Posted by: twodogtales | September 24, 2018

Another dog swim season is over

With the official arrival of fall on Saturday, nearly every outdoor pool closed for the season. Which means the dog swims that herald the last time anyone gets to splash and play before the pools are drained, cleaned and covered.


Sundae has a big smile, and some snot, on her face at Great Waves Alexandria

Hurricane Florence put a damper on this year’s swims, forcing some to postpone and some to outright cancel. But we did manage to hit two, the Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria and a condo pool in Shirlington.


This white shepherd cooled off at Great Waves

The Great Waves event is my favorite, because they not only have the step-in wave pool, but there are a variety of other pools across the large campus ranging from shin-deep wading pools to the pool where the slides dump out that has deeper water for the dogs to actually paddle around.


This Golden Retriever betrayed his breed and refused to swim, even with a tennis ball lure

The girls particularly like the slide pool, this year they fetched a frisbee for over an hour and half. Looks like they’re sharing, doesn’t it? Nope, Chatham does the work, Sundae jumps in at the end to steal the reward.


Sundae jumping in to snatch the prize

One thing I highly recommend, if you’ve got a common breed (i.e. RETRIEVERS), is to outfit your furkid in a brightly-colored bandanna. When you’re surrounded  by wet Goldens and Labs, and they are ALL yellow or black, it helps you easily and quickly identify which one is yours.


How cute are these two? 

At the private pool dog swims, it tends to be a community social event, which is great fun, too. Neighbors with and without dogs come out to socialize. I started my condo’s pooch paddle nine years ago, and we collected voluntary donations for the nearby Animal Welfare League of Arlington.


Love this Lab’s webbed feet (but he could use a nail trim)!

Chatham used to be the diving queen, but as she’s aged, she doesn’t do it anymore. Never fear, Sundae grabbed the crown.


Sundae gets some air (and the tennis ball)

Hope you got to enjoy a dog swim somewhere near you!


Sophie enjoys a snack


Dogs can’t read, but he wouldn’t have obeyed even if he could

Posted by: twodogtales | August 6, 2018

Yappy hour Tuesdays at Palette 22

The Village at Shirlington in Arlington is well-known for being dog-friendly, with many restaurants allowing patrons to bring their pups while dining al fresco. But Palette 22 has taken it a step further, hosting a “yappy hour” every Tuesday with a special menu just for dogs.

There are three entrees the kitchen will prepare and serve for pooches, including grilled sirloin, yogurt and apples, and beef and rice.

So while you’re enjoying delicious exotic small plates of tacos vampiros, bulgogi beef or patatas fritas, your pooch can enjoy equally mouth-watering dishes right next to you!

Humans can take advantage of drink and food specials during Palette’s yappy hour as well. Yappy hour is every Tuesday through September, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. However, if your pup has a craving, the pooch menu is available all the time!

The girls gave the Doggie’s Dream entree two paws up, devouring it in seconds with not a morsel left in the bowl.

Posted by: twodogtales | July 9, 2018

Spa with your pup!

With Americans spending over $69 billion on our pets in 2017, according to the American Pet Products Association, it’s obvious we like to spoil our pets. But how awesome would it be to spend quality time with your pooch, while pampering YOURSELF?

You can, at Adara Spa in Shirlington! Once a month, the spa hosts a “Dog Day”. Dogs can come in to the spa, join you in the treatment room, and enjoy yummy treats. Best of all, the spa offers discounts and special offers on a variety of services for humans, including facials, light therapy, and more.

Sundae and I went in May, and had a blast. She jumped right up on the reception area chair, like the Queen Bee she is, acting like she owned the place.

Sundae spa 1

After I settled in for a Pumpkin Facial in the treatment room, she checked in with me with wet-nose ear snuffles periodically as Leah applied the lotions. During the portion of the facial where you relax and let everything soak in, Sundae decided to jump up on the table and drape herself across me.  Ooof.

But honestly, I loved having her there with me, and she got LOADS of attention from the staff and other customers.

Sundae spa 2

The next Dog Day is July 19. Appointments fill up fast,  but you can always stop by for the dog treats and schedule a discounted treatment for another day. And I’ll let you in on a secret–dogs are ALWAYS welcome, it doesn’t need to be a Dog Day to bring your pooch to keep you company during your treatment.

Posted by: twodogtales | April 13, 2018

Dog movie marathon April 14

So not everyone likes sunshine and (finally) the arrival of spring. Or, as is often the case in the D.C. area, the skipping of spring to go right into 80-degree summer weather.

If you’re one of those people, and you’re looking for an indoor way to lose yourself in dog stories tomorrow, the Beatley Library on Duke Street in Alexandria is the place for you.

The Dog Day Movie Marathon is a family-, but NOT dog-friendly, showing of three classic dog movies:

At 11:00 am, members of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue will be at Beatley with their trained rescue animals.

You can also catch Lady and the Tramp at 3:00 pm at the Burke Branch Library. The name is misleading, it’s not located in Burke, but on Seminary Road in Alexandria (it’s actually named after a longstanding director, Ellen Coolidge Burke).

Posted by: twodogtales | March 15, 2018

St. Patty’s weekend dog-friendly fun

Were you SO bummed that the Old Town Alexandria Fun Dog Show and St. Patrick’s Day parade was cancelled when Winter Storm Riley blew into town? Well, everyone has the luck of the Irish this time, the parade’s been rescheduled to this Sunday, March 18.


A day late of the actual holiday, but never a dollar short, this parade is chock full of pipe and drum corps, classic cars, Irish dancing and dog breed groups. It all begins at 11:30 am at Market Square with a fun dog show, then the parade kicks off at 1:30 pm.

Take note, the parade route has been revised, so don’t be the only person standing on a corner wondering where the bagpipes are!

