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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

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Gifts to get—and give—for every dog and dog-lover on your list.


Home for the Holidays Making the season a little brighter for homeless dogs. By Beth J. Bates D E PA RT M E N T S


News, information, and products

8 CANINE CALENDAR 9 D.I.Y. DOG On the cover and above:

Peanut Butter, and Coconut, are both two years old and are loved by Jennifer Riddle, and Eric Governo of Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by professional pet photographer Sara Riddle (www.sarariddle.com).

Inspired projects for the resourceful dog owner


Answers to your behavior and training questions


Dog-friendly spaces in Northern Virginia and beyond


Literature, arts, and new media

25 MARKETPLACE 26 HIT THE TRAIL Local walks to enjoy


Adoption success stories


A glimpse into the life of Northern Virginia dogs

Find a pet service provider—see the directory on page 27.


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Northern Virginia Dog Magazine © 2010 is published quarterly by 2hounds Productions, LLC. Limited complimentary copies are distributed throughout the DC Metro area, and are available in select locations. One and two year subscriptions are available. Visit the NOVADog web site for more information. Send change of address information to janelle@2houndsproductions.com or P.O. Box 30072, Alexandria, VA 22310, 703.850.6963. NOVADog Magazine neither endorses or opposes any charity, welfare organization, product or service, dog-related or otherwise. As an independent publisher and media organization, we report on news and events happening in our local area. Events are used as an outlet to reach new readers interested in all aspects of dog ownership. We encourage all readers to make their own decisions as to which products and services to use, organizations to support and events to attend.

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s I wake up to chillier mornings and feel the “crisp” back in the air, I can’t help but think ahead to the approaching holiday season. It’s my favorite time of the year, and we have gathered some really unique things for our annual “holidog” gift guide, starting on page 12. Most of the items can be purchased in the Northern Virginia area, so please help support our local economy. I’m thrilled that we have such a wide selection of gifts—everything from pet safety to smoothies. My two dogs, Chance and Nikki, will be getting some great gifts from this year’s guide. Looking for a new pup? Look no further than our “Home for the Holidays” article on page 18. Beth Bates, founder of Good Dogz.org, features many good places to start your search. But

please read our Dos and Don’ts sidebar for tips on a successful holiday adoption. It’s never a good idea to give pets as gifts. Instead, consider a donation in the person’s honor to a local animal welfare group. You’re invited to join Good Dogz for its Home 4 the Holidays event on November 6 at the Reston Town Center from 11AM - 4PM. Many rescue organizations will be on hand with adoptable dogs awaiting their forever home in time for the holidays. I’d also like to thank everyone who participated in our first annual NOVADog Food Drive. With the help of our generous sponsors, we raised an amazing 1,700 lbs of dog food and $800 in cash donations for our winning top rescue, the Lab Rescue of the LRCP. For more information on

the food drive and to see photos from our doggie happy hour donation ceremony, check out page 7. Lastly, I would like to thank all of our readers and patrons for making 2010 such a great year. Thank you for reading our publication and for the many encouraging comments and article suggestions that I receive, almost daily, from our diverse readership. I’d like to wish all of you health and happiness, and we hope you enjoy the merriment of the season with your favorite canine friends. ND

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Thank you to all who participated in our first annual NOVADog Food Drive. We raised more than 1,700 lbs. of dog food and $800 in cash donations for the winning rescue— Lab Rescue of the LRCP. It was voted the top local rescue by NOVADog readers and Facebook fans. The Lab Rescue graciously decided to share the dog food with the other top rescues in attendance at the doggy happy hour, held in Alexandria at Foster’s Grille on August 18. Coming in a close second, was the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. Also in the top five were Lucky Dog Rescue, Friends of Homeless Animals, and Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue. We’d like to thank our food drive sponsors who made the donations possible: • Barkley Square, barkleysquarebakery.com • Bark ‘N Bubbles, barknbubblesdogwash.com • Canine Caterers, caninecaterers.com • Felix & Oscar, felixandoscar.com • Fur-Get Me Not, furgetmenot.com • Happy Woof, thehappywoof.net • Red Dog Spa, reddogspa.com We had a great time meeting all of the volunteers who so selflessly devote their time to the rescues and homeless animals. Thanks for all you do! ND

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eaching your dog how to shake hands is relatively simple. Like all multi-step tricks or tasks, we start by breaking down the task into small achievable steps. Once the dog can accomplish each step, we put it all together to produce the complete trick. You can teach “shake” with a clicker or with any marker of your choice. A clicker can be a more effective way to teach a trick because it’s clear and precise. If you choose not to use a clicker, substitute a marker word of your choice (“yes,” “good,” etc.) to show your dog that he did the right thing. Here’s what you need to do: 1. With a clicker and a handful of your dog’s favorite treats, ask your dog to sit facing you. Gently lift his paw, click, and treat. Repeat this step many times during the next couple of days. The purpose of this step is to help your dog understand the desired behavior. 2. Now, time to see if your dog remembers Step 1. Do not lift his paw. Instead offer him your open hand and wait patiently for him to lift, or

