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Fall 2018 Issue 10 


Atlanta’s Pet Lifestyle Magazine

FALL FASHION Goes To the Dogs

Cynthia Bailey, Noelle Robinson, and Bailey

+ Working Like a Dog: Tips to Start a Pet Friendly Work Place Policy

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CONTENTS On the Cover Fall Fashion Goes To the Dogs

26 Pet Life Movers & Shakers


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Social Influence

Remix: Instagram’s Most Stylish Dog He’s a miniature schnauzer with Steve McQueen style and 124,000 Instagram followers. Rescue Hero

Cat Fever Lori Trahan has good mews for area cats. Pets at Work

Working Like a Dog Local tech company shares ideas to consider when setting up a bring your pet to work policy.


Pet Life Entertainment

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Pet Friendly Places

Where Ryan Roams Follow Ryan, an Atlanta Humane Society rescue, on her adventures throughout pet friendly ATL. Spotlight Dog Park

Fetch Dog Park Atlanta has its first full-service restaurant and dog park bar. Fall Calendar of Pet Events

Fall events from Galas to family festivals, that support animal welfare.



Fall Fashion goes to the Dogs From canine couture to easy styles you can create from your own closet, here’s everything you need to know for your canine companion to be on trend.

Pet Life Experts

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Catology 101

OMG! I’ve Adopted a Gazintastuff! [Goesintostuff)] NOUN Small furry creature that can’t keep his paws off your stuff… Fur Therapy

A Horse Park for Everybody Chastain Horse Park shares the love of horses by offering therapeutic riding. Veterinary Profile

Dr. Duffy Jones Whether he’s removing remote controls, seatbelts, Barbie dolls or a platter of brownies — Pyrex pan included — from a dog’s stomach, Dr. Duffy Jones has a sense of humor.



Animal Law

Fighting Animal Abuse with Pet Courts in Georgia Unification can balance the scales for animal abuse and domestic violence in Georgia.




PaWty Animals

Rock for Rescues and Woofstock Socialites Lucy and Holly recap some of last season’s exciting events. Event Spotlight

Doggies on the Catwalk charity fashion show

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Atlanta’s Pet Lifestyle Magazine Fall 2018 | Issue 10 P.O. Box 11633, Atlanta, GA 30355 For Advertising Rates Call 404-538-9895


Joanne Hayes


Stacy Wright

Creative Director Andi Counts

Account Executives Jeannine Blanco Bill Garst Cheryl Isaacs

Project Manager Asshley Harris

Website Development Management BHG Digital

Director of Audience Development Lia Picard

Copy Editor H.M. Cauley

Contributing Writers

Cherese Cobb Claudine Wilkins Kathi Welch Laura J Moss Mickey Goodman Nicole Letts Niko Berry Sparrow Marcioni

Cover Photography Sara Hanna


Viki Cox Georgia Wilson Deanna Fiveash

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Behind the Cover Lake Bailey provided the beautiful backdrop for photographer Sara Hanna to capture the gorgeous images from our cover shoot. Our mother-daughter pros, Real Housewives of Atlanta star, supermodel and businesswoman Cynthia Bailey, and her college-bound daughter Noelle Robinson, who recently signed with her mom’s agency, worked our camera with their adorable Pomeranian Bailey, while the RHOA cameras worked alongside us documenting the event. Special thanks to Tootsies for providing wardrobe. On Cynthia, Jovani. On Noelle, Solace London. On Bailey, vest by Dogo Designs, courtesy of Bark Fifth Ave. Photographer: Sara Hanna Shoot Assistant: Tyler Hayes Makeup: Mimi Humphries Hair: Corliss Aldred

Sept.–Nov. 2018, Vol. 3, No. 10 Atlanta Pet Life Send your comments, questions, or concerns to Stacy Wright, Submissions chosen for publication may be edited for length or clarity. Copyright ©2018 Atlanta Pet Life Reproduction in whole or in part may not be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Printed in the U.S.A. by Walton Press, Inc.

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editor’s letter

Stacy and Hallie


tlanta Pet Life has been celebrating the fascinating bond humans have with animals and enhancing your pet lifestyle for the last two years. Now more than ever, we realize the therapeutic effects of sharing our lives with animals. As a result, this dedication toward companion animals has quickly elevated into an industry. We have come a long way from the 1800s when we first started feeding our pets commercially package food instead of table scraps and barn rodents. Today, pet foods, treats, accessories and even canine fashion have become multibillion-dollar industries. Typically, we don’t dress our pets to protect their modesty, but the desire to throw a T-shirt on our best buddy may stem from more than just-for-the-fun-of-it. Booties and anxiety vests are designed for protection and comfort, but much of the reasoning behind dressing pets is to give them the attention they urgently crave. We outfit our canine companions in couture and costumes to express their unique personalities. But perhaps a more grounded compulsion to dress our companions comes from our humanistic drive to nurture, to provide, to be needed and to create moments that strengthen our connection with another soul. The pet fashion industry unites fur-therapy and fashion therapy into a beneficial relationship that extends beyond you and your pet. The movers and shakers in this area are committed to giving back to the community. Mister Migs LLC uses reclaimed denim to create fashionable puppy wear to aid young humans with learning disabilities. Fashion shows such as “Doggies on the Catwalk” and social media pet influencers such as the stylish miniature schnauzer Remix make the point to support to our community. If you have a poodle in a yellow polka dot bikini or a cat in a houndstooth bow tie, APL encourages you to express your pet’s style and celebrate the bond you have. Sincerely,

Stacy Wright, Editor

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Publisher’s letter

Joanne with Alf and Abby


s a fur mom to three rescues, our dogs Alf and Abby,and our cat Reese, I am beyond excited to add Atlanta Pet Life to our portfolio of niche, upscale, community lifestyle publications. Along with Simply Buckhead and 17th South magazines, and the online news website BuckheadView, we are proud to be able to carry on the legacy this magazine started 3 years ago, in serving the pet community of Atlanta. You’ll find us in more locations than ever; our magazine will include new editorial topics and a team of veteran freelance writers, editors, and creative director at the helm. As Atlanta’s premier quarterly pet lifestyle publication, 68,000 copies will be distributed in over 200 locations throughout Metro Atlanta. According to, we are the 9th best city for dog owners, with 54% of Atlantans owning a dog; there are more than 9000 pet-friendly apartments, 220 pet-friendly restaurants, 50 dog parks, and over 300 veterinarians. We are a city of pet lovers, and Atlanta Pet Life knows all the people, places and happenings that are fun and pet-tastic, geared to the unique pet lifestyle of our great city and all its surrounding markets. Our articles will cover health and animal welfare, nutrition, lifestyle, products, local pet heroes, events, breeds, small businesses, pet rescues, pet friendly retailers and restaurants, DIY pet projects, and much more. We look forward to serving the pet community, and hope you find Atlanta Pet Life a helpful resource and interesting read. Sincerely,

Joanne Hayes, Publisher

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PET LIFE MOVERS & SHAKERS | Social Influence

Remix: Instagram’s Most Stylish Dog Written by Cherese Cobb | Photos courtesy of Chris Ha


f you scroll through Instagram on a regular basis, you’re probably familiar with Remix the Dog. He’s a miniature schnauzer from Miami. “When I got him, I wanted to take photos of him without bombarding my friends, so I started his Instagram account,” says

My Talking Pet: The Photo App That Lets Your Pets Do the Talking Comedian Craig Shoemaker says, “My dog is half pit bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip.” Here’s betting that Shoemaker never guessed his canine could actually chatter. If you’re not already killing enough time shooting angry birds at their green pig enemies, then download My Talking Pet, an app by WOBA media for Android and iOS. With an upload of your favorite pet’s photo, you can — in a choice of hilarious voice tones — create custom messages straight from your horse’s or hamster’s mouth.

