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OCTOBER 2017

Adoptable Pets Animal Abuse in the Community AAHS Takes in Irma Cats Wild things: Bats! Org Spotlight: Ahimsa House Pet Spotlight: BeauMonay Artist spotlight: Bryn Rouse Chow Down on Apple Upside down cake


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IN THIS ISSUE:

Classic City Paw Print is a free magazine promoting pet adoption, responsible pet ownership and compassion for all animals.

ISSUE 6, OCTOBER 2017 Editor and Publisher: Amanda Newsom Editorial Intern: Morgan Solomon Contributors: Frogs to Dogs Nicholle Bath Michaela Gardner Kaley Lefevre Maggie See Taylor Solomon Classic City Paw Print is distributed at the first of each month in Athens, GA and surrounding areas. Advertising and content deadlines are the 15th of each month. If you would like to submit an article, purchase advertisements or provide feedback, please e-mail us.

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In MOST Issues A Treat a Day Keeps the Vet Away: Tips to Integrate Abused Pets......... 5 Pet Item Review: Safety Lights for Pets.................................................. 11 Wild Things: Bats!.................................................................................. 12 Organization Spotlight: Ahimsa House................................................... 14 Chow Down: Nicholle Bath, Apple Upside Cake with Salted Caramel... 16 Pet Spotlight: BeauMonay..................................................................... 17 Book Review: Dog Blesses: Puppy Mill Survivor Stories......................... 26 What to Do if You Lose/Find a Pet......................................................... 28 Artist Spotlight: Bryn Rouse................................................................... 30 Adoptables Circle of Friends Animal Society.............................................................. 19 Cat Zip Alliance/Campus Cats................................................................ 20 Magi-Cat Adoption Network.................................................................. 21 Athens Area Humane Society................................................................. 22 Athens Canine Rescue............................................................................ 23 Athens-Clarke County Animal Control.................................................... 24 Oconee County Animal Services............................................................ 25 Walton County Animal Control............................................................... 27 Featured this month Animal Abuse in the Community............................................................ 4 AAHS Takes in Irma Cats......................................................................... 6

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2-year-old female; ledger #47098 Chocolate is a beautiful black cat that has been looking for her special person or family since May 23. She‘s an easy-going, elegant cat who loves meeting new people and taking naps in the sunlight. Instead of your typical candy for Halloween, why not consider taking Chocolate home instead? It’ll be more fulfilling than your normal sugar rush! If you or someone you know is interested in meeting Chocolate, please contact Athens-Clarke County Animal Control at 706-613-3540.

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Athens-Clarke County Animal Control Year-to-date as of August 31, 2017 Dogs Adopted: 181 Dogs Reclaimed: 196 Adoptable Dogs Euthanized: 11

Cats Adopted: 129 Cats Reclaimed: 6 Adoptable Cats Euthanized: 2

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Animal Abuse in the Community How to Spot and Report Suspected Animal Abuse Bojack the 3-year-old Plott Hound never got the chance to enjoy being a real puppy. Toys were a completely foreign concept to him when he was adopted by Lizzie Martin in April 2015. He had no interest in gnawing on bones or engaging in play with his new owner. What should have been a joyous time for Bojack and Lizzie was more confusing and terrifying than anything. Having known his previous owner, Lizzie inquired as to why her new puppy was behaving so strangely and cautiously. Finally, the original owner admitted that on a regular basis, Bojack had been “left alone, probably two to three days at a time even.” During these times of loneliness and boredom, the puppy would tear up trash and furniture— and suffer for it. His previous owner had beaten Bojack “pretty badly,” leading to anxiety and trust issues, particularly towards men. With patience, time and lots of love, Bojack has begun to recover and regain his trust in humans. While Bojack’s story has a happy ending, the same cannot be said for most animals that suffer at the hands of human beings. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, at the beginning of August, Athens-Clarke County Animal Control discovered a deceased puppy that had been strangled outside of an apartment on Westchester Drive. Officers determined that the pitbull mix that been tied up and in turn hung itself while trying to escape. The owner of the puppy denied ever tethering the dog, but animal control reported that he had been previously warned not to tie the dog out unsupervised. This is a situation that could have been prevented had neighbors reported any suspected abuse. Forms of animal abuse are not limited to the beating or neglect of companion animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) lists dog fighting, puppy mills and animal hoarding as some of the most common forms of animal abuse. Dog fighting pits animals that have been abused and isolated against one another for entertainment, and although “fights are not usually to the death, many dogs succumb to their injuries later, and losing dogs are often discarded, killed or brutally executed as part of the ‘sport,’” as explained on the ASPCA website. They define a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Puppy mills can sometimes overlap with animal hoarding situations, which “occur when an individual is housing more animals than he or she can adequately care for.” Any of these situations can occur in any neighborhood in any city. Take the situation that occurred in April of this PAGE 4 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • October 2017

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Michaela Gardner

year in Clarkesville, GA, a quiet northeast Georgia town. Over 350 animals were taken from a property that was investigated after a complaint of excessive barking. Dogs, puppies, cats and a variety of livestock were all discovered living in “deplorable conditions,” according to the Now Habersham website. They were denied access to clean water and food. The director of Habersham County Animal Care and Control, Madi Hawkins, was quoted as saying, “We never expected to find such a large-scale operation in our own backyard.” Much of the evidence from the property pointed towards the operation of a puppy mill. Had a concerned neighbor not spoken up, this abuse could have carried on indefinitely and affected hundreds more animals. So how does one go about detecting and reporting suspected animal abuse here in Athens? According to Patrick Rives, Athens-Clarke County Animal Control Superintendent, “obvious signs are observing someone causing harm to an animal, an animal that is excessively thin, an animal with apparent injuries or loss of body function, etc.” If you have observed any of these indicators, there is a specific procedure to follow and information to provide in order to make a report, taken directly from the Athens-Clarke County Unified continued on page 5...


