Dogs Of Athens 🐶

A photography project showcasing the dogs of the Classic City. | photos by Danielle Vitale (please do not repost without attributing proper credit)

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Garth (Golden Retriever, about 3 or 4 years old). "He's such a diva.  I mean, yeah.  He's a diva.  He's like a model.  His hair always looks perfect.  His ears are crimped.  We call it 'Britney Spears' ears.  He's just amazing."

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Chrome (Boxer/Pit Mix, 2 years old). "He was a rescue. We've had him since he was eight weeks old. He's just a really smart, really great companion dog. He has a ton of personality; he wears his emotions on his face. He's very vocal; he'll chew us out when we do something wrong. He's super intelligent, and he picks and chooses his cuddle moments. And we can take him pretty much anywhere, because he's really great with other dogs. He's a good friend to other dogs, which is great."

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Leila (Beagle, 5 years old). "She's a rescue. She always knows how your mood is. And she loves cuddles. She can sleep all day, and cuddle."

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Cooper (Black Lab mix, about 3 years old). "We do a lot together.  He likes to go to the beach.  He likes to swim.  He likes to just be outside, and he loves hiking.  He's a very outdoorsy dog.  And right now, he's being really well-behaved because you have the treats in your hand."

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Daisy (6-10 years old, Blue Merle/Beagle/Corgi mix). "She will do anything for the right treat." 🐶
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Daisy was adopted from the Hope Animal Medical Center. This weekend is National Pet Adoption Weekend so go out and find your new best friend.

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Bella and Luna were walking around the UGA campus this afternoon. They evacuated from Florida with their family, in the hopes of avoiding #HurricaneIrma. My family has also evacuated from southeast and southwest Florida. As a native Floridian who currently lives in Athens, I am thinking about you all. Be safe, be vigilant, and be weather aware.

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Lucy (6 years old). "She likes having a job to do. She likes fetch. She needs something to do all the time. And she's just so darn cute. And she's so active for such a small dog." 🐶
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Photographed at the Athens Pet Expo & Adoption Event in August.

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Cavalier (3 years old, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle mix). "Cavalier is extra, extra hyper. He’s a kid dog, that’s for sure. He’s hypoallergenic. And he’s so smart. He’s well-behaved and he’s smart because he watches what I do and he watches my routine, so he already knows what’s going on. He’s very aware.” 🐶
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Photographed at @athfest.

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Lucy (4 months old, Terrier mix). "Gosh, the best part of having her? Everything? She's fun, you know. She makes life fun. She is just very curious and very hyper. And we just love her." Adopted from the Athens Area Humane Society.

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Lucy (almost 2 years old). "She's wild. She has the best personality. She is super crazy, though. She actually likes to eat flies."

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Buster (7 years old, Chihuahua). "I've had him about five years. He's like my child."

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Luna (3 months old, Shepherd/Pit Mix). "She's very trainable.  She's wicked smart.  She knows sit, down, rollover, shake.  And I want to teach her to give high-fives." Photographed at @athfestmusic.

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Tico (5 years old, Dapple Dachshund). "He was an escapee from Cape Canaveral, and when the pound got him, he was less than 11 pounds.  So he was skin and bones.  And he is nutty neurotic though.  He has separation anxiety, terribly.  And he's not friendly with other dogs.  And when the kids run around, he barks his head off.  But we love him anyway."

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Boomer (4 months old). "I'm just really impressed with him...He's literally changed my life for the better. Definitely for the better. He's like my son. It's interesting because I didn't realize how much it would change me."

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Rambo (7 years old). "My parents have a farm, and he loves farm life.  He also loves swimming.  He likes to go down the river and go kayaking.  Anything that involves water, he's all about it.  And he's so loyal.  He doesn't leave my side.  He has to be with me all the time.  I just love him."

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Trooper (4 months old). Today is a great day to meet your best friend!  Trooper is at the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park today until noon.  He is available for adoption through Circle of Friends Animal Society.

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Athena (6 years old). "I got her today. She was so sweet and followed me around everywhere. I walked her for a few days; I went up to the shelter a couple different days. She doesn't even have a name yet...I've been thinking about [Athena] since last night, and just today I started second-guessing it. 'Is that really what it's gonna be?' But I think...maybe it's cool." 😀
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[Please excuse the poorer quality of the photo...it was taken with a camera phone instead of my regular camera. But this pup was so cute and her story so great that I had to share!]

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Lucy (4 months old, Lab/Terrier/Mix). "So I lost a dog. My dog passed away, probably four months ago. And so I got Lucy about two [months ago]. She's been really peaceful and playful and lovey. And very cuddly. Dogs are great companions."
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#throwback to last weekend at AthFest! Also, Happy Fourth

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Tess (9 years old, Terrier/Mix) and Hattie (2 years old, Giant Schnauzer). "They are both rescues. We have a bunch of dogs and these are the two that got to come out with us today. They like to be outdoors. They like to hike. We like to get them off leash as often as we can, and find trails and places that works."

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Tank (15 years old, Pomeranian). "It was a really sad situation.  He’s sick, so he has to have a lot of medicine that’s not cheap.  And so he ended up at the shelter, and I literally walked in, and out of the corner of my eye, I see this dog, and he’s bald.  He had no hair, hardly.  And I see him there, and I’m like ‘Oh, no.  You’re coming home with me.’ And he is the biggest sweetheart.”

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Abby (About 3 years old, Dachshund/Lab Mix). "We've only had her for a day, so we're still figuring things out. We thought [AthFest] would be a good adventure. Get her used to lots of people, loud sounds. She is a bit of a scaredy dog, but she's a cuddler. She wants to snuggle on the couch, anywhere. She's a cutie."
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Stay tuned for more dogs of @athfestmusic!!

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Cleo (Doberman Pinscher). "You can put a treat in front of Cleo and leave it there for five minutes, and she won't get it until you tell her to go get it."

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Coney (8.5 years old, Terrier mix). "He throws temper tantrums. He eats all of the trash, and sometimes the clothes. He'll get into everything, but only if I leave him unattended."

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Kira (13 years old, Golden Retriever). "She's a sassy, spunky lady. She's real chill. She's super gentle. She's obsessed with food, I think because she was a stray. But really, what dog isn't into food?"

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Cato (1 year, 10 months, Yellow Lab). "He was a gift on our six year anniversary.  He's very attached to me.  He will always stay right by me, even when he's off leash.  I can ride my bike and he stays right next to me."

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Sonia (1 year old). "Well our very favorite thing about her is that she is very friendly to every human and animal she meets. But it is one of the most difficult things about her. Anywhere she goes, she wants to introduce her self to absolutely everyone. She could really eventually use a dog sibling. We're thinking about trying to become foster fails."

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Chaser (4 years old, Pomeranian). "He barks more in his sleep than he does in real life."

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Mocha (10 months old, Dachshund/Mini Pinscher Mix). "Our favorite thing about her? Her kisses. She gives the best kisses."

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Spencer (7 months old, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). "He loves to snuggle in the morning while I have my coffee. When I brought him home in January, I would always wear a hoodie when I got up and he would go back to sleep inside it while I sat and had my morning coffee. It became a wonderful bonding time. He still sleeps in my lap or next to me every morning. He waits by my chair for me to get my coffee and sit down."

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