just move, his paw. Even the smallest movement should result in a click and a treat. You can tap his leg or his paw, to try to illicit a response. (Here’s a little trick: If your dog won’t lift his paw, try holding a treat over to the side of his body so that he has to shift his weight over to one side as he reaches for the treat. This should cause his other paw to lift slightly off the ground.) 3. Once your dog is lifting his paw every time, you are ready to add the verbal cue. Now say “shake” right before you lower your hand down in front of your dog.  Don’t forget to click and treat every time. ND Keri Putonen is owner and lead trainer at Unleashed Abilities, a Falls Church-based company emphasizing positive reinforcement and a balanced approach to dog training. She also teaches small group classes at Wylie Wagg in Tyson’s Corner and Fairfax. For more information about private sessions or group classes, call 703.371.9800 or visit www.unleashedabilities.com.

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Whenever I take my dog Lucky on a walk, he pulls something awful on his leash. I end up being tugged in every direction. What can I do to curb this habit? QUESTION

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Hilary Bolea is a certified professional dog trainer, and the owner of Old Town Dog Behavior, which provides in-home positive dog training throughout the DC metro area. Reach her at 202.725.5598 or hilary@ oldtowndogs.com.

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If your right arm ANSWER is longer than your left after your morning walk, you’re not alone! Leash-pulling is a frequent problem I hear from my clients, and I really enjoy working on it because it makes such a big difference in quality of life for the dog and owner. Here are some tips to make the daily trek more fun for everyone. Chasing, Tugging, and Wrestling, Oh My! The single most important thing

you can do for leash-pulling is to make sure that your dog is getting enough of the right kind of exercise. A walk is great for you and me, but high-energy dogs need to zoom around at top speed, tug, wrestle, bite, and tackle each other—and they need all of that about every three hours! I usually spend the first part of every training session showing my clients how to really play hard with their dogs. Do that for just five minutes—before your walks—and you will have a whole different dog. The Sniff and Mosey. If you’re walking longer than 5-10 minutes, I suggest trying a flexible leash and a harness, which will give your dog the freedom to zoom ahead and sniff. Taking a dog for a 30 minute walk on a short leash would be like spending a half hour in your favorite bookstore, but handcuffed to someone who won’t let you stop and look at any good books—frustrating! Positive Training: Treats on Your Left! Here’s an easy way to get your | Fall 2010

dog to walk by your side: Start in your house, with a pocket full of treats, but no leash. Put a treat in your closed left hand, and just start walking around. Your dog will follow you with his nose in your hand. After a few steps, click, and give him the treat. Then re-load your hand, and keep walking. Sometimes click and give him the treat after three steps, sometimes seven, sometimes 12. It should always be random and unpredictable. Soon, you will have a dog who loves walking next to you, and a good hand signal—a fist, down by your left side. In order to take this outside, follow these simple rules: Train before feeding your dog and after exercise, make sure to practice in a boring location (where your dog has already had a few minutes to sniff), and keep it brief—no more than five minutes. Aversive Training: Other Way! As a positive trainer, I never use pain or fear when working with dogs. But I’m not above using the occasional aversive consequence, like a time out. Try this: Take your dog to a nice green area where she likes to explore. Put her on a flat (non-extending) leash, and put the leash around your wrist, with your arm relaxed, hanging at your side. Wherever she wants to walk, follow her. But here’s the catch: The instant your arm starts to lift away from your body (because she’s pulling), say, “Oops!” (That’s the warning cue.) Keep walking with her for two more seconds. (That’s her thinking time.) If she’s still pull-

ing after two seconds, say “Uh-oh!” (That’s the marker. It means that the aversive is coming.) At the same time, make a 180-degree turn, and walk off briskly in the other direction. (That’s the aversive). After a few steps in the opposite direction, start following your dog again, wherever she wants to go. The lesson is, “We can go wherever you want, but you can’t pull on me to get there.” Some dogs pick this up in minutes, while others take dozens of repetitions, but she will eventually learn that pulling is not a successful strategy to get where she wants to go. When it has to be Perfect. We all have times when we can’t devote our attention to dog training, but lunging is just not an option. So, if you’re meeting Great Aunt Mildred for a walk in the park, try using a head halter like the Gentle Leader. When properly fitted, they allow your dog to pant, drink, carry toys, and take treats, but they make it almost impossible to pull. Some of these methods are easier to learn from a trainer than an article, but take a crack at it, and call me if you have questions! ND


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Winter Warmth This cozy hat buttons with a strap at the neck and is made from an ultra thick and soft acrylic/wool mix yarn. Dark green edging frames the face and a two-tone blue rosette pom pom tops it off. (Also available in pink.) Designer Anne Burton of Beantown Handmade is happy to create this item in larger sizes, please contact her for information. Custom holiday orders must be placed by the end of November to arrive on time for the holidays. Prices start at $30. FIND  it: Beantown Handmade

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Candescent Canines This unique lit topiary frame will make your home or gardens’ first impression a lasting one. The high-quality metal frame is finished in an elegant matte black powder coating to resist Local the elements. The frame is then wrapped with U/L listed clear lights. Every frame is hand NORTHERN VIRGINIA DOG HOLIDAY GIFT each GUIDE topiary a one of a kind sculpture. Many breeds available, and the cusmade, making tom order is drop-shipped directly to your home. Prices starting at $92, plus shipping.


