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Atlanta — By Linda Erbele on January 28, 2010 at 11:12 am
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Pre-Valentine dinner could save a dog

Dogs that are lost, abandoned or the result of an unplanned breeding often find themselves on death row at the county animal control. In Gwinnett County, the Society of Humane Friends is working with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department to help both the dogs and county inmates, by pairing one with the other.

No county money will be spent on the program. The Society will provide food, material and volunteers to show the inmates how to train, groom and socialize the animals. The inmates will be learning vocational skills they can use and a little socialization as well, explains Sheriff’s department spokesperson Stacy Bourbonnais. The dogs will get a second chance at finding a home.

“This is a passion for the sheriff because he and his wife are involved in rescuing dogs,” says Bourbonnais. “It’s a way to not only help inmates but to give the animals a shot at adoption.”

What does that have to do with Valentines? Lawrenceville restaurateur Alan Poux is holding a fund-raising dinner Friday night at his La Provence Bakery and Cafe. Poux is from Aurielle, France and has been providing Gwinnettians with French cooking for about a year from his location opposite the old Courthouse. (see map)  The $15 dinner Friday night will include a raffle for a Valentine’s Day dinner for two at the restaurant. There will also be a silent auction, for which Poux said many people are bringing in “some really good stuff.”

“We didn’t know there would be such a big response to this,” he says. Reservations for Friday are filling up fast. (Call 678-377-8745 if you’re interested.) If you don’t get in this Friday, you might want to try the restaurant for your Valentines Day dinner. On February 13, for $25 per person, Chef Poux is offering a five-course dinner with live music. “Bring your own wine,” he says. “There is no corkage fee.” Among the entrees are Truite Almondine and Poulet Cordon Bleu Maison. This luscious Chocolate Fondue des Amoureux for dessert is enough to convince me.

If you’re not hungry but want to help the dogs, see the Society of Humane Friends’ webpage.

(Photos: Fondue from La Provence French Bakery and Cafe. Used with permission. Hound from personal collection.)

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