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N O R T H E R N V I R G I N I A D O G : T H E U LT I M AT E G U I D E T O C A N I N E - I N S P I R E D L I V I N G I N T H E D C M E T R O A R E A

COVER STORY

12
Party
Animal
Our top tips for hosting your
own doggie special occasions
By Lisa Woody

18
Sharing
Smiles
Article one in a three-part
series on working dogs
By Taylor Ham

D E PA RT M E N T S

26 3 THE SOURCE 21 IN REVIEW


News, information and products Literature, arts and new media

5 HEALTH WISE 22 THE SCENE


Advice and information on canine A glimpse into the life of Northern
health issues Virginia dogs

8 EXPERT ADVICE 23 CANINE CALENDAR


Answers to your behavior and training On the Cover:
questions 24 HIT THE TRAIL Joe, owned by Sarah Marcell
of Lovettsville, VA, is all
Local walks to enjoy
9 ECO DOG dressed up with someplace
to go! Our party dogs were
Tips, products, and insights for 26 COMMUNITY captured on camera by
Celtic Canines: greener living Bev Hollis of Bev Hollis
The Fun Dog Show event Photography, in her
27 MARKETPLACE
raised funds for the
10 DESTINATIONS Leesburg, VA, studio. To view
more of her work please visit
Animal Welfare League
Dog-friendly spaces in Northern
of Alexandria.
Virginia and beyond 28 WAGS TO RICHES www.bevhollisphoto.com.

Adoption success stories


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THE SOURCE N e w s , i n f o r m a t i o n a n d products

“can’t
If you think dogs
count, try
putting three dog
biscuits in your
pocket and then
giving Fido only two
Photo courtesy of premier.com ”
of them. —Phil Pastoret
product spotlight: dog-tested review
Tails Are for Wagging
Kibble Nibble™ Kids seem naturally attracted to dogs, but
Make Mealtime Interactive for Your Pup by Lisa Colón Tudor adults must teach them the basics of being
kind to animals and how to show their love for
It’s all about the stimulation! Of course Comments: I really love this thing even if Jack pets in an appropriate and gentle way.
I am paraphrasing what Premier states does not (note: Jack is not motivated by dry A children’s book available from the ASPCA
about its latest product on the market, the dog food). As trainers and dog guardians, store can help.
Kibble Nibble™. It is constructed from a any time we can stimulate our dogs during Tails are Not
hard outer shell with a ribbing of purple everyday activities it improves their quality of for Pulling, by
rubber on the outside (smart move for life. Meal time is no exception—here is our Elizabeth Verdick,
hardwood floor owners!). Similar to its opportunity to make meals interactive and shows kids how
Twist and Treat™ sister product, the require a little bit of work. to interact with
Kibble Nibble™ twists open so you can Rating: 5 out of 6 paws (how about one pets by teaching
place up to 2 cups of dry dog food inside. small enough for the terriers?) careful handling,
Once closed it has an egg shape with awareness and
two holes. One hole is on the top and respect. Since
the other on the bottom. The holes have Where to Buy: Online at www.premier. toddlers don’t always realize when their play
carefully placed rubber prongs that allow com, or we purchased ours at the Pet is too rough, pages like “Pets are for cuddling,
for bits of kibble to roll-out. The packag- Marketplace and Adoption Center (Pet- not squeezing,” will attempt to educate your
ing instructions encourage the owner to MAC) at 822 N. Kenmore St., Arlington, child to interact with pets gently. Several tips
‘adjust’ the rubber prongs by snipping VA 22201. at the back of the book include spending time
them to the appropriate size of the dry Price: $20–$25. with your child practicing on a stuffed animal,
dog food. and instituting a rule to “ask first” before ap-
Test Subject: Jack, All-American dog Lisa Colón Tudor, CPDT, is a certified profes- proaching a stranger’s pet.
mix, 26 lbs, male sional dog trainer and owner of KissAble Local dog trainer, author and teacher Anne
Results: Filled with his dry dog food, Jack Canine, LLC. Lisa specializes in behavior Davis, of Rudy’s Friends Dog Training enjoys
sniffed around and tried to stick his tongue modification and in-home family pet train- working with children and teaching them how
inside to reach the food. Once I realized ing. She works hard to find the most useful to be safe and have fun with their dogs. She
that I needed to adjust the holes, he was products on the market for her clients and suggests starting with something simple such
able to shove it around with his nose and for her own two rescue pups, Jack and Betty. as giving children an appropriate activity to
eat his meal. Jack tired easily and disen- Reach her at 571.312.1940 or visit www. share with their dog. “Teach them how to
gaged from his meal after a few minutes. KissAbleCanine.com. say the dog’s name and reward when the dog
responds by looking at them,” Anne advises.
World’s Oldest Dog Turns 21 in May Adults should supervise all interaction between
Chanel, a 20-year-old dachshund (that’s 140 in dog years) was adopted in 1989 from a children and pets.
humane society shelter here in Virginia. She now resides in Port Jefferson Station, NY, with her
Even a well-known family pet when spooked
family and owner Denice Shaughnessy.
The next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, due out in September, will feature is more likely to scratch or bite. Price: $7.95
Chanel as the world’s oldest dog. She takes the place of Butch, a beagle from Virginia that FIND it: www.aspcaonlinestore.com
died in 2003 at age 20.

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THE SOURCE

�������������������� JUNE Is National Disaster Preparedness


Month for Animals
Preparing our families and pets, homes and businesses for
unexpected disasters has become a sign of the times. After 9/11
and Hurricane Katrina, people began to realize the importance
of having a disaster preparedness and evacuation plan that
includes family pets.

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Fur-Get Me Not
scenarios and a series of questions designed to help pet owners
assess their level of disaster preparedness.
An officer arrives at your door. A truck has overturned down
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and cat into the car. Do you have carriers for all your pets? Are
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take pets or where the local emergency shelter is for pets? Do
������������������� you have a plan for where you will go and the route to take?
3. As you arrive at the emergency shelter, your cat somehow slips
out of the carrier and jumps out the car window. Do you have
photos and descriptions of your pets in your emergency kit so
you can show them to emergency workers?
4. You need to tell the shelter workers what to feed your dog and
when to give his medications. Did you remember to bring
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and bark 5. You are at work when the evacuation order is given for your
neighborhood. Have you made prior arrangements with any
of your neighbors to evacuate your pet or to notify emergency
workers that your home has pets inside?
If you answered “no” to one or more of these questions, you
TM are not prepared to care for your pet in a disaster. For help with
developing a disaster plan that includes all your pets and animals,
where dogs rule and cats meow!
visit www.hsus.org/hsus_field/hsus_disaster_center. ND

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H E A LT H W I S E I n f o r m a t i o n a n d a d v i ce on canine health issues

Is Your Dog Depressed?


By Alan a S t e v e n s o n

D
id you know that dogs suffer Animals live very much in the mo- and sensitive to, the behaviors of others.
from depression just as we hu- ment. They express how they are feeling, If a dog is under-stimulated, physically or
mans do? Usually, it is environ- what they are taught, and what they know, mentally on an ongoing basis, chances are
mentally caused, and based on through their behaviors. You can learn a the dog is unhappy.
their social interactions—or lack thereof— lot about your dog by observing how he Do you keep your dog in a crate over
with other animals, including people. behaves. four hours a day? If your dog remains in
The most common causes of depres- If you suspect your dog is unhappy,
sion in dogs are lack of physical exercise, lonely or depressed, here are some ques-
lack of mental stimulation, loneliness, and tions to ask yourself.
being scolded or punished too frequently. Is your dog exercised? Do you
Dogs that are reprimanded or corrected mentally stimulate your dog? Do you
inconsistently for behaviors that are often give your dog attention and affec-
reinforced, albeit unintentionally, by hu- tion? If so, how often? Dogs are pack
mans, make a dog’s world unpredictable. animals. They are incredibly social.
This may cause your pet to be anxious and It is unnerving and very isolating
depressed. Depression is when an animal for a dog to be left alone.
gives up hope, has succumbed to despair Because dogs are inher-
and assumes that no positive change will ently communal, they
take place or occur. are very dependent on,