A Treat a Day Keeps the Vet Away Tips for Integrating Abused Pets into a New Home Frogs to Dogs via Ahimsa House The first introduction of an abused dog into your home is one of the most important times for you to assume the role of kind and gentle leadership. This time is especially important if you are bringing a new dog into a home that already has pets. When introducing the new dog to your dogs: Whenever possible, have the pups meet outside the house on a leash with a relaxed walk. Preferably two people can assist with this meeting, with one person holding the leash of the existing dogs while the other holds the leash of the new dog. Only allow the dogs to sniff noses briefly (less than five seconds), then separate them so that they can continue to walk off some of the excitement. Allow for this calm encounter to take place several times. Avoid prolonged periods of face-to-face greetings. Keep your energy calm and positive, and keep the dogs moving as much as possible. If there are any signs of reactivity (snarling, anxiousness, body stiffening, staring, lunging, barking), stay calm and ignore these behaviors while also keeping the dogs at a safe distance. Keep the dogs moving as a way to cope with the reactivity. Allow the dog who is more reactive to walk behind the calmer dog. As the reactive dog starts to calm down, you can decrease the distance between the dogs. When you get back to the house: Allow the dogs to

enter in an order that respects your existing pets. Allow the dog who has lived in the house for the longest period of time to enter first, ending with the new dog being lead into the house on leash. Upon entering the home, take the new dog to a quiet, restricted area where they can calm down. If you are using a crate for your new dog, use the crate at this time. If you do not use a crate, consider separating the dogs with a baby gate so that each animal has the chance to decompress. Set up a Safe Haven: One of the best ways you can prepare your new dog to feel safe and secure in your home is by providing them with a small safe haven of their own. Whether you will be crating your new dog or if you’d prefer to just set up a room/area in the home baby-gated for separation, this space will provide your dog with the comfort of a little den. Make your dog’s area as comfortable as possible. As long as your foster dog doesn’t have destructive chewing tendencies, consider setting the area up with a bed, toys and treats for entertainment. Starting your dog off with a restricted area in the home not only assists in building your dog’s confidence and trust, but it also helps to decrease many problematic issues such as destructive chewing and accidents.

continued from page 4... Government website: • Name, address and phone number of the complainant • Exact address of the location of the animal(s)—we must have a street name and number, including the apartment or lot number • A specific incident or observation made by the complainant; in other words, the person calling must have seen an act of cruelty occur Rives says that “the vast majority of cases we investigate are reported to us by concerned citizens. Reporting what you observe helps us intervene effectively.” There are also ways to go about preventing animal abuse altogether. The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) lists several ways to go about this on their website. Other than learning to recognize the signs of abuse, the GSPCA recommends

first and foremost treating your own pets with “love and kindness” in order to set an example in the community. Teaching children to respect animals and understand that “animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy and sadness” is another important aspect of preventing animal cruelty. Finally, adopting from and volunteering with shelters aids in preventing the cycle of abuse by keeping innocent animals out of the hands of abusers and by helping to reduce the prominence of puppy mills. Take it from Bojack’s story: even the abused and neglected ones deserve love and a voice to speak up for them. Be that voice for countless innocent animals that are unable to speak up for themselves. To make a report of suspected animal abuse in Athens-Clarke County, call animal control at 706-613-3540 or call 911 in an emergency. October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 5


AAHS Takes in Irma Cats

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Photo: Amanda Newsom

As the Athens Area Humane Society (AAHS) gathered donated supplies for the pet victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma emerged as a threat here at home in Athens, GA. Their focus shifted quickly to not only preparing their shelter for potential outages or damages, but simultaneously to taking in an additional 40 cats and one dog from shelters affected by Irma in coastal Georgia and Florida—essentially doubling the number of cats in their care. Because the storm shifted, many shelters that were offering assistance quickly were in need of help themselves, and groups like FurKids and Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) in Atlanta stepped in to coordinate transports from these shelters to others in Georgia and beyond. On October 21, AAHS took in 21 cats from Osceola Humane Society in Florida, and they took in 13 more cats transferred from coastal Georgia via BFAS Atlanta. They also took in one dog that was surrendered by their owner who had fled the storm, and they took in a cat being fostered by a volunteer from Clearwater, FL who was unable to transport the cat back home after the storm. Jed Kaylor, Shelter Manager at AAHS, said “Everybody is really friendly. We did get pretty much all adult cats— everybody was at least three months or older, and then… I pulled a litter of six sick kittens.” The cats were immediately vetted with rabies vaccines, and they are now being treated for different ailments like upper respiratory infections. They have one cat (the fostered cat from Florida) who needs a special diet because of kidney issues and another little guy had been seemingly bitten all over by ants, but for the most part they were a healthy group of cats and are ready to be adopted. Last year AAHS took in eight dogs and one cat that were very sick from Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina and in February 2016 they took in 47 Chihuahuas from a hoarding case in Barrow County, so this wasn’t their first foray in helping pets affected by disasters. “That’s something that Jane [AAHS Executive Director] and I both have been proud of, our ability to mesh with whatever situation arises... It makes people see that we’re doing something other than just adoptions and spays and neuters; that we’re really in it for more than that, and we are here to help save their lives in any fashion possible.” When asked what advice he has for people to be prepared for natural disasters in our area, Kaylor said, “If you think you may be evacuating at some time in the future, vet clinics and boarding facilities will house animals for a cheaper cost sometimes, but that’s something that wasn’t really addressed by the vet community here. And many people didn’t know they could board their cats.”

