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happy holidog 2016 12 H  oliday Wish List

What to get for the dog, and dog-lover on your holiday list By Joseph Grammer

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D E PA RT M E N T S

1 PUBLISHER’S NOTE 4 THE SOURCE

News, information, and products

6 HEALTH WISE

Tips on dog health

8 DESTINATIONS

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A glimpse into the lives of Northern Virginia dogs

22 EXPERT ADVICE

Answers to your behavior and training questions

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Dog-friendly spaces

25 CANINE CALENDAR

10 PETCENTRIC PEOPLE

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Hanging with DC metro’s dog-crazy crowd

26 HIT THE TRAIL

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28 WAGS TO RICHES

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Rehabbing the Way to a Better Life Physical rehabilitation is so much more than post-operative care. Here’s how it can help your pet—yes, even cats! By Jul i e Wen t z el, D V M , C VA, C VP P, C C RT

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hear it all the time. “Rehab for pets? You’re joking!” or “My dog didn’t have surgery, he doesn’t need rehab.” (Occasionally, those same people become long-term clients.) Physical rehabilitation is much more than just post-operative care. It is a great resource to help our pets with pain control, joint health and mobility, weight loss and control, and more. In many cases, it can also help with general wellbeing. And that includes all pets (cats, rabbits, and even birds)—not just dogs. Managing pain in our pets is tricky not only because they can’t tell us what’s wrong, but also because we often don’t know what to look for. Before we can control pain, we must recognize it. Surprisingly, our pets do not typically show pain by crying out, biting, or limping. More commonly, their behavior changes. They may avoid using the limb, getting up or lying down, and rising to greet you when you get home. Their appetites may increase or decrease, and they may over- or under-groom an area. Once we acknowledge these changes, we can work to remedy their pain by trying several different therapies, the most common of which include laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, massage, joint mobilizations, and acupuncture. In some cases, more advanced therapies such as regenerative medicine, shockwave therapy, or intra-articular injections can be utilized in combination with rehabilitation exercises to improve comfort and function.

Longer, Better Lives With advances in veterinary and pet care, our pets are living much longer. By considering their joint health, weight, and overall physique, we can ensure they enjoy a better quality of life, too. Making sure to stretch before exercise and incorporating simple conditioning exercises into your daily routine can help encourage proper muscle function and strength—both of which are important for comfort and range of motion in your joints. As we know, just like with humans, weakness and tight muscles often lead to injury in pets. Pets are also prone to injury when they are overweight. If your dog is carrying a few extra pounds, take a closer look at his diet and/or ask your veterinarian to suggest a specialized diet for weight loss or control. Then work to incorporate low-impact, controlled exercises, such as swimming or walking in the underwater treadmill, to your dog’s daily routine. Who knows—your waistline may appreciate it, too! Especially as pets start to age, it’s important to pay attention to their pain levels and joint health. Patients with osteoarthritis

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Dr. Wentzel checks up on a young Lab who needs rehab.

and soft tissue injuries, such as muscle strains or tendon issues (especially in the shoulders), can benefit from a wide range of therapies, from laser therapy to passive range of motion exercises, massage, and more. Poor range of motion can lead to lameness and compensatory discomfort in other areas of the body.

What to Expect If you choose to pursue rehab, know that there are many options available to suite your pet’s needs and your schedule and budget.


Here are some tips for what you can expect: • Take your time. An initial evaluation for rehabilitation should include a thorough history; a thorough exam to evaluate for lameness, function, areas of discomfort; as well as a discussion about your goals. Therapy options and prognosis should be discussed and treatment may start. • Do your homework. The work doesn’t stop at the door of the gym. Typically, your practitioner will send you home with a strengthening or conditioning plan with exercises for you and your pet to engage in for 30+ minutes per day in order to help your pet reach his goals. If any activity restrictions are recommended, follow them closely to avoid injury! • Come prepared. If your pet is on pain medications, you may want to give those meds prior to your rehab appointment. But all practices are different, so be sure to ask when you call to schedule your appointment. And if your pet has a toy or a specific treat that helps to motivate or calm him, bring that along as well! • Take it easy. In some cases, your pet may be a bit sore or tired following this appointment. Rest assured, this is totally normal. Think of your last tough workout at the gym—you pet will be feeling similarly after a good rehab session. If the soreness or sleepiness persist more than 24 hours, contact your rehabilitation practitioner or primary veterinarian. • Forget one-size-fits-all. The best rehabilitation programs are customized to your pet’s specific needs and your goals. Many primary veterinary clinics now offer rehabilitation therapies, or you can pursue treatment at a specialized rehab center. If your pet prefers the comforts of home, a practitioner can develop an at-home program with exercises you can do in a controlled setting and work with you from afar to assess progress and make adjustments. Physical rehabilitation offers many options for pets of all shapes and sizes. It may be hard to imagine a cat on the underwater treadmill or a bird undergoing acupuncture treatment, but trust me—we have the pictures to prove it! If you have questions about how rehab can help your pet, speak with your veterinarian or local certified rehabilitation practitioner. ND A graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Illinois, Dr. Julie Wentzel is the medical director of Veterinary Surgical Centers Rehabilitation, the leading full-service physical rehabilitation and pain management practice in the Washington D.C.-area. For more information, go to vscvets.com/rehabilitation.

