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About the Cover Meet the Purcell Family ....................................... 8

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Feature Photographer Three Strand Photography • Jane Scott ............ 8

Life Style Report

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Tara explains why “Can’t Never Could” are Powerful Words to Live By

Pets of the Month.......................... 14

by Tara Hannover

The Science of Beauty

The Emerald Isle

Better Brain Health & Clearer Thinking

Our Town Community ........... 10

Plan Your Visit to Ireland with Heather Meliski’s Top Picks For a Great Vacation

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by Dr. Jenny Brockis

To Peel or Not to Peel by Eliana Ochesanu .................................16 & 18

Our Giving Garden Super Powerful, Contagious and Beneficial to Community by Judy Byler .................................................. 20

Beneficial Insects in the Garden by Jane Griffith ............................................... 21

Real Estate in Our Town Do the pricing Homework and Make Sure you Set the Right Price to Sell your House!!! by Debra Ratchford..................................30 & 38

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A Polenta Dinner Party Bring the Rustic Tastes of Italy to Your Table this Month With a Twist

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with Your Pet Over Spring Break by Amber Burckhalter

Welcome March Fun Things to Do and See in Cobb This Month

James Floyd Kelly is taking a brief hiatus from his popular column, Tech Dad. James will be back shortly sharing his insights with parents and kids alike.


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Meet the Purcell family from Marietta! Ann and Brent have been married for 15 years after meeting at Shorter University in Rome where they both attended college. Brent is an Assistant Manager with AquaGuard Foundations & Waterproofing. Ann works as an actor in TV, fi lm and commercial work in the Atlanta area. She also homes schools her children part time and runs Zooma Creative Studios which offers local theatre summer camps for kids. Elijah is a 5th grader who enjoys flag football, tennis, robotics, and is currently learning to play the guitar. David is in the 3rd grade who enjoys gymnastics, camping, and is a master Lego engineer. Hannah is 5 and loves ballet, tap dancing classes, animals and swimming. Caleb is 2 and likes cars and trucks and entertaining the whole family. The Purcell’s serve and give locally to MUST Ministries with giving hearts. Last spring, they ran a lemonade stand that raised $200 for Must. In their free time, they love to spend time together hiking at Pigeon Hill and enjoy all of the local parks in the area. Their favorite things about spring time are celebrating Easter and enjoying the local festivities.

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Jane Scott was born and raised in Marietta, GA, where her love of photography first began at age 10 with a Polaroid camera. Jane continued her love at UGA where she worked as an event photographer and met her husband, David. David and Jane now have 3 children: Samantha, Emma and Will. With her kids all in school, Jane picked back up the lens in 2010 when she started a business as an architectural photographer. While this rekindled her love of photography, she knew, after only a year, that her passion was to photograph people and to learn their stories. Today she owns and operates Three Strand Photography where she specializes in photographing newborns, children, and families. Her work has been featured with Glory Haus and Hobby Lobby. Most recently, Jane has been increasing her focus on High School Senior Portraits and Sessions, capturing the special moments of the high school journey during such an exciting time of transition. She offers a unique opportunity for rising seniors that book and complete their session by the end of August. Jane also works in real-estate photography and she is the featured photographer for the Atlanta Mom’s Blog. She is so blessed to be doing what she loves.

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There is a $20.00 requested donation per car load. 100% of this donation goes to the HHS Bands program. There is a $30.00 processing fee for 1 FLAT panel tv/monitor and $20.00 each one after. A portion of this amount goes to HHS Bands as well. Additional processing fees for other TVs and monitors include Cathode Ray Tube TVs- $50 and Tube or CRT monitors are $50. Now accept paint cans!! A processing fee of $2 per quart, $5 per gallon or $10 per 5 gallon bucket is requested, with a portion of this fee going to the band. Paint cans do not need to be empty or have kitty litter in them. Large item pick-ups are now offered for an additional donation fee. Contact them at electronicsrecycling@ harrisonbands.org to get details or schedule a pick-up. Items must be on the first floor (no stairs) and there is a $50 pick up charge along with any additional costs for the TV’s/monitors and paint.