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What friend or loved one wouldn’t be charmed at the sight of your kitten quoting Shakespeare or a brown bear belting out your favorite ballad while wearing a sticker mustache, hat or necklace? You can also add My Talking Pet as a Widget to your lock screen, have your pet tell you the weather forecast and news headlines, or even get him or her to remind you of appointments. While there isn't much of a tutorial, and some of the controls are fiddly, the $5 app doesn’t have any ads or external content. It’s like Instagram and Google Calendar had a baby, but without the cliché photo captions and hourly event reminders, which is why the app, featured on Ellen, became the most downloaded paid app in the Apple iTunes store and remains in the top 20 paid apps in the entertainment genre.

owner Chris Ha. “Dogs of Instagram posted one of his photos, and from there, his account took off.” With 124,000 followers, he’s Instafamous for his wardrobe, “a mix between his fashion idols Andy Warhol and Steve McQueen.” He’s often in thick-rimmed shades (non-prescription, of course), V-neck sweaters, seasonal costumes and chunky headphones that would play his theme song, “Boom” by Tiësto & Sevenn if they were actually plugged in. Roughly 14 pounds, Remix wears clothes that are sizes 18 to 24 months. “Most of his clothes come from various pet clothing companies that send us their products to try, [like] Oh Pop Dog and Canada Pooch,” Ha says. Remix also works with brands such as Milk-Bone, PetSmart and Happy Socks (his humans wear the socks), appears in their ads and incorporates their products into his Instagram feed. Nicknamed the Dumbledore of Dogdom, the 4-year-old pupster, who turns 5 in October, is also known for his epically white beard and shaggy eyebrows. “We always try to wash his beard once a week because food and debris can get stuck in it,” Ha says. "We wipe his beard with a towel soaked in warm water after every walk.” Ha says Remix has “looked like an old man from day one. I wanted to call him Dino and even had a dog tag with that name made in Japan. Being a music lover, I had a dream about getting a dog and calling it Remix. Naturally, I had to go with that name.” The runt of the litter, Remix is prone to the occasional grumpy streak, but remains a social butterfly at heart. “When he walks into a room, he has to greet everyone and will get frustrated if you don’t greet him back,” Ha says. “He’s our little explorer and a huge cuddle bug, too. Just don’t wake him while he’s sleeping — he doesn’t like to be disturbed!” When he’s not munching on bananas and blueberries, playing capture the sock, or raising funds for charities such as WagAware and Dogly, you can sniff him on his website,, or on Instagram @remixthedog. Chris Ha | Photographer & Owner of Remix the Dog

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Cat Fever Written by Mickey Goodman

Lori Trahan, intrepid volunteer


agoba is one of nine rescue cats that greet Lori Trahan at her front door at the end of a long but productive day. “Despite being named for an organic chocolate bar, she’s not the sweetest in the household, but she’s certainly the feistiest,” says Trahan, president of Good Mews, a no-kill, cage-free cat shelter in Marietta where no cat is ever euthanized to make room for another. The organization celebrates its 30th year of operation with a gala at the Hyatt Regency on November 10. Trahan rescued Dagoba and her siblings at the request of a friend who found the cats in a box on her porch. “I thought they would be adopted quickly,” she says. “That didn’t work out as planned for Dagoba.” The orphaned kitten’s future was forever altered when a volunteer put her hand in the cage to clean it out during Dagoba’s obligatory two-week quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. Terrified of humans, the frightened kitten bit the volunteer hard enough to require a trip to the emergency room. The next step was placement in foster care, but that was also short-lived. Once again, it was Trahan to the rescue. She retrieved Dagoba and took her home to join her growing family of cats — all Good Mews rescues. Adopting Dagoba is vintage Trahan. A volunteer at Good Mews since 2000, she came up through the ranks. She was elected to the board in 2003, then served as secretary before becoming president in 2016. Through the years, the associate director of career planning and development at Kennesaw State University has helped countless families select a forever feline, served on the building committee of the 5,000-square-foot facility, and co-chaired several fundraisers. She currently co-chairs the Disaster Recovery committee. The veteran volunteer helps care for an average of 350 cats sheltered annually. About 150 are in residence at any given time, with another 30 to 40 in foster care. “At Good Mews, they have a home for life,” she says. Trahan’s love affair with cats began when her dad brought home a tiny kitten in a coffee can. Through the years, her ardor has increased 100-fold. In addition to working with Good Mews, she volunteers in the monthly Operation Catnip at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, where vet students spay/neuter 200 cats in a single day. “It’s held on the first Sunday of every month and is free for county residents,” Trahan says. 10 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

Top Left: Dagoba. Bottom: Good Mews President Lori Trahan with Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy from "My Cat From Hell"

RedRover, an organization that helps animals rescued from disasters and extreme neglect, is another of Trahan’s pet projects. When alerted, she travels where needed to respond to emergencies such as the discovery of a puppy mill where animals were abused, or to help out in a case of extreme hoarding. “In one instance, animal control found 700 pets at a single residence, far more than the already crowded facility could rescue and handle,” Trahan says. “Scores of volunteers helped the staff care for the large influx.” Finding enough hours to guide students at Kennesaw as they plan their futures, and volunteer as much as she’d like, is always a challenge. “The key is time management, and loving what I do,” she jokes. To donate or volunteer: It’s o.k. for your pet to sit still Or stay put Or rollover Once you sit in a Subaru, you’ll stay.

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B2B Technologies Lets You Bring Your Dog to Work

Linus dazzles onlookers. Left to right: Bryant o'Hara, Sprocket the catahoula, Linus the white poodle, Azim Manjee, and B2B’s CTO and co-founder Don Wolf.

Written by Cherese Cobb | Photography by Georgia Wilson


orget the park and the pet store. Unleashing your beast at the office could boost your company’s bottom line. “Employees of pet-friendly businesses work longer hours and have fewer absences,” says Mary Hope Kramer, founder of Animal Career Expert. “They don’t have to worry about rushing home to

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let the dog out or staying home to watch a pet that may be feeling under the weather. A pet-friendly workplace increases employee satisfaction, improves morale and promotes an atmosphere of teamwork and communication.” According to a 2017 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, pets also buffer

anxiety and depression — perhaps more effectively than a spouse or a close friend. Named as the ninth most pet-friendly city in the U.S. by WalletHub, Atlanta ranks 33rd in the nation regarding general petownership with just more than 55 percent of households owning dogs and cats. That’s why behemoth companies such as Amazon, Google and Ben & Jerry’s have

declared themselves “canine companies.” Now B2B Technologies, which installs software for companies such as SunTrust Bank, Fieldale Farms and Zoo Atlanta, is going to the dogs. “We’ve always had an unofficial pet policy,” says Matt Tinkler, chief information officer and co-founder. “If employees had to take their dogs to the vet, they could bring them into the office. We realized that more and more people were doing it and that more and more people have

pets. So we thought we should have an official policy.” Although you might be ready to pack your dog’s briefcase, not every pooch will enjoy the office atmosphere. What if he bolts from strangers, snarls at other dogs or gets snarky when he has a treat? What if he gets loud and destructive when he’s ignored? “If you have a dog that's aggressive or has high anxiety, we would like you to use your own discretion and leave your dog at home,” Tinkler says. “We have a policy that you need to

be with your pet the whole time. You're responsible for making sure that your dog is fed and watered.” On any given day, you can find up to two dogs, including pit bulls and rottweilers, zooming around the office, sitting on laps, chewing toys and cuddling in dog beds — which outnumber the chairs and couches. Outside the office is a little pet walkway. “Some people were saying, ‘Let's make Friday pet day,’ but that doesn't work because you end up too many animals in the office,” he says. “We set up a calendar where employees can mark the day that they want to bring in their pets.”