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Try on a sterling silver Dachshund wrap ring by local artisan Lucia Hamilton, who gathers inspiration through her travels Local and surroundings. “I am always looking for new ways to NORTHERN VIRGINIA DOG HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE showcase beauty composed in harmony,” says Hamilton. $46 Her custom pup money clips are made out of stainless steel with a hand cut copper silhouette of your pup. Can be custom-stamped with “best friend’s” name. Measures 2” x 1” and costs $28. Orders must be placed by December 18th to ensure delivery by the holidays. FIND  it: blugrn design

Dog Days Ron Schmidt’s popular line of witty dog images, Loose Leashes, is the inspiration behind the 2011 wall calendar. Each month, dog lovers are treated to one of Schmidt’s endearing photographs paired with a lighthearted proverb that captures the personality of our best friends. $13.99. FIND  it: Sellers Publishing


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Bursting with color, these handmade, polymer clay pet ID tags are personalized with your pet’s name and your phone number on the backside. Made by local artisan Robyn Jacobs, who also Local partners with local animal welfare organizations NORTHERN VIRGINIA DOG HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE to help with fund raising efforts. $18 (includes shipping).


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Bark and Wine A great holiday gift, Real Dogs Rescue Reserve can be personalized with a customer’s dog photo and caption. A blend of two of the red “noble” Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—it is bold and complex on the palate with hints of currants and raspberries. Ten percent of each sale goes to rescue dog organizations across the United States, and it is Californiaproduced using natural and sustainable farming practices. $24.97 (includes personalization). FIND  it: A Dog’s Life

Local, Home-baked Dog Snacks! These treats are free of the 10 most common food allergens—ideal for dogs with food allergies or sensitive stomach. Liver Slivers are made from USDA inspected beef livers and holistic herbs. Slowly dehydrated to preserve flavor and nutrient value, these crispy snacks are fantastic training treats that will keep your canine asking for more. A perfect stocking stuffer, your dog will love new Liver Slivers with no wheat, corn, or soy. Original crunch-eze treats are also available in many varieties including Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole, Apple Cranberry & Cinnamon, and Banana Raspberry Twist. 4oz pack $9 and 2 oz $5. FIND  it: Canine Caterers



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The Gift of Safety Your pet depends on you and having an emergency action plan in place is part of being a responsible pet parent. Whether your pets travel with you or stay at home, emergency situations can greatly impact their well-being. The Wag’N Rover Respond’R Mobile Emergency Kit assists you in providing first responders with important contact and pet information. After filling out the required documentation, simply place the completed kit in your vehicle glove box and affix the alert decals, which signals first responders about its existence and whereabouts. For a limited time, receive a free pet first aid bandana with every kit purchase. $19.95. FIND  it: Wag’N Enterprises



Holiday Harness Stories in Metal Wild west spirit meets far east design with these hand-sculpted silver charms that draw on ancient symbols from the natural world. Beth Hemmila’s hand-cast sterling silver charm collection includes two dog designs: “Lost & Found” (top) and “Love Dog” (bottom). Each charm is made of sterling silver, approximately 5/8” in diameter, and antiqued and polished to produce a gently aged patina. Place on your dog’s collar, or purchase a sterling silver chain for your own enjoyment. To ensure that a package from Hint Jewelry Design arrives before the Christmas holiday, orders must be placed by December 17. Charm prices start at $12. FIND  it: Hint Jewelry Design

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Local crafter Pat Little, creates Grosgrain ribbon bow ties for your pet’s special Local holiday or party needs. Handmade with NORTHERN VIRGINIA DOG HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE a crisp, white shirt fabric and available in six different bow tie colors. Each bow tie is attached to the white shirt collar for security and has an adjustable Velcro neck for easy closure. For decoration only. $12-$18 (sizes XS-XXXL). Custom collars, pooh bags and fleece coats also available. FIND  it: A Little Unique




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With 12 squeakers and a grunt in the tail, these toys will keep your dog entertained for hours and will outlast most other toys. “Sally Squirrel (bottom)” and “Ricky Raccoon” are each packaged in a cute gift bag with a bow, ready to give to your best canine pal. $20.99 each.


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Do-Rite doggie diaper offers hand-embellished versions for the holidays. Intended to be used on special occasions or given as presents, they are individually made and decorated by hand. To ensure a good fit, please visit the company’s web site to view the size chart. Holiday designs include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day. Holiday diapers are custom made to order. Two weeks notice required. $4.50 to $6.00.

