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Pets: First aid for four-legged friends

Pet First Aid

First aid at home is no substitute for professional veterinary care. But a few supplies and knowing how to provide first aid in an emergency may help save your pet’s life until you can get to your vet or an after-hours pet emergency center.

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Reader submitted pet photos

We invited GA Voice readers to send in pictures of their beloved pets. Here are some of our favorites.

Buddah the cat


Scout the dog


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PAWS hosts pet adoption drive

On Sunday, July 24, PAWS Atlanta will host a pet adoption fair from noon to 4 p.m. at their Decatur facility. PAWS Atlanta, one of the few “no kill” animal shelters in the metro area, will have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes to adopt that need a good home.

Each animal will be spayed or neutered and will be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Adopters will also receive a goody bag with treats, food, toys and other essential pet supplies.

For more information, please visit

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Traveling with the whole family

Bella the dog wears shades

When Eileen of Decatur travels with her terrier-beagle-spaniel-birddog Doc, they use state-maintained rest stops for their breaks. They offer dedicated pet green spaces. And she never leaves Doc in the car while she stretches and uses the facilities. Eileen confidently walks the leashed Doc in with her, disregarding the “No Dogs Allowed” signs, and they are out before security can do anything about it. South Carolina and Virginia are Eileen’s favorite state-run rest stops.

For air travel, the airline-approved Sherpa Pet Carrier is home away from home for Bella, Denise of Toronto’s  Coton de Tulear. Once in the soft sided bag, Bella is not allowed to stick even her head out, according to airline rules. Make your flight reservations over the phone when taking your pet onboard. And ask first if they have available space. Only so many animals are allowed to fly on each plane. Bella travels under the seat in front of Denise, her shot record in one Sherpa pocket and Kong toy in the other. Denise will slip her an ice cube now and then. Bella loves the vibration of the plane and sleeps.

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Pick up our Pet Issue

The new print edition of the GA Voice hits the streets, packed with cute pets and cool products and places to go with your furry friends.

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Pets: Four French divas

Bill Furman

Amid the change the comes with growing up in a military family, one of the consistencies of Bill Furman’s childhood in Ohio, North Carolina and Texas was the presence of pets, especially a macaw parrot that became a sort of family heirloom.

“I grew up with a macaw that belonged to my grandmother,” Furman recalls. “When my grandmother passed away, my mother took over it, and so I grew up with it all through middle school, high school, and then when I went to school I took the macaw with me. I’ve kind of always had a bird in my house.”

Furman and his partner, Rob Walter, started exploring purchasing a large bird four years ago and Walter quickly became enraptured. Along with getting birds of their own, Furman and Walter have worked with an Atlanta vet to serve as foster parents to half a dozen birds over the last year, nursing them back to health and finding homes or safe environments.

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Pets: The compassionate party animal

Arthur and Fire

Arthur Graves’ best friend sounds like a fairly typical gay party boy in Atlanta.

They marched together in last year’s Gay Pride parade alongside their Southern Bears brethren, and the best friend spent the day flashing his incredible blue eyes and broad smile, luring men close to him so he could sniff their crotch, then acting stand-offish when they would start paying more attention to Graves.

“He managed to last the whole day, and then he got home and he just pooped out for like 30 minutes, and then he was ready to go again,” Graves says of his best friend Fire, a nine-year-old huskie that Graves adopted from DeKalb County Animal Control five years ago.