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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Bob Barker

Pet of the weekEach week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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Alcohol, cottage cheese and pet care: This Nielsen survey reads your gay house down

You probably know the fine folks at Nielsen for their TV ratings, but now they've just gotten out of hand, giving me (and probably you) a domestic read-down by accurately painting a picture of my unknowingly stereotypical existence.

Sigh.

In a survey published Jan. 30, the marketing measure wizards announced that same-sex partnered households make 16 percent more shopping trips and spend an average of $1,753 more on consumer packaged goods than the average U.S. household.

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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Bogey

Bogey

Each Wednesday, meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.
The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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Piedmont Bark provides a home away from home for your fur family

Piedmont Bark

Serving the needs of Midtown Atlanta’s dog owners is more than a business for Piedmont Bark owner William Campbell—it’s his life’s calling.

Campbell, who turns 50 this year, used to work in corporate banking, but that all changed 10 years ago when he brought the doggy day care concept to Midtown. This year, Piedmont Bark celebrates its 10th anniversary.

“At the time, the concept of doggy daycare wasn’t the norm,” Campbell says. “We set the pace and the expectations.”

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Daisy the dog: The journey to our family proves every dog has her day

Daisy the dogThe house in Mississippi where I spent the first four weeks of my life was run by dogs. There may have been a person’s name on the mortgage, but there was only one of her and over 80 of us, so who do you think was really calling the shots? I found out later that our person was what is known as an “animal hoarder.” I was not aware of this at the time. I just thought it was a party that had gotten a little out of hand.

Pandemonium broke out when the men with cages arrived. At least a dozen dogs all thought they were pack leader, so there were a lot of conflicting instructions.

Meanwhile, my mother trotted happily toward the men—she was friendly in the extreme, and not terribly bright, which explains why she had borne six litters of puppies.
My father lifted me by the neck and pulled me through the chaos to the kitchen pantry.

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Pets: Pamper your pets

Go ahead, spoil your pet — at least a little. Whether you consider your cat or dog a best friend or surrogate child, splurge on them with these products that can be both practical and pampering.

Shelby the Hemp MouseShelby the Hemp Mouse
$4.99 at Red Bandanna stores and online at www.redbandanna.com

Your kitty may not understand the green-friendly qualities that make this cat toy so special, but you will. Shelby is made from hemp, filled with organic catnip, is completely biodegradable, and even has a face printed with food coloring, so you don’t have to worry if this cute little mouse gets devoured.

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GA Spotlight: Your pets are like his own

Tom Patterson from Like My Own Pet Sitting

Tom Patterson, who prefers to say he is “mature” rather than give his actual age, opened up his business, Like My Own Pet Sitting, in October. Patterson says the relationships he builds with clients — and their pets — are fulfilling in every way.

He started the business he worked at the Georgia Department of Labor and decided the fit was, well, not good.

“It was everything you think a state job is … not healthy,” Patterson says with a laugh.

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Piedmont Park to host dog-only pool party

Piedmont Park will host “Splish Splash Doggie Bash,” a dog-only pool party at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center on Sept. 18. This marks the second year of the event.

Puppies will only be allowed in the pool during the time slots. No humans allowed!