Waggin’ in the Workplace Want to become a pet-friendly workplace? Start here: • If you don’t own your facility, check with your landlords to find out if animals are allowed in the building, or if they’d be willing to allow pets. • If you do own your office space, offer an “off the leash” space: a dog park or a large, grassy area, preferably with poop bag stands. • Survey your staff to find out how many people would actually bring their dogs or cats to work, and find out if there are any objections such as phobias and allergies to bringing pets into the workplace. • If you subcontract your cleaning crew, make sure they’re on board with your Pets at Work program. That way they’ll have the proper cleaning materials on hand for pet-related accidents such as hairballs and diarrhea. • In the lobby and other common spaces, have treats or snacks on hand. Keep the secretaries and security guards up-to-date on your policies for pet visitors in the workplace. • Create pet-free zones in common sense areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, conference rooms, sterile or dangerous workspaces and places where the animals might become a nuisance to others, such as narrow hallways or the supply room. • Create and communicate a clear employee policy about pets in the workplace, making sure to include provisions about pet behavior, grooming standards, break allowances, etc.

Top: Beau the bluetick coonhound and B2B’s CEO and co-founder Frank Fuerst. Above: Linus has plenty of room to play ball at the B2B offices.

• Ask employees for documentation that their pets have had their core vaccinations, including rabies for dogs and cats; canine distemper, canine parvovirus and hepatitis for dogs; and herpesvirus, calicivirus and feline distemper for cats. Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life 13


Where Ryan Roams FALL 2018 Follow Ryan, an Atlanta Humane Society rescue, on her adventures throughout pet friendly ATL. Written by Nicole Letts | Photos by Nicole Letts

mid-1800s. Now, this pup-friendly watering hole hopes to continue Irby’s legacy while creating a community of its own. Visitors can nosh on dishes of pimento cheese corn dog bites or chicken and waffle sliders, while pups lap-up community water and chew a variety of toys. Whether you’re supporting the Dawgs or rooting for the Dirty Birds, Irby’s Tavern is a sports sanctuary where enthusiasts are invited to pull-up a piece of the pooch-proof patio and cheer-on local teams.


tlanta is flush with BYOD (bring your own dog) spots waiting to be sniffed out. In fact, you might say our city is pawsitively dog friendly. This fall, my pup, Ryan, and I scoped-out a few places worth exploring. We ventured from bars and restaurants to parks and paths, in search of our top recommendations. Grab your leash and your canine companion, and bound around town!

Discover a new place to call the Dawgs A Buckhead up-and-comer, Irby’s Tavern is our preferred place to catch a game with your canine this fall. Self-proclaimed as “Atlanta’s hometown sports bar,” the restaurant is rooted in history and is situated just minutes from where Henry Irby founded a tavern and grocery store in the 14 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

Oakland Cemetery: Ryan says no October is complete without a visit to this historic burial ground.

Ryan Says: My friends and I were especially appreciative of the branded water bowl and spare deer antler. Thanks, Irby’s, for looking out for me and my pawsse! Irby’s Tavern: Irby’s Tavern is Buckhead’s latest watering hole and sports bar with a pooch-approved patio.

Irby’s Tavern | 404.293.1713 322 East Paces Ferry Rd., N.E. Atlanta 30305

Lift your spirits at Oakland Cemetery When you think of dog-friendly paths and parks, Oakland Cemetery might not come to mind, but we’re here to tell you it should. Oakland is not quite a mile from the heart of downtown and serves as the final resting place for many famous Atlanta residents, including author Margaret Mitchell and golfer Bobby Jones. It also happens to be dog-friendly: Any pup on a leash is welcome to explore the grounds. During your walk through this garden cemetery, you’ll find grassy knolls, paved walking paths and plenty of dog receptacles. Self-guided tours are free, and there’s easy parking along with room to roam. Visit Oakland Cemetery for festive fall fun with Fido. Ryan says: The grass is crisp at Oakland Cemetery, which is perfect for sunbathing and fall friend frolicking. Oakland Cemetery | 404.688.2107 248 Oakland Ave., S.E. | Atlanta 30312

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Take in Fall Foliage Beyond the shifting temperatures, one of the many perks of fall for pets and their humans alike is witnessing the leaves change colors (and probably pouncing in them, too). While the most dramatic pigments are found in the North Georgia Mountains, Atlanta is home to picturesque nature walks of its own. If you’re in the mood for a short drive, head to Sweetwater Creek State Park in Douglas County, where you’ll find a wooded trail and the enchanting ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. To experience a fall palette a bit closer to town, we like the Paces Mill Park and West Palisades Trail near Vinings. Your pup will enjoy the moderate hike and paved path that meanders along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Benches along the way are ideal for resting while taking in scenic views of the river and wildlife. With plenty of parking and a plethora of pooches, the West Palisades Trail gets four paws way up. Ryan says: This shaded, tree-filled trail offered a lot to see, but I was most curious about the Chattahoochee River (and the overpass above it!). Paces Mill Park and West Palisades Trail 3444 Cobb Pkwy. | Atlanta 30339

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Fetch Dog Park Written By Laura J. Moss


t Fetch Park and Ice House, Atlanta’s first full-service dog park bar, a trip to the pet park can now be an excursion for both you and your canine companion. Serving food, cocktails and coffee, and featuring plenty of open space to run and play, it’s a “pawsome” destination for humans and their furry friends alike. “I always found myself debating between going to the park after work or going to grab drinks with friends, so I asked myself, why couldn’t there be a spot where you could do both,” says Stephen Ochs, founder of Fetch. Located at 520 Daniel St. SE in Old Fourth Ward, Fetch is an off-leash dog park and bar. A full service restaurant, The Ice House, featuring human-only seating and a dog-friendly patio, is scheduled to be open late fall, featuring what Ochs calls “high-end bar food with a Texas twist” and will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Also set to open is The Shipping Yard, a large on-leash dog-friendly patio with a shipping container bar. In addition to the food, beer, wine and signature cocktails, Fetch has a dog-bathing station, outdoor TVs and WiFi throughout the park. Ochs established Fetch with the help of former Atlanta Falcons player 16 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

Garrett Reynolds and Ochs’ own dog, an 11-year-old boxer named Oakley, who holds the title of Fetch CEO, which stands for “Canine Enjoyment Officer.” Safety was a key concern, so Ochs ensured that Fetch has a separate space for small dogs to play on their own, as well as adequate lighting, so the park can be enjoyed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. “One of the big things I wanted to make sure of when I started this was to create a space where people didn’t have to worry about their dogs,” he says. “Too many times, you go to dog parks and see bad owners, unsocial dogs and aggressive dogs. At Fetch, all owners have to sign a liability waiver stating their dog is friendly, social and up-to-date on all shots, while also accepting liability for their dogs. Fetch also has bark rangers walking around the

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Fall Calendar Strut Your Mutt

Run Your Happy Tails Off

Sept. 8, 9 a.m. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta

Sept. 23, 7:30 a.m.–noon Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek

This dog walk and fundraising event brings together passionate people from across the country to raise money to save the lives of homeless pets. Participants can choose to support Best Friends or one of hundreds of participating shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations. Each organization keeps every dollar of funds raised.