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H E A LT H W I S E

a crate or cage for hours on end, he will be Does your dog jump on you constantly ming, agility, or “go find” games. They
under-simulated and under-exercised. The or bark at you and other people in the are given friendly, gentle attention and
pent up energy a dog accumulates by over- family? If so, your dog is probably getting are touched in a kind way through gentle
crating is simply too much to bear. As a mixed signals from you. Barking at you is stroking and/or massage. They do not
result, the dog responds to any little trigger a way to get your attention. Jumping is a spend much time alone and are not overly
with overexcitement or over-stimulation. submissive, attention-seeking behavior. It crated. When their owners go to work,
This causes people to react and become up- is not a confident gesture. If your dog is they have a social companion such as
set. Usually, they reprimand the dog or yell behaving this way around you, your dog is another dog, or they have other animals in
at the dog for misbehaving, which results trying to appease you or seek your atten- the family to be with.
in more crate time and confinement. This tion in the only ways he knows how. More By being aware of what causes depres-
causes a vicious cycle that is hard to break. than likely you are not leading the interac- sion and paying attention to your dog’s
Dogs who are overly crated often end up tions or guiding your dog, but reacting to behaviors, you can make your dog happy
depressed. him. Your dog is anxious around you and and encourage him to enjoy life. By play-
Does your dog self-lick or chew at does not know how to get what he wants ing with your dog, teaching your dog how
himself incessantly? If your dog obses- without barking at you or jumping on you. to play, exercising your dog, and giving
sively licks or chews at himself—providing These behaviors can be precursors to de- your dog positive attention and feedback,
there is not any underlying medical prob- pression, especially if these behaviors result through praise and other rewards, you can
lem—your dog may be stressed, anxious in punishments or too much crate time. pave the way for a happy, healthy relation-
or bored. Self-chewing and licking are Dogs who are happy tend to have posi- ship with your canine companion. ND
displacement behaviors when the dog does tive influences in their lives. They tend to
not have a positive outlet or alternative engage in social play with other animals, Alana Stevenson, M.S., CDBC, is a professional
way to relieve his anxiety or boredom. Too including people. They usually are taught dog and cat behavior specialist, dog trainer, and
little structure or too many corrections or with rewards and praise. They get a lot of dog and cat massage therapist. She is the author
reprimands, along with too little exercise, physical exercise and/or mental stimula- of The Right Way the First Time: Teaching
and lack of mental stimulation, will cause a tion through activities, such as playing Your Dog Kindly and Humanely. Reach her at
dog to exhibit such behaviors. with other dogs, jogging, hiking, swim- pethelp@k9kitty.com

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INTERNET SCARES: �������������������������������������������

Where to go for the facts


By Gina S p a d a f o r i

E
very pet lover with an e-mail address has at one time or ���������������
another—or time and time again—received warnings ���������������
on potentially deadly pet hazards. Warnings have ranged �������������
from produce (grapes and raisins) to garden products �������������
(mulch made of cocoa hulls) to name-brand household cleaning
products (Swiffer WetJet and Febreze).
Problem is, not all warnings are what they seem to be. Some
may be well-intentioned but wrong, while others may be possibly
motivated by a campaign against a particular company and also
wrong. And then there are those that are legitimate concerns.

Legit or bogus? The first stop for any pet lover investigat- �������������������������������
ing an Internet warning should be the American Society for the ����������������� ����������
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ poison information site (www. ���������������������������� �������������������������������������
aspca.org/APCC). ����������������������������� ���������������������������������
The APCC veterinarians respond quickly to Internet warn- ��������������������������� ���������������������������
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ings, providing information on which reports are a real concern
and which should not be. Internet scares covered by the APCC
include grapes and raisins (potentially toxic), cocoa-hull mulch
(potentially toxic), and Swiffer WetJet and Febreze (safe when
used as directed).
If you don’t find what you’re looking for at the APCC Web site,
check out Snopes.com, arguably the best resource for checking out
urban legends and e-mail hoaxes of all varieties. The site offers an ex-
tensive collection of information on common animal-related myths.
In the name of fairness to your friends, don’t forward any
kind of e-mail warning without checking it out on the APCC and
Snopes.com web sites first. If you cannot verify the claims in any
e-mail, the only proper thing to do is hit “delete.” ND

Award-winning journalist Gina Spadafori has authored several best-


selling pet care books. © 2009. Reprinted with permission of UNIVER-
SAL PRESS SYNDICATE. All rights reserved.

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EXPERT ADVICE A n s w e r s t o y o u r behavior and training questions

The Perfect Plan for a Social Puppy


B y Ve r o n i c a S a n c h e z

vaccinations before letting him play


with other dogs. While some vac-
QUESTION I just brought my new Labrador puppy home and cines and precautions are necessary,
I want to be sure that he grows up to be friendly with people and the American Veterinary Society
other dogs. I am introducing him to my friends and family and for Animal Behavior recommends
socialization experiences and
we have another dog at home. Is there anything else I need to be
puppy classes before the puppy
doing? is fully vaccinated. For details on
their vaccination and socialization
recommendations, check out their
ANSWER “Aww, how cute!” teractions with children closely. position statements online at www.
Taking your adorable puppy out for Puppies also need an oppor- avsabonline.org
a walk is a fun way to get to know tunity to play and interact with Socialization is fun for both
your neighbors. Moreover, the friendly dogs. Dog parks are risky puppies and owners. Remember to
opportunity to meet new people because you do not know anything bring your puppy toys, treats and
is important for your puppy’s be- about the other dogs. Play dates clean-up supplies on your socializa-
havioral development. Dogs have a coordinated with dogs and pup- tion field trips. And, of course, don’t
brief period of time where they can pies current on vaccinations and forget to bring your camera! ND
easily learn to accept and adapt to known to be friendly are a safer
new experiences. This time period bet. Do not forget to expose your
before the age of 14 weeks is often puppy to different environments
referred to as the “socialization and surfaces too. Your puppy needs
window.” Although socialization to learn to be comfortable walking
later on is important, it does not on slippery floors as well as grass,
have the same impact. Puppies that carpet and cement.
are inadequately socialized early “One size fits all” does not apply
in life are at risk for developing to puppy socialization. Take your
problems like fearful or aggressive puppy’s unique temperament into
behavior in adulthood. account because scary experiences
Time flies with a new puppy may have a long lasting impact. An
so hit the ground running! Make outgoing puppy may enjoy a visit
sure your pup has lots of positive to Old Town Alexandria. A more
experiences with different people reserved pup, on the other hand,
and has the opportunity to explore may do better given the opportu-
different environments. Introduce nity to build confidence in quieter
him to people of various ages, sizes, locations first. Getting qualified
and ethnic backgrounds. Keep professional help when raising a
it fun for your puppy by having new puppy is always a great idea,
people he meets give him healthy but it is a must-do for pups that are
treats. If your pup is very mouthy, shy, aggressive or demonstrating
you can feed him yourself while other behavioral problems.
people pet him. Be careful and Pet owners used to be told to
Veronica Sanchez, M.Ed.
always supervise your puppy’s in- wait until their pup had all his
CPDT, CABC, is a dog trainer
and behavior consultant in
Northern Virginia. Visit www. ASK THE EXPERT...
cooperativepaws.com for E-mail your dog behavior questions to Veronica Sanchez
more information. at askdogexpert@cooperativepaws.com. We regret that we can’t answer each
e-mail personally. The most interesting and timely topics will be chosen for review in this
column. Questions may be edited for brevity and clarity.

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ECO DOG Ti p s , p r o d u c t s & i n s i g h t s f o r g r eener living