Photo: Athens Area Humane Society

Amanda Newsom

He says you can also plan to have family or friends help house you and your pets during an evacuation. “Shelters were inundated, and that’s not something we want to see. Some animals were left behind or tethered to trees, and that should never happen.” During the month of September, AAHS lowered all cat adoption fees to $50 to encourage people to adopt a feline friend, and their Black Cat special in October lowers black cat adoption fees to $13 for adults and $75 for kittens (normally $150). If you’ve been thinking of adopting a cat, now is the best time to do so to help take pressure off the number of cats at AAHS, and it’s also better on your wallet… even though we all know they are truly priceless! If you would like to help the cats affected by Irma that are still awaiting adoption at AAHS, you can make monetary donations to assist with their medical costs or donate in-kind items such as cat crates (the ones that snap together), Purina Cat Chow or Kitten Chow, any brand of cat or kitten wet food, or toys for enrichment. Kaylor also says, “We work pretty closely with Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, so any donations we get, we like to share the love.” For more information, please contact AAHS at athenshumanesociety.org.


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Pet Item Review Safety Lights for Pets Morgan Solomon As a pet owner, we are always concerned for personal favorite, a light-up leash. Most options our dog’s safety, ranging from whether or not are fabric leashes that have a rope of LED lights it is safe for them to eat something to if they inside. Many of them have different settings so are sad when we are gone for more than an your leash can continuously light up or flash at hour. One big concern is when you are walking different speeds. I personally prefer the flashing your dogs at night. You should always take extra setting because it turns your walk into a fun measures to ensure that your dogs, and yourself, disco. You can find these leashes in all sorts of are safe when taking a stroll in the dark. colors to match your dog’s collar. With Halloween around the corner, it is If you want your dog to look rave-ready and crucial to make sure you are prepared with a flashing leash is not enough, then a LED dog the right accessories to light your path. While collar is the accessory for you. These collars flashlights are helpful, it can be tricky handling come in an array of colors and make your dog a flashlight while walking your dog. Fortunately, look like they are ready to party with its glow there are many different options of light-up stick appearance. These are convenient and easy accessories available. Below is a list of five lowto put on your dog on top of a regular collar so cost options so you and your canine companion they are ready to go! can find the best to fit your needs. Light-up gear is not limited to collars and The first is a clip-on LED light that can be leashes. If your dog is into dressing up, there easily attached to your dog’s collar or leash. This are plenty of options! The obvious choice is light is extremely versatile and is not limited to a reflective vest, but since we are preparing just your dog—you can also use it when walking specifically for Halloween, why not get them a at night or for your children on Halloween. fun glow-in-the-dark shirt? This way your dog The next option is a clip-on collar light. can be safe while making a statement! This light has the appearance of a keychain and is easily Athens’ Halloween costume dog parade attachable to your dog’s collar. It can also be clipped onto a leash Sunday Oct. 15, 3 pm Historic Boulevard Neighborhood but works best when clipped on a collar. Registration: Sept. 7 thru Oct. 2 Much like the LED (or until 125 dog limit is reached) You must register your dog to walk in the parade. light, it allows you to easily transform a plain ts collar, making it a great benefi s.net t option if you don’t e p s n For lots more info athe want to worry about barkonboulevard.com changing your dog’s post-parade: collar when it is time Canine Carnival @barkonboulevard for your nightly walk. at Jittery Joe’s Roaster Next we have my

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WilD Things

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Kaley Lefevre

With Halloween right around the corner, bats are bound to be seen throughout Athens in the form of spooky decorations and fun costumes. Fortunately, the mammals themselves will be present around town as well to assist with maintaining the natural landscape by feeding off of the available flora and fauna. Though bats are often viewed negatively as rodents and nuisances, these smart mammals are vital to our existing ecosystem not only through their environment management, but also through the keystone role they play in many food chains. Pete Pattavina, a Southeast Regional White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator, said there are a plethora of reasons why he finds bats to be so interesting. “What impressed me so much when I started studying bats was how long-lived they are,” he said. “They aren’t like a mouse or a rat that has multiple litters of young a year. [Bats] have one or two pups a year, and they can live [up to] 40 years old, which is incredible for an animal that small.” Bats are also impressively intelligent, have an elaborate social network and are capable of traveling hundreds of miles to hibernate every year. Pattavina’s focus on bats’ many capabilities is overshadowed, however, by White-nose Syndrome, which is a fungus that has overtaken entire species of bats within only six short years. According to Pattavina, nearly 95 percent of Tri-

colored Bats have disappeared since they were last counted four years ago. “A train tunnel in North Georgia had almost 5,000 bats in it when we first counted it,” he said. “I think the [most recent] time we counted, we had somewhere around 200.” The fungus responsible for this staggering decline in these small bats was a complete mystery to scientists until recently. Because the fungus is difficult to understand yet intensely powerful in its wrath, bats are literally dropping like flies across the entire country. Pattavina said it’s because of this exact reason that biologists have been left feeling helpless as they attempt to learn so much about a disease and produce a cure in such a short time. Though there is not currently a definite cure to the fungus, Pattavina is hopeful that the few possibilities they have worked towards will produce positive results in the near future. Though there is nothing an average citizen can do to assist in this research aside from donating to the cause, there are still many other ways we can help the bats that are still left in our region. Katrina Morris, a Wildlife Biologist at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR, emphasized the impact of our lessening amounts of natural landscapes available for these animals. She stressed the importance of planting native species in our yards to attract native continued on page 13...