More dog-friendly fun is at the Super Pet Expo at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly March 16-18. This is one event that the weather can’t wreck, since it’s indoors. Bring your pup along for demonstrations and play areas, but best of all, SHOPPING! There’s dog and dog-lover gear galore.

My best SPE purchase was really cool LED night collars from Lumi Pet that don’t need batteries, you can charge them in a USB port, right next to your iPhone! So now when I’m standing at the back door hissing at Chatham to come inside RIGHT NOW because it’s freezing, at least I know where she’s lounging in the yard, pretending not to hear me.

Happy weekend, and happy dog life!


Posted by: twodogtales | October 26, 2017

5 fun things to do with your dog this weekend

Halloween weekend is always full of fun, dog-friendly events and this year is no exception.

While our dogs may not think dressing them up like vegetables, pirates, spiders or bunnies is “fun,” we sure do!

IMG_4730GRREAT 3K Walk. On Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 am the parking lot behind Weber’s Pet Supermarket in Fairfax will start filling up with blondes and redheads of the canine variety for Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training’s annual fundraising walk. The walk starts at 10 am and winds through a residential neighborhood and park paths. Your can still register online for $25 or onsite. Participants get a t-shirt, and refreshments are served at the end.

Spooky Paws Stroll & Costume Contest. Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Market Common in Clarendon will play host to furry witches, ghosts and more for a family-friendly Halloween dog walk with trick-or-treating at participating businesses followed by a dog costume contest. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Register online.

Chatham Easter BunnyPaws in the Park Festival. Head to Montgomery Park in North Old Town, Alexandria on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for pumpkin painting, a doggie and kiddie costume parade, paw reading, K9 games, a Frisbee dash, and a charity raffle. It’s presented by Fetch Pet Care, and proceeds from the $10 admission (kids 12 and under are free) go to  the Lost Dog Foundation and King Street Cats.  

Vineyard Trails & Tails 5k Run & Family Fun Walk. Sunday, Oct. 29 at 10:00 am at  Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Va. Join WAAAG Animal Rescue for a gorgeous run or walk through the vineyards followed by a dog costume contest and a wine or beer tasting (for adult humans, only). Early bird online registration is closed, but you can sign up onsite for $35.

Dogma’s Shirlington Village Trick or Treat. Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Start at Dogma Bakery, pay a $12 donation to get a map, then visit the participating shops and restaurants at The Village at Shirlington to pick up treats for you and your pet! Proceeds benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.


Posted by: twodogtales | September 8, 2017

Dog swims this Saturday!

The “end of summer” can be many different days, depending who you’re talking to. For kids, it’s the last day before the first day of school. Officially, this year it ends on Sept. 22. But for owners of water-loving dogs, it’s when the pools close for the season and hold their annual dog swims! 

This year, the dog swim day for all five Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority water parks is this Saturday, Sept. 9. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for just $5, your dog can frolick, dive and doggie-paddle to his or her heart’s content in the cool, blue waters that only human kids got to enjoy all summer. 

I prefer the NVRPA dog swims for two main reasons. 

One, Chatham is getting older and doesn’t dive anymore. The water parks have step-in, shallow pools and wide, gradual steps that make it easy for her to get in and out. 

Second, the parks are huge, meaning there’s no scrum of excited, nervous dogs crushing around a single entry point, which can lead to doggie disagreements. There is plenty of rooms for dogs to run and multiple pools to choose from. 

Make sure to download and fill out the waiver before you go, and bring proof of current license and rabies vaccination. 

It’s supposed to be spectacular weather on Saturday, get out and enjoy the mid-70s temps while you can! 


Posted by: twodogtales | August 22, 2017

1/2 price to Pups & Pilsners – today only!

IMG_4128If you were thinking about getting out of your comfy weekend chair and checking out Crystal City’s Pups & Pilsners event Sunday, Sept. 19, today (Aug. 22) is the day to buy your ticket, with a 1/2 price daily deal from the ARLnow website.

Tickets are normally $20 for general admission tasting tickets, but only $10 if you buy today using discount code SIPtember@PuPs2017.

P&P is a dog-friendly festival with a beer garden with craft brew and offerings from local breweries. Food will be available from Crystal City restaurants and food trucks.

It is free to attend, tickets are only required if you want to taste beers. Ticket includes one souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and one full drink.

The event will be from 2 to 6 pm at The Green at 12th and Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.


Posted by: twodogtales | July 13, 2017

We all scream for ice cream!

This Sunday, July 16, Dogma Bakery in Shirlington is celebrating National Ice Cream day with free doggie ice cream in the courtyard in from of the shop from 2 to 4 pm.

Dogma’s treats and ice cream are all natural, homemade, and have ingredients like carob, carrots, and cranberries. Forget about the four c’s of diamonds, MY girls go gaga over the c’s in Dogma’s delightful treats!

Here they are harassing Dogma’s owner at the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Annual BBQ earlier this summer…

Three dogs beg for treats

And, humans may even get some sweet treats, too.

Dogma is at 2772 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206.


Posted by: twodogtales | June 24, 2017

Sunday is (dog-friendly) funday!

There’s two great events Sunday, June 25, in Arlington for dogs and their owners. 

From 4 to 6 pm it’s Pups N’ Pints hosted by BarkHappy DC at Barley Mac, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Drink specials, goodie bags and a dog trick talent show are among the offerings. The event benefits the Humane Rescue Alliance. Tickets are $15. 

Then hop over to Lubber Run Ampitheater for Pops for Pets, a benefit performance for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington by the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra from 6 to 7 pm. There’s plenty of parking in the adjacent residential neighborhood. The event is free, but donations for AWLA are always appreciated! 

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