6 Empire Pets Salon
10 Go Pet Go
14 Not Just Teacher's Pet
24 Bulletin board
26 Dubdog Designs
30 A Worthwhile Project
34 Mission Pet Mart
Publisher David Small
Editor Kris Baker
Advertising Executive Angie Riffel
Graphic Designer Mike Nickells
Editorial Board Stoney Bogan
I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to believe that 2024 is just around the corner! I’ve been looking forward to this “pet-themed” issue of the Mission Magazine since the beginning of the year.
If we've ever talked one-on-one, you've probably heard about our two "foster fail" chihuahua mixes that run our household – Wags and Wonton. Animal companions are near and dear to my heart. I'm a big believer in "adopt don't shop" and together Dave and I have fostered 35+ dogs to help them find their forever homes. It's great to read in this issue about all of the supporting businesses in Mission that can help you to have a happy and healthy pet! To me, pets are family.
We’ve long understood the mental health benefits that pet ownership can bring. Joy, companionship, stress relief, humor, comfort and peace just to name a few. Personally, few things make me happier than snuggling up on the couch on a cool fall day with my two furballs, or taking them on a walk around the neighborhood. I think you’ll find the stories in this issue entertaining, as well as enlightening, as we highlight just a few of the pet-related things about our community.
You may have driven past the business in our cover feature and never even noticed them! Empire Pets is a full service grooming salon tucked into the Mission West Center on Martway. Owner Teri Aalders and her staff groom more than 35-40 dogs a day. So many dogs in fact that they created a special “cats only” day to create a more relaxed environment for our feline friends. I think you’ll enjoy reading about their fun and creative work environment!
Just east of Lamar along Johnson Drive, you’ll find Go Pet Go, one of owner Tim Peterson’s four metro area stores. Go Pet Go specializes in high quality pet foods, and Tim prides himself in being able to share his knowledge with his customers. The store also offers self-service bathing and grooming stations and a wide variety of treats and other accessories. Peterson says many local residents enjoy being able to walk in a select a treat for their pet. We've bought several items there, including Wags' collar!
Next, this issue will introduce you to Moose, a therapy/service dog serving Rushton Elementary School. Moose is beloved by both students and staff and even has his own social medial presence! Rushton’s social worker Cathy Lorino credits Moose with great intuition in knowing just which kids need a little extra attention. Dogs are the best helpers, and I think you’ll soon see why Moose is more than just the “teacher’s pet.” I've now got a new Instagram account to follow - @Moosethedoodle1.
You'll also get to read about Dubdog Designs, a great local business with a strong national presence, specializing in custom collars and leashes. Be sure to read the article to see which companions of KC celebrities are sporting their designs! I find their work with KC Pet Project especially touching. Newly-adopted rescue dogs should get to look sharp, too!
Our last feature story highlights the special ways that local businesses and The Mission Project have developed strong and lasting relationships through the years. Once you hear about these connections, you’ll never doubt how special our community truly is.
Look forward to hearing more about Mission’s four-legged residents as you read and enjoy this issue of the magazine!
-Sollie Flora, Mayor