Kiss Carpet Stains Goodbye


Stain & Odor Removers Get Eco-Friendly
By Julie t F a r m e r

L
et’s face it—accidents happen. And when dogs eliminated. The prod-
are involved, those accidents can be messy, uct is scented with a
stinky, and, unfortunately, lingering, which can ginger eucalyptus fra-
also lead to “marking” problems. grance oil blend that
Luckily, there are several eco-friendly, natural solu- works with the clean-
tions that offer an all natural, eco-sensitive alternative ing agents to advance
to harsh chemicals found in traditional household pet odor removal. It’s
stain removers. also non-toxic and safe
Simple Solution (www.simplesolution.com) offers to use around children
Natural Pet Stain and Odor Remover, which is made with and, of course, pets.
renewable corn-based ethanol and plant-based mild (32 oz., $14.99 at www.
cleaners, as well as beneficial bio-cultures and enzymes petco.com)
that activate on contact with stains and odors. Accord- Buster’s Secret Odor & Stain Eliminator, created by
ing to the company, this combination digests organic Bark Busters (www.barkbustersboutique.com), features
waste and continues to multiply until the problem is natural bio-enzymatic technology to eliminate odors
and stains. The product is made with a unique propri-
etary blend of bacteria and enzymes that break down
Green Carpet Tiles From Flor and turn organic stains and odor-causing substances
into liquid that can be wiped away. This product is
Short of replacing your entire carpet, Flor (flor.com) non toxic, non flammable, 100-percent biodegrad-
offers carpet squares made out of renewable and able and assigned Environmental Protection Agency’s
recycled raw materials. The tiles also feature some of Design for Environmental Approval, and is also safe to
the lowest VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the use around children and pets. (32 oz., $14.99 at www.
industry.
barkbustersboutique.com)
Flor’s carpet tiles can be used to create area rugs both Bi-O-Kleen™ (www.bi-o-kleen.com) offers Bac-
large and small, as well as carpet rooms wall to wall, Out™ Stain & Odor Eliminator, which contains strains
and are available in a variety of colors, patterns and of live enzyme-producing cultures that remove organic
textures. They even have tiles suitable for garage use.
waste and odors, as well as food-grade lime extracts
Whether they are used to carpet large areas, or as indi- to eliminate stains and odors on contact. In addition
vidual squares, the tiles can be lifted up, cleaned and to carpets, the product can be used on upholstery, pet
then left in a ventilated area to dry before replacing. runs and kennels, and, according to the manufacturer,
The tiles are priced per 19.5-inch by 19.5-inch square, is even gentle enough for use on cloth diapers. (32 oz.,
starting at $7.99 each, so they are inexpensive enough $8.99 at www.drugstore.com)
that if a stain just won’t come out, you can replace Cesar Millan (yes, that Cesar Millan) created the
a tile (or two) and not break the bank. Flor will send non-toxic Dog Whisperer by Cesar Millan Natural Odor
samples for a nominal fee, so you can be sure you
& Stain Remover exclusively for Petco. The product
choose just the right color and texture to compliment
your home. does not contain harsh chemicals. Instead, it features
botanical extracts that neutralize odors and stains, as
well as essential oil of lemongrass for a fresh smell. The Juliet Farmer has contributed
product also bears the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of pet-related stories to
Approval. (32 oz., $12.99 at www.petco.com) numerous publications and
So the next time your pooch makes a mess of your web sites. She and her
husband live in Sacramento,
carpet, reach for an all-natural, non-toxic stain and Calif., with their retired racing
odor remover, and soon, pet stains will be a thing of greyhound and two cats.
the past. ND

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DESTINATIONS D o g - f r i e n d l y s p a ces in Northern Virginia and beyond

Spring Rolls Out the Blue Carpet


By Kelly Pike

F
orget about the cherry blossoms. When it park is open, but for those really looking to get their
comes to welcoming spring with your pack, bluebell fix, there is the annual Bull Run Bluebell Walk.
those famous pink blossoms have nothing on This year it will be held Easter Sunday, April 12.
northern Virginia’s own secret spring treasure, Led by naturalists with the Northern Virginia Re-
the Virginia bluebell. And nowhere boasts more blue- gional Park Authority, the 30-minute walk includes folk-
bells than Bull Run Regional Park’s Bluebell Trail. lore, plant identification and trivia about the plants. For
Bluebells are small, low-growing plants known for instance, you’ll learn why another name for bluebells is
their bell-shaped blue or violet blooms. While modest Oysterleaf. (Hint: You could taste it to find out.)
when alone, each April 150 acres of Bull Run Regional The walks are typically informal, says Jeff Randolph,
Park erupt into a stupendous display of blue and green park assistant manager, and attract a wide range of visi-
that covers the forest with a carpet of wildflowers. tors from children (recommended for those age 6 and
Believed to be the largest stand of bluebells on the East up) to the physically challenged to families and their
Janice Fang Yi and her
daughter Camryn, stroll with coast, it is not only visually stunning, it’s also easily ac- dogs. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions.
their dog Snowyi among the cessible and welcoming to canine companions. Chief Naturalist Martin Ogle has been leading bluebell
Virginia Bluebells. Photo by The park’s Bluebell trail is a 1.5-mile loop offering walks at the park for the past 24 years and is still wowed
Robin Burkett of Pawprints
a glimpse at 25 varieties of wildflowers, including the by the naturally occurring wonder. He especially enjoys
Photography. To see more
of Robin’s work visit www.
bluebells and 300 acres of spring beauties, small white watching the faces of newcomers when they first see the
pawprintsphotography.com. flowers that also cover the forest grounds. Both people display. “The reaction is pretty universal,” Ogle says.”
and leashed dogs are able to enjoy the trail any time the If someone is seeing it for first time, there is a look of

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surprise and a little awe. It really is
IF YOU GO: The Bluebell Trail blooms for about two weeks in mid-April. The naturalist-led Bull
Run Bluebell Walk will be held Easter Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. The walk covers 1.5 miles and
a pretty spectacular show.” lasts about 30 minutes. Participants should meet at the pool parking lot. The event is included with
park admission, and no reservations are required, though you should call ahead in the event of bad
Happy Tails weather in case it is cancelled. Nature-lovers can also walk the tour without a guide any time the
Freelance writer Katherine Mercu- park is open. Admission is free for residents of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City, Fairfax County,
Falls Church and Loudoun County. Others pay $7 per vehicle. Hours vary. Bull Run Regional Park
rio Gotthardt of Bristow and her is located in Centreville, off exit 52 on I-66, and is about 29 miles west of Washington, D.C. Call
12-year-old Shiba Inu Shiba agree. 703.631.0550 for updates on the blooming status of the bluebells. For more information visit www.
The pair has been enjoying the nvrpa.org/parks/bullrun.
smooth, flat trail for years. Not only
is the short path easy on Gotthardt’s continue on the 17-mile Bull-Run Occoquan
bad knees and her aging pup, it also Trail, a moderately strenuous hike which winds
makes her feel closer to nature. through steep hillsides and deep ravines. Hikers
“The flowers literally blanket should know, though, that unlike the Bluebell
the forest floor with their blue and Trail, the Bull-Run Occoquan Trail doesn’t lead
purple hues, the color heightened by back to Bull Run Park.
leaves and stems,” Gotthardt says. “The One warning for bluebell lovers with a dog
sight of the flowers, the smell of finally in tow: Virginia Bluebells grow best in stream
thawed air and the joy a pup gets from exploring banks and moist woods. Combined with frequent
can bring you away to a more peaceful place even if spring rains, it often makes for a muddy trail so be
only for a brief time.” sure to bring towels to clean off your pup for the car
One of the most delightful aspects of the trail, ride home.
visitors agree, is the way it curves through the forest But a little bit of mud is surely worth it, especially
of wildflowers. Each turn offers a new vista and yet if you and your dog have grown tired of cold weather Kelly Pike is a freelance writer
more flowers. Add to that the fact that there are no and bare branches. The vibrant blue flowers, nestled in Annandale, VA. When she’s
not busy writing about busi-
thorny bushes, pits or other hazards for curious dogs, in purplish-green foliage, are a beautiful reminder
ness and finance, she and her
and you have a wonderful way to spend a morning that spring — and with it, longer days for more walks husband enjoy jaunty walks
or afternoon. Those with more energetic dogs can together — are really just around the corner. ND with their Puggle Lola.

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a
COVER STORY

ANIMAL
P
et parties have become the newest trend. More
and more people are hosting them, and nearly
Our top tips for everyone attends. Why? Pet parties are much
more fun than most other kinds of parties! And
hosting your own everyone has something in common with the other
guests, so it’s a great way to meet people. Here are
our top tips for hosting your own dog birthday party.
doggie special
occasions Location. Choose a place where there’s
plenty of room, and where the occasional
“accident” won’t be a big problem. Some
Themes. Dog parties can have as many
themes as other types of parties. Consider
having a costume party, an Easter egg hunt
doggie daycare and boarding facilities will (with kibble or small treats hidden in small
B y Lisa Woody let you have a party at their place. Even plastic eggs), a learning party with special
doggie boutiques and bakeries now offer guest trainers or groomers, a portrait party,
dog party packages that include refresh- or other fun themes. Spaw parties can be
ments and location for one price. Dog loads of fun, and with all the great canine
parks are another great party location; spa products on the market today, you can
some even have a party area that’s fenced assure a fun time for every dog, from the
off from other runs. most masculine Rottie to the most femi-
If you hold the party at your home, nine Bichon. Pam Ahart and Dani Weng,
choose several areas where guests can local owners of Bark ’N Bubbles Dog Wash
Bev Hollis, of Bev Hollis Photography, mingle, such as the back yard and the living agree. “Parties are becoming increasingly
caught our two adorable party dogs on room. This allows your guests to separate popular among our four-legged family
camera, in her Leesburg, VA, studio. Bev
can be reached at 615.414.2903, or visit dogs who might not get along, without members. Birthdays were created to cele-
her web site www.bevhollisphoto.com. making them leave early. brate another year. As dog owners we are so
thankful for another year with our pets so

