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About Us

Our Mission: Pet Connection Magazine illuminates the thriving Pacific Northwest animal-loving community, bringing you fresh, original stories about our local people, pets, community, and the connections we share with each other. 

Learn More About Us: For nearly a decade, Pet Connection Magazine has brought fresh, local, original content to animal lovers across the Pacific Northwest! We’re the only FREE publication in the Puget Sound region that focuses on people, pets, community, and the connections we share with each other. Our magazine debuted as a humble 4-page periodical; today, we’ve grown into a popular 24-page magazine – but we still retain those same genuine, honest values. As we’ve grown, we haven’t lost our soul – our roots are here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve remained down-to-earth even as the breadth of our branches has spanned the Cascades to Central Washington. We’re a small but mighty magazine and we’re committed to remaining original, supporting local businesses, and bringing to life the vibrant stories of the Pacific Northwest animal community. 

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Sarah Bous-Leslie
Graphic Designer/Publisher

Sarah has been with Pet Connection Magazine since 2007. She started doing just graphic design, then added photography and became co-publisher in 2009. Sarah lives in Olympia with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two horses and a snake named Jake! She considers herself very lucky to live in such a pet friendly area and in a community that considers their pets to be family! When she’s not working, her passion is HORSES, reading, and formulating her plans to take over the world.

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Jack Campion
Canine Pirate Impersonator

Role Models: Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Fairfax Rochester, Tigger, Rin Tin Tin

Jack is a rescue pup who lost his left eye and left front leg after he was hit by a car. Fortunately for Jack, Seattle Humane was there to help: a grant paid for his veterinary needs and loving foster parents helped him find his forever family. This perfectly imperfect guy who brings laughter and inspiration to Pet Connection Magazine's crew with a wink of his eye and a boing, boing, bounce to his step.

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Sadie Bous-Leslie
Barkist in Residence

Favorite stories: The Incredible Journey, The Velveteen Rabbit, Where the Red Fern Grows, Lassie

Sadie is a discerning canine connoisseur who likes to give her "bark of approval" to new and exciting products! Do you have something that you'd like Sadie to review? Let us know by dropping us an email today - she'd love to bark all about it! You can check out her top picks at Sadie's List!

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Tracy Campion
Writer/Publisher

Tracy has loved animals and writing for her entire life. She has master's degrees in primate behavior and journalism and after she adopted Jack, she was inspired to combine these two passions by joining Pet Connection in 2015. She shares her life with three senior cats, two senior horses, and her special needs dog, Jack. When she's not herding cats or participating in improvisational canine Parkour with Jack, Tracy loves connecting with the greater Seattle animal-loving community and sharing their stories.

 

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Melissa Cole 
Editor

Though she moved frequently as a child, Melissa has always loved animals. She grew up with dogs, cats, snakes, fish, birds, frogs, a lizard, and even a squirrel (briefly). Now, she shares her home with two cats and keeps up on animal issues by getting an early jump on reading Pet Connection Magazine! Her favorite pass-times are embroidery and gardening. Melissa would be happy to discuss working with you on your next project in need of an editor--content and copy editing are her specialties! Contact her at msmlcole@gmail.com.

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Solomon(ster) 

Solomon(ster) is an "orange tabby" (read: tiny orange house god) whose favorite activities include: chasing strings all over the house, drinking water out of the sink, carrying on in-depth conversations over (human) dinner, and sitting on his human, Melissa. If he doesn't get what he wants, when he wants it, woe to you and your hopes of sleep. While he's not fond of your singing (it doesn't much matter who "you" are), he enjoys singing to himself in the bathroom (it sounds better in there!).

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Gussy
Chief Tripawdy Planner

Gussy, along with Jack and Petey, help plan the Pet Connection Magazine parties. She's the princess of the Pet Connection Magazine team and she's pretty in pink.

 

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Murphy Campion
Chief Pen Taster/Ambassador of Fuzz

Likes: Catnip, pen chewing, testing the laws of gravity by knocking  liquid-filled glasses off of tables, snuggling, 3:00 a.m. cupboard opening, pushing cat feeders, playing hide and seek, getting brushed, playing with water

Dislikes: Closed doors, empty food bowls, "quiet time"

Murphy is a silly, "outdoor voice" kind of gal who has a predilection for pen-tasting. Rest assured, all of Pet Connection's pens get four paws up.

 

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Annette Lanker 
Customer Service Specialist

Animals have always been a big part of Annette Lanker’s life. She has lived with cats, dogs, gerbils, and even a horse. Annette has worked in various veterinary positions and has volunteered for more than 15 years as a visiting pet partner hospital team, first with her cat, Ulysses, and currently with her dog, Petey, who is a three-legged Whippet. Annette shares her life with Whippets Petey, 9; and Ksee, 15; four cats between the ages of 1 – 17, and Colin Wilson, her husband of 30 years. Petey is the reason Annette decided to share Pet CPR and first aid skills with people through her classes and demonstrations. She loves helping people learn how to perform basic techniques which may save their pet’s life. Learn more about Annnette and her business, Holy Cow Critters, here.

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Petey
Tripawd Therapy Dog Extraordinaire

Petey is a visiting pet partner hospital team member with his mom, Annette. Petey is the reason Annette decided to share Pet CPR and first aid skills with people through her classes and demonstrations.

Petey is an ambassador for three-legged pups everywhere.

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Allie
Assistant Pawssip Researcher

Role Models: Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Precious Ramotswe, Jim Rockford, Nero Wolfe

Likes: Clues, doors that don't squeak, fresh tracks in the dirt, trees and fences for reading pee-mail

Allie has a nose for news! If she were a human, she'd be the one who would rifle through your medicine cabinet. Fortunately for us, she's a canine who uses her powers for good.

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Julie Austin 
Photographer

Award-winning photographer Julie Austin has been capturing the wild, wonderful, crazy, playful, unconditional love between people and their pets for more than a decade. She counts among her inspirations artists Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Gaugin and authors James Herriott, Marguerite Henry, and E. B. White, who taught her just how powerful animals’ stories can be. Julie loves what she does and has been recognized by King 5’s Evening Magazine for Best Pet Photography in Western Washington from 2012 through 2015. Book your own session with Julie on her website.

 

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Leslie Buell 
Manager of Sales and Business Development

Leslie has worked in the newspaper industry for over 14 years. She shares her life with her husband, Doug, and two rescue terriers, Jack and Skip. Leslie and Doug's late dog, Lucky, inspired them to create Marysville’s only dog park, Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Dog Park. They also started Marysville Dog Owners Group (M-DOG), a 501(c)3, which maintains the dog park. Every July, Poochapalooza is the park's major fundraiser and has become the biggest dog event in Snohomish County! Leslie is also the NW Regional Ambassador for Born Free USA.

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Pearl
Phodographer in Residence

Role Models: Eeyore, Charlie the Unicorn, Oscar the Grouch, Squidward

Likes: Chasing squirrels, finding unusual angles for photographs, contemplating the meaning of life, riding gunshot in the car, giving hugs to those she really loves, and being "phodographed."

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Boomer
Twelfth Horse

Likes: Spa days, quiet walks in the field, socializing with his friends

Favorite Animal Celebs: Ferdinand (the bull and the horse), Mr. Ed, Hidalgo, Blitz (the Seahawks' mascot - although Boomer thinks he should be considered for the part).

With a name like "Boomer," he was born to be a Hawks Fan - he even has one blue eye! Boomer is a constant source of joy and therapeutic support.