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y traveling companion Woody, a 6-year-old German shorthair, leaned his shaggy head out the car window as I wound my way down the gentle curves toward the Salamander Resort and Spa, a 340-acre sprawl filled with wonderful trails and elegant buildings. Pulling up to the front, I was met with a grand portico and a handful of friendly staff. You can opt for a valet if you like, but I chose the self-parking just around the corner and entered the main complex. Keeping Woody on his leash, I made my way past a sumptuous wood-paneled lounge that tempted me to abandon my tasks and just read a book all evening in one of the comfy armchairs. My sister’s dog, however, made sure I didn’t stop and stare for too long. The hotel room had its own small patio, plus a dog bed and food dishes, as well as a magnificent walk-in bathroom with a huge tub and shower. On the large flat-screen TV were the words “Welcome Mr. Joe Grammer.” After I took Woody on his first walk around the property, I returned to find the housekeeping service had come by and perfectly

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arranged my belongings on the table and counters, making me seem much neater than I actually am. This was a wonderful touch—and Woody was so content by now that he didn’t even mess it all up by jumping around like a maniac. Located in the heart of Virginia horse (and wine) country, Salamander is an old-world marvel with modern amenities. If the inclination strikes you, you can zip-line, undergo survivalist training in the woods, or trot around on horseback. There is a charming stable, as well as a wide, well-kept lawn that boasts several firepits at night. And did I mention the spa? There wasn’t time for me to visit, but suffice it to say that Salamander has everything you need to relax, from massages to full-on cleanses. Later, I had the good fortune to escort Woody on an obstacle course set up on the lawn for Yappy Hour, and the excited pup managed not to injure me while I struggled to keep up. He made friends with some other guests’ pets, including one well-behaved dog named Xena, who


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happened to have some shorthair in her, too. Ashli Kimenker, the resort’s marketing director, was kind enough to explain that the property was originally named for a Civil War officer who earned the nickname “Salamander” for his ability to slip across enemy lines. Luckily, you won’t have to watch your step now, because everyone you’ll meet here is helpful, accommodating, and honest—they expertly avoid the formal stiffness that can sometimes creep into such an imposing, colonial estate. It felt like I was surrounded by good friends who happened to dress very fancily. Furthermore, all the staff seemed like genuine dog lovers, and more than once someone would rub Woody’s head, look into his eyes, and just smile, which hopefully made up for the times he peed on various pillars and urns outside. At night, the grounds are peaceful and almost otherworldly. Woody sniffed around the firepits and tried to stick his head in a bush, but nothing could detract from the sense of calm and serenity I felt, even when he tried to tug me into the hedges after him. The next day, I was certainly sorry to leave. Woody stared at the resort from the back seat, as if it meant something special to him, too. And maybe it did. After all, where else can a dog get a welcome packet, his own private back porch, and a fleet of happy people scratching behind his ears? ND Joseph Grammer is Managing Editor for NOVADog Magazine. He lives in Alexandria, VA, but grew up in New Jersey with a bunch of adopted dogs, including a mutt (Blizzard) who he found on the street.

1.5 Hours from DC. 500 North Pendleton Street, Middleburg, VA 20117 Mix and Match. A collection of stops along the way to stretch your legs, soak up some history, and fill your belly. The British Pantry: On John Mosby Hwy in Aldie, VA. This combination mini-store and café offers all kinds of scones, cakes, and quiche from across the pond. You can even reserve a tea room ahead of time for a much-needed cuppa along the way. Historic Aldie: Also on John Mosby. This village boasts a history stretching back to the early 1800s, when it had a special position for trading thanks to its nook in the Bull Run Mountains. During the Civil War, a skirmish took place here at the start of the Gettysburg Campaign. There’s a 19th-century mill you can visit (which still works), plus a few other historical spots. Brassicas Farm Fresh Market and Cafe: This peaceful-looking restaurant was started by a former bartender from Rocket Bar in DC, but it’s definitely all about the countryside here. Local ingredients and even gluten-free options will satisfy anyone who enters this calm little culinary abode. 39333 John Mosby Highway, Aldie, VA 50 West Vineyard: Want to drink Bordeaux-style wine while watching the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia? Come here and feel your cares slip away. (John Mosby Highway.) Middleburg: The town itself is mostly dog-friendly, and many stores have water bowls sitting outside. You can see people eating dinner outside with their dogs nearby, which is a comforting sight. Walk around and explore! Top Nearby Hike: Salamander offers a variety of trails right on the property. They range from easy self-guided jaunts of under a mile to more strenuous adventures—you can rent a guide as well for a fee! The routes are color-coded on all the maps, so you can be sure your pup and you are heading in the right direction. Try the 2.5-mile Southern Red Oak trail for a long but unchallenging walk with your dog.

