Events for Saturday, September 20th

There are two events on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The first is Bark for Life Canton.  The American Cancer Society sponsors it and it is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.  Go walk for a great cause!  The other event the 10th annual Hot Lips Hustle 5K in Marietta. This fast, flat, certified 5K race in Marietta is fun for the whole family (and dogs, too)! Chip timing, live DJ, trophies in 14 age groups, prize giveaways and great t-shirts define the Hot Lips as the must-run race of the fall. Entries will be capped at 500 participants for this celebratory event, so register now! Families, dogs, runners and all walkers are welcome. All dog participants receive special collar tags and the top three dog finishers receive special awards. This race was founded by a Marietta girl born with cleft palate who wanted to give back to needy families with children who cannot afford treatment for this crippling birth defect. Since inception, the Hot Lips Hustle has changed over 200 children’s lives through The Smile Train.  People are encouraged to let their dogs participate for an additional $5 per dog.  Both of these activities are benefiting great causes!

Upcoming events for the weekend September 5-7

There are two notable events coming up this weekend that you may want to check out.  One is the Evening in Paris hosted at the Gwinnett Arena.  On Saturday, September 6 the Georgia SPCA hosts their most luxurious gala event of the year. Come see and be seen and support the important work of the Georgia SPCA.  Enjoy an evening reminiscent of Parisian nightlife, featuring dinner, cocktails, dancing and a spectacular doggie haute couture fashion show!  Special guest, Xena the Warrior Puppy, winner of the ASPCA Dog of the Year 2013, will join in for the festivities.  The other event is Frankie’s Friends Doggone Run.  Fetch your sneakers (and Fido or Fluffy) and join Frankie’s Friends Doggone Run anytime the weekend of September 5-7 for a unique, virtual 5k event that will put thousands of runners across America on the road to raise funds to help sick and injured pets who need lifesaving medical care. It’s easy and fun! A virtual 5k is just like any other race — but without an official location. Participants register, create their own teams for fundraising — or participate as individuals — and then run, walk, bicycle or skip during the designated race weekend — when you want and where you want. Come check these events out and have a great time!

This weekend in Atlanta…

There is an event this weekend in Atlanta that is for a very good cause.  It is not in Gwinnett, but you may want to venture into the city for this one.  This event is listed on the Gwinnett Pet Watchers events page.  It is the 3rd Annual Ahimsa House Walk, Wag, N’ Run 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Lenox Park in Brookhaven. The proceeds benefit Ahimsa House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the links between domestic violence and animal abuse. Anywhere in Georgia and at no charge, Ahimsa House provides emergency pet safe housing, veterinary care, pet-related safety planning, legal advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line, outreach programs, and other services to help the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together. To date, Ahimsa House has provided over 37,000 nights of safe, confidential shelter for pets in need. In 2013, they took in 38% more animals than in 2012, and received 26% more crisis calls than the previous year. Ahimsa House relies on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships. They are run almost entirely on volunteer labor and receive many in-kind donations of goods and services, making us highly cost-effective.  Join their efforts to help people and pets escape domestic violence by participating in Walk, Wag, N’ Run. All proceeds go directly to help Ahimsa House provide these critical services. You can register to run, form a team and help raise donations, become an event sponsor, or just learn more by visiting