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“Can’t Never Could” by Tara Hanover Do you believe in luck? Perhaps you call it good fortune or being blessed- regardless, experts believe that you really do make your own breaks. Psychology Today wrote an article based on research acquired by UCLA and Colombia University reinforcing the idea that our beliefs on luck influence our drive to succeed. If you believe you are lucky or unlucky, typically you are correct. OUR MINDSET IS A POWERFUL THING!

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I am a big believer in luck; the harder I work, the luckier I get.” I believe I was super lucky growing up because I was given a wonderful gift. I didn’t actually realize how wonderful it was until I was older. This gift did not cost anything, but it has become priceless to me. And now I am passing it along to you. My Mamaw always told me “Can’t Never Could”. Today, in our home, the word CAN’T is not allowed and is actually considered a “bad” word to my children. Why, you ask? Well, when you use the word CAN’T, you are defeating yourself before you even begin. You may be saying it out of fear of failure, or perhaps someone told you that you couldn’t…. Take a moment and think back. Did anyone ever tell you that you couldn’t do something

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that you really wanted to do...so you didn’t? If you could be anything or do anything different than you did, would you? I would like to introduce you to Kali Brown of KB Designs. Kali started making bracelets in high school in a program called Transitions Unlimited in Alvin, Texas.  The students would make jewelry to sell during lunch and would also make cookies and food trays for staff meetings. She graduated in 2011 at the age of 22 and moved to Cobb County shortly after.    Fast forward almost 5 years. Kali has continued to make jewelry at home to keep busy. She enjoys it and is extremely creative. She also draws and writes songs. Three years ago, she decided to put her hobby to the test by showcasing some of her jewelry in the spring Kindermart Sale at Smyrna First United Methodist Church - just to see how it would go over. It was there that KB designs was born, and Kali’s hobby turned into a business.  She went on to sell at the Kindermart sale in the fall and decided to try Gift Mart, a much larger event held at SFUMC, where a portion of the proceeds went toward the church’s programs. In 2018 she had a table at the CCDS Arts and Crafts show and filled several custom orders from there.  Her dream of owning her own jewelry business was now a reality! She designs and creates all of her jewelry. Kali makes necklaces, bracelets and is starting to move into earrings. Kali has begun to develop a small following and at this year’s Gift Mart sale people were asking for her jewelry!  She attended “Meet the Seller” night and had a blast. She will turn 30 in May and has already begun working on designs for Gift Mart 2019.   Oh, and did I mention, Kali has Down syndrome? Nope- actually I did not... because that is just a piece of who she is. She too, was born with the good luck of never hearing or feeling she couldn’t. So, she did!   Kali is friendly, faith filled and would do anything to help anyone at any time. She is very much a people person and never meets a stranger. Her jewelry is hand beaded on stretch string and very rarely are there two of the exact same designs unless, of course, someone has ordered them. She has done several mother/daughter, father/son sets and even a 3 generation set. I encourage you to seek out KB designs. She is not only a beautiful designer but a beautiful person, as well. So, friends, what’s holding you back from doing something you’ve always wanted to do? Is CAN’T in your vocabulary? If so, I challenge you to make it a “bad” word...even just for a month. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish!

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HOW DID WE GET HERE? A SHORT HISTORY OF PEELS Chemical peeling or skin resurfacing is an ancient practice probably dating back to the early Egyptians. While only fruit acids and lactic acid from milk were available to the Egyptians, physicians began using salicylic acid, resorcinol, phenols and TCA in 1882. Antoinette La Gasse introduced chemical peels to the United States in 1930. This was the first time phenol based chemical peels were used to re-

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Beneficial Insects in the Garden by Jane Griffith A thriving vegetable garden should be buzzing with activity, complete with bees, butterflies, spiders and wasps. The more beneficial creatures that live in the garden, the healthier and happier your garden will be and the less work you will have to do.

The Pollinators This all-important group consists of butterflies, beetles and a variety of bees. We can thank bees for pollinating at least a third of our food plants.

The Predators Included here are your assassin bugs, damselflies,

centipedes, daddy long legs, dragonflies, ground beetles, green lacewings, ladybirds, praying mantises, spiders and wasps. These predators feast on the unwanted pests in our gardens like aphids, whiteflies, snail eggs, adult slugs, and caterpillars.

