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.

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 

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