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Ivan, owned by Cecelia
Spitznas of Purcellville, VA,
is dressed in his party
best. Party collar and hat
courtesy of The Reign
of Cats and Dogs, www.
thereignofcatsanddogs.com.
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why not celebrate their birthday, too? It’s a great time other thing, so how you serve canine refreshments at
to come together with your dog and his doggie friends a party is even more important than what you serve.
for pupcakes, gifts, games and socializing. Pet parties Dog treats should be served in bite-sized pieces. Own-
have become one of the newest party trends—your dog ers should feed their own dogs, and no more than can
should be able to join the fun,” says Ahart. be chomped in one bite should be offered. If a dog
snatches a large bone or cookie and runs off to eat it,
Games. It’s always fun to have a few games to keep he’ll almost certainly be followed by a crowd of other
the fun times going. Try a relay race (a friend of mine dogs who’d like to have it, too.
had a sock relay where the owners had to put socks on Your doggie special occasion would not be complete
their dogs, then cross the finish line). You can have a without a cake. They’re a little less sweet than what
sit/stay contest or a “talent show” in which each dog you would eat, but they look the same as any other
shows off his or her trick repertoire. You may be able cake. You can either make one from a recipe (there are
to get prizes from local pet shops in exchange for put- plenty online), or buy a mix, or purchase a decorated
ting their card or coupon on the prize as you give it cake from a bakery. It’s still hard to find a pet bakery
away. that will ship a cake, so look for a local bakery that you
can pick up from.
Refreshments. A lot of what makes a dog party You can make your own beautiful snacks by taking
successful is preventing natural squabbles between inexpensive dog biscuits and dipping or drizzling them
dogs (and, to a lesser extent, between dogs and people). in white chocolate. Melt the candy on low heat, add
Food will initiate a territorial incident more than any food coloring if you wish, then place cookies on a wire

Keeping the Peace By Sandy Mejias

The trend towards dog “get-togethers” has Plan the Guest List Wisely interaction and interference by the human
increased significantly over the last twenty The first thing to consider in achieving a guests can sometimes cause a fight to occur
years. In the 70’s and 80’ the Olde Towne “peaceful” party is to plan a compatible so it is best to have a chaperone at your
School for Dogs students lived with their guest list. Obviously females in heat should party who understands and speaks “dog”.
people, walking in town or playing in their stay home as should intact males who have A knowledgeable dog person will usually
fenced yards but they did not socialize been involved in skirmishes before. Some know when it is appropriate to intervene and
extensively with each other. Now many of intact males do play well with others so when it is not. Make sure that all the guests
our student’s principle source of exercise is it is not necessary to exclude them. It is are wearing appropriate fitting flat collars
a visit to the dog park, a play date or a party important to insure that any toy breeds or or harnesses and remove all training collars
with their dog friends. When planning a pop eyed dogs like Shih Tzus and Pugs are or equipment that could cause injury while
party for the dogs think through how each of not involved in rough activities with bigger wrestling and playing..
your canine guests will react to the stimula- dogs. Accidental injuries of small breeds Dogs are notorious for not wanting to
tion of other dogs, treats and activities. participating in play that becomes to rough share with each other. Unless you have a
can occur even with a friendly, compatible group who knows each other well and has
group. Any dog with a previous history of enjoyed food treats together before it is best
aggression that has caused injury towards to offer food, chew bones and exciting treats
another dog and or human should never be individually. Favor bags to be taken home
included in a dog get together. and enjoyed can be a solution to avoiding
confrontations. Another trigger for fights and
On Leash or Off? bites is retrieving games as some dogs just
Decide ahead of time according to can’t handle anyone else “getting the ball”.
your guest list if this will be If a dog is known to become aggressive
an on or off leash party. If when others reach the ball or frisbee first
there are active or large he should probably not participate in free
impulsive dogs com- for all retrieving game. Planning your party
bined with small with a compatible guest list, a knowledge-
tentative ones it able chaperone and appropriate activities
should be the re- for the group will insure a great time for
sponsibility of the dogs and their people.
owners to insure
each dog stays in Sandy Mejias and her husband Carlos have
his comfort zone. owned and operated The Olde Towne School
However, too much for Dogs in Alexandria, VA since 1975.

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1

rack after dipping or drizzling them. These can make


a gorgeous party tray for just pennies per treat.

Gifts. You can have a traditional birthday party, but


if your dog has everything she needs and your real
purpose is to visit with friends, why not make it a
shelter benefit party? Ask guests to bring toys, treats
and blankets for dogs at a local shelter, then donate
them in your dog’s name. It makes the party even
more fun, and people enjoy knowing they’re giving 3
comfort to dogs in need. Tip: take a picture when
you deliver the gifts, and e-mail it to your party
guests. They’ll love it.
If you do have gifts for the birthday girl or boy,
plan ahead. If you open the gift in front of everyone,
be aware that other dogs may want to play with and

1. Be sure to supply pickup bags and point guests to the receptacle for
disposal. Photo by Robin Burkett, www.pawprintsphotography.com.

2. Because so many doggie treats look good enough for us to eat, it’s polite to tell
guests verbally and/or with table signage which buffet is for people and which is for
pups. Photo by Robin Burkett, www.pawprintsphotography.com.

3. These personalized collars from The Reign of Cats and Dogs in Leesburg, VA,
are sure to make your dog feel noteworthy on his special day. Photo by Bev Hollis,
www.bevhollisphoto.com.

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party. If you request an RSVP, re- to purchase treats and toys in two
member that fewer people actually sizes. Mark the gift bags for large
do respond these days than did in and small dogs so guests can take
the past, so have enough room and an appropriate bag as they leave.
refreshments (and gift bags) for a Remember that the main pur-
few extra guests. pose is to have a great time with
Tell your guests which areas are your human and canine friends,
off-leash, and ask them to kindly so once people arrive, don’t be up-
keep their dogs leashed in other tight. If someone forgets to pick up
areas. Supply pickup bags and point after her dog, just pick up the pile
guests to the receptacle for disposing yourself with a smile. If dogs track
of them. Because so many doggie mud or grass into the house, or if
treats look good enough for us to eat, there’s an “accident” on the carpet,
it’s polite to tell guests verbally and/ just take a breath and worry about
or with table signage which buffet is it later. It’s often worth a little
Denise Hansen, of
Manassas, VA, planned
for people and which is for pups. cleaning up to have a party that
this fancy affair to If you’re giving gift bags to your your friends remember and talk
celebrate her soft-coated guests, hand them out as guests about for years to come. ND
Wheaten Terrier, Bubis’ leave. This prevents guests from
7th birthday. His custom
sample the gifts at the party. So be squabbling over treats or toys Lisa Woody is co-owner of www.
cake was created by
Natalie Marquardt, of My prepared to share, or have a place during the party. Think about the FunStuffForDogs.com, a quirky retail
Best Friend Specialty Pet set aside to put gifts out of reach. kind of guests you’re having for the site she launched in 2005. She hosts
Bakery. Natalie hand- party when planning gift bag con- “The Lucky Dog Show,” a weekly online
paints all her cakes
Etiquette. Invitations should tents. If you’re expecting a mix of podcast with 14,000 listeners, and is a
from a supplied photo.
(www.mybestfriend
be sent out three weeks before the small and large dogs, you may need frequent writer for pet publications.
pettreats.com).

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Dogs have a way of
finding the people

sharing
who need them,
filling an emptiness
we don’t even know
we have.

smiles
—Thom Jones

1
By Taylor Ham
working dogs

A
s dog owners, most of us would nine bond began to be seriously studied
Article number one in a three-part series
agree that the connection we have by health care disciplines concerned with
with our pets makes us happier people’s emotional well being and quality
people. Just one wag of a tail can of life. Out of these studies was born a new
make us smile; it can make us laugh; and field—“animal-assisted therapy”—and a
it can turn a bad day around. Some dog completely new way of looking at the hu-
(from left to right) Fairfax Pets on Wheels owners would even go so far as to describe man-animal connection.
volunteers Cara Schantz and Sabine Arndt, and the time spent with their dogs as therapeu- While the benefits of animal-assisted
their dogs Jacob and Tessa, stroll through the
hallways of Powhatan Nursing Home with
tic—and it is! therapy were not widely recognized until
resident dog-lover Marie Mobley. Although dogs have been a source of the last half of the twentieth century,
comfort for people throughout history, they now cannot be ignored. Studies have
Photos by Robin Burkett it wasn’t until relatively recently that the shown that interactions with pets offer
(www.pawprintsphotography.com) therapeutic qualities of the human-ca- both psychological and physical benefits.

