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Meet Benes! Benes is a hound mix and just under a year old. He’s a spunky little fellow and may have some shepherd in him as well. At 35lbs, he still has a little filling out to do, but shouldn’t get much bigger. When he first came into his foster home he was uncoordinated and acted like he had no idea how to use those legs of his! Which reminded his foster mom a lot of Elaine Benes’s (Seinfeld) goofy dance moves, hence his name (pronounced ben-ness, in case you aren’t a Seinfeld fan…)!  Benes is eager to please and very smart, which means he catches on super quick when Foster Mom teaches him something new. Plus, he’s food motivated which makes it all the easier! He has already mastered sit, down, stay (for short time periods) and is completely housebroken. Sometimes he has trouble keeping all 4 on the floor when he gets excited, but he’s working on that too. Car rides mean going someplace fun so he happily rests in the backseat while traveling. He walks politely on a leash, so taking a walk or hike is a breeze! At night, when it’s time to go to bed, Benes lays down and sleeps until it’s time to get up. In fact, Benes is so polite around the house that he doesn’t need to be crated. He keeps his space tidy and mostly plays with and chews on appropriate toys! Every once in a while he finds something that isn’t so appropriate… but he responds very well to correction  At just about a year old, playing is an absolute favorite of his and he loves other dogs. He’s been completely nonreactive to the noisy, in-your-face pups and really just wants a good play session. Structured introductions aren’t necessary and he would make a great dog park pal. This boy just loves to run around and he has a decent bit of energy to expel so a house with a yard or regular play sessions and walks is a must. Looking to train that agility dog? Benes would be great! He’s very much so a people pleaser and has never met a stranger. Outside of lawnmowers and the bathroom (bath time… ugh), Benes doesn’t really seem to be phased by anything. Even when taking a bath, he is very well behaved in the tub.  As much as Benes enjoys receiving affection from his humans, he is easily self-entertained and will lie down in his bed when told to do so. By observing his surroundings to any new activity, Benes gets a chance to soak it all in and understand what’s going on. He reads other dogs well and if a grumpy pup doesn’t want to play, Benes will head in a different direction, unbothered. Sometimes he gets on a roll though and just wants to keep going, so he’d do best with another doggy friend that has the same urge to play as he does.  Gobbling food faster than ever is Benes’ one bad habit. He often forgets to take the time to chew! His foster mom is working on hand feeding his meals, trying to teach him to slow down and take small bites. He doesn’t get upset or guard his food from people or other dogs, he just eats every meal like he has never seen anything so delicious in his life! He would probably do very well with a slow feeder or a puzzle toy, something that makes him work for his dinner.  If you’re looking for a goofy little guy and have some time to help keep him stimulated, Benes is a fabulous house guest. Just meet him already so you can add that perfect, playful pup to your family!

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  • Former Gainesville Red Elephant football and Clemson Tiger quarterback Deshaun Watson had his name called on the biggest of football stages last night in Philadelphia. With the 12th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected the once local high school legend and College Football Playoff champion. Watson was an AJC Super 11 selection in 2013 and left the Red Elephants as the Georgia record-holder for career passing yards in high school. In three seasons at Clemson, Watson  led the Tigers to two College Football Playoff appearances, winning a National Championship in 2017 when he beat the Alabama Crimson Tide,  and has twice been named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Earlier this year, the road that runs by the Gainesville High football stadium was named ‘Deshaun Watson Way’ in his honor. 
