I have to say that it was a lot of fun working on this issue of Citizen Pet. I had the pleasure of meeting W. Brett Wilson and his handsome new standard poodle, Cash, at his investment company, Prairie Merchant Corporation in Calgary. James Fernandes, of Evocative Photography and I spent the morning taking photos and talking to Brett about his thoughts on corporate and personal giving. Cash sat faithfully by his side then hammed it up for the camera — he’s a natural.
Prairie Merchant was one of the nicest corporate offices I’ve ever seen. Brett is an art lover and that was evident in the gorgeous paintings covering the walls in the office foyer and board rooms. From what I could see, most were landscapes by prominent Canadian artists from Saskatchewan, Brett’s home town.
But that wasn’t the best part of the office. It was the two large white doors flanking the long rectangular foyer that opened “Star Trek style” into the work space behind. If I listened hard enough I might have heard the characteristic “swish” as they opened. (I know, I admit it, I’m a huge Star Trek fan).
I also loved working on this issue because of the subject matter we discussed throughout — animal philanthropy and animal advocacy. From advice on how to be a good corporate citizen, to talking about the issue of selling pets in pet stores and online as well as how you can be a positive force for change through volunteering and including animal charities in your estate plans, this issue has it all.
We hope the stories in this issue inspire you to get out there and make a difference in the world, with whatever issue or concern is close to your heart.