The Details Your dog is free to go most places with you at Salamander. They are certainly allowed in your dog-friendly hotel room; just not in the lounge, bar, or Harrimans restaurant (although you can enjoy a dinner outside on the Gold Cup terrace with your four-legged friend). Dogs can roam outside throughout the entire property, except for the pool, and most likely the ziplines. The resort can supply dog beds for a fee, as well as food and water bowls (plus a treat!). There are no ATMs on the premises and no on-site source of dog food. However, Wylie Wagg is right in town and offers dry, canned, and raw foods for your pooch. The nearest human grocery store is the Safeway less than a mile off, about a 5-minute drive: 12 West Washington Street, Middleburg, VA.

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We love sitting down with canine experts to get the story behind where they are now, such as how they landed in the animal industry, what drives them, and how their passion for pets brings out meaning in their lives. This issue we talk with Rachel Winstead, owner of Hairy Situations Dog Grooming in Alexandria, Virginia. NOVADOG MAGAZINE: What is your “gentle touch” methodology, and what do you mean by “positive reinforcement” when it comes to dog grooming? RACHEL WINSTEAD: Gentle touch grooming just means common sense grooming. We don’t make dogs do things they don’t want to do: if they scream, we stop. For example, plucking the inside of dogs’ ears can be painful for them, and some groomers just put the dog in a headlock and keep going. There’s no forcing with me, though. We work a little bit at a time and see what we can get done. Sometimes we double-team, and one groomer will make distracting noises to calm the dog down, but that’s it. A lot of dogs get scared at the groomer’s, especially if it’s a new environment, so we’re always reaffirming them, constantly talking. “Good boy, good boy.” We make sure to show lots of positive emotion so he thinks he did a good thing. It’s about

empathy: dogs don’t have voices, so we have to imagine what it’s like to be them if we want to understand what they need. ND: What is the most memorable pet grooming experience you’ve had? RW: Dude is a shih tzu who used to be really shy and timid. Before, I’d have to pick him up by the door and carefully bring him in, but after six years of working with him, he’s much more affectionate and kissy. I don’t have to beg him or pull on him at all, so he’s made a lot of progress. That means a lot to me. Another guy started coming to my first salon, and then followed me wherever I moved my store. He was with me as long as his dog was alive, 16 years. Eventually I refused to charge him because he was so kind. ND: What would you say to new dog owners or owners who might not know how to care for their dog? RW: Grooming is not just about looking good: it’s a health concern.

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There could be skin issues you don’t know about, or any number of things. So don’t neglect your dog. Bring him in! If someone can’t afford it, I’ll work with them, even if it’s just for a bath once every two months. One tip is that before you bathe your dog at home, make sure you brush her first, otherwise the fur will get tangled up. A lot of first-time owners also have dogs that get this heavily matted fur. I call it being “casted up,” because when you shave it off, the hair can look like a thick, giant cast. Usually I tell people: just give me six months to work with your dog. Bring him in regularly, and see the results. Grooming is definitely practical. ND: Have you learned any rules of thumb about dog grooming or dog behavior over 20 years of working in the industry? RW: Just because you can get something done doesn’t mean you should. I won’t force the dog to do something she doesn’t want to do, or risk hurting her just to make sure she’s done on time. My main concern is with the dog’s wellbeing. It’s my #1 rule. I specialize in dogs that are hard to handle, or who have been abused in the past—rescue dogs, geriatric dogs, epileptic ones. I give them gentle attention, and I go slowly. I give them time. My guarantee is that your dog won’t be traumatized when he leaves my store. I’m the one who is going to be his friend. ND Joseph Grammer is Managing Editor for NOVADog Magazine. He lives in Alexandria, VA, but grew up in New Jersey with a bunch of adopted dogs, including a mutt (Blizzard) who he found on the street.

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The holidays are a stressful time. They’re great,

too, and they bring out the best in us—warmth, togetherness, appreciation of the little things in life—but they can also drive you nuts if you’re not careful. This winter season, get your gifts early, before the last-minute rush when you find yourself racing across five lanes of traffic on 495 at 4 a.m. Christmas morning (or any night of Hanukkah) trying to find a Pokemon toy.

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f you’re looking for a gift for your dog, things are much simpler. Your dog loves you no matter what, regardless of whether or not you found the right Kylo Ren action figure. Hooray for dogs! Although, to be fair, they’re not capable of getting you a present in return—unless you count unconditional affection and joy as a present, which, to be fair, it probably is. In any case, here are a few ideas for the upcoming holiday season, depending on the personal ity of your beloved pup. Whether she loves getting dressed up or prefers sprinting around aimlessly at night, we’ve got your fuzzy companion covered. No matter what holiday you and your


For the Up-All-Night Dog: Glow Collar Are you feeling Grinchy and sleepless from worrying that your pup will run off into the dark when you let her out? Set your mind at ease with Nite Beams leashes and dog collars, two products that will help exhausted pet parents breathe a sigh of relief while knowing your canine is visible from a half-mile away. Both items are made of non-abrasive, high-quality nylon, and the lights are LEDs with “steady” and “flashing” functions. Just pick your favorite color and relax every time you take your nocturnal fur baby on a midnight walk. (Unfortunately, you’ll still have to scoop up his poop.) This gift works great for puppies, who usually need frequent trips to the yard, or for any dog who prefers being up at night. It can come in handy if you get home in the evenings and the first thing your canine wants is a trip around the block to do his business. It also might be helpful for next year’s GlowDogGlow race! Basically, you never know when you’ll need an LED leash or collar. Treat yourself as well as your pooch this upcoming holiday, and bring a little light to the winter nights. Collar: $19 (Available colors: red, orange, blue) FIND  it: www.novadogmagazine.com/Products

family might celebrate, rest assured you can find the right gift to say thank-you to your pooch: even if she really should be on the Naughty List for chewing your shoes. Everyone chews shoes sometimes …

