Dog-friendly is an understatement when describing the Capitol Riverfront. From Pups in the Park at Nats Park in the summer months to On Tap’s annual Wiener 500 Dash every fall, the opportunities for canine fun are endless. We caught up with seven-year-old golden retriever Aurey, who has lived with her owner Mike in the Capitol Yards building for four years, to find out what she loves most about Capitol Riverfront.
On Tap: What’s your favorite dog park in Capitol Riverfront?
Aurey: Well, I do love our dog park in Yards Park ( www.yardspark.org). It’s always busy and I make so many new friends there. However, my favorite spot is down on the “steps” that overlook the river. It’s full of families (and kids with yummy, sticky faces to lick) who want to say hello and pet me.
OT: What about your go-to walk with Mike around the neighborhood?
A: I love going to the Fairgrounds ( www.fairgroundsdc.com) by Nats Park. People are so friendly and love on me, and the bartenders there even give me cups of ice to snack on. One time, a bartender gave me an old baseball he had behind the bar – it was the best! I’m also a huge fan of the boardwalk (part of the Anacostia Riverwalk). Sometimes I chase birds – it’s so much fun!
OT: What’s the best location to get doggie treats?
A: Being a golden retriever has its advantages! People always want to give me treats when I’m at Unleashed by Petco ( www.unleashedbypetco.com) for a $5 bath on Wednesday nights.
OT: What restaurants do you like to visit with Mike?
A: There are so many places with patios that get excited when I visit. I take Mike to Agua 301 (301 Water St. SE) – he loves their margaritas! I also like to take him to Willie’s Brew & Que (300 Tingey St. SE) to relax on the patio with a cold Corona Light.
OT: What dog-friendly events do you never miss?
A: My favorites are the Wiener 500 in Yards Park every fall, and Barktoberfest – they have a van full of cats! A van full of cats to chase…I mean adopt? It’s agreat time.