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Pets can contribute to enhanced feelings
of emotional connectedness and reduced
feelings of loneliness and depression. Re-
search shows that pet owners reap physical
benefits as well, including lowered blood
pressure and decreases in the stress hor-
mone cortisol.
“The results of research on the human-
animal connection have been more conclu-
sive than we could have imagined, and yet
I think we still don’t fully understand how
deeply it affects people,” says Denice Ekey,
program coordinator at Virginia Common-
wealth University’s Center for Human-Ani-
mal Interaction. “The unconditional love
a dog offers is a very powerful thing—it’s
Making the Grade By Tammy Rosen

hard to put into words.” Not all dogs are cut out to be therapy dogs. If you are interested in exploring your
dog’s readiness for therapy work, you’ll want to focus on these main areas:
Giving Back
In light of these findings, non-profit organi- Socialize your dog. Introduce your dog to a variety of people including men, women, and
kids. It is very important that the dog be comfortable and enjoy greeting people. Each experi-
zations that train, evaluate and register dogs
ence should be positive; the dog should not show any signs of fear or aggression. Practice
for therapy visitation have been cropping
having strangers wear hats, coats, gloves, masks, and strange clothing that your dog may not
up across the country, and more and more witness every day.
pet owners are signing up to share their best
Practice grooming and handling. Your dog should enjoy being touched and held. Make
friends with others. Thousands of “therapy sure you can pet your dog without fear or hesitation, including the head, ears, mouth, belly,
dogs” and their owners volunteer to visit front paws, back paws, and tail. Patients may want to hug your dog, so it important to ensure
hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing your dog enjoys these types of interactions not just from you, but more importantly, from
homes and other special needs facilities in strangers.
their communities, bringing joy and comfort Simulate the therapy environment. Expose your dog to a variety of environments particu-
to the people who need it the most. larly loud and crowded areas. Help your dog gain confidence in cramped quarters and near
Tracy Van Duston first learned about equipment that may be sparse in daily life, but will be predominant in a hospital setting such
animal-assisted therapy shortly after Sep- as crutches, wheelchairs, beeping machines, and elevators.
tember 11, 2001, when she began to search Establish strong obedience skills. It is important that you and your dog have a good
for meaningful volunteer opportunities working relationship, your dog listens to you, and can follow directions well. This is where
in the area. She came across an advertise- it is crucial that your dog have a solid foundation in basic obedience. Your dog should have
ment for Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc., an good attention skills, be able to sit and down on command, not jump on people, walk nicely
on leash, stay, and come when called. The better trained your dog is in these basic skills the
all-volunteer non-profit organization that
easier he will be to manage in a therapy-type setting.
connects people and their pets to residents
of nursing homes and assisted-living facili- Evaluate your dog’s personality. Relaxed dogs are best suited for therapy work. If your
dog is easily aroused, he may not be the best fit for this line of work. Dogs should be able to
ties in Fairfax County, VA. “I thought: How
control their excitement and be calm around a child or someone in a fragile state.
great is it to be able to volunteer with your
To really ensure that your dog is comfortable and would enjoy therapy work, I recommend
dog?!” Tracy remembers. “My grandmother
daily exposure and practice of these tips. The therapy organization you choose to work with
was in a nursing home, and there were never
will evaluate your dog for temperament using many of the examples outlined above. If you
any animals there. The minute I saw the ad I have a puppy, understand that they need time to grow and develop. Puppies begin their ado-
knew it was a perfect match for me.” lescence stage around 5 months of age and it ends once they are behaviorally, sexually, and
Tracy now serves as President of Fairfax physically mature at around the age of 2 in small breeds and 2 1/2 in larger breeds. Training
Pets on Wheels, managing a network of a puppy that is eager to please is far different from training an adolescent dog that is now
more than 300 canine and human volun- eager to test your patience. It takes time to develop and hone obedience skills. Some therapy
teers who provide over 8,000 hours of pet programs do have a minimum age requirement of at least 1 year.
visitation to residents in 10 Fairfax County Another excellent way to prepare your dog for therapy work is to become a Canine Good
Citizen (CGC). Some therapy groups use the CGC test as part of their evaluation, but not
facilities. I was recently invited to tag along
all therapy organizations require it. For more information on CGC testing go to www.akc.
during one of the group’s Tuesday evening
org/events/cgc
visits to Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls
Church, VA. Though I had never visited Tammy Rosen is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT), CGC Evaluator, and owner of Fur-Get Me
one before, I had always imagined nurs- Not, a full service pet business that provides dog daycare, boarding, training, dog walking, pet
ing homes to be very austere and gloomy sitting, a DIY pet bath, and boutique. For more information on their Levels Training Program or
places. What I witnessed, however, changed CGC testing go to www.furgetmenot.com

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my perspective and warmed my heart. life-sized plush hound that stands guard on
As the dogs and their owners entered the her nightstand. Like many residents, Marie
facility, the rooms and hallways filled with had to give up her own beloved pet when
life and laughter as residents, staff, family she entered the nursing home and looks
members and volunteers interacted with forward to weekly visits with the volun-
the dogs, watched them perform tricks and teer’s dogs. Sabine Arndt, Vice President
shared stories of their own pets. of Fairfax Pets on Wheels and a volunteer
who has been involved in the program for
Partners in Healing more than ten years, tells me about the
Tracy first began visiting Powhatan with special bond that formed between her late
her Cairn Terrier mix, Princess. Her Great Dane, Daytona, and Mrs. Mobley.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Precious, “Daytona loved her, and she loved him.”
joined her just this past year. “Princess was Sabine says. “As soon as we walked into the
a typical terrier,” Tracy says. “She was full building he would practically drag me to
of energy and life and vitality. Precious on Precious, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, shares a Marie’s room to find her.”
quiet moment with Marie Mobley, a resident of
the other hand, is very Zen. I’ve had visits It is the many touching stories like these
Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, VA.
where she will fall asleep in a resident’s lap that keep volunteers coming back, week
and stay there for hours.” after week. “I come for the happiness that I
Good therapy dogs come in all shapes, can bring to others,” says Dan Pearl, a vol-
sizes and breeds. Some have double lives Therapy dog groups in the DC Metro region unteer who has visited Powhatan with his
as pedigreed show dogs or faithful fam- are always looking for human and canine dogs since 1998. “I love seeing the smiles
ily companions, and some, like volunteer volunteers. Get involved today by contacting on people’s faces. People who are normally
one of the organizations listed below, or visit
Cara Schantz’s Rottweiler mix, Jacob, were bored and depressed will come alive when
Therapy Dogs International (www.tdi-dog.org)
rescued from a shelter. When Cara first met they see the dogs.”
or the Delta Society (www.deltasociety.org)
Jacob in the Richmond City Animal Shel- to learn more about therapy dog registration
ter, she immediately knew that he would and visitation programs nationwide. Get Involved
make a perfect therapy dog. “He loves The benefits of animal-assisted therapy
people so much, that it would almost be ■ Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc. are certainly not one-sided. The pres-
a waste not to let others share that.” Cara 703.324.5406 ence of pets in a nursing home or hospital
www.fpow.org
says. “He gives Rottweilers a bad name,” she A therapy dog visitation program that provides a break from routine, lightens the
adds with a laugh as she watches him cud- connects pets with people living in as- mood and increases communication and
dling up to a resident at Powhatan. sisted living and nursing homes in Fairfax socialization between staff and patients.
County, VA.
Despite their diverse backgrounds and Dog owners find volunteering to be a
personalities, the best therapy dogs have one ■ PAL (People Animals Love)
great stress reliever, and as everyone gets
thing in common: a love of people. Most 202.966.2171 involved in the visits, a kind of extended
therapy dog organizations require that dogs www.peopleanimalslove.org family is formed. “We are family” is a senti-
An organization that brings people and
pass a temperament test as well as an evalu- animals together to brighten the lives of ment I heard from every staff member,
ation of behavior in situations they would the lonely, ease the pain of the sick and volunteer and resident I spoke with, and
enrich the world of at-risk children.
encounter during a visitation, including saw echoed in every happy, wagging tail.
maneuvering wheelchairs, walkers and slick We already reap the physical, social and
■ National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc.
hospital floors. Although there are no strict 301.585.NCTD (585-6283) psychological benefits of our dog’s love.
obedience guidelines to qualify as a therapy www.nctdinc.org Most therapy dog owners will tell you that
A volunteer organization that provides ani-
dog, basic obedience and control is required there is no better feeling in the world than
mal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted
for a safe and enjoyable visit. activities to healthcare facilities in the DC to share that love with others. Therapy dog
Some people prefer small lap dogs, Metro area. visitation programs are not only a great
while others like the larger breeds. Big way to spend some quality time with your
dogs are easier to pet from a wheelchair best friend, but also a chance to give back
or seated position, while the small dogs, to the community. ND
like Precious, are often happy to snuggle in The dogs and their human companions
someone’s lap. Marie Mobley, a resident at from Fairfax Pets on Wheels have been Taylor Ham is a freelance writer from
Powhatan Nursing Home, makes no dis- visiting Marie at Powhatan for three years Ithaca, NY. She currently lives in Alexandria,
tinction. “I love all dogs,” she tells me with now. Her favorites are displayed in framed VA, with her husband, two cats and a Basenji
a grin. “In fact, I have a motto: I love dogs, portraits scattered amongst countless dog mix, Samson, who was born in a small village in
horses, cats…and some people.” figurines on her shelves, just behind the West Africa.