The Parasites Parasites include tachinid flies, beneficial worms

and parasitoid wasps. Tiny parasitic wasps inject their eggs into a host’s body (most often a troublesome caterpillar). When a larva hatches, the caterpillar becomes its food. This the type of “insecticide” we want in our gardens.

The Cleaners

This group comprises of millipedes, worms, beetles and woodlice. They are known as detritivores-literally the ones who eat debris. They are the recyclers, obtaining nutrients from decomposing organic matter, helping to break it down in the process.

To attract this diverse range of beneficial insects into your gardens, the following techniques may be used. Create diversity by interplanting different varieties and combining plants with varying heights.

Include flowers in your vegetable garden as they attract a range of insects. Bees love the yellow flowers of broccoli and mustard. Hoverflies are drawn to the flowers of carrots, fennel and lettuce. Butterflies love onion flowers. Interplant herbs among your vegetables. Many herbs have flowers that pollinating insects adore like yarrow, dill, fennel, lavender and rosemary. Others simply catch the attention of certain insects, like tansy which is a magnet for ladybirds. Include flowers like buckwheat, California poppy, coneflowers, cosmos, evening primrose, nasturtiums, sweet alyssum in different colors, scents and patterns. Provide insect sized water sources with logs or stones and landing pads, so they don’t drown. Nasturtium leaves are a good source of water, as they catch droplets for tiny insects. A thick layer of mulch will keep the detritivores happy and finally don’t panic at the first sign of pests- they are food sources for the good guys.


Better Brain Health & Clearer Thinking by Dr. Jenny Brockis IF your head sometimes feels as if it is stuffed with cotton, it may be time to rediscover that better brain health and clearer thinking are very closely related. “I just can’t think” is the new catch-cry when our capacity to manage all those competing thoughts has reached critical mass and the brain’s pressure release valve kicks in, shutting down access to the prefrontal cortex and your ability to think well.

STUFF THE TURKEY, NOT YOUR BRAIN Too much input stifles thinking, blurring the lines between what’s important and what’s not. We’re not designed to operate 24/7 and when running on empty, it’s harder to find the motivation to get to the gym, to cook a meal from scratch or even to go to bed earlier. It’s a paradox that our brain’s response to the burden of our mental load is the loss of those lifestyle choices that would help the most.

IT’S A FILTER FAILURE AND ENERGY PROBLEM Recent research has revealed our memory capacity to be 10 times greater than previously thought- the equivalent of one petabyte, the same as the world wide web storage is not an issue. All this cerebral activity requires a lot of energy and our brain consumes a disproportionate 20% of all the body’s energy input, with conscious thought using a whopping 80% of our mental juice.

TUNE IN TO WHAT MATTERS FOR BETTER BRAIN HEALTH AND CLEARER THINKING Better brain health provides the foundation to smarter thinking by elevating an awareness of how our brain can work against us and to evaluate which of those non-negotiables i.e. sleep, exercise, nutrition and stress management require your most urgent attention. Better brain health and clearer thinking is vital.

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RING OF KERRY – This stretch on the Wild Atlantic Way should take you roughly 3 hours to drive, but plan for longer because you will want to stop to see the breathtaking ocean and mountain views, as well as, visit some of the quaint villages along the way. BLARNEY CASTLE AND BLARNEY STONE – One of

the most well-known attractions in Ireland is the Blarney Castle which is home to the famous Blarney Stone. Located just outside of Cork in County Cork, legend has it that you must kiss the stone upside down while hanging over a drop off.

VISIT A CASTLE – There are so many

Ireland has been one of my popular vacation requests lately and since this is the month that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it is only fitting to share can’t-miss experiences for the Emerald Isle. Let’s start with the basics:

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to Shannon and Dublin, as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland. Some travelers fly round trip from the same airport but, if you’re doing a shorter vacation, you can fly into one and out from another.

