This just happens to be my absolute favorite time of the year. I see flowers blooming, I keep finding green spaces to poop and I always meet a new friend during walks. Please take a little time out this season to enjoy some of my favorite EAV activities with your four-legged friends:
Get thee to the Farmers Market
Now that the East Atlanta Farmers Market has opened, there’s no telling what Mom will sneak into my food bowl. I’m partial to apples, sweet potatoes and spinach. I will tolerate collard greens, but I draw the line at bananas. One time Mom just wouldn’t get that message and kept mixing sliced bananas with my kibble. It wasn’t until she found a slimy mound of yuck mash that she got the message: Lulu no likey banana!
The market opens from 4-8 p.m. every Thursday. Check out the awesome variety of goodies this week, and say hello to my peeps from Big Daddy Biscuits! Before you go, be sure to bookmark this handy ASPCA list of people food that you should avoid feeding pets. For example, grapes, garlic and avocados are not good for dogs. Instead, this is a great time to include string beans or chopped carrots in that bowl of kibble. With diabetes and other weight-related health issues hitting the pet population, I hope you will join my “Let’s Move” for healthy pets. It's time to trim those furry waistlines!
Wide open spaces
East Atlanta has so many cool spots to stop and smell the roses, the fire hydrant, the sidewalk, the fence…you get my point. But sometimes, there’s nothing like running past you Mother at top speed, scaring the living daylights out of her. (Maybe that's why we don't go to dog parks.) I cannot wait to roam with my buddy Camus this spring. That hidden treasure has all the green space I need to kick up my paws and have a blast.
Don't get me wrong, I also enjoy bonding with my Mom during long walks around our neighborhood. I let her sleep for Mother’s Day, but today Lulu is ready to roam! Besides, I think she could use the exercise. I saw that plate of barbecue chicken and collard greens and macaroni and cheese she inhaled from Miss Betty’s House of Ribs.
Power of the pack
I'm a pretty sociable pooch, so I love to spend time around my peeps at doggie daycare. I’ll admit to being pretty nervous during my test visit at Wag-A-Lot Reynoldstown. Sometimes dogs can be a little bitchy. I have pretty long ears and it’s not so fun getting teased. Plus, I can hear every word, whether I want to or not.
But fortunately, a human named Stephen stuck with me the whole day and helped me make new friends. He’s my favorite human (no offense, Mom), and I love him forever. Whether I’m outside sunbathing on a bench or sharing a laugh with a few friends, I drop everything to greet Stephen whenever he enters the dog yard. He’s just too groovy for words.
Sometimes I get annoyed when his personal dogs try to interrupt our special time together, but I’m working on that.
I know that people think doggie daycare is a frivolous waste of money. But I disagree. As an only dog, it gives me a chance to socialize with other pooches and make new friends. Plus, at the end of the day, I’m one pooped pooch. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my treat jar runneth over.
Enjoy springtime in East Atlanta with your dog today!