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ADOPT A PET: Meet Clifford

ADOPT A PET: Meet Clifford

ATLANTA – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a “companion” for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Clifford, is a six year old Hound mix, and he’s available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society. Currently, he’s classified as a medium dog and he probably won’t get any larger than he is now. Like the televised dog, Clifford is a big red, happy dog from another state.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Sierra

ADOPT A PET: Meet Sierra

ATLANTA – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half chewed shoe or overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family.

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

BEST SPOTS: Dog Parks

ATLANTA -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Atlanta area can take their furry children to the Henry Jones Dog Park in Brook Run Park for some off-leash exercise. This fully wooded park in Dunwoody is four acres large however; it doesn’t have a water fountain. Dogs can drink from a community water bucket which is provided by the park.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Creek View Elementary Raises 'Coins for Canines'

Creek View Elementary Raises 'Coins for Canines'

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The students at Creek View Elementary School in Alpharetta recently participated in "Coins for Canines," a fundraiser that supports the Milton-based Canine Assistants.

Creek View is home to Paisley, a full-time therapy dog. In honor of Paisley's first year at the school, the Creek View community decided to give something big.

Throughout the week of Jan. 31, children brought coins to school every morning and placed the money in jars divided up by grade level. Participants were treated to daily visits from Canine Assistants puppies-in-training to keep the incentive high.

Ultimately, the students raised $3,001.44, all of which went straight to Canine Assistants.

Creek View's fifth graders contributed the most money, with $693.45 in their jars.

Author, Former K-9 Policeman to Visit Canton Bookstore

Author, Former K-9 Policeman to Visit Canton Bookstore

CANTON, GA -- Former K-9 police manhunter and local author Jeff Schettler will be at Yawn's Books & More (210 East Main Street, Canton, 30114) on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11:00 a.m.

He will be promoting his 2009 book, Red Dog Rising, and presenting a slideshow about his work.

Schettler is a well-known dog trainer and retired K-9 policeman who wrote Red Dog Rising about his 11 years of groundbreaking work with Ronin, his Bloodhound K-9 partner. The pair was once attached to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team's K-9 Assistance Program.

In his talks, Schettler accounts how he trained the first bloodhound in the Alameda (California) Police Department and solved some of the most notorious and high-profile crimes in the state in the 1990s.

Do You Have the Cutest Dog in Atlanta?

Submit a photo of your adorable dog to Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest.

Submissions are being accepted until Sept. 26. From there, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.

The finalists will each win fabulous prizes, including gift baskets from Glamour Paws and gift certificates from Pets and the Sity, and the grand prize promises to be amazing!

Visit Metromix Atlanta for more information and the official contest rules.