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There are several options on how to tour Ireland. Guided tours provide motor coach transportation and knowledgeable guides to assist you at each destination. These are structured tours with set schedules, hotels and experiences. You can also choose to self-drive or hire a personal driver (this option can be pricey). Ireland is incredibly easy to navigate, so self-driving is a great way to create a custom vacation. This also allows you to see the things that interest you the most and to stay at the hotels, B&Bs, and manors of your choosing. Make sure when booking your rental car to request an automatic transmission since most rentals in Europe will be manual transmissions. Ireland is comprised of two separate countries – The Republic of Ireland (commonly referred to as ‘Ireland’) is an independent country and Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro for their currency whereas Northern Ireland uses UK currency - the pound sterling. One other important thing to note is that speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour in the Republic of Ireland versus miles per hour in Northern Ireland. This is particularly important if you are self-driving. It’s easy to move between the two countries, but they are separate, so make sure you have your passport on you if you are in the northern half of the country.

Popular Attractions and Experiences There is so much to see and do in Ireland and Northern Ireland that there’s no way to make an all-encompassing list, but these are some of my most requested destinations and experiences:

CLIFFS OF MOHER – No trip to Ireland is complete without

seeing this natural wonder and no photograph will do their beauty justice. Located in County Clare about 1.5 hours from Galway, this is Ireland’s most-visited natural attraction.

castles to choose from, but some of the more popular Irish castles are the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, Bunratty Castle in County Clare, and King John’s Castle in Limerick. Others include Ashford Castle, Cahir Castle, Dunguaire Castle, and Kilkenny Castle.

THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY – This stretch of road along the western coast measures 1,700 miles long and features over 1,000 attractions. The drive is broken into five sections – County Donegal, County Donegal to County Mayo, County Mayo to County Clare, County Clare to County Kerry, and County Kerry to County Cork. Some of the most popular attractions in Ireland are located along the drive – the Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, Loop Head, The Burren, Killary Harbour, and more. If you’re planning a longer vacation and are self-driving, I highly recommend experiencing the entire drive. ARAN ISLANDS – Comprised of three islands, Inishmore,

Inishmaan, and Inisheer, this unique experience feels like taking a step back in time. Roughly 12,000 people live on the islands where Gaelic is spoken, and the culture is quite different from the mainland. If you are self-driving, I recommend taking a chartered tour on Inishmore to get the best experience. Make sure to visit Dun Aonghasa.

DUBLIN – Eat and drink your way through the city and enjoy the local attractions by foot. Make sure you visit the Temple Bar District and Guinness Storehouse. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – Located in County Antrim in Northern

Ireland, Giant’s Causeway is comprised of unique basalt columns formed by volcanic activity. On a clear day you can see Scotland in the distance. While you’re in the area make sure to check out Old Bushmills Distillery, the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle, and the seaside town of Portrush, home to the 148th British Open being held at Royal Portrush in 2019 (and the first time the event is being held in Northern Ireland in over 70 years).

BELFAST – The most popular attraction here is the Titanic Belfast.

The shipyard where the infamous RMS Titanic was built has been transformed into a wonderful museum where you can see mementos and walk the decks of the ill-fated ship.

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A Polenta Dinner Party Polenta is a rustic dish that originates from Northern Italy and has always been considered a very humble repast. Polenta is made from ground cornmeal and can be served in several different ways. One such way is by fashioning polenta as the “center of the attention” by hosting a polenta dinner party. A large rectangular wood board is covered with parchment paper or a long slab of marble can be used to display the polenta and its toppings. A polenta party may be just be the thing to brighten up a ho-hum weekend evening this month. The following includes recipes for the polenta and toppings to create a delicious dinner party. Each recipe serves approximately 8 people. Bon Appetit!

POLENTA

1/4 c. butter 1 package (3 cups) ground corn meal 1 c. grated parmesan 12 cups of water 1/2 c. mascarpone cheese 1 tbsp. salt Bring salted water to a boil. Add cornmeal, bring to boil again then turn down and simmer on low. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes. It will quickly begin to thicken. Place the lid on pot and leave to simmer on low for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Remove from heat, stir in cheeses and butter. Then serve or place in slow cooker on ‘ warm’ setting until ready to serve.

