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Lulu tries to earn her wings

The clock is ticking for Lulu to go from naughty to nice

Mom considers my angel Halloween costume hilarious, but I fail to find the humor. Besides, it beats the boring pumpkin outfit she picked for me. Who wants to be a pumpkin?! That’s what you eat for tummy trouble. Only babies look good dressed as pumpkins, probably because they’re still so round. But I have a reputation to protect, and nothing about that pumpkin costume reflects my personality — or life in the Lulu lane! Also, the angel outfit really helps me embrace my better half.

Wearing the halo helps me think twice before causing mischief; and my white gown limits mobility. That means I have to weigh my options before chasing a cat or sneaking extra treats. Don’t want to snag my gown on anything.

Plus, I heard Mom talking to the folks at Jabula Dog Training about boarding school. She may be researching a story, but I can’t take any chances. Christmas is right around the corner. Earning a stocking filled with more than collars and leashes will require me to change my ways this year. I started with a new outlook on good behavior this Sunday morning, but it didn’t take long for Trouble to find me. Once again, ‘time out’ is my constant companion.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I wonder if at has this much trouble being staying out of trouble? Maybe Mom can take in another pet from Rescue Me! Animal Project. I always earn extra karma points by helping foster dogs – and they help deflect attention from my bouts of unruliness. 

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. In the meantime, do what you can for people and pets. Check out these fun events coming to a neighborhood near you:
Pets for Vets Month at Lifeline:
Lifeline Animal Project has always offered low-cost veterinary care, including basic exams, vaccines and dewormer for $40. In November, the organization goes step further, waiving pet adoption fees for all active and retired military veterans. A military ID is all you need. Call the nearest location for details or visit www.Atlantapets.org — and be sure to get a $25 microchip. It helps ensure a happy reunion if your pet is ever lost. (Don’t worry Mom, I’m not going anywhere. It took too long to train you!)

  • Decatur location: 129 Lake St., Avondale Estates, GA 30002. 404-292-8800
  • South metro location: 2533 Sullivan Rd., College Park, GA 30337. 678-973-2881.

Paws for Cocktails: Park Tavern in Midtown will host a petacular benefit for two awesome organizations: Small Dog Rescue and Humane Society, and Furkids, Georgia’s largest no-kill animal shelter. It’s a great opportunity for pet parents to have fun for a good cause. The event includes cocktails, live music, raffles, silent auctions and treats. Purchase advance tickets for $18 until November 6, or pay $20 at the door. 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 at Park Tavern. 500 Tenth St. NE, Atlanta, 404- 249-0001. Visit the Furkids site to purchase tickets. 

Atlanta Pet Expo: Long car rides make my tummy queasy, but I can’t resist a good pet festival. The Atlanta Pet Expo will feature pet adoptions, agility and costume contests, low-cost vaccinations and more than 100 vendors offering goodies to fill my Christmas stocking. I even hear that will be there, yum! Don’t miss this free, family- and pet-friendly event. North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA. 30093. 770-279-9899. Visit AtlantaPetExpo.com for more info.

— Follow more of Lulu’s exploits on Twitter at @Soulpup or on Facebook at “Life in the Lulu Lane.”

MB in ATL October 31, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Glad you mentioned Lifeline Animal Project! They do fantastic work at their low cost spay n' neuter clinics and making shots affordable for pet owners. I love the pix in this column. Thx.

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