lost puppies. It truly was a great fun weekend and I miss them both. I know they where watching us.

For their loving hard work we also gave out a plaque for their involvement and work with Camp K9. On behalf of SEA-PAH thank you and we look forward to working with you again!

Respectfully yours,
Nightcat
President of SEA-PAH
Mobile: 425-985-0977

President’s Letter – Happy 2015!

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Nightcat_editDear Packmates,

As the President of the board of directors the honor of writing the annual letter to the membership falls to me. And it has truly been an honor, first to be re-elected to the board, and then chosen by the board to act as President. We have a vibrant, strong and engaged puppy community here in the Pacific Northwest, and we have to thank all the members of SEA-PAH for creating that community.

In this last year we have seen numerous changes and challenges as community. The losses of fellow pups still felt today, and we all greatly miss our packmates. These moments were tragic, yet we can find solace in knowing how well the puppy community stepped forward to support each other. One Pack, One Love.

This year SEA-PAH strived to bring its members a wide variety of events, and it was amazing to see them be successful. Positive reviews from Camp K-9 still come in, along with promises from many who can’t wait for the next one. Pride was a strong showing of our large pup community, which served to raise awareness of puppy play to our GLBT family. And we reached 100 members strong this year!

Every member of the board of directors has taken up the challenge to make this next year even better. The membership has expressed they want to be involved and informed, and I have tasked each board member with the goal of reaching out; to our members, to other pup organizations (like our packmates in VAN-PAH, PDX-PAH and BOI-PAH), and to other organizations. We have moved our board meetings to a time when members can more easily attend because we want to hear from you and share with you what comes next. And keep watch for our new regularly produced newsletters with info on what is coming up from SEA-PAH and other orgs we partner with.

As a sneak peak I have to share with you some of the exciting work we are doing now. Committees have already formed working on repeating Camp K-9 and Pride, as well as bringing back some events (like Best in Show, revived and reimagined). We are working on designing a new website that has more timely info so you can know always what is happening. And most exciting of all we are developing a series of social events that take advantage of all the fun puppy adventures Seattle has to offer.

Very soon you will be hearing more about our efforts towards supporting charities. Last year we created a fund for members who are having a difficult time but still want to participate in events. In the coming weeks you will be hearing more about how the fund will be utilized and supported to make sure every member has the chance to be a part of this community. While fun events and moshes are important to us all, we also have a mission to help where we can. We plan to live up to this goal in a way every member can be proud of.

Everything I have described has come from a central goal the board has taken on this year; to provide each member the full value of your membership, by listening to what the membership wants and creating fun, romp filled events for you to enjoy. This next year is going to amazing, and can’t wait to see you all there!

Nightcat
President, Board of Directors

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