Gwinnett always has something going on, but in my opinion, the Fall events are the best! The first date of Fall this year was September 22nd, so I’m a little behind. Better late than never!
Oct. 9 – 14
Menopause The Musical- Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center- Admission, $46.50- 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Duluth, 30097
Buford Corn Maze – Admission- Adults, $12-$15- Kids under 3 free- 4470 Bennett Rd, Buford, GA 30519
Lawrenceville Ghost Tours- Admission- Adults $15, Kids $12-Sun – Thurs 7:30pm/Fri & Sat 7pm, 9pm- 128 Pike Street, Lawrenceville, 30045
Netherworlds- Admission- $22-$27 -6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross, GA 30093- Mon-Thurs 7:30pm-11pm / Fri & Sat 7pm-12am / Sun 7pm-11pm / Halloween 7pm-12am
Thursday, Oct. 11-
Gwinnett County Public Library presents New Dawn Theater’s “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,”- 8pm- Free Admission- 3087 Main St.
Duluth, GA 30096- (770) 978-5154
Friday, Oct. 12-
Cat Eye Night Hike- 6:30pm-9pm- Preregistration required- $7 admission- Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 E Crogan St, Lawrenceville GA- 770-822-5414
Saturday, Oct. 13
39th Annual Lilburn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, 9am-5pm- Free Admission- Lilburn City Park- 76 Main St.- www.lilburnwomansclub.org
Kids Play Day at Rock Springs Park Tennis- 9am-12pm- $5 per person- Rock Springs Park Tennis Center, 550 Rock Springs Road, Lawrenceville
Peachtree Corners Art Fest- 10am-7pm- Free Admission- 3568 Jay Bird Alley- www.peachtreecornersartfest.com
Taste of Suwanee- Noon- 5pm- Free Admission – Suwanee Town Center Park – www.tasteofsuwanee.com
Saturday, Oct. 20
Oktoberfest on the Green- 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m- Admission, $10 to $35-Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St.- No children
Loganville’s 4th annual Autumn Heritage Festival- Admission, Free- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m- Downtown Loganville, 4385 Pecan St.
Snellville Fall Festival- Admission, Free- 10am-8pm- Snellville Towne Green at the intersection of Oak Road and Main Street
Sugar Hill’s 12th Annual Fall Festival- Admission, Free- 11am-5pm- E.E. Robinson Park, 850 Level Creek Road
Saturday, Oct. 27
Auburn’s third annual Spider Web Spooktacular- Admission, Free- 4:30m-7:30pm- 1369 4th Avenue
Halloween on the Green- Admission, Free- 2pm-7m- Duluth Town Green- 3142 Hill St.
Trek or Treat- Admission, Free- 11am- Suwanee Creek Park- 1170 Buford Hwy.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns-George Eliot
I’m a professional pet sitter in Lawrenceville, GA, so I get to see adorable animals of all kinds, mostly dogs and cats, on a daily basis. Being an animal junkie and a StumbleUpon addict, I decided to do a blog including the 20 cutest animal pics I could find on SU. Enjoy!
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” -A.A. Milne
I hope one day that pit bulls will be treasured as the wonderful family pets that we knew they were back in the day of The Little Rascals and before. Pit bulls are discriminated against on a daily basis and meanwhile being abused, neglected and forced into fighting by cruel and heartless humans. How can we call them DUMB animals and then blame them for our misdeeds? Stop the ignorance.
I love this video showing well loved pit bulls and their assorted roles in the past, and had to share!
For more information about pit bulls, breed history and responsible ownership, please visit:
“If Timmy had a pit bull, he wouldn’t have been in the well in the first place.”
Being a professional pet sitter, and living with five felines of my own, I enjoy great quotes that nail my thoughts on cats. Here are 10 that fall into that category. Please leave your favorite cat quotes in the comments section below! There are a ton of them out there, but I am finding most of mine on CatQuotes.com and The Quote Garden. Enjoy!
