Pet Pick

Carlson is a handsome 9-month-old Terrier mix. He may even have some Shih Tzu in him. Carlson currently weighs 20 pounds. He will probably grow a tiny bit still, and gain a couple of pounds as an adult. This sweet boy came to Atlanta Pet Rescue from an outlying animal control facility that had picked him up as a stray. Carlson had some minor hair loss and skin irritation due to fleas. It doesn’t make him stop smiling though. Carlson is always in a good mood and ready for fun. He immediately attracted lots of attention from APR’s staff and volunteers, which he welcomed with an exuberant wag of the tail. Carlson prefers to not be closed up in a crate, but as APR has worked with him, he has demonstrated that he is extremely smart. Carlson is taking to his training like he was born to be an obedience champion.

Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt Ezra or any of the 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.

Pet Briefs

Buckhead Paws, a new dog walking and pet care company, is now accepting clients. The company offers 30-minutes walks, midday potty break service, pet sitting while you’re away and is also experienced with taking care of cats, birds, reptiles and fish. www.buckheadpaws.com

Atlanta Boxer Rescue will hold its third annual Boxerstock music festival on Sunday, Oct. 24, from noon to 7 p.m.  at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and there will be a special fenced area for off-leash play. There will be music by Barry Richman, Hannah Thomas, Thomas Tillman, State of Man and American Idol finalist Anna Kaelin. There will also be children’s activities, food and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, students and members of the military with proper ID. All proceeds from Boxerstock will go toward Atlanta Boxer Rescue efforts and pet owner education. www.boxerstock.org.

PugFest 2010 will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway. Hundreds of pugs (and some of their owners) will don costumes to celebrate during the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption’s (SEPRA) biggest fundraiser of the year. Admission is $6 per adult and $3 for children under 12 (no charge for pugs and other small pets). After a pug parade with rescued pet introductions at 12:30 p.m., the costume contests begin. There will be vendors, a silent auction, bake sale, professional pet pictures, grooming and other events. www.pugrescue.com.

Walk N’ Wag Fun Festival and Pet Parade, presented by UPS and hosted by Holly Firfer, is set for Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chastain Park (blue lot), 4469 Stella Dr. Registration begins at 9 a.m. There will be a one-mile pet parade, Halloween costume contests for children and pets with their owners, celebrity judges, microchipping and nail clipping by a vet, silent auction, vendors, food and live music by Henry Porter Indie Rock Band. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under or $30 at the door for all attendees. The event benefits Ahimsa House (www.ahimsahouse.org), which helps people and pets escape domestic violence together.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.