DR. TARA RITTLE AND DIMITRI

PEACHTREE HILLS ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Dr. Tara Rittle’s family of pets also includes Wizard, a hairless Chinese crested dog.

Dr. Tara Rittle thought she wanted a new cat. Little did she know, when she adopted a black and white tuxedo kitten, she would also be getting a medical mystery reality show. “It was like an episode of ‘House,’” remembers the Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital […]

HOWLIN’ HERO

After years of working search-and-rescue in Maine, Jake the avalanche dog retires in Atlanta

Hilary Laliberte’s dog is a hero. Most dog lovers would say that about their four-legged best friends, but in Laliberte’s case, it’s true. As a retired avalanche rescue dog, this 8-year-old golden retriever has helped saved lives.

“We were both born in a small town in Maine called Carrabassett Valley. Jake was bred to […]

DR. ANNE KUIK AND NERF

TREEHOUSE ANIMAL CLINIC

Dr. Anne Kuik knows the days with her puppy, Nerf, will be limited. Their relationship was set up like that from the beginning.

“I still love him like my other dog, Duffle,” says the veterinarian at Treehouse Animal Clinic located off Moores Mill Road. “But I know he’s going to be gone.”

Nerf was born with a purpose: He’s a service dog. Kuik has […]

VETS WITH PETS

From vaccinations to emergencies to making the tough calls, they are the local veterinarians we trust with our beloved pets’ lives. Ever wonder how they are with their own pets? Turns out their hearts have also been stolen.

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STORY: Daryn Kagan
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

WOOF-WORTHY ART WORKS

The adventures of a pet portrait artist

You swear your beloved pet is as pretty as a picture. Buckhead’s Lisa Gleim will assure you that is absolutely the truth. The overwhelming love people have for their dogs and cats has helped her build a thriving business as a pet portrait artist. Gleim works in pastels, oil or charcoal, whichever medium clients want to create life-sized portraits of […]

DR. WILL DRAPER, DR. FRANCOISE TYLER AND TWO DOGS NAMED LOUIE

THE VILLAGE VETS

Dr. Will Draper and his wife, Dr. Francoise Tyler, of The Village Vets have big hearts. For 26 years, they’ve grown their pet family by adopting rescues, so much so that these animal lovers ended up with two dogs named Louie. Besides their four dogs and two cats, they also have four human children.

“One of the side benefits of having a veterinarian […]

DR. HEATHER KROHNE AND MR. ROSIE

VCA BUCKHEAD ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Dr. Heather Krohne’s cat is proof that with the right home and some age, you can overcome a checkered past. Mr. Rosie is a 15-year-old Maine coon mix that, like many of his breed, has a strong hunting instinct.

“In his younger days, he had a tendency to hunt chipmunks outside the home of his first family,” says Krohne, a veterinarian at

DR. JENNIFER WILSON AND FIGO

VCA BUCKHEAD ANIMAL HOSPITAL

This is the story of how a dog raised a veterinarian. Dr. Jennifer Wilson adopted a black lab/border collie mix the week before she started vet school at Michigan State University in 2006.

“My boyfriend at the time/ now husband really wanted a puppy. I was more hesitant because I knew all the work that would entail, but he insisted. We found the puppy […]