BEER-BRAISED BEEF BARBACOA

Cooked in a mixture of dark beer and spices, this barbacoa is tender and delicious. It is also excellent with tortillas. Serves: 6-8 servings 5 pounds boneless beef brisket or chuck roast 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer 1 large red onion, chopped 2 jalapeños, stemmed and sliced (remove seeds if you’d like it less spicy) ½ cup cilantro leaves ½ cup Italian parsley leaves, plus more for garnish ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves 6 cloves garlic ¼ cup blackstrap molasses 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 4 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns Heat oven to 300°F and place roast in a large baking dish or roasting pan. Combine remaining ingredients in a blender starting with the beer (you may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender). Blend on high until all is pureed. Pour beer mixture over roast and move it around in the mixture to coat all sides. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place in oven. Slow-roast the beef 3 hours, remove foil and return to the oven and let cook 30-45 minutes more or until the edges are browned and the meat easily pulls apart with a fork. Shred meat and mix with the sauce in the pan. Serve immediately with a generous sprinkling of Italian parsley leaves or let cool completely, cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat; place meat and sauce in a shallow pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.

SPICY SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

8 large peppers in colors of your choice 8 Italian sausage 3 white onions, sliced 2 tbsp. chili flakes (or to taste) 4 tbsp. olive oil salt & pepper to taste * note – you can use spicy Italian sausage and omit chili flakes Slice peppers and onions lengthwise in similar thickness and set aside.

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Cut sausages into ½“ slices. Cook on med-high heat on both sides until cooked and brown on each side. Remove from pan and set aside. Heat oil in pan over med-high and add onions. Cook until clear. Turn heat to medium and add peppers. Slowly cook and stir until peppers are almost cooked through. Add sausages back in and cook together for 2-4 minutes.

MUSHROOMS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

4 lbs. of fresh mushrooms, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 c. chardonnay 2 tbsp. butter 2 tbsp. dry thyme 2 tbsp. soy sauce fresh ground pepper to taste Heat oil & butter in pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and toss to coat in oil/butter. Cook, tossing occasionally until 1/2 cooked then add soy sauce and thyme and toss. Cook for another 2-4 minutes then add wine and cook until wine is almost all absorbed. Remove from heat, add fresh pepper & serve.

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TOUCH-A-TRUCK: March 9th, rain

or shine. Get up-close and personal with larger-thanlife trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles. Over 40 vehicles will be on display along with a variety of other children’s activities. Admission is free. This event will be held at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw.

DUE WEST TREASURE CHEST SPRING CONSIGNMENT SALE:

3956 Due West Road. Marietta in the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is FREE and strollers are welcome. Sale dates are Friday, March 8th from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm, and March 9th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Many items are 1/2 off on Saturday ONLY. For more information, find us at duewest.org/community/consignment-sale/ or email duewesttreasurechest1@gmail.com. Shop EARLY on Thursday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for a $5 cash entry fee.

BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE:

March 8th from 9am to 7pm, and March 9th from 9am to noon. The sale is held at Riverstone Church, 2005 Stilesboro Rd in Kennesaw. For more information visit www.bornagainblessings.com.

NOWAMOM (Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples) SPRING CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Saturday, March 9th from 8am to 9pm at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd in Marietta. For detailed information, please visit www. NowamomSale.org ALL 4 KIDS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR. Jim Miller Park’s new 25,000 sq. ft. event facility

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SMYRNA MARKET VILLAGE FOUNTAIN DYEING CEREMONY:

Mayor A. Max Bacon will kick off the weekend of festivities and dye the Market Village Fountain GREEN in a special ceremony on Saturday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. for St. Patrick’s Day weekend and associated festivities in the Smyrna Market Village.

SMYRNA ST. PATRICK’S DAY FEST: The 15th Annual St Patrick’s Day Festival at the Market Village is hosted by Atkins Park & Zucca Pizzeria. Party all afternoon on Saturday, March16th and Sunday, March 17th with Guinness, Harp and Irish Car Bombs flowing! Tickets are only $8 a day and $15 for both days! Enjoy a great lineup of live music, partying and fun! Cornhole ATL, games and rides for kids all day long on Saturday.  A portion of proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training! smyrnastpatricksdayfest. com. 2840 Atlanta Rd., Smyrna, GA 30080. SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 5K:

The Marietta Shamrock Shuffle 5k is a 5k run-walk event beginning and ending in the Marietta Square on Saturday, March 16. Proceeds to benefit the Marietta Police Athletic League (PAL). For more information, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta.

