Posted by: twodogtales | April 13, 2014

Dog-friendly cherry blossoms

The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin peaked a few days ago, and Mother Nature has kindly not yet blown or drowned them off their branches. So, being a 20+ year D.C. native, and having suffered a one-hour-to-go-two-miles commute to the 14th Street bridge on Thursday evening, I packed up the girls just after 6 a.m. this morning and headed downtown.

I was not the only one with this idea.

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Even so, the blossoms and views of the Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and Martin Luther King Memorial were beautiful.

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Romance was in the air, as well. We saw two proposals, and one bride.

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And even managed to take a nice “family” picture, despite the ducks distracting my oh-so-attentive Retrievers…

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There were lots of other dogs, and the loop around the Tidal Basin is paved and an easy stroll. But, if you want to get to see the cherry blossoms this year, go early, and go soon. It’s supposed to rain all day Tuesday.

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Posted by: twodogtales | April 11, 2014

Bark at Barcroft with GW Colonials baseball April 19

On Saturday, April 19, the George Washington baseball team is hosting the inaugural Bark at Barcroft Promotion at their home field of Barcroft Park in South Arlington. Dog owners get to sit beside your best canine friend(s) while watching the GW Colonials take on Massachusetts in an Atlantic 10 Conference game!

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Starting at 11:00 a.m., pet owners can enter the DogZone, a special area located inside the gates of Barcroft Park where local vendors will be providing dog-related services, free giveaways, information and dog-related advice. Fans and their pets will then be invited to enter the grandstand to watch the Colonials face the Minutemen at 1:00 p.m.

All pet owners attending the game with their dog will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging that their animal is vaccinated. Fans are asked to only bring well-behaved, social and leashed dogs to the ballpark.

Ticket options for the event include regularly-priced single-game general admission tickets at $6, or a specialty ticket which includes admission to the game and the choice of a GW dog leash, collar or bandanna for $20 or $25.

For tickets, visit the GW Athletics Ticket office at the Charles E. Smith Center, call (202) 99-GWTIX or email tickets@gwu.edu. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the game or at any other GW Baseball games prior to April 19.

 

Posted by: twodogtales | April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Super Pet Expo pics

Chatham and I went and volunteered at the GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training) booth at the Super Pet Expo in Chantilly, Va., on March 22. Once we were done spreading the word about wonderful Goldens, we took a spin around the show floor and saw dogs of all shapes, sizes and energy levels, toys, and big, big bones…

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Posted by: twodogtales | April 8, 2014

Jet Set Pets with Kelly E. Carter at Nat Geo April 9

On Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Nat Geo Live presents Jet Set Pets with best-selling author Kelly E. Carter.

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Meet this experienced world traveler and dedicated dog lover in conversation with Dr. Gary Weitzman, the co-host of WAMU’s Animal House. In the new National Geographic book The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, Carter and her long-haired Chihuahua Lucy give the inside scoop on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, parks, and dog runs, plus events and attractions for four-legged visitors.

This cocktail event takes place in the National Geographic Dining Hall. No pets allowed, and attendees must be 21 or over. Book sale and signing to follow. Event attendees will receive a “doggie bag” with coupons and dog treats to take home.

Tickets are $30 and include cocktails and appetizers.

National Geographic is at 1145 17th Street, NW (17th and M), Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: twodogtales | March 30, 2014

Black dogs all over the news

It’s been a big week for black dogs in the news.

First, the Huffington Post featured the photographs taken by Fred Levy, a Massachusetts photographer who wanted to bring attention to the beauty of black dogs, in the article Stunning Photo Series Highlights The Beauty Of Black Dogs That Are Often Overlooked In Adoption.

The article was shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook in just a few days. Check out all the photos in Levy’s Black Dogs Project blog.

I especially like this proud poser, who more than a little resembles Sundae, agree?

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Then, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate, to us less formal Americans) released a family photo of themselves with eight-month-old Prince George and their black Cocker Spaniel, Lupo.

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I love how George is gazing at Lupo (who I am 99 percent sure is gazing at a squirrel, willing it to come closer). All kids should grow up with dogs.

And last, but definitely not least, is the local search for Skie.

