Upcoming Dog Events in Georgia and Alabama

There are several dog-friendly and dog-related activities taking place in these two states within the next few weeks. Whether people are into drinking cocktails, learning tricks or watching dog competitions, all these options are possible!

Canine Cocktail Hour

Hotel Indigo

Midtown Atlanta, Georgia

September 7

This Canine Cocktail Hour will take place from 5:00-8:00 PM, and there will be complimentary treats and water for dogs, along with specialty cocktails and food for purchase for their owners.

Mutts and Martinis

W Atlanta Midtown

Atlanta, Georgia

September 8

The Mutts and Martinis event will go on in the Living Room of the W Atlanta Midtown from 6:00-9:00 PM. There will be a light bites menu and cocktails, and this will benefit the Atlanta Pet Rescue.

Bow Wow Meow Birthday Bash

Grant Park Pavilions

Atlanta, Georgia

September 12

This will be a birthday bash for Atlanta Pet Rescue’s 10th anniversary. Tickets cost $10 for anyone over the age of 12, and the party will last from 4:00-7:00 PM. There will be birthday cake, food, games, prizes and more fun.

Low Cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic

Mansell Oaks Plaza

Roswell, Georgia

September 19

Small Dog Rescue and Humane Society will put on this clinic from 12:00-4:00 PM, providing discount vaccinations and microchippings.

Huntsville Obedience Training Club’s Dog Fair

Monte Sano State Park

Huntsville, Alabama

September 25

This will be the 8th annual fair brought on by this organization, and it will occur from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. This event will have a wide array of hands-on activities and demonstrations for humans and people, along with vendors selling dog-related items. There is a $5 parking fee to attend.

Lake Lanier Pet Fest

Laurel Park

Gainesville, Georgia

September 25, 26

The Lake Lanier Pet Fest will happen on Saturday from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, and on Sunday from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. It is meant to benefit the Hall County Animal Shelter, as well as to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. The main event at this festival will be the Dixie Dock Dogs dock diving competition, and there will also be contests, games for kids and pets, an adoption tent and live music. Parking for this festival is $5.

Pets in the Park

Amelia Park

Saraland, Alabama

October 2

This will be the 2nd Annual Pets in the Park, which will be from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. There is free admission, and this event will feature a pet parade, an extreme dog makeover, demonstrations, pet photography, food, music and other fun.

Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia is the capital and most populated city of the state. It is the center of one of the largest, fastest-growing metropolitan centers of America. The city itself has about half a million people, but then the suburbs are forever sprawling, and are home to over 5 million inhabitants. The city itself is a huge transportation hub and business center for the rest of the South.

Since it’s a major location, there are many tourist facilities in Atlanta, many of which are dog-friendly.


Atlanta Preservation Center

There are seven different tours of the preservation center, and only two are not dog-friendly (Downtown and Fox Theater). Dogs must be leashed to go on the outdoor tours.


Centennial Olympic Park

This 21 acre park commemorates the 1996 Olympics that took place in Atlanta, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year. It has many nice trees and a large fountain where dogs can go cool off in the summer time. Dogs must be leashed to visit this park, but they are usually not allowed in any of the concerts that take place.

Outdoor Restaurants

Park Tavern

This is a popular brewery located in the Piedmont area, and they serve American style food and assorted beers. Dogs are allowed at the outdoor tables on the patio, and they provide water.

Brewhouse Cafe

The Brewhhouse Cafe has a pub atmosphere that offers appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads and other traditional pub food. They also have a selection of beers from all over the world. Leashed dogs can sit at the outdoor tables.


This is a midtown restaurant that offers dogs water and sometimes snacks when they sit at the outdoor tables. This establishment closes early, and is more of a casual breakfast and lunch spot that serves bagels, omelets, oatmeal, along with assorted alcohol and other beverages.

Nancy G’s Cafe

This is a neighborhood cafe and bistro, that has much contemporary southern cooking as well as a bunch of healthy options. Dogs must be leashed to eat with you at this restaurant.


Junkman’s Daughter Store

This is a kitschy alternative store, full of “wild, wacky and wonderful gifts.” It has all sorts of interesting stuff you would never discover at malls or at chain stores. Leashed, behaved dogs are allowed to venture in this shop with you.

Orvis Company Store

This store sells assorted sporting goods and accessories, as well as gifts and travel items. Leashed, behaved dogs can shop in the store with you.

Upcoming Bird Events in America: This Weekend

This weekend has all sorts of crazy and fun bird events and seminars going on, especially in the South!


Holiday Toy Sale and Open House

Robert Morris University: Patrick Henry Center, Hopwood Hall

Moon Township, Pennsylvania

December 5

This is a free event, that will last from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM. It is hosted by the Parrot Education and Adoption Center of Pittsburgh. There will be light holiday fare, bird talk and fun things to buy. Part of the proceeds will go to the organization.

