Posted by: twodogtales | December 2, 2011

Scottish Walk parade and Winter Holidays Open House Dec. 3 & 4

‘Tis the season, and there are so many ways to celebrate with your dog this weekend!

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the annual Scottish Walk parade is going on in Old Town Alexandria. Fronm 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the streets of historic Old Town will be filled with pipe and drum bands, men and women in kilts and assorted plaid finery, and lots of dog breed and rescue groups.

There are more than 150 groups marching, including the D.C. Area Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Group, the National Capital Bearded Collie Club, the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Washington D.C., and always a crowd favorite, the Mid Atlantic Scottish Deerhounds.

This year, the Deerhounds will have their very own celebrity marching, “GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind,” best known as the 2011 Westminster Dog Show Best in Show winner.

With the weather forecast calling for 50 degrees and sunshine, throw on a colorful holiday scarf and mittens and celebrate the season with a holiday parade!

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Washington Animal Rescue League is hosting their Winter Holidays Open House from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The festive party will have ample seasonal refreshments, live holiday music, pet photos with Santa, and plenty of holiday cheer, not to mention chestnut roasting and face painting!

The WARL asks attendees to bring a donation of canned pet food to put under the tree for the League’s Rescuers’ Food Bank, which assists low-income pet guardians. Unused pet toys and equipment (leashes, carriers, beds, etc.) are welcome, as well.

Several children’s authors and illustrators will be signing and selling their books as well.  These include Erica Perl (author of When Life Gives You OJ and the Chicken Butt series), Jackie Urbanovic (author of the New York Times best-sellers Duck at the Door and Duck Soup), and Carol Hilliard (artist, art director and children’s book illustrator). There will be a children’s book fair with dozens of animal-themed titles. A portion of the proceeds from the book sales benefit the League’s animals.

The League is at 71 Oglethorpe St., NW, Washington, DC 20011.

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