It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens. ~Cynthia E. Varnado
The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. ~Doug Larson
No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch. ~Leo Dworken
Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later. ~Mary Bly
People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life. ~Faith Resnick
There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. ~Dan Greenberg
The trouble with cats is that they’ve got no tact. ~P. G. Wodehouse
Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds. ~Jean Burden
There are no ordinary cats. ~Colette
Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes! ~Theophile Gautier
Our pet sitting and dog walking service is expanding across Gwinnett, to include the cities of Norcross and Berkeley Lake. As professional pet sitters, we like to know where all of our local veterinarians are, so I have composed this list of vets in Norcross and Berkeley Lake. Please let me know if I have left any out in the comments section! Thanks
Animal Hospital of Historic Norcross- 3075 Medlock Bridge Road Norcross, GA 30071- (770) 447-0033
Banfield Pet Hospital- 6050 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30092- (770) 798-9322
Berkeley Lake Animal Hospital- 2900 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Duluth, GA 30097- (770) 476-8411
Cedar Village Animal Clinic- 4142 Jimmy Carter Boulevard Norcross, GA 30093- (770) 414-8869
Companion Animal Hospital- 5964 S Norcross Tucker Road Norcross, GA 30093- (770) 449-9002
Indian Trail Animal Hospital- 1360 Indian Trail Lilburn Road Norcross, GA 30093- (770) 925-4884
Ivy Animal Health- 154 Technology Pkwy Norcross, GA 30092- (770) 248-1014
Medlock Bridge Animal Hospital- 5155 South Old Peachtree Road Norcross, GA 30092- (770) 242-9272
Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic- 4020 Holcomb Bridge Road Norcross, GA 30092- (770) 448-0700
Woods Animal Hospital- 11 Thrasher Street, Norcross, GA 30071- (770) 448-6735
These are some of my favorite famous dogs. Tell me who your favorites are by leaving a comment!
From Wikipedia: Pete the Pup (September 6, 1929 – January 28, 1946) was a Pit bull character in Hal Roach’s Our Gang comedies (later known as The Little Rascals) during the 1920s and 1930s. Otherwise known as “Pete, the Dog With the Ring Around His Eye”, or simply “Petey”, he was well known for having a circled eye that was added on by Hollywood make-up artist Max Factor and credited as an oddity in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The original Pete (sired by “Black Jack”) was an American Pit Bull Terrier named “Pal the Wonder Dog”, and had a natural ring almost completely around his eye; dye was used to finish it off.
From Wikipedia: Rin Tin Tin (often billed as Rin-Tin-Tin in the 1920s and 1930s) was the name given to a dog adopted from a WWI battlefield that went on to star in twenty-three Hollywood films. The name was subsequently given to several related German Shepherd dogs featured in fictional stories on film, radio and television.
The first of the line (c. September 10, 1918 – August 10, 1932) was one of a litter of shell-shocked pups found by American serviceman Lee Duncan in a bombed-out dog kennel in Lorraine, then part of the German Empire, less than two months before the end of World War I. When Duncan found him on September 15, he was only 5 days old and nursing.
The two pups from the litter that Duncan kept were named for finger puppets called Rintintin and Nénette that French children gave to the American soldiers as good luck charms. Duncan returned to the USA with them at war’s end. Rin Tin Tin settled at his home in Los Angeles, California, though Nénette had earlier died. Rin Tin Tin was a dark sable color and had very dark eyes.
Nicknamed Rinty by his owner, the dog learned tricks and could leap great heights. He was filmed making an 11-foot leap at a dog show by Duncan’s acquaintance Charles Jones, who had just developed a slow-motion camera. Seeing his dog being filmed, Duncan became convinced Rin Tin Tin could become the next Strongheart. He later wrote, “I was so excited over the motion-picture idea that I found myself thinking of it night and day.”
From Wikipedia: Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – March 16, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.
America’s first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months ‘over there’ and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, located and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants. Back home his exploits were front page news of every major newspaper.
Stubby was allegedly a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, although no one ever discovered where he hailed from originally. One day he appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Ct; while a group of soldiers were training, stopping to make friends with soldiers as they drilled. One soldier though, in particular, developed a fondness for the dog, a Corporal Robert Conroy, who when it became time for the outfit to ship out, hid Stubby on board the troop ship.
Stubby served with the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Division in the trenches in France for 18 months and participated in four offensives and 17 battles. He entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Schieprey, Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches.
After being gassed himself, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, located wounded soldiers in no man’s land, and — since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could — became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover. He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. Following the retaking of Château-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the town made Stubby a chamois coat on which were pinned his many medals. There is also a legend that while in Paris with Corporal Conroy, Stubby saved a young girl from being hit by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy smuggled Stubby home.