For the Dog Who Really Needs to Chill: You’ve had a long day. You walk in after your hour-plus commute, take off your coat, and immediately your hyper dog jumps up and starts begging to be taken care of. Do you love him? Sure! Do you want to express your love for him from afar while he just sits there? Sometimes! That’s where Pet Tunes for Dogs comes in. The cute little cube is pre-loaded with soothing songs meant to calm a dog down. (They’re pretty relaxing for a human, too.) Several vets on the Pet Acoustics website claim the music is frequency-modified to be especially pleasant for pups, which may come in handy during a storm, in the middle of the night, or even on Christmas morning. Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or anything else, you’ll always want a way to make your dog chill once in a while. Get Pet Tunes and relax—your doggy will, too. Price: $59.95 FIND  it: petacoustics.com/pet-tunes-1.html

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For the Glam Dog: Pawdicure Polish Pens. Channel your canine’s inner Bowie with these patented nail pens, which are water-based, non-toxic, and odorless. They look like bright, funky markers, so it’s hard not to want the whole collection of them on your shelf. Also, they dry in 40 seconds or less! You only need one layer to make your pup shine like the finest singer of the last century, and don’t worry: it’s easy to remove. (Warren London, who makes the pens, recommends applying a layer of white polish to dark nails first, and then putting on your favorite color.) There’s even a Christmas bundle with white, neon green, and red if you want your pup to look like one of Santa’s helpers. So shine on! Don’t be afraid to express yourself—or your dog’s self—this holiday season. If the relatives stare, so be it. They’ve probably just never seen an animal look so glamorous before.

For the Fit Dog (also the Wandering Dog): Vets recommend that dogs get about 30-60 minutes of exercise every day. Pettorway, a UK company, has made this goal a whole lot easier with the Petrover Activity Monitor, a nifty device that’s perfect for tracking how active your canine friend is. It attaches to all dog collars and analyzes time spent running, walking, and resting. It also has a short-range tracking function that works within a few feet (sort of like when you can’t find your car in the parking lot and you start hitting buttons on your keys to make it beep). It even allows you to set a daily activity goal for your athletic pup, which is nice if your vet’s been telling you to get your dog in shape. Also, it’s shockproof, waterproof, and its battery can last up to 10 days. If you’re one of those research-lovers who wants to see a nice graph of your dog’s activity, this is the gift for you. Learn more about how your four-legged friend moves and rests throughout the day! You might be surprised at what times your fuzzy loved one prefers to run around. When you feel like sharing your findings with the world, there’s also the Z1 Data Logger, which tracks your pet’s movements and allows you to upload the information online, sort of like a canine Fitbit community. It will also show you a map of where your dog has traveled. Last but not least is the Z3 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker, which syncs to a mobile app that can follow your dog’s movements in real time wherever she goes (as long as there’s a GPS signal). That energetic pup who always takes off running down the block will never get lost again—just clip the device to her collar. You can even set an alert that notifies your phone with a text if your doggy leaves a pre-defined area. Give your dog the gift of always knowing where she is at any given time! You can pretend you’re Jason Bourne if you want—we won’t judge. Petrover Activity Monitor: ~$43 (converted from British pounds) Z1 Data Logger: ~$69 Z3 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker: ~$128 FIND  it: www.pettorway.com/products

Price: $7.99 per pen $74.95 for all 13 colors Available colors: Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, White, Yellow, Black, Silver, Gold, Neon Pink, Neon Purple, Neon Green, Neon Orange FIND  it: warrenlondon.com

For the Stocking Pop a little extra something in your pup’s stocking to keep him safe all winter long. This cute glowing pendant will help your pet remain visible during the long, dark winter evenings. $5 FIND  it: www.novadogmagazine.com/Products

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For the Dog Who Wants a Spa Day: Moisturize, cleanse, refresh—you think those words are just for humans? Give your dog the deluxe treatment she deserves with a line of shampoos and other gels from Kin + Kind. Organically sourced, these hair-care products will have your pup looking professional in no time at all. Highlights include the Hot Spot relief stick for healing irritated skin (made with tea tree oil and coconut oil), the Oatmeal Nourishing Shampoo for dry skin, and the Charcoal Deodorizer for getting rid of life’s more pungent canine smells. Basically, if you want your pup to feel like he’s in GQ, get him one of these shampoos or cleansers. When you’re strutting your way down 14th Street with your heads held high, you’ll be thankful you got your dog the best hair care on the market. Looking sharp, Fido. Price: Hot Spot relief stick: $11.99 Oatmeal Nourishing Shampoo: $19.99 Charcoal Deodorizer: $11.99

cally sourced (within 100 miles of each location), with no GMOs and no preservatives. Take the Hip & Joint with turmeric and black pepper, for instance. All that calcium inside helps your dog’s bones so they’re less achy. Variations like wild-caught mackerel and smoked bacon make skeleton health sound cool and delightful. There’s also the Vita-Boost with wheatgrass, which is packed with iron and vitamins A and C, plus the Wee-Wee Boost with antioxidant cranberries and blueberries, for help with your dog’s bathroom issues. Price: $11.99 per each 3.5-oz. bag FIND  it: http://todoggywithlove.com/#about FIND  it LOCAL:

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For the Hungry Pup: Everyone loves food, but no one more than dogs. Have you ever tried enjoying a meal more than your fur kid? You can’t. So give up and get your pup even more delicious dinners she’ll be sure to scarf down. To Doggy With Love has rolled out a bunch of specialized dog foods that will keep your canine in great health. They’re all lo-

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Spreading

HOPE FETCH a Cure makes sure that your good boy gets the cancer treatment he deserves

By Tonie Stevens

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hat if your pet was diagnosed with cancer? Would you know what to do? What questions to ask? What steps to take? Where to look for information? Most pet parents feel a barrage of questions rushing through their heads when presented with the diagnosis of cancer. How did this happen? Is my pet going to survive? How bad is this, and how much will it cost? After the doctor answers these questions (and many more), moments of shock, fear, guilt, or devastation may set in. For some, a feeling of complete hopelessness washes over them. They are suddenly faced with life-altering decisions to make under the extreme stress of possibly losing their best friend forever. 16 Northern Virginia Dog

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One organization has made it their mission to help pet parents navigate these waters, weigh their options, and support them by providing access to all possible treatment options. FETCH a Cure is a nonprofit organization furthering pet cancer awareness, education, and treatment. Through their Companions in Crisis program, they provide financial assistance to families unable to bear the cost of life-saving cancer treatments for their pets. Many treatment procedures can range in cost from $600-$3,000 and up, depending on the type of cancer, protocol for treatment, and duration of treatment. FETCH wants to help families make decisions without the pressure of an overwhelming financial burden. Our motto is do as much as you can for as long as you can. We are striving to build a community where everyone has access to information, education, and treatment for pet cancer. The CIC program ensures no one is denied a choice for their pet health due to lack of options or funding. The program’s funds are administered through our Medical Advisory

Board, consisting of regional veterinarians, vet oncologists, and surgeons. The parameters of the Companions in Crisis program require that the funds allocated to a recipient be sent directly to the primary hospital or clinic performing the treatment. FETCH is available to assist pets and vets in VA, DC, and Maryland. This program strives to provide pet owners with a sense of hope when facing a pet cancer diagnosis. FETCH works to provide families the opportunity for more time, to make more memories and share more love with their pet. For most of us, our pets are members of our family, so there is nothing we wouldn’t do to have them with us for as long as we can. Time is a precious gift, and we couldn’t be happier to provide this to so many. Having the time to accomplish bucket lists or say “good-bye” makes a difference you can quantify. Shaler, an adorable yellow Labrador, is a FETCH Companions in Crisis recipient. He was diagnosed with Grade II mastocytoma (mast cell cancer) in June 2010, when he was

Shedding a lot? Not hungry? Dry skin?

only sixteen months old. A rare occurrence in a dog so young. Shaler’s owners noticed a lump on the left side of his saddle area that, over the course of a couple weeks, began to suspiciously alter in size. One day it would appear smaller, the next larger, and so on. Concerned by the changing size of the lump, they took him to their vet for an exam. The vet found a mast cell upon aspiration of the site. Shaler was immediately scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor. The tumor showed a high mitotic rate, the rate at which cells divide and multiply. The consulting oncologist wanted cleaner margins, so Shaler underwent an additional surgery, just a week later. The tumor marker results were high and it was determined the tumor was behaving like and aggressive Grade II. Chemotherapy treatments would start soon. Eight rounds of chemo was the recommended protocol. By now, the expenses were adding up and began to burden Shaler’s parents. They needed help. The treating vet was familiar with FETCH a Cure and recommended they contact the organization. FETCH was able to provide

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Our motto is do as much as you can for as long as you can. We are striving to build a community where everyone has access to information, education, and treatment for pet cancer. financial support of Shaler’s chemotherapy and oncologist’s monitoring exam fees. We are so very grateful for their financial assistance that helped enable us to continue with Shaler’s treatment regime. Thank you, thank you, thank you to your [FETCH] organization, to those who have donated to this cause, and to the people behind the scenes who give their time, compassion, and dedication to helping our family and many others through this program. —Dawn and Mike, Shaler’s parents Shaler is a remarkable dog: vivacious, energetic, and obedient. He successfully

reached remission and has won his battle with cancer. Shaler also went on to win consecutive titles as a Dominion Riverrock Festival Champion Dock Jumper. His first ever jump was over 16 feet, and he kept improving from that point on. Shaler is not only a dock jump champ, but also a champion to us and many other dogs and their families. He is our longest-living survivor and has been cancer-free for seven years. He’s a beacon of hope to other families facing pet cancer. Shaler’s parents found a lump early on and reacted in urgency. This early detection helped Shaler win his battle