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She’s a six-year-old rescue Lab mix who escaped from her recent adopter in Arlington back in February. She’s been spotted nearly every day this week hanging out with a fox on the grounds of King David Memorial Gardens cemetery in Falls Church. I hope her owners are reunited with her soon.

Spread the word and keep up to date on the search by liking the Where’s Skie Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: twodogtales | March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know, according to the Irish Kennel Club, there are 10 dog breeds native to Ireland?

They are:

Sláinte!

Posted by: twodogtales | March 14, 2014

Super Pet Expo in Va., March 21-23

IMG_2853March 21-23 the Super Pet Expo returns to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., for the 14th time.  The Expo offers shopping, education, demonstrations, adoption opportunities and play time for leashed pets and their owners in a huge, climate-controlled showroom. There will be more than 150 local and national pet product and service vendors.

New this year are cat-focused vendors and the AquaZone featuring beautiful tank displays.

Show hours are Friday 4:00-9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Single-day admission is $13 for adults, $8 for children ages four to 12, and free for kids three and under. An adult weekend pass is $20.00 and child
is $10.00. If you buy your tickets in advance online you get a full year subscription to award-winning NOVADog Magazine.

The Dulles Expo Center is at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153.
Posted by: twodogtales | March 9, 2014

Review: Maryland DogFest

Even with a significant drop in temperature and lots more wind than yesterday, the Maryland DogFest drew a good crowd on Sunday, March 9. Held at the Charles County Fairgrounds, the demonstrations and acts were outdoors and the booths were inside non-heated buildings, so attendees pretty much had to stay bundled up.

This sweet little guy, up for adoption from Sleepy’s Dream Pit Bull Rescue, kept warm and caught some shut-eye while guarding the booth’s stock of t-shirts at the same time!IMG_3875

Other pups kept warm wrapped in their owner’s coats while their owner shivered in short sleeves.

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There were about 20 different rescue groups in the adoption zone. Chatham donned a special vest, keeping warm and collecting donations for GRREAT.

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Many of the adoption booths had puppies needing forever homes, which were very popular with the kids.

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The acts were entertaining, especially Mutts Gone Nuts, who performed a vaudeville-style comedy act with about a half dozen dogs, all of whom were rescues. And the Jersey Disc Devils ranged in age from a two-year-old in training to a 10-year-old veteran.

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It took about an hour to drive out there from D.C., but the event was well worth it. And as usually happens when you venture into unknown territory, I discovered an awesome barbeque place on the drive home, Texas BBQ & Ribs. It’s on Route 301 just south of La Plata, and the ribs were fall-off-the-bone, the corn bread was fresh and sweet and I don’t know what they did to the mac & cheese, but it worked!

Here’s one more unforgettable face from Sleepy’s Pit Bull Rescue:

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Posted by: twodogtales | March 8, 2014

Maryland DogFest March 8-9

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Take advantage of the warm temperatures this weekend and drive out to the Maryland DogFest this weekend in La Plata. The event is Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Charles County Fairgrounds.

Leashed dogs and their owners are welcome at this family-friendly event with demonstrations, products for sale, and more. Highlights include the Mutts Gone Nuts comedy dog act, Jersey Disc Devils High Flying K9 act, and more.

There will also be lots of rescue groups, including GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training), where Sundae, Chatham and I will be on Sunday!

Check out the Jersey Disc Devils:

Posted by: twodogtales | February 26, 2014

Dog-friendly day trip: Manassas Battlefield

Looking for some wide-open spaces and miles of hiking trails to explore with your dog? Look no further than the Manassas National Battlefield Park, about an hour’s drive from downtown D.C. The park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and dogs on leashes are allowed in all outdoor areas and trails in the park.

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There are plenty of well-marked trails of varying distances, including the Henry Hill Loop Trail (1.1 mile), the First Manassas Loop Trail (5.4 miles) and the Second Manassas Loop Trail (6.2 miles).

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You can even join a guided tour given by a Park Ranger, since you stay outdoors for the entire tour.

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Points of interest along the trails are described with signs and pictures, if you prefer to explore on your own.

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At the end of the day, even though they can’t run free, the new sights and smells will leave you with a tired, and happy, pooch. Enjoy!

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