Posted by: twodogtales | February 19, 2015

Cure your cabin fever at 8 Chains North Winery

If you’re suffering from a chronic case of winter cabin fever, but it’s WAY too cold to think about doing anything outdoors with your dog, 8 Chains North Winery in Waterford is the answer. It’s another Northern Virginia winery that welcomes dogs inside their tasting room as well as on the grounds.

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Adding to the high canine-comfort score, 8 Chains has built a fenced-in area for dogs to romp off-leash. There are a few picnic tables in the enclosure, so owners can relax with a glass of vino while keeping an eye on their pup. The play area sits alongside the covered patio and open yard which overlook the vineyard where Sauvignon Blanc and Albariño grapes are grown.

In the tasting room there are a couple of cozy seating areas with deep leather chairs, one in front of the large stone fireplace and one next to a picture window with sunny southern exposure. There’s also a private party room and a gallery wall featuring the work of local artists.

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Tastings are $8 for five wines. Surprisingly, my favorite was the least expensive, an $18 Vidal Blanc, Traminette and Sauvignon Blanc blend called LoCo (for LOudoun COunty) Vino.

I highly recommend doing the chocolate pairing option for $5 more. Each wine is paired with an elegant artisan truffle from Leesburg chocolatier Abby Rose Confections. My pairing included Salted Caramel, Lemon Honey, Orange Spice and Raspberry truffles. Gourmet chocolate and wine can make anyone forget record-setting wind chill temperatures!

8 Chains is open Thursday-Monday, and located at 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford, VA 20197.

Posted by: twodogtales | January 29, 2015

Washingtonian magazine features best area hikes

Make sure to pick up a copy of the February Washingtonian magazine issue with the Ultimate Pets Guide! Not only did Two Dog Tales write the piece on best hikes in the area, there’s loads of other great dog-friendly information!

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Posted by: twodogtales | January 9, 2015

Warning: local dog deaths due to creek mussels

002Beware if you walk your dog around any local creeks, especially those that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Capital Gazette in Annapolis is reporting a number of dog deaths thought to be a result of ingesting toxic mussels. And one dog didn’t even eat the mussels themselves, but just ate ice from the creek and chewed on a stick that was covered in the mussels.

Read more: ‘Quite a mystery': Biologists investigating local dog deaths

Posted by: twodogtales | December 24, 2014

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays from all of us at Two Dog Tales!

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Posted by: twodogtales | December 14, 2014

Dog-friendly D.C. secret: U.S. National Arboretum

I recently discovered a hidden dog-friendly gem right in the city–the U.S. National Arboretum. Having passed the sign for the arboretum for years while traveling out New York Avenue on my way to Maryland, I finally decided to check it out.

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What I discovered was a 446-acre living museum with vast collections of trees, shrubs, and plants set on rolling hills and dense woodland. While we visited in November, when the flowers aren’t blooming and most trees have dropped their leaves, it was easy to envision how beautiful the groves of azaleas, magnolias, dogwoods, camellias, and other flowering plant species are when in full bloom.

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There are nine miles of paved roads, or you can take rough trails through woods and overlooking the Anacostia River. There are benches scattered throughout the property so you can stop to enjoy beautiful Asian gardens, unique azalea, hollies, magnolias, pre-colonial native plants and more.

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I really enjoyed the National Capitol Columns, which sit in front of a reflecting pool in the middle of a 20-acre meadow. The sandstone columns were constructed in 1828 for the Capitol building, and a display shows them in use during a speech by President Abraham Lincoln.

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There is no admission fee, and plenty of parking throughout the property.

Posted by: twodogtales | October 25, 2014

GRREAT 3K Walk in pictures

It was a gorgeous day for the GRREAT 3K Walk this morning! Chatham and Sundae joined about a hundred other four-legged pals in a nice stroll around the residential neighborhood behind Weber’s Pet Supermarket in Fairfax. The event was a fundraiser for Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training, and there were sponsor booths and vendors to get in some early holiday shopping.

Molly is a GRREAT dog whose hind legs are paralyzed, so she taught herself to walk on just her front two legs.

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The table with Golden-themed gifts for sale, and benefitting GRREAT, was very popular.

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This Goldendoodle is ready for some NFL football tomorrow!