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----Georgia plays host to No. 8 Florida starting Friday at Foley Field at 7 p.m. with the entire league series available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. With four SEC series remaining, the Bulldogs (17-25, 5-13 SEC) are tied for 12th with Tennessee for the final spot in the 12-team SEC Tournament field. Georgia and the Vols own identical 5-13 SEC records. The Bulldogs do hold the tiebreaker over UT after winning the series in Knoxville 2-1 earlier this season. Alabama is in last place overall with a 2-16 SEC record. Missouri holds the 11th spot with an 8-10 league mark. The Gators (27-13, 10-8 SEC) are in second place in the Eastern Division, two games behind seventh-ranked Kentucky (28-13, 12-6 SEC). Georgia travels to Kentucky next (May 5-7). Georgia is coming off a 7-5 road win over Georgia Tech to clinch the season series in its only midweek action while Florida last played on Sunday, winning a home series over No. 18 South Carolina. Entering this series, the Bulldogs are batting .259 with an ERA of 5.08 and a fielding percentage of .956. The Gators are batting .252 with a 3.09 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Florida leads the series with Georgia 173-80-2. The Bulldogs last won a series over the Gators in 2013, going 2-1 in Athens. Florida has won the last three series, posting a sweep in Gainesville in 2014 and winning 2-1 in Athens in 2015 and 2-1 in Gainesville in 2016.   On Saturday at 2 p.m., Georgia will hold its annual Lettermen’s Day with a special focus on the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 team that was the first Bulldog squad in school history to advance to the College World Series. Also, two annual lettermen awards will be presented before the game. Lettermen from as far back as the 1940s will be in attendance.   Pitching Matchups For The UF Series Friday at 7 p.m.: Andrew Gist (2-3, 3.99), LHP, Sr. vs. Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.47) RHP, Jr. Saturday at 2 p.m.: Chase Adkins (5-4, 3.43), RHP, Jr. vs. Brady Singer (4-3, 1.94), RHP, So. Sunday at 1 p.m.: Kevin Smith (2-4, 6.35), LHP, So. vs. Jackson Kowar (6-0, 3.90), RHP, So.    Hitters To Watch Georgia’s top two hitters and All-Star candidates are sophomore C/DH Michael Curry (.344-9-42) and freshman SS Cam Shepherd (.320-5-22). They have started all 42 games and rank 1-2 on the squad in batting average, home runs and RBI. Curry ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in batting, home runs and RBI. In SEC action, Shepherd is batting a team-best .359 followed by Curry at .338. The Gators are led by sophomore OF Nelson Maldonado (.311-3-13) and junior 1B/C JJ Schwarz (.243-5-30). Also, Florida is 52-for-68 in stolen base attempts with junior SS Dalton Guthrie (.250-3-13) and sophomore 2B Deacon Liput (225-1-12) with 10 stolen bases apiece.   Banged-Up Bulldogs  Georgia’s infield depth has taken a hit this month after two more Bulldogs were lost to season-ending injuries. Freshman Aaron Schunk (.290-1-18), who had started 37 games at third base, broke his left thumb against Clemson on April 19th while junior utility infielder Trey Logan (.190-0-6) broke his left collarbone against Vanderbilt April 22nd. Georgia has been without projected starting first baseman sophomore Patrick Sullivan all year due to an illness. Also, junior outfielder Will Campbell (.237-3-13), who has made 29 starts, has missed the last nine games due to a sore back.    2017 Georgia Baseball Stat Link: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/teamcume.html   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ Friday-Sunday (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs); Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app. Live Stats: www.georgiadogs.com, go to the Schedule Page, find the game, click on GameTracker Link Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA   Foley Field Ticket Information *Ticket Booth and Gates open two hours before first pitch. *Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5; Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 *UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card *UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street Special Promotions for the UF Series *Friday: First 750 fans receive Utz Potato Chips *Saturday: Lettermen Day honoring Georgia’s 1987 College World Series Team; First 750 fans receive a 1987 replica jersey *Sunday: First 200 fans receive an oatmeal cookie to celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day: Pregame: Anthem Buddies: Stand on the field next to your favorite Bulldog for the National Anthem Postgame: Kids can run the bases and play catch in the outfield for a brief time