These perfect playthings from Simply Fido are sure to please your pup. Each classic character is made from organic cotton and comes with four squeakers. Available in Oscar Monkey, Wally Bear, Lolly Lamb, Lucy Bunny, Oliver Dog, Maggie Pink Caterpillar, Lenny Grey and Lenny Yellow Lizard. Prices BuyLizard, start at $10.99.


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Personality on Canvas Local artist Susan Hooban’s, whimsical pet portraits are a wonderful and one-of-a kind addition to any pet lover’s home. She creates her magic at the Lazy Dog Art Studio in acrylic on canvas. Sizes range from 6x6 to 24x24. Portraits must be commissioned well in advance of the holidays, but Susan offers gift certificates for last minute shoppers. Portrait prices range from $39-$400.




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Making the Season a Little Brighter for Homeless Dogs


t’s that time of year again. Time to think about festivities and gift giving, time with family and tons of food. The holidays are a time when people get a little cheerier and a little more giving, and, many times, this leads to thoughts of adopting a new fourlegged friend to add to the family. Opinions vary on whether the holidays are the best time to bring home a new dog. For some, it’s a very busy time with lots of people and commotion. There are candles and Christmas trees and wrapping paper all around. For others, it’s a time when they feel they’re ready to open their hearts and homes to a homeless dog in need. Are the holidays the right time for a new dog?

Challenges During the Holidays

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The holidays present certain challenges for rescue organizations ranging from a drop in the number of adoptions to adopters looking to give dogs as gifts. Friends of Homeless Animals explains that: “It is important to make sure adopters have time to devote before taking on a new family member during already hectic holiday times.” “Sadly, we see many great dogs surrendered in rural areas around the holidays because families reach the end of the year— and the end of their disposable incomes. So, finding enough

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homes for all our fantastic dogs is a neverending challenge!” explains Mirah Horowitz, founder and president of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. “Holidays can be a very stressful time for new dogs in homes. In my eight years with this rescue, it never fails that we will get that phone call: ‘We got this puppy for Christmas. It’s not house trained, and it’s nipping at my kids’ feet.’ The stories go on,” Debbie Thomas of Virginia German Shepherd Rescue states. Despite the obstacles, these organizations are working tirelessly to put policies in place to help make each adoption safe for the dogs in their care and successful for the families.

The National Campaign According to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, sponsor of the Home 4 the Holidays campaign, 1,363,638 animals found new forever homes as a result of the nationwide 2010 adoption drive. As stated on the Home 4 the Holidays website, “More families bring pets into their homes during the holidays than at any other time of year. What better gift can any of us give during the holiday season than to give a home to an orphaned animal? Nobody wants to think about an orphan waking up behind bars on a holiday morning. In the past some shelters have discouraged families from adopting pets during the holidays, forcing them to support the puppy mill industry. Iams Home 4 the Holidays shelters work together to match the needs of the pets with the desires of the families. Everybody wins.”

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GoodDogz.org Gets Involved At GoodDogz.org, we believe that every family’s situation is different and that with proper adopter screening, education, and family preparation, the holidays can be the right time to adopt a new dog. For seven years, GoodDogz. org has participated in the Home 4 the Holidays program, bringing 30+ rescue groups and shelters to the Reston Town Center to be part of our annual multi-group adoption event. Each group is asked to follow its own guidelines for holiday adoptions and raise awareness about the efforts of dog rescue in the DC area. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, November 6 from 11AM - 4PM, and we hope that it’s even bigger and better than last year. Our multi-group adoption events are designed to offer a fun, family-friendly environment

where families can meet adoptable dogs in a positive atmosphere. To date, GoodDogz.org estimates that we have helped more than 1,500 dogs find forever homes as a result of events like Home 4 the Holidays.

Finding Your New Best Friend There are hundreds of all-breed and purebred animal rescue organizations in the metro DC area that are willing to work with families thinking about adopting a new dog. Each has its own adoption process and policies, which may include special provisions during the holidays. Please check with the individual group to find out about its policies. Here are a few great groups to consider when looking for your next canine companion: n Collie Rescue, Inc. 703.579.9331 info@savecollies.org www.savecollies.org Goal: To place stray, abandoned, and surrendered collies into loving and permanent homes, educate the public about the collie breed, and promote responsible pet care. Holiday Adoption Policy: Standard adoption policy applies during the holidays. n Virginia German Shepherd Rescue

info@shepherdrescue.org www.shepherdrescue.org Goal: To save, rescue, and re-home German

shepherds who have found themselves in the shelters, being the victim of the latest economic struggle, foreclosures, abuse, neglected, or abandoned. Holiday Adoption Policy: No adoptions one week prior to Christmas to one week following Christmas. n Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

703.644.8009 coordinators@nova-magdrl.org www.nova-magdrl.org Goal: To place rescued Danes with people who will provide secure, loving, and healthy homes. Holiday Adoption Policy: Adoption moratorium from December 15th until January 1st every year. n Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

202.664.4206 info@LuckyDogAnimalRescue.org www.luckydoganimalrescue.org Goal: To work primarily with rural shelters that have euthanasia rates of 80 percent or

Do’s and Don’ts Please... Thinking about adopting a dog during the holidays? Here are a few key points to think about:

Do consider adopting a new dog as a family decision, during the holidays or any other time of year.