EVENTS AT STERLING ESTATES, WEST COBB: Open to the community. RSVP to events by calling 770.255.7000. Sterling Estates is located 3165 Dallas Highway in Marietta. Friday, March 8th at 10:15 am in the Stratford Building Lounge you are invited to attend Catholic Mass with Msgr. Walsh of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Monday, March 11th at 4:00pm in the Landmark Activity Room. Author, Kathy Williams, will speak about her book, Dear Dad. Friday, March 22nd 6:30 pm in the Stratford Building Lounge. West Cobb Community Mahjong Night. Come join in on a friendly evening game with our residents. MABLE HOUSE SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL: March 23rd, from 10am to 5pm.

The Mable House Spring Arts Festival is in its inaugural year. Kick off the Spring and Summer seasons by celebrating and promoting Atlanta Metro Area arts. It will feature an Artists and Crafters Market, artist demos, food trucks, beer and wine garden and live performances from local groups. This event and parking are free. 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton.  http://mablehouse.org

ACWORTH DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: Saturday, March 23rd from 7 to 9pm at the North Cobb High School cafeteria. This year’s theme is “Sock Hop” and the daddy-daughter duos will dress in their leather jackets and poodle skirts. Girls 13 and under are invited to attend with their dads or an adult make chaperone. A DJ, light refreshments, gifts for the girls, and a photographer will be set up for optional pictures. For detailed information, please visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org. ENGLISHMAN’S FINE FURNITURE SEMI-ANNUAL SALE: Make sure to visit Englishman’s, 4880 S. Atlanta Rd., SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, on March 29th through the 31st. You will find great furnishings 50%-70% OFF RETAIL on all In-Stock items. For more information, please visit www.Englishmansfurniture.com/Events or call 404.351.4464. FREE ESTATE PLANNING BREAKFAST WITH ALEX GAINES LAW

March 30th from 10:30am- 12:00pm. Alex Gaines is a Smyrna-based mom and estate planning lawyer working with families of all kinds to protect their loved ones with holistic estate planning. In this FREE, informative and empowering class, Alex will cover everything you need to know about ensuring your family has the future you would want for them, rather than leaving it to chance or the whims of a probate judge. Breakfast and childcare is provided to all who register. Location: 3101 Cobb Parkway, Suite 124, Atlanta, GA 30339 (inside of ROAM Innovative Workplace). Reserve your seat at www.alexgaineslaw.com/freetalks/

SPRING BACKYARD CAMPOUT: The Spring Backyard Campout takes place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Swift-Cantrell Park.  The event features camping under the night sky as well as backyard games, field activities, discovery stations, and campfire entertainment featuring professional storytelling, stargazing, and s’mores. $25 per campsite (tent camping only) and includes dinner and breakfast.  Advanced registration is required. Check in Saturday, 3/30 between 5 and 6pm and check out is Sunday 3/31 between 8 and 9am. 3140 Old 41 Hwy. NW in Kennesaw. Plse call 770.411.9714 for more information. MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET/ARTISTS MARKET: Year round every Saturday morning rain or shine, and on Sundays from noon to 3pm. Customers can choose from heirloom tomatoes, fruits, and vegetables. The Artist Market is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays along side the Farmers Market. www.MariettaSquareFarmersMarket.com.

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PET TRAVEL AND YOUR PUP Spring is springing and that means family trips and travel for a lot of people. If your pup is joining us at K-9 Coach over the spring break holiday, GREAT! They’ll have an incredible vacation enjoying structured enrichments which incorporate essential social interaction, free-time, play, manners training and other activities that support the natural behavior patterns of our canine guests. And for their pampering needs… they’ll receive daily R&R (frozen yummy tummy treats designed to provide rest and recharge), a nightly relaxation rub-down just after last-outs, hot towel treatment upon departure and a $5 discount on a departure grooming service! As fantastic as our lodging services are, many of our families will choose to take their pups along with them for the journey. Travel with your pup can be a great experience, or it can be a nightmare. It depends on how prepared you are. This month, we focus on the following K-9 tips to better prepare you, your family and Rover for a successful trip together!

