Mine is the cutest!
Photo Contest &
WHEN COSTCO member Nicholas Sveslosky
was inspired to start a business 11 years ago
with his family, he never imagined their idea
would go to the dogs, literally. Today, Sveslosky
is the editor in chief of FIDO Friendly, a magazine dedicated to encouraging its readers to
embrace pet ownership wholeheartedly and
to travel with their dogs.
A socially conscious magazine, FIDO
Friendly’s premise is simple: “Leave no dog
behind®.” Articles encourage dog owners to
travel, engage and enjoy life with their pets.
Each issue is ;lled with travel tips, including
pet-friendly hotels and establishments, health
and wellness information, and thought-provok-
ing stories on topics such as helping homeless
pets and the importance of pet adoption.
Veteran pet advocate Betty White graced the
cover of their recently completed 50th issue.
In addition to publishing FIDO Friendly,
Sveslosky and his family created a month-long
pet adoption drive: Get Your Licks on Route
66. Get your Licks on Route 66, is a cross-country tour that in part traces Historic Route
66 to raise awareness regarding the importance of adopting a pet from a shelter. Their
third tour kicked off on September 7, 2011,
and by the end of the tour, 408 animals had
found permanent, loving homes, bringing the
total close to 1,000 pets ;nding new forever
homes since the tour’s inception.
What started as a simple idea grew
into a successful business, and mission, for
Nicholas Sveslosky. He says, “My goal is to
empower people to love their dogs even
Send your pet to camp
We are told a picture is worth a thousand
words. The cutest picture of your cat or
dog? Priceless. Send in your favorite picture
of your cat or dog showing purrrfect pet
personality and fun character. All winning
entries will be published in the October
2012 issue of The Costco Connection.
Want another chance to win?
Look for the Costco International
Photo Contest in July.
“Obesity is increasing every year,” says Debora
Montgomery, marketing manager for the inn.
“Each year our program gets bigger.” The inn offers weight-loss and ;tness maintenance to
keep dogs active, slim and stress free, says
Montgomery. Dogs work out on treadmills, do
aerobic swimming, go on nature hikes and
practice yoga and Pilates. In addition to the ;tness regimen, the inn feeds them nutritious
homemade treats and gives daily reports and
;tness tips to their owners.
For cats, the inn offers suite lodging, in-suite
videos, nature walks and play sessions with “cat
pamperers” wielding cat toys. Related cats may
play together or separately in specially designed
“Keeping pets active and mentally stim-
ulated is very important when it comes
to good health,” says Joanne Morris.
“We are very excited to offer a pro-
gram that provides the jump-start
many owners need to get start-
ed on a new healthy lifestyle
for their beloved pets.”
—Maria Bellos Fisher
FOR 34 YEARS, Costco members Walter Morris,
his wife, Marianne, and their daughter, Joanne,
have hosted four-legged guests at the Morris
Animal Inn in Morristown, New Jersey. Not just
any pet facility, the inn is a luxury resort, offering
lodging, spa treatments, grooming, daycare,
themed dog camps (Jersey Shore, anyone?) and
The Morris Animal Inn ( www.morrisanimal
inn.com) started as a grooming facility in 1960,
run by Walter Morris Sr. As his customers began to ask for more services, Morris obliged,
and the Morris Animal Inn grew. When the
younger Morrises assumed the business, they
continued the trend.
The weight-loss camp, started in 2009, also
evolved in response to customer demand.
To enter, mail one 4 x 6-inch print, including
your name and address, phone and membership
number (if applicable), to: The Cutest Dog or Cat
Contest, PO Box 34088, Seattle, WA 98124-1088.
One ;rst prize: $250 Costco Cash card, bag of pet
food and pet bed (retail value: $275); one second prize:
$100 Costco Cash card, bag of pet food and pet bed
(retail value: $125); and one third prize: $50 Costco Cash
card, bag of pet food and pet bed (retail value: $75) will
be awarded. Up to three Honorable Mentions will be
a warded (retail value: $25).
No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to
enter or win this contest. Purchase will not improve odds of
winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Must be 18 or older to
enter. Winners will be selected by The Costco Connection
staff in their sole discretion. Decisions of the judges are ;nal,
and based on personality and expression of dog or cat in
photo. Employees of Sponsors and their families are not eligible to enter or win.
Limit one entry per household. Entries must be
received by 11: 59 p.m. PST on May 15, 2012. Winners will
be chosen on or around July 17, 2012, and then noti;ed by
mail as soon as administratively feasible. Except where prohibited by law, contest entry constitutes consent to use
winner’s name and entry for purposes of advertising and
promotion, without further compensation or consent. By entering, entrant grants Costco a royalty-free, perpetual license
to use entry for any advertising, marketing or promotion purpose whatsoever. Entrant waives all claims against Sponsors,
their employees and agents for injuries, damage or losses
related to the Contest and/or prizes. Sponsored by Costco
Wholesale, Diamond, 103 N. Olive, Meta, MO 65058; JLA,
10935 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075; Dallas, 4215
Mc E wen Rd, Dallas, TX 72544 (“Sponsors”).