Do make sure that your new dog has a quiet, safe place to be during holiday festivities.

Do think about the time you can devote to your new dog during the holidays. You may want to wait until life gets back to normal.

Don’t adopt a dog as a gift for another person. Don’t over stimulate your new dog. He will need ample time to acclimate to your home and your family.

Don’t leave holiday foods, gift wrap, decorations, plants, or candles where your new dog can get to them. They are very dangerous for dogs.



Visit www.novadogmagazine.com and click on Marketplace, for additional listings of local-area rescue organizations and rescues by breed.

more, rescuing dogs and puppies before their time is up. Holiday Adoption Policy: Standard adoption policy applies during the holidays. n Friends of Homeless Animals

703.385.0224 www.foha.org Goal: To provide rescue, medical care, rehabilitation, and adoption services in the Northern Virginia and DC metropolitan areas. “Friends” is the only no-kill shelter of its size in the area, where visitors can meet many animals until they find the perfect pet for them. Holiday Adoption Policy: Standard adoption policy applies during the holidays.

Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Event Saturday, November 6, 2010 11:00AM – 4:00PM Reston Town Center 11900 Market Street Reston, VA 20190 Need more information? Check out our website www.home4theholidaysdc.org or call 571.233.4557.

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703.912.4002 shelties@nvsr.org www.nvsr.org Goal: To rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home

Shelties whether released by people who can no longer care for them or don’t want them, or found in shelters as a result of being abandoned or stray. NVSR places these Shelties in carefully chosen homes where they will be loved, protected, and well cared for. Holiday Adoption Policy: Standard adoption policy applies during the holidays. Another great place to start your search is www.petfinder.org. It houses a directory of adoptable dogs organized by gender, size, breed, and state and provides information about the dogs and the rescues that care for them. ND A dog lover since childhood, Beth Bates has enjoyed working with many local dog rescue organizations during the past 12 years. The need to offer support and services to the rescue community prompted her to create GoodDogz.org. She has combined her compassion for homeless dogs and her experience in business management and technology to bring resources to the pet adoption community and tools to help dogs find and stay in loving homes.

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Peak Fall Foliage: The trees begin to turn by the second week of September with peak foliage in the lake region usually occurring the first or second week in October. Foliage is at its peak farther north in the Adirondack mountains as early as late September.

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mmense pines loom ominously overhead as the night wraps the twisting mountainside road in inky blackness. It doesn’t help that it just finished pouring and a dense fog is rising from the pavement...and we have no clue how to find the turnoff for our weekend cabin. True to his word, however, proprietor Chandler Atkins has left the light on for our waterfront cabin at The Elms in Lake Luzerne, NY. As we roll up to our weekend escape, our two “city” dogs, who have to this point, spent their travels in hotel rooms, find the scents and sounds of the Adirondacks and the lazy bend in the Hudson River terribly exciting and are exceedingly reluctant to settle down for a cozy night’s sleep. Then there’s the fact that virtually every cabin around us—though quite secluded— has dogs. Our dogs know this and a brilliant, crystal blue morning reveals a Shar Pei in Cabin Ten headed out for a morning canoe trip; a Pug and a Beagle from Cabin Five out and about for a frolic; yellow and

black Labs in Cabin Seven headed down to the private beach; and a Golden Retriever in Cabin Two watching the fog swirling on the water with her owner. It’s not a question of if dogs are accepted in the foothills of the Adirondacks; dogs (and their owners) are welcomed here. A seven-hour drive from the metro-DC area, the Lake Luzerne and neighboring Lake George areas make for a terrific dog owners’ weekend retreat. Whether you and your dog enjoy wilderness activities or prefer to relax and take in the riotous colors of fall and the crisp mountain air while dining al fresco with your canine, there’s something for everyone.

Mountainous Meanderings Looking for a short, moderate hike that provides spectacular lake views? Take on Deer Leap at 1.1 miles. Or, are you and your canine in shape for a more challenging hike up Buck Mountain (3.3 miles) or Tongue Mountain (Northwest Bay Trail 5.4 miles)? The Lake Luzerne and Lake

George areas have a variety of well-marked and maintained mountain and lakeside trails for every athletic ability. For maps and guidebooks, locations of trail heads, hiking tips, and gear, visit the Adirondack Mountain Club (814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845; 1.800.395.8080; www. adk.org). Prefer to enjoy scenic views without any climbing? A favorite fall foliage drive is on Route 28 to Blue Mountain Lake, where the open-air Adirondack Museum is located. The view from the museum is a destination in itself. Directions: from Lake George, take the Adirondack Northway (Exit 21 or 22) and head north. Take Exit 23 (Warrensburg), make a left off the exit and then turn right on Route 9. Follow Route 9 through Warrensburg and then take a left onto Route 28. Follow Route 28 to Blue Mountain Lake and enjoy!