After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led, many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Georgetown Hoyas’ team mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.
Stubby was made a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross, and the YMCA. In 1921, the Humane Education Society awarded him a special gold medal for service to his country. It was presented by General John Pershing.
In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy’s arms. His remains are featured in The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian. Stubby was honored with a brick in the Walk of Honor at the United States World War I monument, Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City at a ceremony held on Armistice Day, November 11, 2006.
From Wikipedia: Hachikō (ハチ公?, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935), known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公 “faithful dog Hachikō” ['hachi' meaning 'eight', a number referring to the dog's birth order in the litter, and 'kō', meaning prince or duke]), was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner’s death.
In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner’s life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the dog waited at Shibuya station.
Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. Initial reactions from the people, especially from those working at the station, were not necessarily friendly. However, after the first appearance of the article about him on October 4, 1932 in Asahi Shimbun, people started to bring Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for nine years with Hachikō appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.
That same year, one of Ueno’s students (who developed expertise on the Akita breed) saw the dog at the station and followed him to the Kobayashi home (the home of the former gardener of Professor Ueno — Kikuzaboro Kobayashi where he learned the history of Hachikō’s life. Shortly after this meeting, the former student published a documented census of Akitas in Japan. His research found only 30 purebred Akitas remaining, including Hachikō from Shibuya Station.
He returned frequently to visit the dog and over the years published several articles about Hachikō’s remarkable loyalty. In 1932 one of these articles, published in Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, threw the dog into the national spotlight. Hachikō became a national sensation. His faithfulness to his master’s memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty all should strive to achieve. Teachers and parents used Hachikō’s vigil as an example for children to follow. A well-known Japanese artist rendered a sculpture of the dog, and throughout the country a new awareness of the Akita breed grew.
Eventually, Hachikō’s legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty, particularly to the person and institution of the Emperor.
Hachikō died on March 8, 1935, and was found on a street in Shibuya. In March 2011 scientists settled the cause of death of Hachikō: the dog had terminal cancer and a filaria infection (worms). There were also four yakitori skewers in Hachikō’s stomach, but the skewers did not damage his stomach or cause his death.
Hachikō’s stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo. His monument is in Aoyama cemetery in Minatoku, Tokyo.
From Wikipedia: Chips the dog was the most decorated war dog from World War II. Chips was a German Shepherd-Collie-Siberian Husky mix owned by Edward J. Wren of Pleasantville, NY. During the war, private citizens like Wren donated their dogs for duty. Chips shipped out to the War Dog Training Center, Front Royal, Virginia, in 1942 for training as a sentry dog. He served with the 3rd Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. His handler was Pvt. John P. Rowell. Chips served as a sentry dog for the Roosevelt-Churchill conference in 1943. Later that year, during the invasion of Sicily, Chips and his handler were pinned down on the beach by an Italian machine-gun team. Chips broke from his handler and jumped into the pillbox, attacking the gunners. The four crewmen were forced to leave the pillbox and surrendered to US troops. In the fight he sustained a scalp wound and powder burns. Later that day, he helped take 10 Italians prisoner. For his actions during the war, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart; however, these awards were later revoked due to an Army policy preventing official commendation of animals. His unit unofficially awarded him a Theater Ribbon with an Arrowhead for an assault landing, and Battlestars for each of his eight campaigns. Chips was discharged in December 1945 and returned to the Wren family.
In 1990, Disney made a TV movie based on his life, entitled Chips, the War Dog.
“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
First, I want to say that I really like snakes. They eat insects and rodents and are very important to our ecosystem! That being said, it’s really important to be able to identify the venomous snakes in your area.
FYI- it’s illegal in Georgia to kill or possess a non-venomous snake. Fine up to $1000 and up to a year in jail. Remember, snakes mean no harm and have their place in the world. Respect them, keep an eye out for them and give them their space.
“Look before you leap, for snakes among sweet flowers do creep”
TOP 5 REASONS TO USE A PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER
How many times have you found yourself scrambling to find someone to care for your pets during a holiday when a neighbor, family member or friend backed out last minute? Whether it’s around the holidays, or if you travel often, or if you just work long hours, you can count on your professional pet sitter or dog walker to step in and keep your pets happy, safe and loved while you are not able to be there. Below are what I consider to be the top 5 reasons to have a professional pet sitter that you know and trust.