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Make sure your dog is suited for travel. There are three important things to consider here: Age, temperament and activity level. As a general rule, travel is more difficult for very young or very old dogs. Additionally, you need to consider how chill or anxious your dog is normally. Will travel increase this anxiety? Finally, will your planned trip accommodate your pup’s activity level? If you have a lazy pup, a trip involving a lot of activities and a go, go, go schedule is probably not a great idea. A quick overnight somewhere should give you a good base-line to determine these factors.

multiple contacts, health information and a recent photo of your dog. Then, if an emergency arises, all the information is at anyone’s finger tips via the PetHub website and / or collar code. You can purchase a PetHub tag in our retail shop. Also, make sure to talk with your veterinarian about micro-chip.

5. Prepare an emergency kit which includes local contact information,

the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic, and a poison-control center or hotline such as the ASPCA poison-control center, which can be reached at 1-800-426-4435. The kit should also include proof of vaccinations, copies of important medical records and a current photo of your pet. A nice waterproof container or zip-lock type bag is a good idea. NOTE – If you are traveling abroad, your veterinarian will be able to assist you in making sure you have all required information.

2. Plan before you go. There are a few important factors here. Is your

destination (hotel, family/friend home, VRBO, etc…) pet friendly? How are you getting there: Car, plane, other…? On a personal note, I would rather drive twice as long than put my dog on as airline cargo. Will you have an appropriate amount of time to spend with your pup once you get there? If you’ll be away from your dog a lot during the trip, you may need to reconsider bringing them.  

6. If you’re traveling on an airplane, you have two options. Small pups

can ride in the cabin under your seat. You must have an approved pet carrier and the dog must remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight. Dogs who are too large to fit in the cabin must ride in the belly of the plane in the cargo section. Check with your airline for specific requirements. Regardless, make sure to bring ample food and water for your pup. PLEASE do not order a service dog vest online and try to pass off your pup as a service dog. It is extremely disrespectful to those who actually require service animals and it exposes you to a lot of personal liability should something go wrong.

So, now that you’ve decided to take Rover along, you need to consider the following: 3. Travel by car can be dangerous. You need to take precautions as you would with children. Ideally, you will crate your dog. A crate protects your dog and other passengers in the event of an accident. A travel harness can also be used. Check the Center for Pet Safety for crash test certified products (https://www.centerforpetsafety.org). If your pup is not crate trained, call us and we can do some private lesson training to help you.

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Sometimes dogs get lost. In a strange place, this can be catastrophic. So, make sure that your four-legged friend has a secure collar and tag. It may be best to buy your pet a nice new collar with up to date contact details on it. Honestly, who doesn’t like a bit of holiday shopping for accessories before a vacation? We recommend the PetHub tag because it allows you to enter in all your pup’s vaccine information,

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If you are traveling by car, make sure you have plenty of water and food to ensure their trip is as comfortable as possible. Traveling with a pet will also mean a few extra stops along the way. So, make sure you plan for these and stop and let them stretch their legs every couple of hours or so. Most rest areas will have some nice pet-friendly areas for a quick walk.

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Have fun! You chose to take your pup with you so that you can enjoy the vacation together. So, do it! Do a little research in advance and have a list of things, places, etc… that you want to do with your pup. Virtually every city in the world has lots of pet friendly activities you and your pup can enjoy together. For example, a Google search for “pet friendly activities Orlando” yields about 11 Million results. The same search for a less popular vacation destination, Stowe, Vermont, still gives us about 416,000! So, I believe it’s safe to say, you’ll have lots to do wherever you go!

I hope these K-9 points help you in determining whether or not to bring your pup on trips and, if you do, to make the most out of those. As always, K-9 Coach is here to help you with any of your dog needs. Whether through training, playcare, lodging or grooming, we are always striving to help you develop a lifetime of positive memories with your pup(s) and traveling together can provide you with a lot of wonderful memories. If you’d like a few specific online resources to help plan your pet trip, check out: • Petplan “The Globetrotter’s Pet Travel Guide” • The Centers for Disease Control “Traveling with Pets” • American Veterinary Medical Association “Traveling with Your Pet FAQ” • Vacation Idea “25 Best Dog-Friendly Vacations on the East Coast” Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming. @K9CoachLLC – Facebook • K9CoachAtlanta - Instagram • @K9CoachAtlanta – Twitter

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