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! 

Posted by: twodogtales | March 12, 2017

Seat-belt law…for dogs?

According to an article in Sunday’s Washington Post, a lawmaker in Maine recently proposed a law that would require dogs to be restrained in moving vehicles. Read the story here

I’m personally in favor of using anything that might keep your beloved pet from becoming a projectile in a crash. I used to drive a convertible and knew any collision would be bad for my Golden. And I’ve heard too many stories of traumatized dogs running off after being thrown from cars in crashes. I’ve had belts ever since (although I am guilty of not always using them for short local rides). 

But I can’t say I support yet another law that fits the personal feelings of some, but not all. So in this case, I’m glad he withdrew the bill. But if you do want to belt your pups, here is the Center for Pet Safety website and the one belt that passed their test. 

As you can see, Chatham would probably prefer that Sundae always be tied to the other side of the back seat…

Two dogs in back seat of car

Posted by: twodogtales | January 30, 2017

Bye bye Bo (and Sunny)

It’s unfortunate that President Trump is dog-less, furry friends always seem to inject the White House with a sense of caring for all of this planet’s creatures. This Washington Post article from Jan. 20 has some great candid and posed shots of former First Dogs Bo and Sunny Obama. It also brings back memories of my own lunchtime stroll celebrity pup encounter just over three years ago!


Posted by: twodogtales | November 21, 2016

Dog lover stocking stuffers

The sock selection at the Bailey’s Crossroads DSW in Falls Church has gone to the dogs! 

These would make great stocking stuffers for pooch people young and old. Most are $5 a pair, the Secret Life of Pets ones are five pairs for $10.

And, if the socks won’t work, you can always get the cutest gift card ever!

Posted by: twodogtales | November 13, 2016

Cemetery now bans pets

I’m sorry to report that as of the end of October, Arlington Cemetery now bans pets. 

We really enjoyed walking there, wrote about it back in 2012. 

No barking, jumping, running or playing. Just quiet time spent contemplating and respecting. 

Posted by: twodogtales | October 29, 2016

GRREAT spirit at rescue walk

Spectacular weather today for the GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training) 3K walk at Weber’s Pet Supermarket in Fairfax. 

Guests of honor included two special needs Goldens rescued from Egypt, Libby and Brownie. 

Posted by: twodogtales | October 25, 2016

Holiday shopping for dog lovers! 

It seems too early, right? The squirrels haven’t even started to nosh on the porch pumpkins, and yet holiday decor is being put out on store shelves across the DMV. 

Well, the Nordstrom Rack on L St NW has dog lover gifts galore. From pajamas to socks to home decor, don’t dawdle, get downtown and snap this stuff up! 

Posted by: twodogtales | September 27, 2016

Shopping alert: The Cheeky Puppy

Sick of all the political headlines? Take your pup downtown for a visit to The Cheeky Puppy pet boutique, where he can select a Democratic donkey or Republican elephant tug toy to gnaw on for you!

red and blue donkey and elephant dog tug toys  
Located at 1709 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009, the shop has a good selection of reasonably-priced toys, collars, leashes, home decor and other items for dogs and their humans. 

storefront window display with dog toys and chalkboard sign  
Many of their dog toys are Eco-friendly and/or educational, fitting for their DuPont Circle clientele. 

 dog boutique shop floor displays  
Work downtown in a pet less office and need a lunchtime fur fix? Stop by to see Schroeder, the Chief Shop Dog, who keeps a (mostly) watchful eye over things. 
rough coat light brown dog laying on dog bed on the floor 
 This unique mural featuring dogs enjoying the iconic DC monuments overlooks the shop floor. 

chalk mural with washington,  DC  monuments and dogs 

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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.

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