Bark and Brews Sept. 16, 7 p.m. SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Dr., Atlanta Grab a brew from the bar and mingle with some of the friendliest people and dogs in Atlanta. Pets are welcome on the patio for this event benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society.

Pet Parade at Sandy Springs Festival Sept. 22, 10–11 a.m. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd., Sandy Springs For a $10 tax-deductible fee, your pet can sport creative and crazy costumes in a march through the Sandy Springs Fall Festival. Proceeds from the parade benefit Heritage Sandy Springs and Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. There is no admission fee for the festival itself. Day-of registration is available at 9 a.m. at the festival’s main stage. Prizes awarded after the parade.

This 5K and 1-mile race benefits Happy Tails Pet Therapy, a local Atlanta nonprofit. A family- and dog-friendly event, this is a USATF qualified course.

Drool in the Pool, Pooch Swim Party Sept. 29, 3 p.m.–5 p.m. Alpharetta City Pool, 1815 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta

ABR Casino Night

Get your bathing suit ready for this pet-friendly splash party. Celebrate the end of the first swim season at this newly built pool by taking a dip with your dog. A doggie snack buffet and goodie bags are part of the fun. Admission is $5 per dog; owners are free.

Sept. 29, 7–10 p.m. Maggiano’s Little Italy, Buckhead Atlanta Boxer Rescue hosts its second annual Casino Night in September. Test your luck at a variety of classic casino games. This is 21 and older event.

Party for the PAWS

Pups and Pints

Sept. 29, 6:30–10:30 p.m. Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta

Oct. 4, 6–9 p.m., Dec. 6, 6–9 p.m., Wild Heaven Brewery, 135B Maple St., Decatur

Cocktails, music, adoptable dogs and delicious food from Avenue Catering Concepts are part of this year's event benefiting PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill shelter.

Brewers of Emergency Drinking Beer and Wise Blood IPA are donating 25 percent of the proceeds to PAWS Atlanta during this evening event.

Woofstock Smyrna Sept. 29 and 30, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Smyrna Market Village, 1265 W. Spring St., Smyrna. Woofstock is one of the largest pet adoption events in the Southeast and features a variety of activities for the whole family and all family pets to enjoy. Entertainment includes live music, dog contests, pet adoptions, pet vendors, arts and crafts, food trucks and beverages. More than 50 nonprofits, rescue groups, pet related arts and crafters, pet-related businesses and commercial sponsors will be on hand. Admission is free. Pets of all kinds are welcome, but all animals must be on a leash.

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Animal Law, Enforcement and Shelter Symposium — 20th Annual Oct. 3–4, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Georgia Bar Headquarters, 104 Marietta St. NW #100, Atlanta This conference highlights the importance of agency collaboration for successfully investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty cases in Georgia. The day features information and training as well as tools and insight to encourage and inspire professionals in the legal, enforcement and animal shelter/rescue arenas. Keynote speakers will share insights in animal law, animal cruelty investigations and the animal welfare community. Continuing education credits offered for all professionals, including but not limited to CLE (attorneys), POST (police), LEAP (vets & techs), and animal behaviorists/trainers.

Howl-O-Weenie Oct. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming DREAM Dachshund Rescue’s most magical dachshund day of the year includes a photo booth, costume contest, Neiman Barkus Auction, vendors and a new Just DREAMing booth. Raffle prizes include a trip to a doggie-approved resort in Florida, fine jewelry, one-of-a-kind art and more.

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Jonny and Xena Spread the Word Oct. 27, 9 a.m. Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee This 5k Fun Run and Walk is part of the Fall Arts Festival. Proceeds support autism programs and Animal Rescue.

Doggies on the BeltLine Oct. 28, 1–3:30 p.m. Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta The premier Halloween pet parade on the BeltLine, starting at The Shed at Ponce City Market and ending at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. This event will raise sponsorship for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Doggies on the Catwalk

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Walk & Roll for Rescue Oct. 14, 2–6 p.m. Will’s Park, 175 Roswell St., Alpharetta This is an official race for the #ASPCAVirtual5K. In addition to raising money for the ASPCA, it supports awareness and funds for Waggy World Paw Park and Throw Away Dog Project, a 501c3 charity that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and trains them to be police or military dogs. After the run, enjoy a picnic in the park with local vendors, food trucks and fun.

Annual International Animal Law Summit Oct. 25–26, 8:30 a.m. The Georgia Bar Headquarters, 104 Marietta St. NW #100, Atlanta This collaborative, cross-jurisdictional, up-to-date animal law educational summit is open to anyone interested in learning about the latest topics involving animal law. Continuing education credits for all professionals, including but not limited to CLE, POST and LEAP will be offered. Scholarships are available for a reduced fee.

Nov. 1 The home of Ginny and Guy Millner Special guest designer Josie Natori will be present at this gala being chaired by Michelle Sullivan. The evening includes dining, cocktails, an auction and a fashion show from the Natori collection. Janet Kellett will be honored for her service to the organization.

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goes to the dogs Written by Laura J. Moss

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From canine couture to easy styles you can create from your own closet, here’s everything you need to know for your canine companion to be on trend.

When Atlanta resident Kathi Welch first began dressing her dogs, Lucy and Holly, she did it out of necessity, zipping them into sweaters and coats during the winter and fitting them with life jackets when they were out on the water. But soon Welch developed a passion for canine fashion, and she wasn’t the only one.

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s a puppy, Lucy showed an interest in wearing apparel, and she would proudly sashay about when dressed, as if showing off,” Welch says. “Holly came along and also jumped on the pet fashion bandwagon with great ease and comfort.” Today, Lucy and Holly — a Jack Russell terrier and a rat terrier, respectively — are well known for their sense of style. They attend fashion shows and pet-charity fundraisers and can be found modeling the latest in canine couture on Instagram at @lucyandholly_atlgirlzclub. And they’re often in good company with countless other classy canines such as Sparkles, a stylish Shih Tzu in Buckhead who boasts more than 50,000 Instagram followers (@sparklesthediva). “Fashion is a positive way to express yourself and your pet’s personality,” says Diane Murray, Sparkles’ owner. “Fashion is whatever you want it to be, from fancy to casual to everything in between. To us, it’s not about what you wear; it’s how you wear it. And it’s a fun bonding experience.” Pet owners say it’s this shared experience that inspires them to dress up their pups, and they emphasize that pet fashion isn’t about objectifying an animal. “There’s a sense some people have that putting clothes on dogs makes them into a fashion accessory,” Welch says. “I totally disagree. It humanizes them because there is something about clothes that are uniquely human, and when you put them onto a pet companion, it makes you regard them as more than just an object.”

