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!

Posted by: twodogtales | September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Shirlington dog park memorial

For regulars at the Shirlington Dog Park, Keith Fred and his dog Daphne making their rounds emptying waste bins and filling bag dispensers was a common sight. Keith has been leading the effort to beautify and protect the dog park for many years, and was honored for his work in 2013 with a Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award.

His Lab-mix Daphne was always a few steps behind him, even as her health failed. Sadly, Keith lost her at the age of 16 earlier this year.

A memorial plaque and tree were recently installed to honor Daphne’s faithful companionship.

RIP, Daphne.

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Posted by: twodogtales | September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: pooch paddle!

Cute pic from last Sunday’s Pooch Paddle that I organize for my condo pool. On the last day of the pool season, before they close and drain it for winter, we invite all the residents to bring their dog over for a swim! We also collected more than $175 in donations for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

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Posted by: twodogtales | September 15, 2014

Downward dog…with your dog!

Everyone who feels guilty for leaving your pup behind while you hit the gym, Suzanne Morgan Yoga has the solution! On Saturday, Sept. 27, she’ll be holding a Yoga for Your Dog Workshop at Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington from 11:00 am to noon.

Suzanne and her Whippet, Olivia, will teach you ways to connect with your fur-child/best friend while taming your energy and learning to read your dog’s body language.

Now, I can’t say there won’t be a lot of laughs, too, check out this compilation video of “pets interrupting yoga” from YouTube (make sure to catch the woman in a yellow sweater at about 2:25 trying to do a handstand, hilarious!):

 

The fee is $30 per DOG (their people, however many, are free) for early-bird registration by Sept. 19. After that, if there’s space left (limited to 15 dogs) registration increases to $35. Sign up early using PayPal, Suzanne only holds this workshop a few times a year.

If you’re interested in yoga without your dog, I’ve gone to a bunch of her classes and she’s great. You don’t get the same poses/workout each time, so no boring repetitiveness, and people of every skill level can participate. She has a Groupon for new students, just $19 for five classes or $35 for 10.

Namaste!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: twodogtales | September 11, 2014

Georgia found!

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been on the road for fun and work, but I wanted to share the news that Georgia was found! She’s the Coonhound rescue that belongs to two of my coworkers, and ran away from her pet walker on July 30 in NW DC.

Here she is just after being reunited with her family (and yes, I believe those ARE camo Crocs her dad is sporting. Ouch.):

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She was found in a cemetery nearly 3 1/2 weeks after she escaped! It just goes to show, never give up hope. Her owners employed every resource they could, papering neighborhoods with flyers, enlisting a scent dog to track her movements, and sharing her story on Facebook.

So happy for you all! Welcome home, Georgia girl!

 

Posted by: twodogtales | August 17, 2014

Dine out for dogs in DC Aug. 18

 

City DOgsEatWell DC’s restaurants will host their 3rd Annual Dining Out With The Dogs on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to close. The event benefits City Dogs Rescue, an organization that works to rescue adoptable dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters throughout DC.

Participating restaurants Commissary, Grillfish, Logan Tavern, The Heights & The Pig will all donate 15% of dinner sales.

This year’s goal is $7,000. To increase contributions, EatWell DC has partnered with American Harvest, and each restaurant will feature a vodka cocktail with 100% of proceeds donated to City Dogs Rescue.

Happy hour will run as usual until 7:00 p.m. at all restaurants. Each bar will also have a “late night” happy hour revival from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. In addition, any child can receive a free meal from the kids menu up until 6:30 p.m.

Dogs are welcome on the patios at Commissary, Grillfish, Logan Tavern and The Heights. City Dogs will also have adoptable pups greeting guests.

My coworkers still have not found their hound Georgia, they will be passing out flyers at this event. Please do what you can to help get the word out!

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Posted by: twodogtales | August 14, 2014

Pup-ular music tonight in Shirlington

Lots of pups and their people were out tonight in Shirlington Village enjoying the cool temperatures and the great cover band Lloyd Dobler Effect! The last Shirlala Music Festival event for this year is next Thursday, Aug. 21, don’t miss it!

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Posted by: twodogtales | August 4, 2014

Where is Georgia?

We need your help! Georgia is my co-workers’ rescue Coonhound who ran away in NW DC a few days ago. They are devastated, and need to get the word out to look for their shy pup, who was last spotted just yesterday morning (Sunday, Aug. 3) near Adams Morgan at Rock Creek Parkway and Beach Drive Woodley Park.

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Before that, she was seen Wed., July 30 at 3:00 PM near 6th St NW and Q St NW.

If you see her, call 202-379-6535 or 703-507-7166. Georgia is shy. Please don’t chase her!

Help them bring her home safely by liking the Find Georgia Facebook page to get the word out. You can also download flyers to post and get information about search efforts. They’ll be looking in Rock Creek tonight beginning at 5.

Keep the faith, Sarah and Blake!

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