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lakes (Lake 2 and Lake 4—yes, those are really the names of these lakes) offer boat rentals, as well as fishing gear. From canoes and row boats to pontoons and motorboats, boat rentals welcome well-behaved dogs, just don’t forget the doggie life-jacket. (For a list of dog friendly waterfront cottages with boat rentals, see “If You Go” on page 23.) Enjoy being out on the water but rather not rent a boat? Maybe you’d like to see the million dollar mansions that dot the shores of Lake George—and are only visible from the water? If you have a small dog (and you’ve brought your dog’s carrier), check out Lake George Shoreline Cruises (www.lakegeorgeshoreline.com; 518.668.4644). This company offers one hour historic sightseeing cruises, as well as one hour bay cruises. The only caveat to these tours is that dogs are only allowed on board if they are contained for the duration of the tour in a carrier. The author’s family (and Havanese) take a dinner break at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery where dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.



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while and want to play tourist, take a drive into postcard-perfect, downtown Lake George. The main avenue through town, Canada Street, is lined with interesting shops, (Perfect places to get that rubber tomahawk for your nephew and a stuffed moose for your niece.) You can also find large, comfortable park benches on which to rest or simply people (and dog) watch. As with most areas in the United States, local laws restrict dogs from entering establishments that prepare and serve food; however, many restaurants along Lake George offer outdoor eating areas and welcome dogs and owners. For some particularly dog-friendly eateries (and some special treats for dogs), drop by DJ’s Dogs (176 Canada Street) and order a “Show Dog” or “Top Dog” for a lunch treat on the restaurant’s covered back porch, or visit the Adirondack Pub & Brewery (33 Canada Street), an award-winning microbrewery and restaurant that welcomes pups of all sizes on their outdoor patio. At Nina’s Sweet Shoppe (179 Canada

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Street), drop in for a human treat and, if your dog is waiting patiently (or not so patiently) outside with a spouse or friend, the owners will give you a biscuit for your dog. A little farther up the street at Caffe Vero Coffee Roasters (185 Canada Street), the owners support a local rescue, Labs and Mutts Rescue, and you can, too, with any spare change you might have. In addition to the most amazing lattes in Lake George (every cup is crafted with exceptional latte art), Caffe Vero’s food can be ordered for carryout and enjoyed on one of many large park benches lining the street or taken to the Shepherd Park for a picnic.

Breathe and Relax Of course, you can also enjoy your time in the Adirondacks by doing nothing at all. Most waterfront cabins come equipped with outdoor grills, individual fire pits, screened-in porches, and kitchenettes. Kick back in a spacious Adirondack chair in front of the lake with your dog(s) by your side, and watch as the last rays of the day disappear across the water and dip behind the mountains for a spectacular display of color. Every night and every dawn is crisp and colorful, and the most noise you’ll hear is perhaps the snuffling of the neighboring cabins’ dogs, out on an early morning walk. ND Joan Hustace Walker is a freelance writer/photographer from Chesapeake, Virginia. Walker is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Press Photographers Association. Her work has garnered more than 30 national awards and nominations.


IF YOU GO: Lake Luzerne Dog-friendly Lodging: The Elms Waterfront Cottages and Lodge, 1 Bay Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; www.elmscottages.com; 518.696.3072 Lake Luzerne Motel, 296 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; www.lakeluzernemotel.com; 518.696.3012 (pets allowed in offseason/fall) Hide-A-Way Waterfront Cottages, 138 Hidden Valley Rd., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; www.hideawaywaterfrontcottages.com; 518.696.2248 Be aware that in the Lake Luzerne area and many of the surrounding lakes, cell phone coverage is spotty, if available at all. You may need to drive out of the mountains and into the town of Lake George to receive coverage, depending on your carrier. Lake George Dog-friendly Lodging: Golden Sands Resort, 3654 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George, NY 12824; www.goldensandsresort.com; 518.668.2203 (closed midSeptember) Lake George Beach House Cottages, Beach Road, Lake George, NY 12845; www.lakegeorgebeachcottages.com; 518.668.2232 O’Sullivan’s on the Lake; 410 Canada Street, Lake George, NY 12845; www.osullivansmotel.com; 877.317.LAKE (projected closing: Columbus Day) For additional suggestions, contact the Lake Luzerne Chamber of Commerce (518.696.3500) or Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce (518.668.5755).