20 Northern Virginia Dog | Spring 2009


IN REVIEW L i t e r a t u r e , a r t s a n d n e w m edia

literature

Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected


Journey, and Me by Jon Katz
By Ingrid King

I n his previous books, bestselling author


Jon Katz first introduces the reader to
soft head under her hands. A terminal
cancer patient joyfully remembers his own
new media: web
the dogs of Bedlam Farms. You do not beloved dog from long ago each time Izzy Search With Your Heart
have to have read these books, though, comes to visit. As Izzy ministers to the pa-
to become engrossed in this moving tients and Katz gets to know their families, We all have the best of intentions and
story about the depth of the connection the author also starts to confront his own most of us try to make donations to our
between humans and animals. In the past and descends into depression. favorite pet-related charities from time
author’s own words, “this book is about Enter Lenore, she of the exuberant to time. These dedicated foundations
small things, like getting a new dog that personality and endless capacity for af- and organizations are hurting now more
changes your outlook. And about big fection. Not only does her loving pres- than ever for funding to help the many
things, like having a dog lead you places ence help move Katz out of the valley of animals that touch their lives daily.
you never imagined going.” the shadows and reignite his passion for What if you could help these organiza-
The story begins with Katz rescuing Izzy, working with the dogs, it also restores his tions simply by searching the Internet?
an abandoned Border Collie who had been connection with the farm and the people GoodSearch.com was founded in 2005
turned down by others because he was too and animals around him. for just this purpose. You use
dirty, too hyper, and had never lived with The book is a beautifully written cel- GoodSearch exactly as you would any
people. Katz saw something special in this ebration of the connection between dogs other search engine, but the big differ-
dog. Little did he know that taking Izzy and humans, and the ability of a special ence is that 50 percent of the revenue
home was going to be the beginning of an dog (or two) to transform lives. And if it generates is donated to charities and
amazing journey, which was later comple- you didn’t get enough of Izzy and Lenore schools designated by you—the user.
mented by the arrival of a bright-eyed black after reading this wonderful book, you Goodsearch is powered by Yahoo!, so
Labrador Retriever puppy named Lenore, can follow their lives on Jon Katz’ Bedlam you can rest assured that you are getting
also dubbed “The Hound of Love”. Farm Journal blog where he shares his back high-quality results every time.
Izzy and Jon train to be hospice vol- thoughts along with moving photographs. Its very easy to get started. On the
unteers. Izzy’s intuitive and affectionate GoodSearch.com homepage, choose
nature makes him a natural at bringing Ingrid King is a Reiki Master Practitioner from thousands of existing organiza-
comfort and canine companionship to and owner of Healing Hands. Healing Hands tions or add your favorite cause to the
dying patients in private homes and nurs- provides Reiki for pets and people. Healing list. Search the Internet just like you
ing facilities in upstate New York. What Hands also publishes free periodic newsletters normally would—and fifty percent of
transpires between Izzy and these patients on alternative health topics for pets and people. the revenue generated from advertis-
is pure love that defies explanation. An For more information, and to subscribe to the ers is shared with the charity, school or
Alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time Healing Hands newsletter, please visit www. nonprofit organization of your choosing.
in months when she is able to feel Izzy’s pethealing.net . Each time you perform a search on
GoodSearch.com, your designated char-
ity earns money. The more searches you
art perform, the more your charity makes.
Sterling Silver pet charms make a unique piece of wearable Add up the thousands of others who
art for you or your dog. Sandi Bahr of Tiny Tokens Designs is a
have selected the same charity and you
stay-at-home mom with three children, and says she has been
creating jewelry since she was a child. “About three years ago, can see that it begins to make a real
I decided to get serious about my jewelry and began selling it difference.
online. Designing jewelry has been a way for me to express my Make sure to bookmark the search
creativity,” she adds. engine in your web browser, to use it
Sandi’s custom charms are hand stamped using individual
every day and to tell family members
letter stamping tools, therefore no two are exactly alike. Let-
tering may not be perfectly straight and spacing may vary, and friends so they can use this tool to
which adds to the appeal. Prices start at $12 and charms are support their favorite causes, too. ND
shipped from Brentwood, CA. Contact Sandi at 925.550.9059
or visit www.tinytokensdesigns.etsy.com.
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THE SCENE A g l i m p s e i n t o t h e l i f e o f Northern Virginia dogs

1 2 1. MARLEY
Loved by Melissa in
Leesburg

2. DELA
Loved by Suzanne and Josh in
3 Alexandria

3. CHARLOTTE
Loved by Karen in Ashburn

4. AXEL FOLEY
5 Loved by Alana in Chantilly

4 5. JOSIE
Loved by Doug in Rockville
6
6. MIZZEN
Loved by Staci in
Washington, DC
9
7. DEACON
Loved by Rob & Marlene in
Alexandria

8. RIPLEY
8 Loved by Amy in Gainesville

9. MOLLY
Loved by Joanne in Hamilton

13 10. KOBE & ACE


Loved by Jennifer in Gainesville

11. BENTLEY
7 Loved by Jamie in Arlington

12. HULLA BALOO & OSCAR


10 11 Loved by Mike & Jacquie in
12 Woodbridge

13. RORY
Loved by Viviana

14. BENTLEY
Loved by Bracy & Bridget in
Ashburn

Hey, where’s my dog? 15. MAYDAY


If you submitted a photo, 16 Loved by Ines in Reston
and don’t see it here, check
out the NOVADog home page
for the slide show of 16. ADDIE & PINOT
Loved by Mark & Cindy in
NOVADogs!
15 Fairfax Station
Submit your photos at www.
novadogmagazine.com/
14 submissions.html

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CALENDAR E v e n t s y o u w o n ’ t w a n t t o miss

and are held at Bark ’N Bubbles, 795


ALWAYS THERE
PET CARE LLC
APRIL Center St., Ste 1B, Herndon, VA. Cost:
$105. Reservations and pre-registry
Saturday, April 11 required. Call 888.WAGN4U2.
NOVA Trail Dogs Hiking Club—10:00
AM-12:30 PM, Bull Run Regional Park, Sunday, April 26 Serving The Area Since 1994
Centreville, VA. Mid-April is the best BowWowPowWow 2009!—11:00 am– Licensed • Bonded • Insured
time to visit Bull Run for spectacular, 5:00pm, Marie Reed School Plaza
blanketed fields of bluebells! RSVP (2200 block of 18th St NW at Wyoming
required, www.K9Hiking.com Ave.) A day of fun and festivities for Over 6,000 Square Feet
Cage-Free Boarding
you and your dog, meet new friends &
Saturday, April 18 neighbors, soak up the Adams Morgan
9:00 AM–NOON—Dog Wash to benefit
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Fur-
experience, show off your pooch and & Day Care
24 Hr. Supervision
network with other pet owners. Contests
Get Me Not, 4140 S. Four Mile Run Dr., & Prizes (best kisser, owner/dog look-
Arlington, VA. $15 suggested donation. alike, & more!), Vendor booths, pet
www.furgetmenot.com. adoptions. www.bowwowpowwow.com.
5 Indoor Play Rooms Obedience & Behavioral Training
10:00 AM—FREE Puppy Playtime for Outdoor PottyYard Pet Transportation
pups 3 to 5 months of age at Dog Paws M AY Spacious Outdoor Play Area In Home Pet Care
University in Arlington, VA. Please make Separate Puppy & Geriatric Areas In Home Pet Exercising
Saturday, May 2 “Kitty Condo” Cat Boarding Open 7 Days/Week