with cancer. We hope all pet parents will perform routine lumps-and-bumps checks to detect cancer early on. A lumps-and-bumps illustration, as well as an article on the ten warning signs of cancer can be found on our website, fetchacure.org. FETCH has helped many other pet parents find peace of mind when faced with life-altering decisions regarding their pet’s health. Additionally, FETCH provides free bi-annual veterinary continuing education seminars to foster a greater understanding of pet oncology, cancer treatments, and geriatric care. It is their hope that more veterinary practices will refer their patients to them to provide help and support through the difficulties of pet cancer. ND Tonie Stevens is Co-Founder and Director of Development for FETCH a Cure, a Richmond-based nonprofit dedicated to helping families cope with pet cancer. http://www. fetchacure.org/

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An s w e rs to y ou r b e h a v i o r a n d tra i n i n g q u e s ti o n s

Check with your vet before taking your pooch on a hike.

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Hiking Safely with Any Type of Dog by Dr. C a sey C levela n d , B Sc , B VM S

QUESTION: I love to hike with my dog, but I don’t know what trails are safe for her, or how far of a distance she can handle. Can you help me? There are several things to take into consideration in this scenario, which involve breed, age, location of trails, weather, and previous and current medical conditions. All of these must be exercised in concert. We will explore each factor to make sure your fur baby is all set for her adventure. Breed: Some breeds are made for strenuous exercise and some are not. For example, a Lab is more likely to want to go hiking than a toy poodle. Of course, there are plenty of toy breeds out there who will prove me wrong, but the majority of toys prefer a human’s lap over a romp through the woods. Additionally, there are certain breeds who should not be put in a position where they need to exert intense amounts of energy. An example would be a bulldog or any other brachycephalic [having a broad, short skull] breed, as they are at risk for respiratory issues. Age: Most people would only think to take age into consideration if the dog was a geriatric. This is inaccurate. Of course a geriatric dog should not be going for long hikes, but there are some older dogs who have been hiking their whole lives, and they can still handle it. On the other hand, young dogs should be limited when it comes to strenuous activity. It is better and healthier to wait until after their growth plates have closed; for most dogs, this occurs around 18 months of age. De-

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manding too much prior to this will predispose them to joint problems, arthritis, and hip dysplasia. Location of trails: Consider where you are hiking and know what to look out for in that particular area. Things to be aware of include snakes native to that region, spiders, ticks, and other forms of wildlife, all of which can have an impact on your pup. Also consider the type of trail; if there is a path you can stick to, then definitely do this so you can avoid the possibility of coming into contact with the previously mentioned species, as well as avoid potential injury (e.g., walking on rocks for a long time can hurt your pup’s feet and cause injury, such as a cut on the paw pads). Weather: The most ideal time to go hiking would be in the fall or spring, when the weather is mild. Most dogs are already wearing a winter coat, even if it is 100 degrees outside, and this can predispose them to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. On the other hand, pets can also suffer from frostbite to the paw pads and other extremities if they are exposed to frigid temperatures. Previous and current medical conditions: When you’re planning a hike with your fur baby, consider her medical history in the same manner as you would for your human children, or for yourself. Some of the most important medical conditions to consider include heart disease,


arthritis, hip dysplasia, respiratory disease, and recent surgeries. It is important to discuss your plans with your veterinarian prior to new activities, as your veterinarian may advise against this, based on medical conditions. There are many medical issues to consider prior to your dog’s hiking adventure. It is important to cover all your bases and discuss everything with your veterinarian. If she agrees that your canine can handle an outdoor trip, remember to start out with short distances and work your way up to a longer goal over time. ND Dr. Casey Cleveland, BSc, BVMS, has worked in the veterinary field for 20 years—first as a nurse, then as a veterinarian. She graduated from Murdoch University School of Veterinary & BioMedical Science in Perth, Western Australia in 2015 and is now a vet at Inwood Animal Center in Inwood, WV. She has two dogs, Sydney and Darwin, plus four cats—Jackson, Murray, Nikki, and Bo. http://inwoodanimalcenter.com/

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Getting Social With novadog We had a bumper crop of lovely dog pictures this season, from Tongues Out Tuesday to National Dog Day to our annual Barktoberfest + GlowDogGlow run. Thanks to everyone who submitted a snapshot or strutted their stuff with us and our neon pups. Keep up the good work and stay warm this fall! Don’t forget to follow us on social media for event updates, and of course lots of pictures. As a final note, Seville (7-year-old Staffie mix) is actually up for adoption. You can check out her profile here: http://foha.org/index.php?id=27&petid=2405 .

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CANINE CALENDAR

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For more events check out our Canine Calendar online at: www.novadogmagazine.com.

