Update: Click here to find the podcast!
I chose to announce our latest venture, a new magazine called Dogs Unleashed, on Wednesday’s WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin for a couple of reasons. I love public radio and am an NPR nerd, and what better place to share community news than on a community news show?
If you like The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin’s Facebook page, you know she always snaps a shot of her guests and posts! Yours truly today. (Photo/Shelley Irwin)
And what better person to talk to about a dog publication than Shelley Irwin, who has three Jack Russell terriers? I will admit, I’m partly responsible for one of them, Petey, ending up in her home. I sent Shelley his cute photo and bio from the Kent County Animal Shelter because I knew she was beginning to search for a new sibling for Ralphie, her JRT.
I didn’t know at the time she was headed to Indiana (that same weekend) to rescue yet another one, Leah. She fell in love with both Petey and Leah and opted for a full house with three Jacks.
So I thought it was fitting that I my friends, former co-workers at the Grand Rapids Press and the rest of West Michigan find out about Dogs Unleashed via WGVU. For those who missed the show, here’s a link to the podcast.
Now, about that magazine:
Dogs Unleashed is a free bimonthly publication. It will be distributed via hundreds of locations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties, and I’ll personally drive some copies to shelters and humane societies in neighboring counties.
Yes, I bribed Shelley Irwin with “swag,” then turned the camera on her.
We are billing it “A lifestyle magazine for dog lovers” because that’s what it is. It includes advice, feature stories, columns, great photography, reader submitted photos, kids’ activities, marketplace items and more.
Tom Dodson did some amazing design work that I think readers will find appealing and entertaining. We wanted to have fun with this magazine, and I think it shows in both the design and the writing. Contributors include fellow journalists and photographers no longer with their newspapers who wanted to be a part of a new adventure and help out a friend and former colleague in the process.
You’ll start to see the publication popping up in several locations, from pet boutiques to coffee shops, the week of Aug. 27. Please take one, and grab one for your friends, too.
If you dig this website but don’t live in West Michigan (or if you’re my family from out of town), don’t worry. The publication will be available on Press Unleashed in an e-format.