Dogs descend on Seattle show

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The Seattle Boat Show is 73 years old, but it was year-one for all “Dogs on Deck,” as the industry’s first major indoor boat show catered to dogs and their owners.

We featured a report on the new canine event in advance of last Thursday’s promotion in the Century Link Events Center. So, we wanted to follow up with a report on whether the team at the Northwest Marine Trades Association set a mark for the rest of the industry’s shows to consider.

Two words: Big success. Moreover, the promotion is expected to grow in the future. Furry first mates of every size brought along their dog-loving, boat-loving-owners and increased the night’s attendance by 7 percent over the same day a year ago, according to Lisa Samuelson, NMTA’s communications director. “Not only were the show visitors into it, but several exhibitors were, too,” she reports. “For example, Barletta Pontoons highlighted amenities that include a dog food and water bowl located in a hide-away under the captain's chair. And it’s standard,” she added.

In addition, the PR value leading into the 9-day show’s final days added to the success. Seattle Pup magazine featured a major writeup called “Dogs on Deck.” Tracy Stober reported: “We met Starbucks as we were walking on the show floor. Starbucks is a cute, 12-year-old Maltese who was chilling out in a doggie sling as her two little puppy brothers Geyser and Gunwale got everyone else's attention. Starbucks' mom shared: ‘I love having a chance to experience this event with my dogs. We wouldn’t have attended if we couldn’t bring our dogs.’” (See more observations from Stober at All Paws on Deck! Seattle Pup Meets the Seattle Boat Show)

Samuelson also credited the Seattle Mariners, which host local dogs at their well-attended “Bark in the Park” games, as well as in-house emergency vet services, for helping make the boat show event a huge success. Attendance went through the woof. While dogs were not permitted aboard boats, the 135-plus dogs at the show received a custom dog tag from an on-site engraving machine; a free doggie bag with a collapsible water bowl, frisbee and bag dispenser; a dog life-vest courtesy of Connelly Watersports; and a treat.

Among the show’s 200 seminars, three specifically addressed boating with canine companions.

Opioids and Cannabis in a Dealership

An opportunity to learn what you need to know about the growing problems with opioids and cannabis in the workplace is being offered by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).

The expanding legalization of some drugs, such as marijuana, in a growing list of states, provides a challenge for employers required to follow federal regulations for worker safety. In addition to legalization, federal regulations related to drug-testing procedures have also recently changed.

In this upcoming webinar, you will learn:

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These answers and more will be included in the special webinar, with instructors Robert Smith and Travis Vance of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions. Smith brings a diverse background across manufacturing operations, management, business development, regulatory compliance, employee training and development, and marine and boatyard safety. Vance is co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He has tried cases across several industries, including employment litigation, business disputes and matters prosecuted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The webinar is slated for March 4, 2020 at 12 Noon EST. There is a fee: Members $25, Non-members $35. For more or to register, go to: Or contact Merritt Alves at:


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