Rio Bird Fairs

Taylor Town Trade Expo

Taylor, Michigan

December 5

This fair will be held from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and there is free admission for both children and adults! It will include many vendors, exotic birds, food, toys, cages, refreshments and a raffle.

The Contented Companion

Eastern Exotics Veterinary Hospital

Fairfax, Virginia

December 5

This is a creative and informational class hosted by Leigh Ann Hartsfield. It will cover material on ways to improve and maintain your parrot’s attitude, with methods such as nutrition, socialization and stress relief. It will go on from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon.

Morningstar Expositions Bird Mart

Richardson Civic Center

Richardson, Texas

December 5

This bird exposition will go on from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. There will be birds for sale, as well as discounted cages, toys and feed.

Foraging Fun and Contest


Cary, North Carolina

December 5

This will be an information session that will teach you about your parrot’s natural instincts of foraging for food. They will display many foraging ideas so that you can adapt them to your parrot’s domestic lifestyle. They’ll have many items for purchase as well. If you have ideas or methods regarding parrot foraging techniques, then bring them in for the contest. It will go on from 12:00 noon-2:00 PM at the Animall, a pet adoption center.

Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair

North Atlanta Trade Center

Atlanta, Georgia

December 5-6

This is Atlanta’s only exotic bird fair, and they will have many types of birds for purchase, such as canaries, finches, conures, cockatiels and more. There will be bird experts if you have any questions about owning a bird. They will also have discounted cages, toys, feed and supplies. The hours run from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $4 for people over 13, and free for children 12 and under.

Parrot Protection Day

Peacock Inn

Newton, North Carolina

December 6

This session will cover information about coping with emergency situations with your parrot, as well as what to do if your parrot dies. It will be held by Dr. Clarence Dunning. You can pay to have your parrot microchipped and trimmed. This event will be held from 12:00 noon-3:00 PM. Please email Teri Rand if you plan on bringing your parrot in: [email protected].

Upcoming Cat Shows in the South

There are many fun cat shows coming up in the South this month. Some of them are open to the public! Check with the individual shows’ websites on show rules and prices for entering your cat.

Cotton States Cat Club Championship Show

Gwinnett Center

Duluth, Georgia

November 7

This show will take place from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. It is open to the public, and is $7 for adults, $5 for children. There will be six rings and cats of all breeds.

Eyes of Texas Cat Club Show

Travis County Exhibition Center

Austin, Texas

November 7

This show has been going on since 1984. It will have commercial vendors, designated parking, gate admission, handicap access and public transportation. It will occur from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. There are seven all breed rings. Concession food will be available there.


Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club Championship Cat Show: Meow De Gras

England Airpark Community Center

Alexandria, Louisiana

November 14, 15

This show will be 6×6 format, have 6 rings and 225 entries per day. Breeds of all kinds will be there.

Allbreed CFA Cat Show

Sportsplex Indoor Sports and Event Center

Winchester, Virginia

November 14, 15

This event will combine the Cat Fanciers of Washington and Capital Cat Fanciers, and there will be 350 entries.

CFA International Cat Show

Georgia Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia

November 21, 22

This is the largest international pedigreed cat show in the Western Hemisphere. It is held annually every weekend before Thanksgiving, and moves around to a different location each year. There are 750 cats in this show, hailing from the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and South America, so expect to see some exotic kitties! There are many different competitions in this show, such as best longhairs and shorthairs. There will also be breed booths that offer information about what makes each breed so special. Tons of vendors will be present, selling things like arts and crafts, pet holiday houses, cat food, cat hammocks, and Siamese cat rescue gifts.

Cat Club of the Palm Beaches

Central Florida Fairgrounds

Orlando, Florida

November 28

This is a six-ring all breed cat show. The show is air-conditioned and handicap accessible. There is a 225 entry limit.

Paws for Thanks by Tarheel Triangle Cat Fanciers

Holshouser Building of the North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, North Carolina

November 28

This show has six all breed rings, and a 225 cat limit. The building is heated and handicap accessible.

Upcoming Pet Events in Georgia

Check out these great events coming up in Georgia. There are fun Halloween activities, cocktail parties, horse parties and even reading events for kids!


HayDay 2009 and the Halloween Horse Rescue

Northwind Equestrian Center

Cumming, Georgia

October 31

This is a horse-themed Halloween festival, that also contains lots of fun family activities. It will feature hay rides, a petting zoo, barn tours, shopping, hay for sale, arts and crafts, raffles, food and beverages. There will also be a Halloween costume contest for kids. It will take place from 1:00-4:00 PM.

First Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Inman Park Pet Works

Atlanta, Georgia

October 31

Don’t have kids to have fun with on Halloween? Don’t worry! You can dress up your dog for a costume contest, and they will give it a free treat. This event will take place from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. The winner of the contest will receive a photo shoot with Seinen Photography and a $25 gift certificate to the store. Click here for information about Inman Park Pet Works.

K9 Reading Program

Foxtale Book Shop

Woodstock, Georgia

November 14 & 21

This is an event where children of all ages can come and read to specially trained service dogs. These sessions are open to the public, and are great if you want to encourage your kid to read and bond with animals. Click here for information about the new and used book shop.

