Pet Trick Day is Saturday, Aug. 11 in Milton, with the hosting the community event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Every dog that does a trick will get a prize.
The event is the brainchild of 13-year-old Northwestern Middle School student Thomas Eller, who, along with his older brother Zack, runs Woof 'Em Down Dog biscuits, a non-profit company that raises money for homeless pet shelters.
Eller applied for and received a mini-grant for "Pet Trick Day" from the Better Together: Real Communities - Milton Mini-Grants Initiative, according to a news release from Milton Communications Manager Jason Wright. The mini-grants initiative also has funded landscaping projects at Milton Fire Station No. 43, a community art installation, an adapted riding stable and two "Living Room Conversations."
Are you bringing your pet to perform a trick? Let me know when in the comments or via email so I can see it, and get a photo of your talented pet.
Since 2007, Thomas and Zack have donated more than $13,000 and 1,000 pounds of dog food from the sale of their homemade Woof 'Em Down biscuits to homeless pet shelters. Because of the work, the Ellers have earned the President's Volunteer Service Award four years running. Additionally, in 2008 Thomas and Zack were chosen by Disney's "Wondertime Magazine" and the nonprofit Points of Light Foundation as Grand Prize winners in the "Littlest Volunteers" contest. That same year, they also received the Shining World Compassion Award in recognition for their efforts.
Zack Eller also serves on the Better Together grant board. However, his position had no influence on his brother's selection, Wright said.
Better Together is funded in large part through the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Real Communities Initiative: Milton. The grants support neighborhood improvements, promote neighborhood connections and fund projects that bring community members together.
For more information on this event, email Thomas Eller or call him at 678-630-5179.
Visit the Better Together: Real Communities - Milton Mini-Grants Initiative web page for more information.
For more information on Woof 'Em Down Dog Biscuits, visit http://.