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Race this weekend: Dawg Jog

Race this weekend: Dawg Jog

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Pre-Vet Club will hold its 10th annual Dawg Jog 5K this weekend.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the G.R.A.C.E. (Grace, Rosemary, Athena Canine Emergency) Fund, which helps clients of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Humans and dogs alike are invited to participate in the run, which will be held Saturday, Apr. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Runners will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes from Athens-area businesses.

Visit pre-vet.uga.edu for more information and to sign up for the race.

Dog treat recall expanded

Dog treat recall expanded

(WXIA) -- Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black recently issued a warning for pet owners about dog treats that may be contaminated with salmonella.

RELATED | FDA issues warning about jerky treats for pets

Bailey's Choice Pet Treats, a Waleska-based company, is recalling packages of chicken treats with lot number 132881 and an expiration date of February 2014.

Five-ounce bags of chicken jerky with lot number "Jun 5 2013" have also been recalled.

The recall was expanded Wednesday to include seven more packages of treats, including:

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

PetSmart to host National Adoption Weekend

(WXIA) -- PetSmart Charities is planning a major adoption event at stores nationwide.

National Adoption Weekend will be Sept. 13-15. Thousands of dogs and cats will be available for PetSmart customers to take home.

Adoption representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about caring for a new pet.

PetSmart Charities will give $35 to grants to participating local adoption partners for every pet that finds a new home during National Adoption Weekend.

"We are proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to find lifelong loving homes for thousands of pets this National Adoption Weekend," PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt said.

Learn more and find your closest PetSmart store at petsmart.com.

Researchers use dog virus to deliver vaccines

Researchers use dog virus to deliver vaccines

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia researchers are developing a method to use a virus linked to illnesses in dogs to deliver vaccines to humans.

Researchers are looking to use parainfluenza virus 5 as a mechanism to deliver vaccines to humans. The virus is linked to upper respiratory infections in dogs.

The newspaper reports the canine virus does not cause illness in humans, and researchers say they can reengineer the virus to carry and deliver specific vaccines to human immune systems. Researchers say the method is effective because human immune systems are unable to recognize the canine virus and destroy it.

Scientists have used the virus to vaccinate mice against bird flu, and say they're working toward developing vaccinations for malaria, a strain of tuberculosis and HIV.

UGA creates shelter for pets during emergencies

UGA creates shelter for pets during emergencies

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia officials have created a facility to house pets in hurricanes and other emergencies.

Many people refuse to evacuate their homes during emergencies because they don't want to leave their pets, putting themselves at risk.

Pete Golden, an emergency official at UGA, says the hope is that a new system developed will allow people to bring their pets to the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena while they stay a few miles away.

In an emergency, animals would be registered at the Livestock Center and undergo a medical-intake evaluation by the veterinary college. A triage area will also be set-up for animals in need of medical assistance or quarantine.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.