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Jessie, one of GRREAT’s awesome volunteers, manned the GRREAT table.

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No GRREAT event is complete with a white-faced Golden Oldie.

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A cute handmade holiday ornament for sale.

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English Cream Golden Basil made lots of friends!

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And Chatham kept her costume on for about 3 seconds before taking off the headband ears.

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Posted by: twodogtales | October 21, 2014

GRREAT Walk and Barktoberfest Oct. 25

Dog owners and lovers alike have lots of choices this weekend to get outdoors and support animal rescue.

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Join hundreds of dog lovers this weekend in Fairfax and support Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT) at their annual 3K walk on Saturday, Oct. 25. Human and dog walkers are welcome, and with Halloween being next Friday, you’re encouraged to wear costumes!

The walk begins at 10:00 a.m., registration and check-in begin at 9:30 a.m. It begins in the parking lot behind Weber’s Pet Supermarket and winds through walking trails and a residential neighborhood. The fee is $25 per walker, and each participant gets a walk t-shirt.

Register online.

Weber’s Pet Supermarket is at 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, Va.

Check out photos from a past GRREAT walk.

 

Washington Animal Rescue League Barktoberfest

Barktoberfest logoAlso on Saturday, Oct. 25, is WARL’s Barktoberfest at Yards Park in D.C. From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. attendees can enjoy beer and wine tastings, live music, food vendors, a dog Halloween costume contest, an agility park for the dogs, and vendors with merchandise for sale.

This is WARL’s first-ever Barktoberfest, and leashed dogs are welcome.

Tickets range from free for children 12 and under, to $10 for non-beer tickets, to $35 for general and $50 for VIP.

Buy tickets online.

Yards Park is at 355 Waters Street SE, Washington, D.C.

 

Posted by: twodogtales | October 9, 2014

Register, don’t run, still help GRREAT

SpecialDogs2014You may know that I volunteer for GRREAT, Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training. It’s a (no pun intended) great organization with hundreds of passionate volunteers who have dedicated incredible amounts of time and money for 25 years to helping Golden Retrievers get back to health and live the rest of their lives as loved family members in forever homes.

GRREAT never turns its back on any Golden because of age or medical issue. The picture shows just a few of the special needs dogs who were surrendered or dumped by their owners that GRREAT has taken in and helped.

GRREAT has been chosen as one of the ten charities in the annual Race For A Cause, and it is the only animal-related charity this year. Each charity receives funds based on the number of people they can get to register for the race.

Your $30-$35 registration fee could turn into $50,000 for the GRREAT dogs, if enough people sign up and choose GRREAT. This amount represents nearly 1/5 of GRREAT’s average yearly vet care expenses.

GRREAT’s goal is to get 800 people to register and choose GRREAT. Even if you can’t race or attend, your registration still counts!

The registration period ends on October 18th. Register here:

https://prracing.enmotive.com/events/register/5375e920-1758-4d65-9223-78d6c0a86523

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: twodogtales | October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Howl-oween is coming

It’s that time of year again, folks! Time to dress our pets up in humiliating costumes that they repay us for with potty accidents in the night, vomit-fests while you’re at work, and tearing the heck out of your favorite something. In this case, I dressed up my neighbor’s Pug, Pixie. She does not look amused.

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If you’re still on the lookout for a good costume, Target has a great selection priced between $10-30. My favorite is the Princess Leia

 

 

 

Posted by: twodogtales | October 7, 2014

Shirlington dog park cleanup Saturday Oct. 11

IMG_4753The Shirlington Dog Park gets thousands of visitors every year, and all that two- and four-legged traffic means it needs a good clean up effort at least twice a year.

This weekend give back to the best dog park inside the Beltway and help out at the clean up day, Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Basically, clean up day means clearing the paved path of debris, picking up trash, and other general maintenance items. If you have heavy gloves, a rake or shovel, bring them.

And, even though the park is Arlington County property, did you know that it’s managed entirely by volunteers? That’s right, those conveniently-placed waste bag dispensers are there for your convenience thanks to money from donations, and some signage sponsored by local businesses. So make sure to drop some dollars into the collection box that will be on a table at the entrance closest to Shirlington Village.

The park is at 2601 South Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206.

See you Saturday!

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