703-237-5522
a reservation: 703.931.5057, www.
DPnCC.com 10:00 AM–4:00 PM—Reston Pet
Fiesta! Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.
Sunday, April 19 A fun-filled day for the entire family.
12:00 noon—Dog Safety for children 5
years of age and older. Teach children
Leashed dogs are welcomed.
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call to register: Dog Paws University, • Face Painting, $5 & Caricature Artists
703.931.5057, www.DPnCC.com. $10 Proceeds benefit GoodDogz.org.
Please do not bring pets to class. • Vendors and retailers for great pet-
related shopping.
Monday, April 20
6:30-8:30 PM—BABY-READY PETS
To register for the walk and get info
about the Fiesta, visit www.petfiesta.org.
Advertiser Index:
CLASS offers preparation and assis- All Friends Pet Care ........................ 27 Happy Woof, LLC ............................ 7
tance to help expectant families prepare Thursday, May 7 www.allfriendspetcare.com www.happywoof.net
their home and their pets for the arrival 7:15-8PM—FREE Puppy playdates for Always There Pet Care ..................... 23 Happy Yaps .................................... C4
of a new baby. Reservations are re- dogs less than 1 year of age. Fur-Get Me www.alwaystherepetcare.com www.happyyaps.com
quired. Contact Animal Welfare League Not, 4140 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arling-
of Arlington, 703.931.9241 x 213. ton, VA. www.furgetmenot.com. Animal Welfare League Help Lost Pet ................................. 27
Suggested donation per couple is $25. of Alexandria .................................. 25 www.helplostpet.com
Please do not bring pets to class. Saturday, May 9 www.alexandriaanimals.org Karing By Kristina .......................... 16
8:30 AM RAIN OR SHINE—14th An- Bark N Bubbles.........................17, C2 www.karingbykristina.com
Saturday, April 25 nual Walk for the Animals. Bluemont www.barknbubblesdogwash.com
10:00 AM—FREE Puppy Playtime for Marchten Interiors .......................... 27
Park, 329 N. Manchester Street
pups 3 to 5 months of age at Dog Paws Becky’s Pet Care ............................. 27 703.533.7670
Arlington, Virginia. Check-in and on-site
University in Arlington, VA. Please make www.877doggywalk.com Olde Towne School For Dogs ............ 5
registration 8:30 AM, the Walk kicks
a reservation: 703.931.5057, www. off at 9:30 AM. Participating dogs will Bev Hollis Photography ................... 6 www.otsfd.com
DPnCC.com receive their very own bandana. Exciting www.bevhollisphoto.com PawPrints Photography .................... 11
demonstrations, entertainment, and Cascades Photography..................... 16 www.pawprintsphotography.com
1:00 PM–4:00 PM—TAVERN DOG vendor booths. Contact the Animal Wel- www.cascadesphoto.com
CONTEST Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Paws and Claws Photography ........... 17
fare League of Arlington, www.awla.org.
Society in Alexandria, VA, is holding Chase Your Tail Bakery .................... 17 www.pawsandclawsphotography.com
its 2nd annual competition to select a www.chaseyourtailbakery.com Pet Nursing, LLC ............................ 27
10:00 AM—FREE Puppy Playtime for
Tavern Dog. The Society is searching pups 3 to 5 months of age at Dog Paws Cooperative Paws, LLC .................... 27 www.petnurses.com
for the right dog to represent them at University in Arlington, VA. Please make www.cooperativepaws.com Puppy Party Place .......................... 17
special events. Contest held at Market a reservation: 703.931.5057, www. Cutie Paws ..................................... 27 www.puppypartyplace.com
Square, 301 King Street, in Old Town, DPnCC.com www.cutiepieskeepsakes.com
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registra- Red Dog Spa & Boutique..............4, 17
tion and fee are required. For more Dogma Dog Bakery.......................... 17 www.reddogspa.com
NOVA Trail Dogs Hiking Club—
information, please visit www.gadsbys www.dogmabakery.com Reston Pet Fiesta ........................... 27
8:00AM-12:00PM at US National
tavernmuseum.us or call 703.836.2407. Arboretum, Washington DC. Stroll DogOn Fitness, LLC ........................ 27 www.petfiesta.org
through Spring Flowers at the National www.dogonfitness.com Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, Inc. ..... 7
9:00 AM–6:00 PM—PetTech® Pet- Arboretum! Optional picnic following Doody Calls .................................... 27 www.rudysfriendsdogtraining.com
Saver™ program provides pet owners the hike. RSVP required, for more info www.doodycalls.com
and pet industry professionals with Susan Makara Pet Portraits .............. C3
visit www.K9Hiking.com
the necessary skills to help save pets. Errand Partners .............................. 17 703.548.4611
www.errandpartners.com
Eight hour course covers restraining and Thursday, May 14 Tail Waggin’ Celebrations ................. 17
muzzling, primary assessment, rescue 6:30–8:30 PM—BABY-READY PETS Extra Hours Pet Care ....................... 27 www.tailwagging.com
breathing, canine and feline CPR, CLASS offers preparation and assis- 703.541.2129 Virginia Greyhound Adoption ............ 27
choking management, snout-to-tail tance to help expectant families prepare Fun Stuff for Dogs.....................25, 17 www.virginiagreyhounds.org
assessment for injury and more. Classes their home and their pets for the arrival www.funstufffordogs.com
provided by WAG’N Enterprises, LLC Continued on page 25 Fur-Get Me Not .............................. 4
www.furgetmenot.com

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HIT THE TRAIL
L o c a l w alks to enjoy

Potomac Overlook Park


Bill Russell with his daughter
By Caro l B r o o k s , c o - o w n e r, D o g O n F i t n e s s
Faye and their Labradoodle
Penny, out for an all-day hike
Ah spring…season of hope, newly budding these extended trips will take 4-5 hours so
following the trail.
flora, and longer days. What better way to pack a lunch and plenty of fresh water, and
experience the season than to view its wonders wear sturdy hiking shoes.
on a hike with your dog. My mixed-hound, Getting There
Polly-Bunches, and I are always up for a new Two-mile Hike Suggestion Potomac Overlook Regional Park is at the end
adventure, and so we were delighted to dis- Before heading to the park, visit its website of Marcey Road off of Military Road in North
cover Potomac Overlook Regional Park, a 70- (www.nvrpa.org/parks/potomacoverlook) to Arlington. Follow directions available on the
acre wooded refuge only two miles from Routes download a map. Keep in mind this park is a park’s website to get to Military Road (varies
66 and 29 in Arlington, VA. This sumptuous popular destination for dog-owners, children, depending on your starting location). Once on
native hardwood park, sandwiched between and runners. Keep your dog on a leash and Military Road, continue to Marcey Road and go
Donaldson Run and the George Washington step aside for others on the move. right (you will see park signs along the road).
Parkway, offers exceptional scenic views, ma- Our suggested 2-mile hike is a loop around Go to the end of Marcey Road (past the tennis
ture trees, and well-marked trails. Marcey Road. This hike takes us past the Don- courts) to the Potomac Overlook parking lot.
On a recent visit, Polly and I scrambled aldson Cemetery, an Indian Camp dating back
around the park for over three hours. Polly en- to 500 BC, an abandoned spring, an orchard, Park Hours
joyed balancing on fallen trees, climbing rocks, and several well-placed park benches inviting The park is open year-round during daylight
and splashing through several water crossings us to pause for the view. The trails are dotted hours, but the comfort station is only available
along the way. We both enjoyed exercising over with interpretive signs offering insight to the when the Nature Center is open. The Nature
hilly terrain—from gentle to challenging—and parkland’s history and habitat. Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
passed several like-minded people and dogs. To get to the trailhead from the upper park- through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on
Potomac Overlook Regional Park has over ing lot and comfort station, follow Marcy Road Sunday. IMPORTANT: The Nature Center is
two miles of trails to discover, and you can toward the Nature Center. Take an immediate closed for renovations from March 1, 2009
easily extend your outing beyond the park right as you pass through the gate onto the through late spring. ND
using the Donaldson Run Trail, leading to the well-marked Overlook Trail (black trail signs).
TRAIL SPECIFICS:
Potomac River and Potomac Heritage Trail. If Follow the Overlook Trail downhill to the inter-
you’re really adventurous, you can use the park section of the Red Maple Trail (red trail signs). Distance: 2 miles
as a starting point for longer hikes, following Turn left on the Red Maple Trail and go about Time: 60 minutes or more
the Potomac Heritage Trail downstream to 1/4 mile to the Donaldson Cemetery.
Location: Potomac Overlook Regional
Roosevelt Island or upstream to Chain Bridge Continue downhill to the Heritage Loop Trail
Park, two miles from Route 66 and
where you cross to the C&O Towpath. Both of (green trail markers) and look for the Indian
Route 29 in Arlington, VA.
Spring on your left. You can either take a short
side trip across a wooden bridge to view the Fido-Friendly Features: No bikes, off-
About Your Guide
spring or continue on the trail. The trail leads
street parking, dog-safe trails, trash
Carol Brooks is co-owner of
receptacles at trailheads, comfort
DogOn Fitness, LLC. She uphill to an open field and the Indian Camp,
station with drinking fountain. Close to
specializes in high-energy dogs, an excellent spot for a picnic on a nice day.
dog-friendly Clarendon (for an after-
providing them with working Cross the field and look for white trail markers hike meal)
walks, running, adventure leading you to White Oak Way, a winding and
hikes, socialization and training hilly trail. This eventually leads you back to the
Use: hikers, runners, on-leash dogs
reinforcement. Located in Reston, DogOn Fitness has (also running clubs and schools)
tennis courts at the bottom of Marcy Road, or
served the Northern Virginia area since 2003. Visit
to the Nature Center if you venture off on one Best time to go: Morning
them on the Web at www.dogonfitness.com.
of the feeder trails to the left of the path. To Rated:
GOT A HIKE you’d like to see profiled? Send (moderately hilly)
suggestions to cabrooks@dogonfitness.com return to your car from the tennis courts, go
1 paw = easy; 5 = expert
left on Marcy road to the top of the hill.