Four-legged fashion While many pet owners are familiar with the bedazzled harnesses and adorable Halloween costumes widely available in pet stores, fashion for pets is also a serious business inspired by the very runways that two-legged models walk. Barbara Merrifield, Atlanta-based owner of Bark N Boujee, which she describes as “a glamorous lifestyle brand for the fashionable pooch in your life,” first got involved in the pet fashion world by crafting clothes for her Maltese, Zoey. It didn’t take long for Merrifield’s work to catch the eye of other pet owners and lead to the creation of Bark N Boujee. “I take patterns straight from the runway, whether they’re florals or stripes, and I take that runway couture and turn it into canine fashion,” she says. Merrifield is especially well known for the exquisite evening gowns she creates, which often involve a removable piece, allowing pets to wear the frock as a short

Lucy and Holly in dresses designed by Lola & Pooch, and hats designed by RaggDogDuds. Nina Parker Photography

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dress or a long gown. She says these elegant designs will certainly be in vogue this season, allowing your furry friend to accompany you to parties and upscale events in style. “People are bringing their pets everywhere, so I think you’ll see more party wear for pets who are attending events with their owners,” she says. Welch echoes this sentiment: “Cotillion, black tie and formal wear for pets is similar to people fashions, in that classically 22 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

elegant couture designs seldom, if ever, go out of style.”

Puppy, it’s cold outside But fall fashion for your furry friend isn’t only about the formal wear. Just as there are a variety of trends on the human runway, the same goes for pets. Fashion is often about function, so as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, many pups may need to don a sweater or coat to fight off the chill.

“Coats are a huge market because they keep dogs warm, especially small dogs that don’t have as much fur,” Merrifield says. Dog owners can look for warm flannels and tartans in harvest shades, as well as tweeds, herringbone and houndstooth. Sweater vests, graphic sweatshirts and quilted vests are also cozy and cute, and there's no shortage of options available. If you’re looking to spend a little more, Sara White, founder and editor of the design and lifestyle site, suggests one-of-a-kind items such as patchwork dog sweaters made by hand using unique fabrics. Finding the right fit off the rack can be challenging because there’s no standard size for dog clothes, and breeds can range from one pound to well more than 100. Experts advise that you choose clothes for your pet based on the animal’s measurements instead of by label size. And if you really want a fashionable fit, White suggests using a tailor. “A number of brands are now offering made-to-measure coats and jackets,” she says.

Going green and wearing jeans Denim is always in style for both humans and their four-legged friends, and designs by Tucker-based Mister Migs studio are a much-loved choice for furry fashionistas. “Fall is our favorite season, and we always turn to local designer Mister Migs for some great new looks,” Murray says. “Mixing denim with tweed, plaid and pleating gets Sparkles and me in the mood to enjoy a crisp fall day.”

Lucy and Holly wearing green school dresses with lace blouses designed by Lola & Pooch.

Sparkles the Diva and Sheepish Addie in designs by Mister Migs

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There is something about clothes that are uniquely human, and when you put them onto a pet companion, it makes you regard them as more than just an object.

Lucy and Holly in dresses from Top Dogs Boutique, and rhinestone collars from Pooch N Paws. Kathi Welch Mister Migs has a variety of collecLooking to get tions perfect for your paws on autumn outings. the latest fall The Princeton Pup fashions? Check collection helps out these local pets look polished businesses. in deep reds, vintage golds and Mister Migs touches of denim and leather, while Bark N Bougee the Tailored Sport line is designed to bring out the Bark Fifth Ave. modern, cratic athlete in Top Dogs your pooch. “Another trend for fall can be seen Pooch N Paws in our Tattered Collection,” says Mister Migs Product Manager Rosemary Hopper. “Trend reports call this the ‘new vintage look’ where fabrics are repurposed through creative repair.” Made from handcrafted fabric, these denim pieces are bright and colorful and have a lot of texture. Mister Migs’ clothes are fun and fashion-forward, but what makes them even more on trend is how eco-friendly the company is, employing recycled denim as the core material for all its products. “The conscious movement around waste and sustainable fashion is also filtering into the pet market, with owners opting for products that are made to last and can be recycled and repaired as they age,” White notes.

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Walk your pup in style with Mister Migs’ tailored denim, leather and plaid walking vest. Mister Migs

In addition to using sustainable materials, Mister Migs also works with locally sourced fabric. “We get materials and fabrics through donations from local schools and many other community partners who hold denim drives and other events for us,” Hopper says. “We receive donations from many individual supporters who will drop off a bag of their discarded jeans, knowing that we will breathe new life into them.” The company is also a nonprofit social enterprise that gives back to the community in a variety of ways. “We love how Mister Migs supports young adults with autism and developmental disabilities,” Murray says. “Fashion for a cause is a fall must.”

‘Twinning’ looks Pet fashion often showcases the bond between human and animal, and one of this season’s biggest trends does just that. Designs, fabrics and colors that allow pet owners to coordinate their outfits with their pets are everywhere, and they don’t skimp on style. “Some designer brands are doing this in a really modern, stylish way, with matching prints and accessories so you can twin with your best bud,” White says, noting matching pajamas from Fabdog and hip looks from Coucou Wear that include sweaters, raincoats and graphic tees. And you don’t have to spend big bucks to capitalize on this trend. Pet owners can easily pair with their pets by wearing complementary colors or accessorizing with matching scarves or bandanas. “We love fashion collections that

All of Mister Migs’ designs are handmade from re-purposed materials. Mister Migs

complement all three of us, completing my and their looks,” Welch says.

Fashion isn’t just for Fido While most apparel is intended for dogs, that hasn’t stopped cat owners from dressing up kitties who are amenable to donning their own trendy threads. “In general, cats aren't massive fans of clothing,” White says, “But Sphynx cats are often known for sporting a warm sweater on account of their hairlessness. [I] have also noticed an increase in owners wanting to accessorize their cats in a more subtle way with bow ties, bandannas and collar charms, for example.” Of course, some felines are right at home in the world of kitty couture. Merrifield says she’s designed outfits for cats participating in fashion shows, and Hopper has adapted Mister Migs styles to fit such fashionable felines as Coco the Couture Cat (@cococouturecat). “I certainly have come across other animals that have a flair for fashion,” she says. And that includes pigs. “I just recently made custom designs for Prissy and Pop (@prissy_pig), Instagram celebrities with almost 700,000 followers.” If you’re looking to add a little panache to a pup or some flair to a feline, Welch says you don’t have to rely on high fashion. “For pet owners who prefer not to dress their pets, or if the pets simply do not like dressing, there are all sorts of terrific harnesses that allow owners to detach and interchange the fashion fronts,” she says. “Those owners are now able to dress their pets for different holidays, formal events or birthdays just by switching the harness’s front.”