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continued from page 12... insects who can thrive off the environment. The bats will then be attracted to those areas and will assist in the maintenance of our yards, most likely without even alerting us of it. According to Morris, the increased use of pesticides has likely had a significant effect on our bats, as well, considering those pesticides will eventually be consumed. Many citizens often have an inherent fear of bats coming to roost in their houses, especially if they are knowingly attracting them to land. Luckily, there are safe ways to remove bats from houses without harming them. According to GADNR’s website and Pattavina’s expertise, one of the most important factors to consider when removing a roost from your attic or chimney is the timing of doing so. If a bat has just had a pup that has not yet gained any fur and cannot fly, the idea of evicting that bat out of the house is nearly impossible. Instead, Pattavina instructs to wait until the bats are grown and capable of flying before installing a one-way plastic door that will allow the bats to leave the structure safely, but not return. If a citizen feels so inclined to offer a safer home for bats, they can do so by constructing a bat-house for their yard that will invite bats to roost when the environment reaches cold enough temperatures. Though every citizen may not enjoy the idea of

creating a house for bats, it is vital that citizens understand the importance of these special creatures and do what they can to assist with preserving them. According to Pattavina, if White-nose Syndrome continues in the direction it has been heading since it was first seen in 2005, there could be such a drastic decrease in these mammals that we may never see them again in such large capacities. For animals that do essentially nothing but help us, it is time for us to do our part to help them in return.

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Organization spotlight Ahimsa House Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it was a clear choice of which organization to feature for October. Ahimsa House works across the state of Georgia to provide assistance to pets affected by domestic violence by offering them a place to live for up to 60 days in volunteer foster homes or boarding facilities. Their mission is a unique one that brings together two causes that aren’t as different as they may seem: animal welfare and domestic violence (DV). Many victims who are actively working to escape an abuser don’t seek shelter as early as they would like because they fear for the safety of their pets. Studies show that abusers who have harmed a DV victim’s pet are more violent and controlling to their victims than those who are not pet abusers. Further, pet abuse has been shown to be a predictor for intimate partner violence, and pet abusers are likely to either already be or to become domestic violence offenders. Because pets may be the only form of unconditional love and the only coping mechanism for DV victims with pets, abusers may harm or kill pets as a way to prevent the victim from leaving or as a way to coerce them into returning the relationship when pets are left behind. Victims who want to seek help and don’t know about services provided by organizations like Ahimsa House may stay with their abusers because they don’t want anything to happen to their pets. Few shelters in Georgia allow pets to be admitted with victims, so Ahimsa House works with shelters—such as Project Safe here in Athens, GA—and individual victims to provide assistance during times of crisis. “There are unfortunately very few services available to survivors of domestic violence who have pets… Ahimsa House empowers individuals to enter their pets into a safe place where they will receive love and care while he or she focuses on escaping DV.” Ahimsa House was founded in 2004 and has provided over 72,300 nights of safe, confidential shelter to pets, including addressing any medical needs of the pets while in their care. Last year they assisted 137 clients and their 225 pets, and as of late September this year, they’ve already served 129 clients and answered over 2,500 calls to their crisis hotline. When a person seeks shelter from domestic abuse, they can call Ahimsa House’s 24-hour crisis hotline to PAGE 14 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • MAY 2017

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Amanda Newsom

complete the necessary paperwork and set up a time to drop off their pets at a veterinary partner. This process sometimes happens over weeks or within hours of calling, depending on the client’s situation. The pet will be placed in an approved foster home or may be cared for at a boarding facility. Once the client is ready to move out of their shelter, they are able to pick their pets up within 48 hours. Ahimsa House even assists clients with paying pet deposits and providing supplies to best assist them with staying together with their beloved pets. Ahimsa House is the only organization in Georgia providing this type of assistance, and as such, they depend on volunteers, grants, individual donations, inkind donations and sponsorships to continue. They not only help dogs and cats—they have also helped horses, birds, snakes, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, rabbits and other species as an inclusive service. If you or someone you know needs assistance with pets to escape an abuser, please call Ahimsa House’s 24hour crisis hotline at 404-452-6248. You can learn more about their services online at ahimsahouse.org, which has a safety button at the top of every screen on their website to quickly close the window if necessary. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or foster home for Ahimsa House, you can complete an application online.


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Chow Down

Apple Upside Cake with Salted Caramel

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3 Granny Smith apples, peeled & sliced thin 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground clove 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup canola oil 1/4 cup water 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch cake pan. Cut parchment paper into a circle big enough to cover the bottom of the cake pan. Grease again. Arrange apple slices into a circular pattern. 2. In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk to combine. 3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. 4. Add wet ingredients into dry mixture, and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. The batter will be quite thick, but don’t worry, the apples will add moisture while baking. 5. Gently add the batter into the cake pan; be careful not to ruin your apple design. Using a spatula or fingertips, gently even out the top. 6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Rotate once halfway through the baking time. Stick a toothpick through the center of the cake to make sure it has baked thoroughly. While the cake is the oven, start the salted caramel. 7. Once the cake has finished baking, allow cake to cool for 15 minutes. Once cooled, loosen edges of the cake with a knife. Flip cake pan onto serving dish. Carefully remove parchment paper. 8. Drizzle top with salted caramel, and dust with powdered sugar if desired. Best served warm. Enjoy!