OCTOBER Oct. 27 Low-cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic 6:30pm-8:30pm Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, 22206 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. Waiting is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. All dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers. Waiting is outside so dress appropriately for the weather. Rabies shot: $10.00 24PetWatch MiniChip: $35.00

Oct. 29 Howl-O-Ween on Lake Anne Plaza 1-3pm: Lake Anne Plaza, Reston Dress yourself and your pet in your finest costumes, and celebrate Halloween at Yappy Hour on the Plaza. Enter the free costume contests and games for pets and adults. Dogs, cats, and other furry friends are welcome. FREE. Howl-O-Ween Saturday 1pm-4pm Rockville, MD, pet costume party, parade, and more! $15 admission includes photo and entry into the costume contest. http://www.mchumane.org/support/events/howl-oween/ Grreat 3K Walk 10am: Weber’s Pet Supermarket, 11021 Lee Highway, Fairfax Bring your canine fitness buddy for this fundraiser to support Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training (GRREAT). Refreshments for dogs and humans will be served during the event. Register online. http://www.grreat.org/2016-grreat-3k-walk/

NOVEMBER Nov. 1 Auction for the Animals This online auction kicks off at 8am on 11/1 and lasts until 10pm 11/14. (Yep, it’s two weeks long!) Prizes include passes to Disney World, sports tickets, and animal-themed gift baskets. http://www. mchumane.org/auction-for-the-animals/

Nov. 5 Home 4 the Holidays Saturday, 11am-4pm: Reston Town Center, Reston Don’t miss this great adoption event and festival. Around 40 dog rescue organizations will be there with adoptable dogs. There will also be exhibitions, interactive activities, and a visit from Santa Paws. Come support these rescue groups, and perhaps you’ll also find your next best friend. PawCasso Charity Art Auction, 6-10 p.m. Located in

Terminal A of Reagan Airport, this event makes for an elegant evening featuring local art at a silent auction. Dancing, drinks, and live music will be there, too. Tickets $100. Proceeds benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. http://www.pawcassoart.org/

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Nov. 6 Bark in the Park Sunday, 2pm-4pm Vienna Dog Park, 700 Courthouse Road SW Vienna Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites all animal lovers and dog owners to join in for a free pet-friendly event. 703.255.6360

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City Dogs Rescue Dog Adoption Event 12pm-2pm The country dogs are coming to the City! Meet some cool pups at Dogma Bakery in The Village at Shirlington, and maybe you’ll find a new companion.

Nov. 12 PG SPCA Adoption Event 12pm-2pm Come down to the Big Bad Woof to support Prince George’s County pups! You can even adopt one and take her home with you.

Nov. 21 DC Paws Dog Adoption Day Dogs will be coming from rural shelters in the South looking for their new home! Is it with you? At Dogma Bakery in Shirlington.

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DECEMBER Dec. 1 Low-cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic 6:30pm-8:30pm Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, 22206 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. Waiting is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. All dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers. Waiting is outside so dress appropriately for the weather. Rabies shot: $10.00 24PetWatch MiniChip: $35.00

Dec. 4 Santa Paws Holiday Photos with your Pet Sunday, 11am-3pm The Big Bad Woof Takoma, 6960 Maple St NW, Washington, DC 20012 WHS/WARL is hosting our annual Holiday Photos with your Pet events and the first event is scheduled! Be sure to stop by to visit with Santa and have your holiday photo taken with the whole family, fur babies and all! $20 donation includes a printed photo in magnet frame and digital copy.

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Pet events and the first event is scheduled! Be sure to stop by to visit with Santa and have your holiday photo taken with the whole family, fur babies and all! $20 donation includes a printed photo in magnet frame and digital copy. Petsmart Springfield Adoption Event Saturday, 11am-1pm (703) 922-4990 6535 Frontier Drive Springfield VA 22150

Dec. 24 Bully Paws Dog Adoption Event 12pm-3pm At Dogma Bakery in Shirlington.

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Dec. 10 PG SPCA Adoption Event 12pm-2pm Come down to the Big Bad Woof to support Prince George’s County pups! You can even adopt one and take her home with you.

Dec. 17 Santa Paws Holiday Photos with your Pet Saturday, 11am-3pm The Big Bad Woof Hyattsville, 5501 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781 WHS is hosting our annual Holiday Photos with your

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Jan. 1 City Dogs Rescue Dog Adoption Event 12pm-2pm The country dogs are coming to the City! Meet some cool pups at Dogma Bakery in The Village at Shirlington, and maybe you’ll find a new companion. Dog and Cat Adoption Event – Petco Unleashed, Pentagon Row 12pm-2pm 1101 S Joyce St., Arlington, VA 22202 ND

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HIT THE TRAIL

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L o c a l wa l k s t o e n j o y

The C&O Canal Trail at Whites Ferry by Angela Meyers

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his fall, we have the perfect plan for you to avoid the crowds and get some of the best views of the gorgeous fall leaves Virginia has to offer. You can enjoy a lovely nature walk, immerse yourself in some local history, and even ride a ferry! Our plan: escape to tranquil Whites Ferry. Just a little past Leesburg, you’ll turn down a lovely tree-lined drive where you’ll find your first treat, glimpses of the river that offer luscious pictures of the fall foliage. The end of this road is the line for the ferry. As you embark on your boat ride, take note of the design. Whites Ferry is the last of what was once a fleet of over 100 cable ferries that crossed the Potomac at different locations. Enjoy not only the great view that the river provides (the reflection of the leaves on the water’s surface adds an extra dimension to the

About Your Guide Angela Meyers is the owner of both NOVADog Magazine and a lovely pup named Maggie.

