Pet parents: Head to Atlanta for the Atlanta Dog Jog and Bark in the Park

Posted on April 29, 2013 

Take your furkids to Atlanta this weekend (May 4-5) for two great events. Saturday (May 4) is the 2013 Atlanta Dog Jog, which raises money for Canine Assistants and VetHeart of Georgia, and Sunday is Bark at the Park, where you and your canine can attend an Atlanta Braves game.

At Saturdays Atlanta Dog Jog, pet owners and their dogs can run or walk 1 or 2 miles at Piedmont Park. All athletic levels are welcome, from competitive runners to casual walkers. Strollers and wagons are permitted and the event provides fun for the entire family, with a special focus on four-legged members. The 1-mile is at 9 a.m. and the 2 mile is at 9:30 a.m. Parking is available on streets surrounding the park or in the parking deck, accessed from the Atlanta Botanical Garden entry located off Piedmont Drive or from Worchester Drive, which is located off Monroe Drive.

Proceeds for the 2013 event will benefit Canine Assistants, an Alpharetta based non-profit organization that breeds, raises and trains working dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and seizure disorders. The co-beneficiary is VetHeart of Georgia of Georgia, the recently rebranded Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) Foundation, which supports benevolent activities in the areas of community service, the human-animal bond, animal health and welfare, veterinary student education, public health, and the preservation of wildlife.

One runner and one dog cost $25 advance/$30 race day. Each additional dog costs $15. A runner without a dog is $25 advance/$30 race day. To register, or for more information, visit www.atlantadogjog.org or call 678-309-9800.

Bark in the Park

Turner Field transforms into a puppy paradise for the Braves vs. New York Mets at on May 5. Fans must pre-purchase tickets by May 3 at braves.com/bark. Tickets will not be available on the day of the event. It costs $25 for one human ticket and one dog ticket. Additional human tickets are available for $15.

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