Photo: Nicholle Bath

CAKE INSTRUCTIONS:

SALTED CARAMEL INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Heat a sauce pan over medium high heat. 2. Add sugar and stir for about a minute. 3. Stir in coconut milk and sea salt. 4. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let mixture simmer for about 13 to 15 minutes until the caramel thickens. Stir the caramel occasionally to prevent it from burning. The caramel should be ready when it starts sticking to the back of a spoon. 5. Remove the pan from the heat, and let the caramel cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a bowl or jar. 6. Keep the caramel in the fridge until the cake is done.

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BeauMonay, the Skateboarding Bulldog There is a new dog in town, and he might just be one of the coolest dogs to call Athens home. Meet Beau, the skateboarding bulldog. Beau breaks all of the bulldog stereotypes: he is energetic and determined. Beau belongs to Brookey Rickman who moved to Athens this August and is just as energetic and determined as her bulldog companion. The two combined make a great team. Brookey got Beau during her junior year of high school. Before Beau, Brookey had a bulldog that fit the typical description of a bulldog: he was lazy and stubborn. She knew it was going to be different with Beau as she took him under her wing and set out to make him the best and coolest bulldog around. This November Beau will be turning five, and he can probably skateboard better than most of us. Needless to say, Brookey succeeded. Before calling Athens home, Beau and Brookey moved from Dunwoody to Colorado where Brookey attended the University of Colorado of Boulder. According to Brookey this was the best two years of their relationship, but she expects that it will only get better from here on out. And she is right, Beau is already starting to make a name for himself in this bulldog-obsessed town. You can find him skateboarding around downtown and even follow him on social media at @beaumonay. You might be wondering why would you teach your dog to skateboard? Well, besides the obvious answer that it is awesome, Brookey’s motivation was that she wanted to share something she was passionate about with Beau. She is also a skateboarder who loves the thrill and challenge of landing a new trick. Instead of excluding Beau from this activity, she decided to get him involved. The result is a bulldog who goes crazy over the sight of a skateboard. The second Beau sees a skateboard his immediate response is to bite at the wheels. This bulldog is so agile and strong—he demonstrates this anytime he jumps up to bite the wheels of a skateboard in Brookey’s hand. Once Brookey puts the board down and gets a treat out, Beau is ready to go. He starts moving with the board using his little paws to get momentum. Once he has speed he hoists himself up onto the board and rides. His face is practically glowing as he glides through a parking lot, looking way more cool than I could ever hope to be. When Beau is not showing all of us up with his skateboarding skills, he likes to spend his time snuggling. This is not a problem for Brookey, since she cannot get enough of this handsome boy. She loves bulldogs and Beau because the breed is spunkier than anyone realizes. Beau crushes the lazy bulldog stereotype everyday by

Photo: Morgan Solomon

Morgan Solomon

being ready for adventure and excitement, just like his best friend Brookey. Follow Beau on Instagram and find him around town so you can see this skating bulldog for yourself. Oh and be sure to bring pupperonis... they are his favorite.

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circle of friends animal society

P.O. Box 1235, Greensboro, GA 30642 • Meet and Greets by Appointment or at Adoption Events

Gingersnap

Java

Ralphy

SINGLE SINCE: May 27, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: May 18, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: July 6, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • sassy • fun

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: energetic • cuddly • purr-machine

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: silly • playful • fluffernutter

I ENJOY... wrestling his foster brother.

I ENJOY... rough-housing with other animals.

I ENJOY... naps, playing and cuddles.

4-month-old female

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

4-month-old female

CATS

DOGS

2-year-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Sundance

Chip

Lexi

SINGLE SINCE: August 29, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 29, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: June 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • shy • sweet

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: short • funny • playful

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: sweet • friendly • smart

I ENJOY... other dogs, big or small.

I ENJOY... playing with other dogs.

I ENJOY... snuggling.

CATS

DOGS

2-year-old female

1-year-old male

1-year-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact Circle of Friends Animal Society at info@cofas.org or visit cofas.org. October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 19


Cat Zip Alliance/Campus Cats P.O. Box 902, Watkinsville, GA 30677 • Meet and Greets by Appointment in Athens

Homer

Slugger

Babe

SINGLE SINCE: September 30, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 30, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 30, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: pudgy little kitten

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: happy little kitten

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: independent little kitten

I ENJOY... playing with toys, climbing and laps.

I ENJOY... playing with toys, cuddling and laps.

I ENJOY... playing with toys and my siblings.

8-week-old male

CATS

DOGS

8-week-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

8-week-old female

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Pimm & Cider Colby Jack 4-month-old male

6-month-old male

Cheddar

SINGLE SINCE: July 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 1, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE US: crazy playful brothers

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: crazy playful kitten

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: shy • clingy • sweet

WE ENJOY... getting adopted together!

I ENJOY... toys, wrestling and racing around.

I ENJOY... being held and reassured.

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

6-month-old male

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact Cat Zip Alliance at feralcatcaregivers@yahoo.com, call 706-207-1013 or visit catzip.org. PAGE 20 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • October 2017


Magi–Cat Adoption Network 1870 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677 • Meet and Greets by Appointment

Peter PArker LEAH 5-month-old male

5-month-old female

No Name

SINGLE SINCE: August 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 5, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: sealpoint blue eyes

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: dark cream torti

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: fuzzy young lady

I ENJOY... being with my siblings.

I ENJOY... being with siblings and playing!

I ENJOY... cuddling and playing.

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

2-month-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Noisy Cricket Sarah 5-month-old female

5-month-old female

Noah

SINGLE SINCE: August 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 1, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: gorgeous mackerel tabby

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: shy cream tortie

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: orange little man

I ENJOY... everything!

