Here is another cool piece of art spotted at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory (the building is not dog-friendly, though). This is a custom mosaic by artist Roslyn Zinner of her sister’s Labrador. Zinner also does mosaic pet bowls.
Arlington’s Lubber Run Park is a hidden gem just minutes from the city, that you can enjoy with your dog every month of the year. The park runs along Lubber Run Creek through the Arlington Forest neighborhood, from George Mason Drive to Route 50.
For the hot summer months, the park has picnic shelters, a playground, restroom facilities and plenty of shaded paved paths. Best of all, on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays you can attend evening dance, music or theater performances at the outdoor Amphitheater.
Chatham, Sundae and I have gone to two concerts this year, the Pops for Pets Arlington Philharmonic concert benefit for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and an event featuring Hawaiian music and dance. You can sit on the benches surrounding the stage, or set up a blanket on the hillside behind—all are dog-friendly with clear views of the action. It was perfect for Sundae’s short attention span; the concerts only last about an hour and half.
You can also let your dog take a dip in the stream, but unlike the off-leash dog parks at Shirlington and Glen Carlyn, dogs must stay leashed. Just be careful and remember that storm water runoff feeds into all Arlington streams, there could be elevated bacteria levels and dangerous litter including broken glass and sharp metal.
Amphitheater performances are free and open to the public, and are presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs. There are parking lots at the north end at the community center and at the Amphitheater near the park’s center, plus free parking in the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Lubber Run Park is at 200 North Columbus St., Arlington, VA, 22203.
The Pops for Pets benefit performance for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington by the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra last Sunday, June 28, was a great event. No rain (for once!), talented musicians, and lots of families enjoying the comfort and convenience of the Lubber Run Amphitheater. If you missed it, here’s some pics, and you can still enjoy pet-friendly concerts all summer, get the schedule at Arlington Arts.
If you read the title really fast it looks like pets and POOPS in the park, doesn’t it? OK, enough potty humor, sorry. There hopefully won’t be any poops (or if there are, responsible owners will pick it up right away), but there’s be a bunch of pets and their people chillaxing to the sounds of the Arlington Philharmonic this Sunday, June 28, at the Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington.
This fun, outdoor dog-friendly event is a fundraiser for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
Bring a blanket and a picnic and spend an hour and a half listening to the talented orchestra churn out lively classical music. Last years’ event drew a couple hundred people on a sunny, relatively sufferable weather evening.
Saw these cool dog statues at the Hillwood Museum in NW DC recently. Who’d have thought you could create Poodle curls out of stone? Unfortunately, even though it seems Marjorie Post was a dog lover—her pet cemetery where these statues are has numerous granite stones memorializing dear departed pets—the museum is NOT dog friendly.
Up until a few weeks ago as a volunteer for Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT), I’d only done home visits. That’s where I go to a home where the family has applied to adopt a Golden, interview them, and observe how they interact with my dog.
But recently I volunteered to bring a rescue dog from the home giving her up to the foster home that will care for her until a permanent home is found—a “transport.”
To protect everyone’s privacy, I’m changing names and being vague on some details.
My duties involved contacting the give up family, known in rescue-speak as the “GU,” and the foster, and scheduling a mutually convenient time to move the dog, who I’ll call Ginger. Many transports involve long hauls across state lines, but this one took only about three hours total. Forty-five minutes from my home to the pickup, an hour to the foster, then forty-five back home.
The rescue was a middle-aged female Golden who was an absolute sweetheart. Nothing “problem” about her, just a string of irresponsible owners and unfortunate circumstances. She greeted me with a Hello Kitty doll in her mouth, tail wagging, a typical happy-go-lucky Golden.
Ginger’s last owner was not bad, just a sad situation. The GU had gotten her with the best intentions but it turned out a family member was severely allergic, both to the dog and the meds they tried to mitigate the reaction. She cried as she handed me the leash, and I wanted to hug her. But I settled for reassuring her she did the right thing by calling GRREAT, unlike the jerk she got Ginger from, who’d posted her on Craig’s List.
The GU handed over all the things they’d gotten for Ginger, her bed, bowls, toys, as well as medical records. I loaded them in the car, and Ginger happily climbed in the back seat. I texted the foster that we were on our way, and Ginger almost immediately fell into a deep sleep.
An hour later, we arrived at the foster home—although more than once during the trip, as I listened to her light snoring and glanced back at her angelic face, I wanted to just turn for home and keep her.
Her foster family, including a dog brother, gave her a huge welcome. They had a big yard and fully dog-friendly home, including a prime sofa perch in front of a picture window. I admit I hope they become “failed fosters,” which means they’ll fall in love and adopt her permanently.
I have an even higher level of appreciation for fosters now. It took me about 10 minutes to bond with Ginger, and my heart hurt seeing her little face peer out the storm door as I pulled away. But I know even just taking that three hours out of my weekend helped move a sweet dog closer to her forever home.
It takes all kinds of participation for a rescue operation to run successfully, so if you love dogs—and if you’re reading this blog, you do—reach out to a rescue and lend a hand. Whether you make a donation, help out at an adoption day, or spend a few hours as a dog taxi, it’s worth it.
Memorial Day weekend I went to the Virginia Foxhound Club Show at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Va. It was a neat taste of a longstanding Virginia tradition, complete with mouth-watering tailgate party fare, ladies in hats and spring dresses, men in seersucker suits, all gathered under the cool shade of tall trees to cheer on their favorite hounds and handlers.
Don’t miss the Grand Opening Celebration of PetMAC at Lake Anne on Saturday May 30 from 1-4pm. World Champion dogs from the will demonstrate amazing leaps and jumps into the lake, and there will also be Dog Scent Work demos by , cooking demonstrations by , face painting, music, as well as free giveaways and raffles. Just Cats Clinic, The Hope Advanced Veterinary Center, Dogtopia, locally-made Golden Nugget Dog Treats, and great foods such as Fromm, Weruva, Answers, Stella & Chewy’s, K9Naturals, Zignature and Wild Calling will have representatives on hand to answer all your pet questions.
Park in the Lake Anne Plaza parking lot and walk towards the lake, past Chesapeake Chocolates and the Lake Anne Brew House. For more information, call 571-325-2099.
If you want an excuse to be a couch potato, NatIonal Geographic Wild is airing dog content all weekend, beginning Friday, May 15. The inaugural #Barkfest features Cesar Millan marathons, shows featuring service dogs, surfing dogs and more.
On Sunday, May 17, the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle in NW is conducting their annual dog blessing on the front steps. Keep fluffy out of trouble the coming year with a little help from the man upstairs, then head up 14th Street a couple blocks and have brunch on the dog-friendly patios at Logan Tavern or Commissary on P Street!