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upermodel, businesswoman, actress, and Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star Cynthia Bailey, fur-mom to an adorable Pomeranain, aptly named Bailey, knows a thing or two about fashion. She has spent more than three decades in front of the camera, and although she has been featured in numerous magazines, including the covers of Vanity Fair and Essence, as well as Simply Buckhead, this is her first cover with her daughter Noelle, who has recently signed to Major Model Management in New York, the same agency as her famous mom. With Noelle heading off to college this Fall, Cynthia will be an empty nester, but Bailey will be right there beside her. And with her show’s shooting schedule, managing her businesses, including The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, Cynthia Bailey Eyewear and other fashion collaborations, her plate is very full these days. Atlanta Pet Life spent a recent afternoon glamming it up with Cynthia, Noelle, and Bailey, dressed in an adorable vest from Dogo Fashions, posing them on the dock at Lake Bailey to capture everyone at their fashionable best. While Cynthia and Noelle were gorgeous, it was Bailey’s day to shine. In the heat of the day, he was a trouper, posing like a superstar in his fur-shionable outfit.

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PET LIFE EXPERTS | Catology 101

OMG! I’ve Adopted a

Gazintastuff! Written by Sparrow Marcioni

gaz·inta·stuff [Goesintostuff)] Noun Small furry creature that can’t keep his paws off your stuff…


here is no way to calculate the amount of toilet paper and paper towels that have been shredded by paws of the Gazintastuffs. They seem to have an amazing ability to fit into places they don’t belong and rearrange everything they discover. From opening kitchen cabinets and closet doors to tipping trash cans and carrying off personal belongings, a true Gazinastuff can be quite exhausting to keep up with. But don’t worry: for most kitties, it is a stage of life, not a personality trait. Like many feline behaviors, curiosity and boredom are the driving forces, and with a little patience and creative thinking, the behavior can be changed or at least modified. The mischievous behavior of always opening a cabinet door can be adjusted in several ways. You can install a child lock or remove anything you don’t want him to have and leave the doors open. You’ll likely find that he loses interest, but be certain he sees no reaction from you, whatever his response, in case it is only your attention he is seeking. The easiest way to deter paper shredding is to hide all the paper, but that can be a bit difficult when guests need to hunt for toilet paper. Cute fabric wraps with Velcro can go over the roll, but a smart cat can defeat them. It’s the free rolling motion that 28 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

attracts the cat, so the best idea seems to be placing a stick or a small wedge inside the cardboard tube that creates enough friction, so the roll doesn’t unravel easily. With any undesirable nuisance behavior, adding fun toys and more human interaction is often a great deterrent, and most of the time, a well-exercised cat or kitten is a sleepy pet and much less likely to invade where he shouldn’t. Then there’s the “little thief,” but is kitty stealing your stuff or playing and losing things? If kitty is truly a thief, you will probably find everything in the same one or two locations. If he’s just batting things around and losing them, they will be everywhere. To resolve this behavior, determine if lack of attention, curiosity or just collecting things he likes is the motive. Lack of attention and boredom go hand in hand, so if adding another kitty to your family is not an option, add activity toys. Puzzle games, cat treat dispensers and ball spinning toys, especially ones that get their paws involved, are often helpful. If he’s collecting things, you’ll almost always know where your stuff is. If it’s always the same item, a little dab of Tabasco sauce can be a quick deterrent, but only use a drop. If the items have a texture that your kitty likes, try to find another object that feels similar and let him keep it. Then there’s the “you’re not sleeping, are you?” This behavior can be a difficult loop if your kitty is waking you up for attention because keeping them away from you can make the behavior worse, even to the point of other destructive behavior outside the room. Diagnosing and addressing the cause of this behavior correctly are crucial. If your kitty is getting hungry and waking you up to be fed, adding more food before you go to bed can help, but a lonely kitty can find many things to get into. Spending time before bed is always an enjoyable action. Sometimes a stuffed animal companion or a calming collar can help. (We use Nature Calm calming collars from La Maison du Chat.) The most likely reason for night time activeness is sleeping all day and being bored. By waking you up, your cat accomplishes at least two things: He’s made something exciting happen, and he gets social interaction. Kitty has just got his clock set to the wrong time. Try developing an evening routine that begins by playing hunting games with interactive toys. Give him the evening meal and spend time grooming, then journey into bed. It will be as enjoyable for you as it is for him. And remember: A bored kitty is a mischievous kitty, even if he’s not a true Gazintastuff. Sparrow Marcioni is the Chief Behaviorist at La Maison du Chat, a Reiki Practitioner and Founder of CatRangers Cat Rescue. She is available for consultation by emailing or by calling 770-831-5513.

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A Horse Park for

Everybody Written by: Niko Berry | Photographer: Vicki Cox


ack in the 1940s — long before Atlanta turned into the bustling metropolis it is today — the stables that would become the modern Chastain Horse Park sat outside Atlanta. Years passed, and Chastain fell into disrepair before the founders of the current Chastain Horse Park - many of them people who rode at Chastain when they were young - worked on restoring the park. As they rebuilt and expanded, the founders decided that they wanted to share their love of Chastain Park, horses, and the sport of horseback riding with people who don’t usually get the opportunity. Now, Chastain’s inclusive community is one of Georgia’s premier centers for therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. Sharing horsemanship with people with physical, psychological, or developmental impairments is a key aspect of Chastain Horse Park’s mission. “Therapeutic riding has to be flexible and instructors customize lessons for individuals with various disabilities and needs. For some students, a successful lesson may be sitting balanced on the horse holding the reins for thirty minutes — that’s a big achievement for some of our riders with low muscle tone, poor coordination and balance,” explains Kelcy Rainer, Therapeutic Program Director, “for others, it might mean 30 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

Clients do a variety of exercises on a “practice” horse before riding, such as getting on/off, holding the reins correctly, and doing leg exercises by posting.

The Therapy Horses of Chastain Park

The linchpin of Chastain’s Therapeutic Program is their team of expert therapy horses. Coming in a wide variety of breeds, sizes, colors, shapes and ages, the therapy horses at Chastain all share one critical quality — an unflappable calmness and a saint-like patience. Many of the riders in Chastain’s therapeutic program have neurological or developmental conditions which can result in seizures, outbursts, or other emotional meltdowns and the horses in the program are able to deal with it happening right on their backs while barely batting an eyelid.

demonstrating more advanced techniques such as a posting trot.” Regardless of what happens in the lesson, Chastain Horse Park focuses on safety and the emotional bond between horse and rider. As a part of helping individuals of all ability experience the benefits of horses, Chastain hosts My Heroes Therapy as their on-site hippotherapy provider. Having nothing to do with Hippopotamuses and everything to do with the Greek word for horses, ‘hippos,’ hippotherapy uses the movement of a horse as a foundation of sensory inputs to help physical, occupational, and speech therapists improve outcomes for their patients. “I really became a true believer in hippotherapy because of how fast it was

What’s the difference between Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding? Even though there’s overlap between the two, Hippotherapy and therapeutic riding seek different outcomes. Hippotherapy is a medical treatment aimed at delivering medical results in the same way as traditional physical therapies. By comparison, therapeutic riding is adaptive horseback riding with adjustments made to accommodate riders with disabilities. Its goals are less targeted, and it also focuses on other, less tangible things like self-confidence, camaraderie, and wholistic personal growth.