I ENJOY... being with my siblings.

I ENJOY... playing with my siblings.

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

5-month-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact Magi-Cat Adoption Network at 706-769-4624 or visit magi-catrescue.org. October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 21


Athens area humane society 1781 Mars Hill Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677 • Open Mon-Sat 12pm-6pm, Sun 12pm-4pm

Dixie

Maggie

Elsa

SINGLE SINCE: June 5, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: June 23, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: July 13, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: cuddly • precious • independent

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: friendly • out-going • playful

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: inquisitive • stoic • regal

I ENJOY... pets, canned food and wand toys.

I ENJOY... treats, playtime and napping.

I ENJOY... hanging out and demanding food.

1-year-old female

CATS

3-year-old female

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

1-year-old female

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Bear

Zara

Sage

SINGLE SINCE: April 28, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: April 11, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 8, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • loving • energetic

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: adorable • loving • adoptable

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: smart • snuggly • playful

I ENJOY... naps and looking for my person.

I ENJOY... looking for my new forever home!

I ENJOY... treats, playtime and lovin’.

3-year-old male

CATS

DOGS

8-year-old female

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

10-month-old female

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact the Athens Area Humane Society at 706-769-9155 or adopt@athenshumanesociety.org or visit athenshumanesociety.org. PAGE 22 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • October 2017


Athens Canine Rescue

P.O. Box 7064, Athens, GA 30604 • Meet and Greets by Appointment or at Adoption Events

Tug

Radar

Levi

SINGLE SINCE: July 28, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 30, 2016

SINGLE SINCE: August 23, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: sweet • confident • affectionate

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: goofy • playful • affectionate

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: love bug • playful

I ENJOY... belly rubs and human interaction!

I ENJOY... playtime, naptime and all in between!

I ENJOY... cuddles, dog parks and naps.

2-year-old male

CATS

DOGS

1-year-old male

KIDS

CATS

10-month-old male

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Troy

Otis

Jasper

SINGLE SINCE: July 17, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: January 18, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: July 23, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • affectionate • fun

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: loving • playful • goofy

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: loving • loyal • playful

I ENJOY... playing and wrestling with friends.

I ENJOY... lounging around and sitting in laps.

I ENJOY... play, eat, nap, REPEAT!

CATS

DOGS

1-year-old male

1-year-old male

1-year-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact Athens Canine Rescue at adopt@athenscaninerescue.com or visit athenscaninerescue.com. October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 23


Athens–Clarke County Animal Control 125 Buddy Christian Way, Athens, GA 30605 • Open Daily 10am-4pm except Wednesdays

Puma

Sonora

Hickory

ledger #47674

ledger #47288

ledger #46897

SINGLE SINCE: August 21, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: June 27, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: April 30, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • cuddly • outgoing

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: curious • friendly • outgoing

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: affectionate • playful • inquisitive

I ENJOY... playing with my sister and being held.

I ENJOY... meeting new people and being loved.

I ENJOY... boxes to play in and head rubs!

2-month-old female

CATS

DOGS

2-year-old female

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

6-month-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Stan

June

Chip

ledger #47496

ledger #47466

ledger #47731

SINGLE SINCE: July 23, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: July 1, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 1, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: smiley • polite • outgoing

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: affectionate • gentle • photogenic

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: handsome • smart • calm

I ENJOY... meeting friends with 2 and 4 legs!

I ENJOY... being around kids and giving kisses.

I ENJOY... giving hugs and playing fetch.

CATS

DOGS

2-year-old male

1-year-old female

2-year-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact the AthensClarke County Animal Control at 706-613-3540 or visit athenspets.net to view adoptable profiles. PAGE 24 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • October 2017


oconee County Animal Services 1171 Branch Road, Bishop, GA 30621 • Open Mon/Tu/Th/Fri 12pm-5pm, Sat 11am-1pm

Pioneeress

Tracy

Cricket

ledger #A35642446

ledger #A35450069

ledger #A36148312

SINGLE SINCE: June 14, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: May 24, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: August 7, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: senior • fluffy • delicate

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • temermental • calico

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: tortie • frisky • affectionate

I ENJOY... napping in a sunny window!

I ENJOY... playing with kittens all day!

I ENJOY... getting petted!

10-year-old female

CATS

DOGS

2-year-old female

KIDS

CATS

1-year-old female

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Blake

Lobo

Mazie

ledger #A35746512

ledger #A34563400

ledger #A35298124

SINGLE SINCE: June 26, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: February 2, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: May 8, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: playful • active • smart

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: energetic • protective • happy

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: frisky • goofy • devoted

I ENJOY... taking leashed walks.

I ENJOY... playing with other dogs my size.

I ENJOY... playing with tug toys!