24 Northern Virginia Dog | Spring 2009


CALENDAR (Continued)

of a new baby. Reservations are re- assessment for injury and more. Classes tions required. Animal Welfare League Saturday, June 13
quired. Contact Animal Welfare League provided by WAG’N Enterprises, LLC of Arlington, 703.931.9241 x 213. 10:00 AM—FREE Puppy Playtime for
of Arlington, 703.931.9241 x 213. and are held at Bark ’N Bubbles, 795 Suggested donation $25. Please do not pups 3 to 5 months of age at Dog Paws
Suggested donation per couple is $25. Center St., Ste 1B, Herndon, VA. Cost: bring pets to class. University in Arlington, VA. Please make
Please do not bring pets to class. $105. Reservations and pre-registry a reservation: 703.931.5057, www.
required. Call 888.WAGN4U2. DPnCC.com ND
Saturday, May 23
Viva Vienna! Hours vary—Food, artisans, Sunday, May 31 Submit your event to: janelle@2houndsproductions.com
retail vendors, professional groups, and NOVA Trail Dogs Hiking Club—8:30AM-
community organizations gather on 3:00PM at Hawksbill Summit,
Church Street for a Memorial Day fes- Shenandoah National Park. Visit the
tival. Visit Rudy’s Friends Dog Training
booth for help with your pup. Festival
info: www.vivaviennava.org
tallest peak in Shenandoah National
Park, take in views of a waterfall and
hike along the famed Appalachian Trail.
Yappy Hours
RSVP required, for more info visit www.
Saturday, May 30 Pooches on the Patio, Capitol Hill
K9Hiking.com
Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE—12pm-4pm Saturdays, Spring and
K-9 2K and the 2009 Herndon Festival,
Bready Park, Herndon Community Cen- JUNE Summer Only. Plenty of dog treats and water bowls. Humans get happy hour
food and drink specials too. www.unionpubdc.com
ter. Registration 8:30-9AM. 2K Walk
9-10AM, Doggie Expo 10AM-Noon Thursday, June 4
Call 703.787.7300 for more 7:15-8PM—FREE Puppy playdates for Hotel Monaco, World Famous Doggie Happy Hour
dogs less than 1 year of age. Fur-Get Me 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA—Tuesday and Thursdays from 5 to 8 pm,
info. Interested vendors contact
Not, 4140 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arling- weather permitting, April through October. Held in the courtyard of the Hotel
pam@allfriendspetcare.com.
ton, VA. www.furgetmenot.com. Monaco. Complimentary doggie snacks with plenty of fresh water bowls.
www.herndonfestival.net.
Humans can feast on menu items from the adjacent restaurant Jackson 20.
10:00 AM—FREE Puppy Playtime for Saturday, June 6 www.doggiehappyhour.com.
pups 3 to 5 months of age at Dog Paws 10:00 AM—Dog Safety for children 5
University in Arlington, VA. Please make years of age and older. Teach children Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own
the rules so they can be safe and 111 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA—Daily yappy hour on the patio from 4 to
a reservation: 703.931.5057, www.
have fun with dogs. FREE but please 7pm with half-off special on appetizers and drinks (for humans). Your dog
DPnCC.com
call to register: Dog Paws University, can dine from his own menu. May we suggest the lamb or beef stew! www.
703.931.5057, www.DPnCC.com. pattroysirishpub.com/doggy.php
9:00 AM–6:00 PM—PetTech® Pet-
Saver™ program provides pet owners Please do not bring pets to class.
and pet industry professionals with
Jay’s Saloon & Grille
the necessary skills to help save pets.
Thursday, June 11 3114 N. 10th St., Arlington—Sundays, weather permitting, from 1 to 4
6:30–8:30 PM—BABY-READY PETS pm. Dog-friendly Clarendon is the perfect setting for happy hour fun on the
Eight hour course covers restraining and
CLASS offers preparation and assis- covered patio. Water, treats, and games for your dog. 703.527.3093
muzzling, primary assessment, rescue
tance to help expectant families prepare
breathing, canine and feline CPR,
for the arrival of a new baby. Reserva-
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COMMUNITY H a p p e n i n g s w e ’ v e s n i f fed out

Celtic Canines: Fun Dog


Show Raises Funds for AWLA
March 7th marked the 28th annual Ballyshaners Saint Patrick’s
Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria. The parade festivities
began with the Fun Dog Show, which was co-sponsored again
this year by Barkley Square Gourmet Dog Bakery and Karing by
Kristina, Pet Care Professionals. Unseasonably warm tempera-
tures attracted a throng of parade-goers, lining King Street for
the festivities. Northern Virginia Dog Magazine was proud to be
the official media sponsor of the Fun Dog Show event that drew
dogs and their owners in record numbers.
This event has quickly grown over the years to become one
of the most anticipated dog events in the area. This year’s Dog
Show judge, the Honorable Daniel O’Flaherty, joined the Master
of Ceremonies, newscaster John Harter, in evaluating the dogs
in categories ranging from Best Tail Wag to Best Irish Costume.
Proceeds from the event were donated to the Animal Welfare Fun Dog participants
League of Alexandria (AWLA). ND lead the St. Patrick’s
Day parade down
King Street.

WINNER: Disproportionate Body WINNER: Best Tail Wag WINNER: Hair Most Like Owner WINNER: Most Unusual Tail

Photos of the festivities were


taken by Kristina Meacham of
Cascades Photography. To see
more of her work, please visit
www.cascadesphoto.com.

WINNER: Best Costume WINNER: Biggest Paws WINNER: Most Unique Markings

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Adoption success stories

Suka: On the fast-track to a loving home

Adopted from:
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA)

How did he get his name?


Suka was abandoned in his crate in front of the AWLA early one rainy morning. His
former owners left a note taped to the crate explaining that they were losing their home Suka
and needed to move out of state. They could not take their dog with them. Since he is a Approximately 1 year old
Siberian Husky, we researched some names and picked Suka which is Inuit for “fast.” owned by Rachelle
Like most Huskies, Suka loves to run, and this name seemed appropriate! and Steve Oliver
of Dumfries, VA

Yo u p i c k e d h i m b e c a u s e . . .
We are the previous owners of two Siberians and appreciate their energy and intelli-
gence. They can be mischievous escape artists with incredible drive—and unprepared
owners can be overwhelmed by this—which lands them in shelters. We knew we wanted
another Husky because we had come to love the breed, and preferred to adopt rather
than go to a breeder. We visited with Suka at the AWLA and saw that he was all Husky in
mind and spirit, with a very soft side. We knew he was the one!

Favorite treat or snack:


Our two previous Huskies were not especially food-driven, and Suka is no exception. We
usually stay away from table food for him because we do not want him to beg or become
bothersome with guests. He seems just as happy with his kibble and dog biscuits. Praise
and attention seem to be his preferred rewards, and we can provide plenty.

Favorite toy:
Right now, his tail seems to be very entertaining to him...but he really loves
chasing tennis balls. Our other Huskies would chase balls but never bring
them back. Suka actually returns the ball, and if you don’t throw it
again, he amuses himself by tossing it in the air on his own.

Yo u l o v e h i m b e c a u s e h e . . .
We love the breed as a whole, but Suka knows how to
charm people. He will tuck his ears, cock his head side-
ways and lure you in with an outstretched paw. Then he
gives you tons of kisses. He greets strangers like he has known
them all his life! What we enjoy most though, is the reception
we get when we return home. His “Welcome Home!” is unlike any
other—it makes you laugh every time. ND

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is an animal sheltering and welfare organization whose mission is, “To
inspire compassion for all living things, to provide shelter to animals in need, and to promote adoptions, animal welfare,
and responsible pet ownership in our community.” Approximately 1,200 animals are adopted from the shelter each
year. The AWLA also provides behavior and training advice, humane education programs, wildlife rescue, reduced cost
spay and neuter certificates as well as rabies and microchipping clinics. Visit www.alexandriaanimals.org to donate or
learn more.

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