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Left: Looking down the breezeway of one of the stables. Right: A therapy horse is led to a waiting client. delivering results,” says Brent Applegate, head of My Heroes Therapy, “one of my earlier patients couldn’t walk when he arrived for his first lesson — by his third, he was walking in with his dad’s help. In traditional physical therapy, that would take much longer.” Chastain has a unique location inside of the Atlanta perimeter and they take full advantage of it to bring equestrianism to underprivileged and at-risk kids as well as people facing disabilities. Riding has a stereotype as a sport of the independently wealthy, but Chastain’s outreach program works with other organizations such as Agape Youth and Family Center, an organization that empowers and supports underserved families within its community to discover and embrace their full potential, to provide horsemanship experiences to at risk youths in Atlanta’s inner city. Chastain Horse Park is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Premier Accredited Center and hosts over four thousand

therapeutic riding and hippotherapy sessions and 320 unique outreach students each year. What lies ahead is expanding and tying these programs together. “Our goal is to support people at all level of abilities under our roof. Some of our clients started in hippotherapy, moved to therapeutic riding, graduated to our public lessons program, and now compete at typical horse shows,” says Kelcy, “What makes Chastain distinct is our inclusive environment and broad programs range that feed into each other and grow with each other — it’s about being accessible to everyone.” (404) 549-2031

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PET EXPERTS | Veterinary Profile

Dr. Duffy Jones Written by Cherese Cobb


hether he’s removing remote controls, seatbelts, Barbie dolls or a platter of brownies — Pyrex pan included — from a dog’s stomach, Dr. Duffy Jones has a sense of humor. “Did he realize he was eating glass, or were the brownies just that good that a little crunchiness didn’t matter? Kind of like the nuts in your banana bread?” he says. “Or was it a case of sheer willpower to choke it down, much the way I feel about cauliflower?” Along with humor, Jones’ human patients say he has a caring and compassionate side that makes a positive difference in their lives, by taking extraordinary care of their pets.

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Dr. Duffy Jones and Rosie “His entire team worked with my family for almost four months, keeping [our cat] Maddy comfortable during her illness,” says Mary Vaughn Meredith. “He gave us his cell phone number and even met us on a Saturday before going out of town.” When Lucy Taylor-Roberts’ pug needed a teeth cleaning and extraction while under anesthesia, Jones texted her a picture as soon as the dog woke up. “He called personally to see how Nugget was doing the next day, and his nurse called again the next week, too,” she says. Growing up in Atlanta within walking distance of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, Jones was interested in science and loved animals. “My mom suggested that I get a job with our veterinarian,” he says. “I was fortunate enough that he hired me. He was a great influence on me and showed me what a great profession this is.” After studying biology at the University of Notre Dame, Jones received his doctorate at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, then began a one-year rotating internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. After working at Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital and South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital for five years, he founded Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital. A finalist for America’s Favorite Veterinarian, he volunteers with Atlanta Lab Rescue, where he plays “Santa Claws” every December, bringing squeaky toys and bones to good dogs. He’s also an expert blogger for WebMD and Victoria Stilwell’s Positively, and he’s been a guest veterinarian on Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.” When he’s not pulling pets — and their humans — back from the brink, Jones fly fishes, shoots hoops and coaches soccer at Christ the King School. He and his wife, Courtney, have two energetic boys and one little girl. Currently, their house is run by Ellie, the Royal Cavalier King Charles spaniel; Rosie, her nemesis and fellow Cavalier King Charles spaniel; and Meatball, the formerly fat cat. Dr. Duffy Jones | Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital 3106 Early Street | Atlanta, GA 30305 | 404.812.9880 | Facebook: @peachtreehillsanimalhospital Instagram: @peachtreehillsanimalhospital | Twitter: @PeachtreeHills

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with Pet Courts in Georgia

Written by Claudine Wilkins, Animal Law Expert, Founder of the Georgia Animal Law Section and Animal Law Source


nimal abuse is a crime. However, in the world of law enforcement and prosecution, animal cruelty issues have been more of a peripheral concern, often leaving animalrelated offenses in the hands of animal control or other Humane Society organizations. Meanwhile, family violence and other human-related crimes are typically handled by human services agencies. Professionals in these fields have had little encouragement to work together — until now. Today, there is an undeniable link between abusive acts towards animals and crimes involving humans, including domestic violence, child and elder abuse, gambling, illegal firearms possession and drug trafficking. When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are at risk. Knowing these forms of violence are linked, it is important the agencies involved understand their roles in communicating, collaborating and reporting with each other.

Animal abuse permeates all ages and socioeconomic statuses. Violence towards animals, just as with humans, can take the form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect. While most animal cruelty investigations involve unintentional neglect, many uncover intentional neglect and abuse. It is all too real with the news stories in Georgia when we learned a professional sports player allegedly kicked and killed his girlfriend’s dog in an act of domestic violence. We’ve read in DeKalb County a story about a dog being hung over a bridge intentionally, and in Fulton County, about 132 dead and rotting cats inside a home in an affluent Alpharetta neighborhood. In the national news, we heard how a former TV news employee in Virginia killed his two cats and buried them in his back yard before shooting and killing his former colleagues on live television. These stories are just the tip of the iceberg. 34 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

Animal abuse is very real and very pervasive in our society. It permeates all ages and socioeconomic statuses. In domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse cases, actual or threatened animal abuse can be a way to demonstrate power and control over the family, or a way for the abuser to silence victims about the incident. Hoarding animals, especially by elders, has been linked to mental illness and public health and safety concerns, demanding coordinated efforts of multiple local agencies. Dog-fighting is a dangerous problem that has been linked to guns, gangs, drugs and gambling. And it’s not just about intentional acts of violence. Many elders try to provide loving care for their pets but lack the financial resources to do so. As a result, many companion animals suffer, or the person neglects his or her own well-being to take care of an animal. Children who witness animal abuse and neglect can have devastating lifelong emotional issues and could also, in turn, grow up to perpetuate the abuse. The biggest problem in Georgia is we are not unified in the way we handle these cases. There is a lack of understanding about how to process cases within the system and how to cross-report concerns across agencies. Training on these issues is vital. The Animal Law and Enforcement Symposium held every fall at the Georgia Bar conference aims to do just that. More on the conference is available at Animals are often the subject of civil and/or criminal court proceedings, and sometimes, unfortunately, the professionals in the courtrooms, through no fault of their own, lack sufficient knowledge and experience concerning animal laws or how to handle cases involving an animal. Have you ever wondered what court would hear your case? • over a custody battle when parties are fighting over Fido; • if your child was bitten by your neighbor’s dog; • if someone steals your pet; • if you purchase a sick puppy at a pet store; • if your dog groomer harms your pet;