5. A professional pet sitter is a full time pet care professional. They became pet sitters because of a deep love of animals and a desire to care for them to the best of their ability. While family and friends may be a logical choice, professional pet sitters are insured and bonded, pet first aid trained and experienced pet care providers.
4. The kennel/dog day care can be great for some pets! There are some really nice places out there that your dog can play all day. Some dogs would do great in a situation like that. Other pets, not so much. The noise, the smells, all the movement and lighting can be extremely frightening for some dogs and cats. Not to mention, you have to get that extra vaccination (Bordetella) in order to board your pet and sometimes the vaccination itself causes the pet to contract Kennel Cough/Bordetella.
3. If you need to extend your trip or come home early, there are no worries about kennel hours. Just contact your pet sitter and let them know you will need them for more visits to your pets, or that you will be home early.
2. Personalized pet care for your pets and house sitting for your home’s security. A professional pet sitter will come to your home for a consultation before service begins. You will tell your pet sitter exactly how your fur kids are used to being cared for and what you want done while your pet sitter is there; your instructions will be followed to a “T.” This means your pet’s feeding times, walking routine, potty times and where they sleep will be the same, keeping anxiety and stress at a minimum. Medications and injections will be given on time and in the proper dosage. Your home will be kept locked and safe, the mail and papers brought in, trash and recycling taken to road and brought back once emptied, blinds and lights alternated, giving your home a lived in feel to keep the burglars away.
1. Peace of mind. When you first meet your pet sitter and see how they are with your pets, you will feel at ease immediately. Because of working so closely with pets on a daily basis, a professional pet sitter can immediately form a bond with your pets. You will know that your pets will be getting loved on and cared for and you can relax and enjoy yourself. Your pet sitter will text, email, or call you every visit if you request and also send you pictures of your pets.
Here is a link to check out our pet sitters here in Lawrenceville and other parts of Gwinnett: About Our Sitters
“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals” ~ Anonymous
Feral Cat: A homeless cat who comes from a long line of undomesticated cats.
It’s KITTEN SEASON!! Kittens are adorable and cuddly and sweet….and start reproducing at the young age of four to six months. Before you know it, you will have a gaggle of cats, your environment around your home will smell like cat urine from the unaltered male and female cats marking their territory, and you will have diseased and sickly kitties to be sad about.
What can you do about it you may ask? Believe it or not, you can get all of your strays or ferals trapped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered and returned at an affordable price. This is called Trap Neuter Return (or Release) or TNR. Some of the programs offer to take the cats to another location, but most of the time you just bring them back to where you found them, as this is their home. Feral cats will travel miles to get back to what they perceive as their home .
Why should you TNR those cats you so lovingly provide food for? Well, they can spread disease- Rabies, distemper, Feline Leukemia, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are among these diseases. If one of the kitties gets sick, you can pretty much guarantee the majority of the rest will also get sick. Imagine having a gaggle of sick kitties on your hands! How sad and distressing that would be. That is just one of the many reasons to TNR.
Feral cats are not the same as stray cats. Stray cats have been someone’s pet at some point, or at least been socialized in some way with humans. Feral cats were born outside and come from a long line of cats who have never been socialized with humans. Feral cats are not pets (unless trapped and worked with) and should not be taken to the local shelter because their behavior makes them deemed unadoptable and they are immediately euthanized.
Alley Cat Allies say it best here:
“Trap and remove doesn’t work! Not only would you have to continue to remove cats, this process is extremely costly. Other cats simply move in to take advantage of the available resources and they breed prolifically,quickly forming a new colony. this “vacuum effect” is well documented.
Trap, neuter, and return does work. No more kittens. Their numbers gradually go down. The annoying behaviors of mating cats such as yowling or fighting stop. The cats are vaccinated and they are fed on a regular schedule. This ongoing care creates a safety net for both the cats and the community.
SUPPORT TRAP, NEUTER, AND RETURN.”
This is a humane and kind thing to do. You can mark it off as your big good deed of the year! Below are some great TNR programs right here in The Peach State.
Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds. – Jean Burden
I’m silly. So what? These pictures are ridiculous, yet funny! I hope you enjoy lol dogs and cats dressed as your favorite celebrities, superheroes and movie characters!
No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation. Fran Lebowitz