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Make sure you check out the beautiful sunset views along the trail.

bold seasonal colors), but also the special connection to the past. On the Maryland shore, you’ll get to explore the historical details of the ferry, as well as enhance your leaf-peeping with a little local knowledge. The Civil War trail passes through this area, and there are maps and exhibits explaining the place’s role in key battles of the Gettysburg and Antietam campaigns. Take some time to walk around the area near the small shop. You can grab a sandwich there, and if you like, enjoy a quick pic-

nic along the water. Now you are ready to Hit the Trail! The C&O Canal Trail intersects the road just a tenth of a mile up the road from the shop. It starts at the old stone and metal bridge you can see from the water. The beauty of the trail is that either direction you choose, you will enjoy an amazingly calming experience. The tree canopy envelops you during your journey and offers not only a kaleidoscope of fall colors, but also a cooling shade on warmer days. When the sun peeks through, it amplifies


TRAIL SPECIFICS

Distance: Choose your own distance, out and back. Time: Depends on your distance Fido-Friendly Features: Off-street parking, fun dog-safe trails, water access, trash containers at the ferry, shop with supplies, food and drinks.

Photo: Vision Webagency

Use: Hikers, Bikers, Horses, On-leash dogs.

the golds and oranges and reds. The tow path is level and flat. You’re likely to see deer, birds (including owls, woodpeckers and eagles), and other small wildlife. And you’ll experience serenity. The peacefulness of the path is unmatched in the DC area. There is remarkably little foot traffic. You’ll enjoy stretches where you will pass no one for 15 minutes, and if you are lucky, you may not see anyone for an hour! Only the occasional airplane will interfere with the melodious sounds of the forest. There is some bike traffic and a rare horse, so be aware, though it’s not excessive, even on busy weekends. The trail continues to be less busy the further you travel. The entire trail is marked at each mile. White’s Ferry is at mile 35.5. Consider planning so that you catch the spectacular sunset from the MD side before heading back across the ferry. The light makes the leaves glow and the river shimmer like gold. NORTH ROUTE: The northern route stays fairly close to the Potomac, enabling you to catch some gorgeous views. You’ll find a few narrow trails to the river’s edge for a cool down dip in the water. You’ll reach Marble Quarry Campsite at mile 37.8, Lock 26 at mile 39.4, and Lock 27 at mile 30.9. SOUTH ROUTE: During the first half mile you’ll steal a

few glimpses of the Potomac, then the trail heads inland a bit. This segment is particularly dense with wildlife. You’ll reach Turtle Run Campsite at mile 34.5, Broad Run Trunk (aqueduct ruins) at mile 31.9, and Lock 27 (which features a historic, rustic lockhouse that you can rent by the night) at about mile 41.5.

Getting There 42478 Whites Ferry Rd Leesburg, VA 20176 (This is the address provided online. Do not turn down the road to the house; instead, follow Rt 655 to the water.) Open: Ferry Daily 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Trail: Dawn to Dusk

Best Time to Go: Anytime. Rated: 2 paws (very level and hard packed)

1 paw = easy; 5 = expert

Map: https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/ maps.htm

What To Bring Be sure your dog has adequate tick protection and bring bug repellent. Bring water for you and your dog, poop bags, and towels for the after-hike/swim cleanup. (The campsites have port-a-johns and iodine-treated well water.) ND

FERRY DETAILS: http://www.poolesvillemd.gov/338/Whites-Ferry OR 301.349.5200 Operates daily, 5 a.m.-11p.m. Please check their website for updates. No schedule; runs continuously. Waits are typically no longer than 15 minutes, but at peak times including commuting hours, you may wait 30 minutes. Capacity is 22 cars. The ferry is dog-friendly, but it can get crowded, so just watch your pup. FEES: Fess: $1 for pedestrians, each way. No fee for dogs, $5 cars one way, $8 round trip. Pay cash on the boat. PARKING: Plenty of parking on the MD side. On the VA side, room for only about 8-10 cars at two small pull-offs. RESTROOMS & FACILITES: On the MD side only. OTHER FUN STUFF: On the MD side rent canoes and jon boats for $15 per 2 hours. Check the season and times. Dogs are permitted on the boats. PLAN YOUR TRIP: Predicted peak fall foliage dates are predicted to be Oct 10-20. More accurate forecasts are continually posted on http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fall/.

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WAGS TO RICHES Adoption success stories

Oreo Loved by Robert and Elena, Centreville, VA

Adopted in: April 2016 from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

Designs Felines For

How did she get her name? She is black and white—so it seemed appropriate

You picked her because … She was cute and playful, but not quite as active as her brother!

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Favorite activity together: Pokemon GO! Favorite treat or snack: Peanut butter

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Favorite toy: Herbie the rubber pig

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You love her because … She’s part of our family! ND A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation is a non-profit dog rescue group that operates in the Northern Virginia / Washington Metropolitan area. www.aforeverhome.org, @aforeverhome.

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