1-year-old male

6-year-old male

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

1-year-old female

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact the Oconee County Animal Services at 706-769-3956 or visit oconeecounty.com/215/Animal-Control. October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 25


Book review

Dog Blessed: Puppy Mill Survivor Stories Dog Blessed: Puppy Mill Survivor Stories, published by Happy Tails Books, is a compilation of the inspiring stories of dog owners who adopted their pets from Main Line Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania. All of the pets found within the book were rescued from appalling living conditions of puppy mills. Prior to reading this book, I knew very little about the details of what happens in puppy mills. Dog Blessed: Puppy Mill Survivor Stories gave incredible insight into the horrors of puppy mills and what the dogs living in them must endure. Along with background on the mills themselves, through each of the 32 stories, you learn the individual details of what must go into the rehabilitation and care for these dogs after they have been rescued due to the physically and psychologically-damaging conditions of puppy mills. Kayla Duffy founded her publishing company Happy Tails Books in 2008 after fostering (and eventually adopting) a dog, Bill the Boston Terrier, who was rescued from a puppy mill. Bill was originally adopted by another family but was quickly (and unfortunately) returned when the family found his psychological state more than they were willing to take on. Ultimately, Duffy met Bill and fell madly in love, working with him through the process of rehabilitation. (And how’s this for cute? Duffy now has a female rescued Boston Terrier, in addition to Bill, who she named Hillary.) Through her company Happy Tails Books, Duffy hopes to increase public awareness of the treatment dogs in puppy mills, and this book does just that. I hope that these stories reach a large audience of people, like myself, who are not aware of exactly how horrific conditions are in puppy mills. These stories, though individual, build a connected web of suffering, and ultimately hope, as we learn about these pets’ and their owners’ stories. In the end, the reader will walk away with a newfound

Photo: Amanda Newsom

Taylor Solomon

knowledge of the treatment of puppy mill pets, the process that goes into rehabilitating these very special survivors, and why it is so important to adopt or buy from a licensed shelter rather than a pet store.

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Walton County Animal Control 1411 S. Madison Ave., Monroe, GA 30655 • Open Mon-Fri 2pm-4:30pm, select Sat 10am-1:45pm

Pumpkin

Sage

Bentley

ledger #20171757

ledger #20171758

ledger #20171776

SINGLE SINCE: September 7, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 7, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 7, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: purr, purr, purr

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: striking tabby coat

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: happy young boy

I ENJOY... exploring over and under everything.

I ENJOY... bird watching on the window sill!

I ENJOY... going after the tennis ball!

8-month-old male

CATS

DOGS

8-month-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

10-month-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

Zen

Binky

Sunny

ledger #20171750

ledger #20171751

ledger #20171783

SINGLE SINCE: September 5, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 6, 2017

SINGLE SINCE: September 9, 2017

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: calm, gentle soul

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: low rider Bassador

3 WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: happy, happy, joy!

I ENJOY... walks, long or short.

I ENJOY... rolling over for belly rubs.

I ENJOY... rumping around!

CATS

DOGS

2-year-old female

1-year-old male

9-year-old male

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

CATS

DOGS

KIDS

If you or someone you know is interested in meeting any of these adoptable animals, please contact the Walton County Animal Control at 770-267-1322 or visit waltonpets.net to view adoptable profiles. October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 27


BE PROACTIVE: If your pets are microchipped and wear collars with ID tags at all times, the chances of you being reunited with a lost pet in a timely manner increase significantly!

File a report with Animal Control Look for your pet Canvas the area where your pet was lost. Ask friends or neighbors to help. Try not to panic, and stay calm so you can think clearly as you search. Indoor cats are often found hiding very close to home but may not come to your calls, so be sure to check under porches, in bushes and in any hiding spots nearby.

File a lost pet report with the closest animal control agency and with any other agencies within a 60-mile radius. After filing the report, check with them periodically to see if any animals in their care match your pet. Some of the info animal control will ask you: • Pet’s Name • Is Your Pet is Wearing a Collar • Pet’s Sex • Is Your Pet Spayed/Neutered • Does Your Pet Have a Microchip • Pet’s Size • Address/Street Where Pet Was Lost • Pet’s Color • Pet’s Breed(s) • Your Contact Information • Pet’s Personality

TELL EVERYONE Print and post flyers in the area where your pet became lost, as well as at local pet stores, veterinary offices and businesses. Pet FBI has a free flyer template online that’s easy and quick. Share photos with info about your lost pet and how to contact you on social media. Social media is a quick way to let a lot of people know to be looking for your pet. Be sure your lost pet post is public so that people can help share it. Post it to your personal page and to community pages such as Lost and Found Pets of Athens, GA. Post periodically to remind people that you’re still searching for your pet. If your pet is microchipped, tell the microchip company your pet is missing.

DON'T GIVE UP! Losing a pet can be an emotional event, but don’t give up! Keep looking for your pet in the area where they were lost, and keep checking with animal control and posting on social media. Many pets are reunited after weeks, months or even years. Read more at www.ClassicCityPawPrint.com. Athens-Clarke Animal Control: 706-613-3540 Oconee Animal Control: 706-769-3956

BE AWare Be aware of potential pet-recovery scams. If someone contacts you to say they have your pet or that the pet you’ve found belongs to them, ask them to describe the animal in detail including any identifying characteristics. Consider meeting in a public space to retrieve or reunite the pet. If someone asks you to transfer them reward money before meeting you with your pet, it is likely a pet-recovery scam that you should be wary of and should report to the police. Madison Animal Control: 706-795-5589 Walton Animal Control: 770-267-1322

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Barrow Animal Control: 770-307-3012 Elbert Animal Control: 706-283-5054


Always assume that someone is looking for the found pet. Do what you can to reunite the pet with its owner, and file a found pet report with animal control, even if you want to try to find the owner before taking them to an animal control facility.

File a report with Animal Control File a found pet report with the closest animal control agency and with any other agencies within a 60-mile radius. You should also take them to animal control for a “stray hold” so the owner has a better chance of reuniting with them if you cannot find the owner in steps 3-4.

SAFETY FIRST Always put your own safety first! Lost pets may be scared, so approach the animal cautiously—do not attempt to retrieve any animal displaying aggressive behavior. If you are unable to retrieve the animal or don’t feel comfortable doing so, call the nearest animal control agency.

