Favorite Dog-Friendly Summer Events
Sarah H.B. Cook, Special Events Manager at the Washington Humane Society: The Bark Ball (on Saturday, June 11) benefiting the Washington Humane Society/Washington Animal Rescue League because it’s the only black-tie event where DC’s movers and shakers can bring their four-legged friends as their guests.
Best Doggie Happy Hours
Kelly Kundrat, Outreach and Communications Manager at Metro Mutts DC (pet supplies and services): There are so many to choose from! There are quite a few pet-friendly restaurants near us on H Street. We love happy hours at Driftwood Kitchen [and] TD Burger.
Kristina Robertson, President of Barkley Square Pets (pet-sitting and dog-walking service): Yappy Hour at Mad Fox in Falls Church, Va., hosted by yours truly.
Anytime K9’s Toni Woods: We throw a yappie hour monthly at various apartment buildings around the city. We provide beverages as treats for the dogs while giving them information about our services.
Washington Humane’s Sarah Cook: Cantina Marina’s yappy hour by Nationals Park. These yappy hours run from May 16 to September 19 on every third Monday each month. [They’re] the perfect way to enjoy the weather by the water with your pup!
Top Outdoor Hangouts
Metro Mutts’ Kelly Kundrat: I love Lincoln Park! It is located in the heart of Capitol Hill, and has a great walking trail around its perimeter and throughout.
Barkley Square’s Kristina Robertson: Shirlington Dog Park.
Wagtime’s Terry McLaurin: We always take our dogs to Rock Creek Park. There are so many different trails – it’s an adventure for you and your pups. Not to mention some of the local dog parks in Shaw!
Anytime K9’s Toni Woods: A great unofficial dog park in DC is Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill. It’s a daily meeting place for dogs to get to know each other and share treats, toys and games of fetch.
Washington Humane’s Sarah Cook: I love spending time on the Mall with my pup! There’s always other wiggly tails to meet and greet while you’re out there.
Perks of Being a Dog in the DMV
Washington Humane’s Sarah Cook: With so many outdoor parks including the Mall, Rock Creek Park, the Arboretum and many dog parks throughout the city, it’s obvious that DC is a dog-friendly town! Whether they’re chasing Frisbees in the dog park, or licking ice cream by the Capitol building – it’s obvious that DC loves DC animals!
Anytime K9’s Toni Woods: DC is a great city for dogs because of all of the green space! Unlike in many large cities, parks are everywhere and it’s not hard to find a nice spot to hang out or take care of business.
Metro Mutts’ Kelly Kundrat: We love seeing the unique ways large pet-friendly residential buildings incorporate dog-friendly spaces into their designs. We’re seeing more and more rooftop or courtyard dog parks, as well as pet spas.
Check out information below on each of these dog-friendly businesses.
Anytime K9, LLC: 1232 9th St. NW, DC and 900 M St. SE, DC; www.anytimecanine.com
Barkley Square Pets: 211 N. Union St. Ste. 100, Alexandria, VA and 105 N. Virginia Ave. Ste. 101, Falls Church, VA; www.barkleysquare.com
Metro Mutts DC: 508 H St. NE, DC and 407 8th St. SE, DC; www.metromuttsdc.com
Wagtime: 1232 9th St. NW, DC and 900 M St. SE, DC; www.wagtimedc.com
Washington Humane Society: Various locations around DC; www.washhumane.org
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