• if your pet sitter loses your pet; • if an animal is being abused; • or if an animal is the first victim in the cycle of a domestic abuse case, and so on? People’s Court, Family Court, Traffic Court — these are terms referring to courts that specialize in an area of law or handle a group of people or case. It does not mean there is a special building or new courtroom to handle these cases; rather, it refers to the professionals who have been trained in specific areas of law to handle special cases in courtrooms across the state. These specialized courts evolved over time for a reason. People’s court refers to a court that hears civil cases where parties typically represent themselves, without attorneys. The precursor to family court was really child or juvenile court, but today, it has become a tribunal for every family-related dispute. The professionals working in family courts have special training and a greater understanding of the nuances related to

shelter to a pet, and the pet is showing signs of neglect. This is a misdemeanor crime in Georgia. He or she will either be charged with a simple ordinance violation (misdemeanor) or possibly a state misdemeanor violation, depending on the facts and whether the local county or city has animal ordinances. An ordinance violation would most likely be heard in magistrate (county) or municipal (city) court. Even though we have around 400 magistrate courts in Georgia, some localities do not have a magistrate court or use courts called environmental or recorder’s court. And here is a little factoid: Approximately 30 percent of the 159 counties in Georgia do not have animal related ordinances whatsoever, so crimes related to animals would have to be charged as state law violations and heard in either state court (misdemeanors) or superior court (felonies). In criminal cases of animal cruelty or neglect, animal fighting, animal abandonment, dangerous dogs, dog at large, nuisance animals, anti-chaining and the use

may include a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail, or both. Felony violations, heard in superior court, are arrestable offenses and may involve fines above $1,000 and more than one year on jail, or both. Twenty-five years ago, animal law was an optional elective taught in law schools. Now, almost every school offers animal law courses. Prosecutors, judges, civil attorneys and law enforcement recognize the need for special training in animal cases and the importance of keeping up with the changing tide of more progressive animal laws added every year. It took decades to finalize the concept of “family court” that benefit victims and our society. I see pet courts on our horizon.

While most animal cruelty investigations involve unintentional neglect, many uncover intentional neglect and abuse. domestic legal matters including divorce, child custody and domestic violence. If a family court has not been officially established in a jurisdiction, then perhaps the precursor is assigning a “special prosecutor and/or judge” specially trained in domestic laws and domestic violence to hear these cases. Why not do the same for animal cases? Often, I am asked, “What courts hear cases involving animals?” In typical lawyer fashion, I give the “that depends” answer. First, it depends on whether the case originates from criminal activity or a civil dispute between parties. If a dispute arises between parties, a civil action arises. If the civil action is connected to a criminal activity, the plaintiff in the civil action may include “punitive” damages on top of the actual damages. Punitive damages are sought to punish the wrong doer and actual damages are to make the plaintiff whole. If criminal in nature, which court will hear these cases will depend on the facts, level crime and how the defendant (or perpetrator) was charged. Let’s say a person has failed to provide

of animals in the commission of crime, the correct court depends on the level of crime and how it was charged. For a simple infraction of the law, and if animal ordinances exist in the jurisdiction, an ordinance violation may be appropriate. If a person violates a state misdemeanor, an arrestable offence, then the case is usually heard in state court. Prosecutors have discretion to bump a simple ordinance violation to a state charge that offers a more stringent sentence. If the case facts support a felony charge, such as aggravated animal abuse, dog fighting, repeated offenses under the Responsible Dog Owner Law (aka dangerous dogs law), malicious intent or using an animal in the commission of a felony, then the cases will be in superior court. The punishment for these types of crime varies. Ordinance violations (misdemeanors) are considered minor and are not reported to the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) as a criminal history. Citations versus arrests are the norm, and fines vary from nothing to $1,000. State law misdemeanors, heard in state court, are arrestable offenses and Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life 35


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Rock for Rescues

Rock For Rescues Milton, Georgia: April 28, 2018


s Styx lyrics go, “It’s a good feeling; it’s a rock ’n roll feeling.” Rock For Rescues, a new free, community street festival combining the love of music and animals, took place April 28 in Milton, north of Atlanta. With food and beverage concessions on site, attendees were entertained by a variety of local bands, including A Slow Boat to China, Pony League, The Chip McGuire Band and Linnie & Amy Joy. The event ran from noon until 6 p.m. Tax-deductible donations and proceeds benefited 501(c)3 nonprofit animal rescue organizations, including Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, Pets for Vets, Canine CellMates, Pilots N Paws and Special Equestrians of Georgia. Rock to the Rescue, a pet rescue awareness organization founded in 2001 by Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin, was a presenting sponsor, along with Atlanta Pet Life, of the organization’s event. Coinciding with Rock for Rescues, Tommy Shaw and his dog, Peanut, were featured on the front cover of the Spring issue of Atlanta Pet Life. 36 Fall 2018 | Atlanta Pet Life

Rock for Rescues


PaWty Animals Lucy and Holly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and their family pets, and visiting the many food trucks and pet product vendors. All of us enjoyed shopping with Crabapple retailers and sampling delicious wares from food and beverage trucks and visiting with ponies and goats while rocking out to great music. For more information about Rock For Rescues, please visit

Woofstock Suwanee, Georgia: May 5–6, 2018


oofstock returned to Suwanee for plenty of mov’n and groov’n at “Atlanta’s Largest Pet Party.” More than 40,000 attendees, including pups and their paWrents, joined event sponsor Star 94.1 and more than 50 nonprofit and rescue groups on May 5 and 6 at Suwanee Town Center Park. One of Atlanta GirlZ Club’s favorite rescues, Angels Among Us, was there with a fun photo booth. Dogs, cats, birds, ferrets and pets of all kind were welcomed. Other entertainment included dog contests, Frisbee dog demonstrations and PaWty Animals Lucy & Holly’s favorite,

Laura Jesseph, Rock for the Rescues project manager, with Lucy and Holly in the green room. the “Air Dogs” dock diving competition. These canine athletes dazzled the crowds with their high-flying feats. There were inflatables for the kids, pet adoptions/ vendors, arts & crafts and much more, including food trucks and a beer garden (there’s no BYOB in the park!). Lots of wonderful retail shopping and a variety of great restaurants are also located around


Rock for Rescues


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the park. There truly was something for everyone! Air conditioned shuttles ran the entire weekend to take attendees back and forth to the event, which helped ease the traffic jam around the park as Woofstock continues to grow in popularity every year. For info about Woofstock Smyrna, Sept. 29 and 30, please visit

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Event Spotlight

11th Annual Doggies on the Catwalk


outhern panache took the catwalk with Buckhead-style for the sake of puppy love at the 11th annual Doggies on the Catwalk charity event. This year’s beneficiary, Alpharetta-based Canine Assistants, provided the doggie action while originator E. Vincent Martinez provided the catwalk, right down the twenty-fifth floor offices of the Greenberg Traurig law firm in the heart of Buckhead. This summer’s event generated $85,000 to train and place companion dogs with people of all ages who have special needs. Longtime supporter and emcee Monica Pearson introduced the 300 guests to the latest fashions provided by Saks Fifth Avenue and modeled by local influencers such as Simply Buckhead and Atlanta Pet Life Publisher Joanne Hayes, CBS’ Julie Smith and Tracye Hutchins, Suthingirl founder Ashley Stamoulis and style blogger and consultant Vickie Kirbo. Attendees also enjoyed signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Le Bilboquet, The Consulate, and Bishoku, complimentary makeup touch-ups courtesy of Dior and a silent auction.

E. Vincent Martinez and Alex Page

Vickie Kirbo

Monica Pearson and E. Vincent Martinez

Joanne Hayes and Tracye Hutchins

Julie Smith

Joanne Hayes

Ashley Stamoulis

Canine assistant with attendee

E. Vincent Martinez

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