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ATLANTA -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

Some say, these parks are becoming more popular as the country begins placing more of an emphasis on health following the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dog owners in the Atlanta area can take their furry children to the Henry Jones Dog Park in Brook Run Park for some off-leash exercise. This fully wooded park in Dunwoody is four acres large however; it doesn’t have a water fountain. Dogs can drink from a community water bucket which is provided by the park.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Railside Dog Park Easter Egg Hunt in Castleberry Hill- Saturday April 23rd

Railside Dog Park Easter Egg Hunt in Castleberry Hill- Saturday April 23rd

DOWNTOWN:  Come on down to Castleberry Hill’s Railside Dog Park (210 Peters Street) and enjoy a  fun day of Easter activities for you and your pooch!  That Fabulous Dog (located on Mitchell Street) is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt for the dogs and Councilman Kwanza Hall will be there for a meet & greet and pictures.  There will also be a raffle!




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“Dog Day in Washington Park” Anti-Dog Fighting Campaign on Jan. 29th

“Dog Day in Washington Park” Anti-Dog Fighting Campaign on Jan. 29th

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by The Humane Society)

The Humane Society of the United States' End Dogfighting in Atlanta Campaign is hosting a FREE neighborhood event for Atlanta residents and their dogs.

In addition to a FREE cookout, the event will feature the following: 

  • Pit bull training demonstration
  • Dog weight pulling competition
  • Dog training tips from HSUS experts
  • FREE dog food and other giveaway’s
  • Music featuring DJ Ron Allen
  • Open Mic Competition- Rap, Spoken Word and Poetry with prizes awarded to those with animal protection and anti-dogfighting lyrics.

End Dogfighting in Atlanta is a program that combines humane education, positive dog training, community outreach and violence interruption skills for at-risk teens and young adults.

2 Atlanta Falcons Players Walk the Catwalk for Grady High Fashion Students Tonight

2 Atlanta Falcons Players Walk the Catwalk for Grady High Fashion Students Tonight

Atlanta, GA--  2 of the Atlanta Falcon's brightest stars are will be strutting down the catwalk at Grady High this evening, wearing fashions designed by Grady High School students.  Both Brian Finneran and Coy Wire will showcase their pet.

This is the 4th Annual benefit fashion show called Doggies on the Catwalk, where celebrities and their pets become the models and inspiration for a group of fashion design students.  Tonight's show will feature 17 model dogs accompanied by their celebrity owners, while raising money for Pets Are Loving Support (PALS).

"Adopt a Dog Day" Comes to Atlanta. Raffle, Games, and more

Atlanta, GA--  On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, Fulton County Animal Services will host “Adopt-A-Dog Day”.The event will be held in the Fulton County Government Center Atrium located at 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and will end at 2:00 p.m. and ALL ARE WELCOME.

Register for Metromix's Atlanta Cutest Dog Contest

Atlanta, GA--  Do you have the cutest dog in Atlanta?  Everyone thinks their pup is the cutest, but now it's time to put your pooch to the test!  Submit your dog’s photo for the Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest! Entries will be accepted until September 26, 2010.  Here’s the link to enter: www.atlanta.metromix.com/cutestdogcontest . 

Out of all the entries received, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.  The top two dogs in each group with the most votes will move on to the finals and compete for the grand prize.