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n a world that values perfection, most of us are well aware that perfection is impossible to achieve. Yet, when it comes to choosing a companion animal, most people look for a perfect, healthy pet and generally won’t consider a pet with special needs or physical challenges. This anthology presents 11 stories of animals, who, either through birth or injury, may be less than perfect by society’s standards—and the humans who have welcomed these animals into their hearts and homes—might change your mind about what makes a perfect pet. This book is more than just another collection of heartwarming pet stories. I’ve always believed that animals come into our lives to teach us, and you will learn a lot from these wonderful pets (with often seemingly insurmountable challenges) and their compassionate human caretakers. Courage, for example, is the lesson from Colbie, a blind Huskie mix who trades the horrible life of a puppy mill for the challenges of navigating life on a farm. You will be inspired by the grace with which Tux, a paralyzed tuxedo cat, manages to find moments of joy each and every day. You will be amazed by Ruby, an irrepressible Labrador-Doberman mix with a devastating muscle wasting disease who gives new meaning to the term “roll

with the punches.” You will be rooting for Idgie, editor Mary A. Shafer’s blind kitten, who survived not only a life in the streets of Philadelphia, but also beat the death sentence of feline leukemia. These stories will remain with you and leave paw prints on your heart long after you’ve read them. They will delight and inspire you. You’ll be humbled not only by the animals who have overcome obstacles that would leave many humans incapacitated and depressed, but also by the humans who have taken on the care of these special pets. You will laugh, and you will cry, and you will appreciate how caring for and loving a disabled pet—while challenging­— can also be a very rewarding and life-changing experience. ND Ingrid King is the author of Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. She is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. Her online magazine News for You and Your Pet goes out to subscribers around the world. Her blog, The Conscious Cat, has been called “educational catnip for the cat lover” and is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for pets and their people. For more information about Ingrid, Buckley’s Story, and The Conscious Cat, please visit www.ingridking.com.

Naughty or Nice? Just released and illustrated in the signature woodblock style that made Stephen Huneck famous, this book paints a beautiful picture of life at the Dog Chapel. It also serves as a reminder to anyone who’s ever dealt with the death of a beloved pet that our furry friends still have a place up in the clouds. Hardcover, $19.95. ND FIND  it: www.abramsbooks.com

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undreds of miles of multi-use paved trails in northern Virginia appeal to thousands of users, including dog owners. Two of my favorite spots are the Four Mile Run Trail in Arlington that leads from the Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center to the Shirlington Dog Park, and the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) segment going west from Vienna to the Northside Park. If you like meeting people and dogs, then Shirlington is for you. Consider the Vienna location if you prefer a more open setting, solitary walks, and fewer encounters.

Shirlington Dog Park The well-planned Shirlington Dog Park in Arlington is a very large canine and human social center perfect for a major off-leash romp. A hard-surface trail winds through the shady park for about a quarter mile, with poop bag dispensers, waste cans, and multiple water stations along the way. Look for nearby parking off Four Mile Run Drive. The jewel of this park is Four Mile Run where dogs can splash and swim. Paths to the stream go down a steep rocky bank that may be difficult for some dogs. People wade with their dogs, and you’ll see dogs of all sizes and breeds paddling for all they’re worth to retrieve thrown objects. To wash that muddy dog, head over to Muddy Mutt or Fur-Get Me Not self-service dog wash facilities conveniently located near the park. This dog park is a high-energy area and is not the place for small children. Remember, it’s important to accurately appraise your dog’s temperament and sociability before going to any dog park. Suggested Hike—A short hike to and from the

About Your Guide Neil Knolle is a trainer for DogOn Fitness, a daily exercise service for dogs. He specializes in providing dogs with working walks and coaching dog owners during Family Integration Training (FIT) sessions. Headquartered in Reston, DogOn Fitness has served the Northern Virginia and Maryland area since 2004. Visit them on the Web at www.dogonfitness.com.

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dog park will give your dog warm-up and cooldown time. I suggest the shady Four Mile Run Trail, a welcome urban retreat less used by bikers than the nearby W&OD trail. Park at the Barcroft Sport and Fitness Center, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Follow the paved trail between the athletic fields and cross the footbridge to reach the Four Mile Run Trail. Go left and follow the trail to Walter Reed Drive. Keep your dog on the grassy area to avoid other trail users. Cross Walter Reed Drive. Go left and cross the bridge over Four Mile Run. After crossing, go right and follow the pathway to the west gate of the dog park. Conserve enough energy for your return trip to Barcroft! TRAIL SPECIFICS:

Distance: 1.5 miles round trip Time: 35 minutes round trip to and from the Shirlington Dog Park Location: 4200 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA Fido-Friendly Features: Shaded trails Use: Walkers, runners, bikers, on-leash dogs Best Time to Go: Weekends, Weekdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Rated: 1 paw (few challenges, but your dog will get a great workout at the dog park)

1 paw = easy; 5 = expert

W&OD Trail – Vienna, VA The heavily used 45-mile W&OD Trail starts in Shirlington and ends in Purcellville, VA. Much of it is bordered by a soft-surface horse trail, a safer option for leashed dogs. One of my favorite access points is in the heart of Vienna at 144 Maple Avenue. Parking is on Church Street, one block west of Maple Avenue near the red caboose. Suggested Hike—From the parking area, go west on the W&OD toward the restored railroad station where there is a drinking fountain and dog pan. Use a strap leash for outings on the W&OD to prevent your dog from crossing the trail unexpectedly. Leave that retractable leash at home. There is no horse trail on this segment, so use the grassy border when possible. Continue west for a half mile to the entrance

Dogs can splash and swim at Four Mile Run off the Shirlington Dog Park. To wash that muddy dog, head over to Muddy Mutt or Fur-Get Me Not self-service dog wash facilities conveniently located near the park.

