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! 

Posted by: twodogtales | June 10, 2017

Happy dogs at Lucky Dog

Here’s pics of just a few of the sights and hounds of today’s Lucky Dog Animal Rescue party at Congressional Cemetery

Posted by: twodogtales | June 10, 2017

Flash idea: Lucky Dog BBQ

I am not a heat girl, so I’ve been loving the cooler-than-normal temperatures the past few weeks. But it’s all going to end tomorrow with the forecast in the mid-90s, so if you want to get outdoors today, why not head to the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue party at Congressional Cemetery

The fun, dog-friendly annual event (this is their 8th year) is being held at the historic location for the first time. Dogs are not only welcome, it’s required they be off-leash! 

With 35+ acres to cover, be ready for a tired pup tonight! And you can exercise your wallet at their great silent auction. 

It runs from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, tickets are $35 a person or $95 for a family four-pack at the door. 

The cemetery is at 1801 E St SE, Washington DC 20003. There’s plenty of street parking. 

Hope to see you there! 

Posted by: twodogtales | April 24, 2017

AWLA Walk for the Animals May 6

Saturday, May 6 is the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s annual Walk for the Animals event, and this year, it’s being held right at the shelter! Traditionally the walk began and ended at an Arlington park, but they’ve moved the festivities to the shelter in Shirlington. You’ll be able to enjoy food trucks, demonstrations, music, a costume contest and more, while also meeting adoptable animals and touring the facility.

The event runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and features a 3-mile run or a one mile fun walk. Registration is $35. Pre-registered walkers get a t-shirt and a bandanna.

Register here.

Afterwards, you can take your pup across the street to romp leash-free at the Shirlington dog park, enjoy a delicious brew at New District Brewing Company, or enjoy a dog-friendly al fresco meal at one of the many Village of Shirlington restaurants, all within a 5-minute walk!

Being a former resident of that area, I will give you a heads up that there is virtually no street parking near the shelter. Your best bet is to grab a free spot in one of the multi-level parking garages in the Village of Shirlington and walk down South Arlington Mill Drive to the shelter (then be sure to patronize a business before or after the Walk!).

AWLA is at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington, VA 22206.



Posted by: twodogtales | April 20, 2017

Alexandria Love Your Pet Day April 23

Dog owners know that EVERY day is Love Your Pet day, but it’s still nice to see a city declare it, too. Not only is this Sunday, April 23, Alexandria Love Your Pet Day, the city is holding a block party to celebrate!

From 11 am to 2 pm bring your pup to the Wholistic Hound Academy at 18 Roth St to enjoy food trucks, entertainment, games and demonstrations. There will be a scavenger hunt, goodie bags and health assessments as well. 

Get more information here

Posted by: twodogtales | April 18, 2017

Chatham turns…66

So today I learned something new. One dog year does NOT equal 7 human years. I remember as a little girl, I was so proud to tell anyone who would listen that both me and my dog Ginger, a one-year-old Golden Retriever, were 7 years old. 

But I came across this article on the AKC website today that was first posted in November 2015. It explains why the 7:1 theory, which has been around since the 1950s, is a myth. 

The new and improved system for calculating a dog’s age in human years is one that accounts for the fact that smaller dogs live longer, in general. 

So Chatham, who turned 10 on Monday, is closer to 66 in human years than to 70. It’s not a big difference, but I’ll take it! 

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