SEATTLE - Brandie Ahlgren didn't grow up a dog lover. But that changed once she got one of her own.
"It's always amazed me how they can read us, our emotions. How they are really in tune to us. I know it's a cliché but the unconditional love they give us." Said Ahlgren.
But like many new owners, she had questions.
"I brought home a new puppy, didn't really know that much about puppy parenting. Everything I heard was word of mouth. So I thought wouldn't it be great if there were a resource for pet parents to utilize that had all of this information all it one place."
Seeing an opportunity, Ahlgren decided to walk away from her PR job and start, City Dog Magazine, a quarterly publication that focuses solely on man's best friend.
"We focus on what to do, where to go, what to buy. The people, places, things that make the Northwest so great living with your dog."
"In the ten years we've expanded into Portland and a bit into the California area manly San Francisco, but definitely, our main audience is here in the Pacific Northwest." Said Ahlgren.
With more dogs in Seattle homes than children, Ahlgren knows just how serious people can feel about their beloved pet.
"Dogs are a part of the family, just like any other member of your family and they're a special part of your family."
So while she didn't grow up with them, starting a local magazine dedicated to dogs has been a four legged labor of love.
"I think as with any small business there's been challenges, but I wouldn't change a thing. I love it. This is the best career choice I could have ever made."