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia sophomore Denzel Comenentia has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week while redshirt freshman Kate Hall has earned the Women’s Freshman of the Week honor following the Bulldogs’ weekend at the Virginia Challenge.   Comenentia was named the SEC Freshman of the Week once last year indoors and once outdoors in 2016. This marks Hall’s first weekly league honor.   The Bulldogs have now had five SEC weekly award winners outdoors. Freshman Beatrice Llano became Georgia’s first winner following the Texas Relays and senior siblings Devon and Kendell Williams garnered conference honors after sweeping the Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon in Athens.   Comenentia, a native of Amsterdam, Netherlands, lifted his fourth attempt in the shot put Invite a personal-best distance of 66 feet, 8 ½ inches to take second in Charlottesville, Va. This effort ranks fourth on the national list, is the top SEC mark and sits third in the school record books, pushing 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa to fourth. Comenentia started his weekend by winning the hammer with a throw of 227-3.   Hall, a native of Casco, Maine, and Iowa State transfer, cruised to a victory in the 100-meter dash by .20 seconds, marking the first time she had run the distance at the collegiate level. She finished with a personal record of 11.36, which is the second-best time for a freshman in the country this year. Hall’s time ranks fourth in the UGA record books and is the best since 2004. She remains fifth on this year’s national long jump list as well.   The Bulldogs will train through this weekend as they prepare for the inaugural Torrin Lawrence Memorial at the Spec Towns Track in Athens on Saturday, May 6. This will be the teams’ final meet before the SEC Championships arrive in Columbia, S.C., on May 11-13.   Updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams can always be found on Twitter/Instagram (UGATrack) and Snapchat (ugatrack)
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATLANTA-----Georgia cruised to a 7-5 win over Georgia Tech Tuesday to clinch the season series in front of a Russ Chandler Stadium crowd of 2,373.    Georgia (17-25) used a two-out rally in the fourth to score four runs on three hits to break open a scoreless contest. With two on and two outs, sophomore designated LJ Talley got the scoring started with an RBI-single. After a walk to freshman second baseman Will Proctor, freshman centerfielder Tucker Maxwell delivered a two-run single. Freshman right fielder Tucker Bradley capped the scoring with an infield single that marked his first career RBI and a 4-0 advantage. Tech responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to make it 4-2. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Michael Curry blasted a two-out, two-run shot for a 6-2 lead. It was his ninth of the year and gave him 41 RBI, both team-highs. Tech centerfielder Ryan Peurifoy closed the gap to 6-3 with a leadoff home run in the seventh. Curry added an RBI-single in the ninth. The Bulldogs scored all seven of their runs with two outs, going 5-for-14.   Sophomore Kevin Smith (2-4) started for the Bulldogs on a staff night and provided four solid innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. In the fifth, Georgia turned to freshman Zac Kristofak and he went four innings, scattering four runs on six hits before leaving with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth. Redshirt junior Drew Moody picked up his first save of the year and fourth of his career to preserve the victory. Tech fell to 20-20 and right-hander Ben Schniederjans dropped to 2-4, surrendering four runs on two hits in 3.2 innings.   Earlier this month in Athens, Georgia defeated Tech 5-1. The teams will meet one more time in Atlanta at SunTrust Park on May 9th in a game to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). It will be the 15th time they have played for CHOA with the previous 14 games held at Turner Field, the former home of the Atlanta Braves. Georgia went 9-5 in those contests.   Georgia returns to Foley Field Friday for the start of an SEC series with No. 8 Florida (27-13, 10-8 SEC). First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. EDT and be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks   *Sophomore DH LJ Talley got the four-run outburst in the fourth started with a two-out RBI single as Keegan McGovern scored on a play at the plate. *Freshman RF Tucker Bradley notched his first career RBI, and it came in his 89th at bat of the year, a two-out, RBI-single in the fourth to make it 4-0. He had his first career four-hit game too. He became the sixth different Bulldog with a four-hit game this year. *Sophomore Michael Curry hit his team-leading ninth home run in the seventh, a two-run blast. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI for a team-best 42 RBI this year. *Redshirt junior Drew Moody notched his first save of the season and fourth of his career, inheriting a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the ninth with a 7-3 lead.   Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “We won the series against our biggest rival, and that’s a big deal. I thought we played really clean, our pitchers did a great job and we got some clutch two-out hits to score all our runs. Tucker Bradley had four hits and his first RBI and LJ Talley got the big inning going for us with a two-out RBI. Kevin Smith gave us a solid start and then Zac Kristofak pitched really well, and when you’re pitching with a lead, it’s okay to give up a solo home run. Zac was throwing strikes, and that’s the key and why we stuck with him. We had Drew Moody ready, and it was tough to bring him in with the bases loaded in the ninth, and he got the job done.”