Some of the info animal control will ask you: • Pet’s Name • Pet’s Sex • Pet’s Size • Pet’s Color • Pet’s Breed(s)

• Pet’s Personality • Is the Pet is Wearing a Collar • Does the Pet Have a Microchip • Address/Street Where Pet Was Lost • Your Contact Information

TRY TO FIND ITS OWNER Does the animal have a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip? If the pet has a collar with ID tags, that’s the quickest way to get in touch with the owner. If there is no collar with ID tags, take them to a local veterinary office or animal shelter to get the pet scanned for a microchip—this is a free service. If the animal has a microchip, they can help you look up the number to contact the owner.

Share online Share posts with information about the found pet on social media. Social media is a quick way to let a lot of people know that you are looking for the pet’s owner. Be sure your found pet post is public so that people can help share it. Read more at www.ClassicCityPawPrint.com. Athens-Clarke Animal Control: 706-613-3540 Oconee Animal Control: 706-769-3956

Print and post flyers in the area where the pet was found, as well as at local pet stores, veterinary offices or businesses nearby. Pet FBI has a free flyer template online that you can use that’s easy and quick. We suggest not including a photo or identifying features of the pet on flyers or ads to prevent people who are not the owners from claiming the pet.

If you can't find the owner right away You may not be able to find the owner right away, and that’s normal—these things can take time. But we also know that not everyone has the ability to keep a lost animal until the owner is found. In addition to filing a found pet report with animal control, you can take the pet there and they will hold the animal for at least five days on a “stray hold.” This is sometimes the best or only option for some people. However, if the shelter is full, you may want to consider keeping the pet in your home or finding a trusted friend to keep them so that it doesn’t jeopardize any of the animals in the full shelter. Madison Animal Control: 706-795-5589 Walton Animal Control: 770-267-1322

Barrow Animal Control: 770-307-3012 Elbert Animal Control: 706-283-5054

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Artist Spotlight Bryn Rouse

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Artwork: Bryn Rouse

Bryn Rouse draws things. They’re usually in pen, and they’re always very cool. He creates elegantly simple yet charmingly-detailed drawings of animals, plants, food items and more. You may have seen some of his work on a can of Creature Comforts’ Epicurious, a shirt from Five & Ten, or on a shirt, the coasters and even the walls of The National. He also dabbled a bit in some red and blue 3D-type line work in the form of a Godzilla. While honorably helping with his roommate’s three dogs, Oso, Zara and Pico, he doesn’t currently have a pet companion of his own. He still has fond memories of his childhood English Bulldog, Max, who was unfortunately gone way too soon in their partnership. But some future fur friend plans include possibly a dog or cat. More excitingly a goat, pig, or in true Georgia fashion, maybe even some chickens, aren’t out of the question. Bryn’s love for art has always been there. But he got a boost of confidence in fourth grade when he won the second place title in a regional art competition with a drawing of a tiger done in graphite. After that, he “doodled” all the way to age 22 where his job as a bartender at The National found him kicking back after work with bar napkins and his ballpoint pen. When his boss, Peter Dale, noticed the drawings one night, Bryn was commissioned to design a postcard that could be handed out to regulars, and his current artistic endeavor blossomed from there. Other than getting to design Creature Comforts can art on Epicurious (although Bibo is his #1 favorite), and getting to draw a bison that now hangs on the wall of The National, another high point of life as an artist is getting asked to draw tattoo ideas for friends. He says this is an honor and to see his work on someone’s skin is moving. While he does love it, Bryn hopes to be able to cut his full-time food service industry job back some in the next few years and devote a lot more time to making a more expansive career out of his art. And since he’s a man of many talents, he would also love to get into some acting and music. When it comes to the challenges of being an artist, Bryn says the hardest part used to be transitioning from drawing something for fun versus drawing something “as a task.” Overthinking, putting too much pressure on himself, and taking on any and all assignments are things he had to learn to overcome. But he now says, “The best he knows he can execute well. way to make the best art is to channel your heart and the You can find more of Bryn Rouse’s work on his joy of creative expression into your work and to not view projects as tasks but rather as creative outlets.” To keep it Instagram page @brynscritterz or on his website at simple, he says now he typically only agrees to draw things brynscritterz.com.

Artwork: Bryn Rouse

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Must be a Preferred Pet Club member. Sign up in store today. It’s easy. STORE COUPON. May be redeemed at Athens Pet Supplies Plus location only. Must be a Preferred Pet Club member. One coupon per household please. No cash value. No cash back. Not valid on the purchase of gift cards or prior purchases. May not be combined with any other offer. OFFER VALID THRU DECEMBER 31, 2017.

PLU #89364

Pet Supplies Plus Athens 191 Alps Rd, Suite 15 | 706.353.0650 | Open 7 days a week. Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm • Sun: 10am-7pm Independently owned and operated October 2017 • www.classiccitypawPRINT.com • PAGE 31


• Doggie Day Care • Dog Overnights • Kitty City • Grooming

• Self-service Doggie Spa • Pet Boutique • Adoptions

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Pawtropolis Eastside 670 Olympic Drive Athens, GA 30601 706-850-8744 Pawtropolis Westside 130 Whitetail Way Bogart, GA 30622 706-227-7887 www.Pawtropolis.com

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October 2017  

Classic City Paw Print is a free magazine in the Athens, GA area promoting pet adoption, responsible pet ownership and compassion for all an...

October 2017  

Classic City Paw Print is a free magazine in the Athens, GA area promoting pet adoption, responsible pet ownership and compassion for all an...

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