Posted by: twodogtales | September 23, 2016

Sept/Oct dog-friendly events

Mark your calendars, fall is high season for dog walks and other events benefiting animal rescue groups and charities! Here’s a sampling:


Saturday, Sept. 24: Barktoberfest/GlowDogGlow 5K

Too many fun things going on all day and night at this dog- and family-friendly double event to even list! Bands, food, demonstrations, swag, contests and more. Benefits Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA). Barktoberfest starts at 10:30 am, then the 1 & 5K GlowDogGlow Race is at 7:00 pm. Loudoun County Fairgrounds, Leesburg, Va. $39.

Friday, Sept. 30: Paws for The Cause

Come to Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington for a show and fundraiser for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. 6:00 to 8:45 pm. Entertainment, a 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes. 555 South 23rd St., Crystal City, VA 22202.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Strut Your Mutt

Benefiting eight different animal rescue organizations, this fundraising festival includes interactive games and activities for dogs and their human families. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Register as an individual or form a team. 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841.


Sunday, Oct. 16: Pints 4 Paws

Inaugural beer festival benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Courthouse Plaza, Arlington, Va. 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Beer-tasting, live music, local food trucks, vendors and activities. $35 pre-sale, $40 on site, $10 for designated drivers.


Saturday, Oct. 29: GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training) 3K Walk

10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Easy walk through neighborhoods and wooded trails in Fairfax. T-shirts for participants, raffles and dog items for sale afterwards. $20 per human walker on or before Oct. 17, $25 Oct. 18 and after. Begins at Weber’s Pet Supermarket, 11021 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA 22030.

Posted by: twodogtales | September 6, 2016

Lucky Dog pooch paddle pics

Dozens of lucky dogs closed out the pool season at the Broyhill Crest Recreation Club in Annandale on Labor Day, as a fundraiser for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Wet dogs = tired dogs = happy dogs. 

 golden retriever and black dog sitting next to a pool  
dogs playing in shallow wading pool  with children  tan and white bulldog sitting on pool lounge chair  
black labrador pushing large red ball in pool 

Posted by: twodogtales | September 5, 2016

Sun too hot for your black dog?

Even though the days of summer are numbered, the sun’s rays beating down on your black dog can make them at best uncomfortable, or worse, lead to heat stroke or more. I chanced upon a great way to deflect those rays and keep your pup much cooler during outside activities…a sun shirt!

 black dog wearing white  shirt 

One day at a dog-friendly baseball game Sundae was baking in the sun. I laid a white t-shirt over her back to try and provide some shade. I was surprised to put my hand under the shirt a few minutes later and her hot black fur had cooled down considerably. 

So this summer, I got her a real sun shirt. It’s not for dogs, though, it’s for humans. Land’s End has a great, economically priced selection. The short-sleeve, full-zip women’s XS / Long works perfectly (Sundae is 54 lbs. fairly slim torso). 

 black dog wearing white shirt with zipper up the back 
I just put it on her backwards,slipping her front legs through the sleeves and zipping it up the back. She’s cool as a cucumber and happy to wear and model her surfer-girl gear! 

 black dog sitting wearing  white shirt 

Posted by: twodogtales | August 5, 2016

We’re on Instagram!

Two Dog Tales is on Instagram! Not that there are too many blog posts on TDT, but if you prefer to just see random “dogs about town” pics celebrating the dog/friendly DMV, follow us on Instagram

Have an awesome weekend, full of park-playing, nap-taking and ear-scratching!

Golden Retriever getting ear scratched

Posted by: twodogtales | August 4, 2016

Poodles, pugs and Paul Pfau in Shirlington

Tonight’s Shirlala music and wine extravaganza drew lots of 2- and 4-legged music lovers out to the Village at Shirlington to enjoy Paul Pfau, who appeared on season 8 of The Voice. But who wants to see pictures of people, right?

Black Scottish Terrier

Blonde Golden Doodle  dog

Black Newfoundland dog

Small blonde Pomeranian dog

Posted by: twodogtales | July 25, 2016

We’re #4!

Whoo-hoo! We rock! In a recent ranking of the most pet-friendly cities in America by real estate web site, Arlington, Va., ranked #4! The only cities ranking higher were St. Petersburg, Fla., (and that’s due to cats), Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash.

Find out what other cities ranked best for pets!

And, since today is predicted to be the hottest and muggiest in four years in the DMV, thought I’d give you a little something to cool down with. Bet Sundae isn’t the only one wishing she was back enjoying January’s snowfall.


Posted by: twodogtales | July 13, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: valet barking

So cute! The Wagtime store on 9th St NW in DC near the convention center offers boarding, walking, a spa, pet products…and valet barking! 

Posted by: twodogtales | June 29, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: awesome wrap!

Not a wrap for your stomach, but food for your soul. Love how the Humane Society of the US turned their entire building into a billboard for animal welfare–seen by thousands of DC commuters every day!

Posted by: twodogtales | June 24, 2016

Airport puppy love 

Even though I was heading home to my beloved pups, my face still lit up with joy at seeing an adorable Black Lab one recent evening in the Providence, R.I., airport. Even better, his vest said, “Pet me!”

Cody is part of PVD Pups, a program at TF Green airport to help relax stressed travelers. 

Just 8 months old, he’s so chill he was accepted into the training at 4 1/2 months, the youngest PVD Pup so far. 

Way to go, PVD! 

Posted by: twodogtales | June 16, 2016

Free pet photography workshop June 20

Learn how to take great pet pics with professional pet photographer Shelley Castle at the Aurora Hills Branch of Arlington Public Library on Monday, June 20. Register here.




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