of Northside Park. You’ll pass the 12-mile marker en route. Follow the paved pathway into the park for an enjoyable half-mile loop over paths that meander through quiet mature woods. Cross the footbridge and notice the reminder to keep dogs leashed at all times. After crossing the bridge, go right on the paved trail. Go left at the T-intersection, following the rocky trail up a short steep hill. Bear right at the first trail split. Take the second narrow dirt path to the left and go down the hill. This path leads to a small streambed at the bottom of the hill. The path narrows just as the W&OD power line towers come into view. Stay to the right and watch your step since there are many loose rocks and roots. Continue up the hill to the footbridge. Cross the bridge to get back on the W&OD. Go left on the W&OD to return to the parking area. If you want, extend your hike in the woods by following additional small paths once you have your bearings. For more information on the W&OD, visit www. wodfriends.org Getting There—Take Route 123 into Vienna, VA. From the south, turn left on Lawyers Road, then right on Church Street to the W&OD trail. From the north, turn right on Park Street, then left on Church Street to the W&OD. TRAIL SPECIFICS:

Distance: 1.8 miles Time: 1 hour Location: Near 131 Church Street, Vienna, VA Fido-Friendly Features: Shaded trails, water fountain Use: Walkers, runners, bikers, on-leash dogs Best Time to Go: Weekend mornings, Weekdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Rated: 2 paws (some challenges, but overall doable for reasonably fit people and dogs)

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October 24 11AM-3PM—Whine ‘N Westies at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA. Bring a picnic lunch and your rescue Westie. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Enjoy tastings, door prizes! More info: www. helpwesties.org.

October 28 6:30-8:30 PM—Low-cost Rabies Clinic at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Cost: $10. Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a one-year shot. More info www.awla.org or call 703.931.9241.

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11AM-4PM—Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Event at Reston Town Center. 7th annual Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption event sponsored by GoodDogz. org. 40+ all breed and purebred dog rescue organizations will on hand with adoptable dogs awaiting their holiday gift—a family to spend the holidays with. More info: www.gooddogz.org.

November 6-7 PawPrints Photography Holiday portrait sessions at Olde Towne Pet Resort, Springfield, VA. Holiday cards and other products will be available. To schedule an appointment, visit www.pawprintsphoto graphy.com or call 703.354.3736.

November 13 12-5 PM—Pet First Aid & Care Class by Wag’n Enterprises. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of animal hospital visits are emergency in nature. Knowing the skills and techniques of Pet First Aid can mean the different between life and death, and between expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care for the pet. This 4 hour class provides you with the necessary skills and information to prepare you for

the unfortunate event of a medical emergency involving your pet. Cost: $85. For more information visit www.wagn4u.com.

November 20 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.

DECEMBER December 2 6:30-8:30 PM—Low-cost Rabies Clinic at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Cost: $10. Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a one-year shot. More info www.awla.org or call 703.931.9241.

December 4 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs. ND

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Has the most beautiful green eyes you have ever seen

Adopted from: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington, August 2009

How did he get his name? We named Modi after one of our favorite artists, Amedeo Modigliani, called Modi for short. Modigliani was known for painting unfailingly unique eyes, what he called “the windows to the soul.” Our Modi has the most beautiful green eyes you’ll ever see—they often stop people in their tracks.

Yo u p i c k e d h i m b e c a u s e . . . His eyes were definitely the first thing that attracted us at the shelter. When we saw him there, he was so loving, happy, and playful. He shared his kennel with a small, very hyperactive puppy named Shadow. Modi had an amazing level of tolerance for his little buddy—allowing him to nip and jump on him. In the end, they’d be curled up together in the same little bed, always with Shadow on top.

Modi is one-and-a-half years old and loved by Tonya Brisk and Desmond White of Arlington, VA.

Favorite treat or snack: Modi’s favorite snacks are anything that comes from DOGMA, especially the peanut butter cookies! He also likes strawberries, carrots, and twigs. He will do almost anything if you have a stick in your hand. He likes to savor his treats. He’ll take it ever so gently, and run into another room throwing it up in the air and batting it around for a while before he finally settles down to enjoy his snack.

Favorite activity together: One of our favorite activities together is jogging—Modi is good for 3-5 miles on a cool day. We also like to explore local parks, trails, and wineries. Modi is always down for a backyard BBQ.

Favorite toy: Other dogs! Modi enjoys nothing more than a good play date with other dogs, large or small. He can be found flopped over on his back wiggling around bearing his tummy and trying to get another dog’s attention. He also loves tug-of-war and frisbee.

Yo u l o v e h i m b e c a u s e . . . Modi has improved our lives in ways we would have never imagined. He loves us unconditionally. He loves to snuggle when we don’t feel like being on the go. He has the goofiest personality—always making us laugh. His facial expressions are so dramatic you can almost tell what he is thinking. Modi is the best companion we have found since each other. We can’t imagine life without him. He makes our lives complete. ND

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