Eighth Annual Paws for Cocktails

Park Tavern

Atlanta, Georgia

November 19

This will be a party to benefit dogs, from 5:30-9:00 PM. It is a $15 donation at the door, which includes complimentary food and drink. There will be a live auction, deals on holiday gifts, raffle, trivia, giveaway prizes and more. You can bring a picture of your pet and show it to a pet psychic too. Hundreds of people are expected to show up, so it will be a fun social occasion where you can meet other dog lovers. There will be celebrity hosts, such as Victoria Stilwell from Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”

This organization also often offers lost-cost microchip clinics, if you are interested in that. It costs $35, and usually takes place on Saturdays.

Great Dog Parks in the Atlanta, Georgia Area

There are many dog parks in the Atlanta area. Due to the evergrowing sprawl of the city, they extend to many outskirts and suburbs. Nevertheless, if you plan your trip correctly, you can hit up all the best dog parks in the Atlanta region!

Piedmont Parkpied

Piedmont Park is located in Midtown Atlanta. It is both the biggest park and biggest dog park in the city. It is fenced-in, off-leash and has running water.

Henry Jones Dog Park

This is a four-acre, wooded, off-leash dog park that offers benches. They do not provide water, but there is a community water station you are encouraged to contribute to. This park is located in the Dunwoody area.

Note: This park will be closed for October for maintenance.

Atlantic Station Dog Park

This area contains a small, off-leash area for dogs. It is a good place to socialize, but there isn’t really enough room to play fetch. It has grass and benches.

atlaClarkston Dog Park

This is a small, fenced-in dog park that opened a year ago. It is located in Clarkston, Georgia.

Note: Pitbulls and Rottweilers are not allowed.

Peachtree City Dog Park

This is a two-acre, off-leash park, which is part of the McIntosh Trail Recreation Complex, in Peachtree City. It contains mulch ground, trees, access to water, and a separate area for small and older dogs. It is a private park, so you must be a member.

Burger Dog Park

This park is located in Smyrna, Georgia, tucked away in a residential area. It has is fenced, and has benches, grass, and a separate area for big and small dogs off leashes.

Leita Thompson Memorial Dog Park

This off-leash park is located in Roswell, Georgia, and is fenced and has a portable restroom. There are .75 acres for big dogs and .25 acres for small dogs. There are also benches, waste bags, walking trails and water spigots.

Lewis Dog Park

This off-leash park is part of greater Lewis Park, in Marietta, Georgia. It is fenced and has benches.

Graves Dog Park

This off-leash park is located in Norcross, Georgia. It has two acres, is fenced, and has separate areas for big and small dogs. It is grassy, has water fountains, benches, waste bags and even night lighting.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

There are many different sections of this park, but your dog must be on leash. It is great if your dog enjoys running or hiking. It is located fifteen minutes north of downtown Atlanta.

Dogs at Baseball Games

A new trend is coming through in American sports culture: bringing your dog to the game!

So far, it has only occurred in baseball, and more and more teams are catching on to this new trend and holding it annually. There are often contests and parades, and even presents for your dog, and ticket sales often are given to charities. Most of these events are limited and sell out quickly, so if you are interested, make sure to pay attention to the ticket sales!

The Florida Marlins hosted the Bark in the Park event on April 24 at Dolphin Stadium. Over 1,000 dogs showed up and socialized, many of them dressed in Marlins gear. Dogs were everywhere in the stadium.

dog-giantsSan Francisco held The Dog Days of Summer, which is an annual event for the Giants that has been going on for 13 years. It occurred on August 1st, and there was a pre-game parade and costume contest. Every dog got a complimentary Giants leash. Tickets cost $56, but the proceeds went to the San Francisco SPCA. Dogs were allowed to sit with their owners in dog-friendly sections.

The Atlanta Braves also held a Bark in the Park event on May 3rd. Tickets were $25, and included admission for dog and for human. Proceeds went to animal charities. This event has occurred annually since 2006 at Turner Park, and over 5,200 Braves fans and 2,400 dogs have come ever since. For those of you who will be in Atlanta, there will be another Bark in the Park event on September 6th.bentley

The Oakland Athletics held their fourth annual Dog Day in the Park on July 17 at the Coliseum. There was a pre-game Pup Rally, in which dogs and people watched and participated in various contests, including the World’s Ugliest Dog. These contests were followed by a Pup Parade, and each dog got a complimentary Athletics Bandana and goody bag full of product samples. The Athletics sold 500 tickets for this event, and the proceeds were donated to Dogs4Diabetics, which is a charity for dogs to detect hypoglycemia in humans and then alert family members. The Athletics are planning to hold another Dog Day in the Park in 2010. To get an idea of how it went, visit their photo gallery!

The Chicago White Sox also hold an annual Dog Day Game. It usually occurs in April, and tickets sell out quickly.