  • ATHENS, GA. --- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has named 78 University of Georgia student-athletes to the winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, announced this week. The honor roll includes the sports of basketball, equestrian, gymnastics and swimming & diving. It is based on grades from the 2016 spring, summer and fall terms. To be eligible for nomination, the student-athlete must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.   Georgia’s 78 student-athletes was the second highest in the conference, behind Auburn’s 96. South Carolina also posted 78 to the honor roll, followed by Kentucky’s 70.   The following UGA student-athletes were named to the 2016-2017 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll:   Men’s Basketball: Houston Kessler (Management); Connor O’Neill (Finance); Juwan Parker (Kinesiology); Brandon Young (Management)   Women’s Basketball: Haley Clark (Finance); Mackenzie Engram (Journalism)   Equestrian: Bailey Anderson (Biochemical Engineering); Payton Anderson (Finance); Madison Anger (Biology); Madison Beasley (Journalism); Sydney Beasley (Exercise and Sport Science); Taylor Carman (Communication Studies and Criminal Justice); Lindsey Cheek (Management Information Systems); Addyson Cord (Chemistry); Carissa Duvall (Biology); Liza Finsness (Biology); Chaney Getchell (Accounting); Vanessa Gillette (Marketing); Liza Goodlett (Journalism); Allie Harbert (Psychology and Biology); Kyndall Harper (Human Development and Family Science); Grace Howard (Fashion Merchandising; Housing Management and Policy); Caroline Johnson (Biology); Samantha Johnson (Risk Management and Insurance); Ashlin Liedberg (Early Childhood Education); Emma Mandarino (Accounting); Eva Marcelis (Arabic and International Affairs); Vanessa McCarthy (Consumer Economics); Alexis Mougalian (Business); Madison Newman (Risk Management and Insurance); Ashlyn Perry (Communication Science and Disorders); Grace Porter (Biology and Genetics); Caroline Robinson (Psychology); Emma Schauder (English); Kelly Skoglund (Management Information Systems); Claudia Spreng (International Business and Finance); Agne Stoskute (Animal Science); Catherine Sullivan (Journalism and International Affairs); Jane Sutcliff (Psychology); Charley Thiel (Furnishings and Interiors); Danielle Walawender (Animal Science)   Gymnastics: Jasmine Arnold (Criminal Justice and Psychology); Vivi Babalis (Sport Management); Grace Cherrey (Marketing); Lauren Johnson (Human Development and Family Science); Gigi Marino (Early Childhood Education); Morgan Reynolds (Consumer Journalism); Beth Roberts (Management Information Systems); Hayley Sanders (Dietetics and Consumer Foods); Rachel Schick (Biological Science)   Men’s Swimming and Diving: Blake Atmore (Legal Studies; International Business & Finance); Alex Bemiller (Marketing); Gunnar Bentz (Management); Powell Brooks (Finance); Aidan Burns (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Pace Clark (Management); Taylor Dale (Management); Ian Forlini (Marketing); James Guest (Finance); Patrick Humphreys (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Joshua Kenway (Political Science and Economics); Jay Litherland (Management); John Mattern (Risk Management and Insurance); Basil Orr (Finance); Christopher Powell (Real Estate); Walker Wheeler (Management)   Women’s Swimming and Diving: Emily Cameron (International Affairs and Political Science); Caitlin Casazza (Exercise and Sport Science); Madison Duvall (Human Development and Family Science); Allison Greene (Sport Management); Kimberlee John-Williams (International Affairs and Political Science); Megan Kingsley (Marketing); Ashley Mallon (International Affairs); Anna McKenzie (Spanish); Meaghan Raab (Journalism); Kelly Thatcher (Exercise and Sport Science); Chantal Van Landeghem (Psychology); Rachel Zilinskas (Statistics and Risk Management and Insurance)