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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




Holiday Wish List Great gifts to get and give this holiday season for every dog lover on your list.



News, information, and products

7 EXPERT ADVICE Stress-free car rides

9 HEALTH WISE On the cover:

Our patriotic pooch is Lola Blue, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever loved by the Lubic family of Fairfax, VA. Photo by Bill Owen. To view more of Bill’s work visit www. mansbestfriend.org.


A glimpse into the life of Northern Virginia dogs


Literature, arts, and new media


Advice and information on canine health issues



Local walks to enjoy

Dog-friendly spaces in Northern Virginia and beyond






Adoption success stories

Hanging with DC Metro’s dog-crazy crowd

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We’re Environmentally Friendly. The pages of NOVADog are printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks. Please help us make a difference by recycling your copy or pass this issue along to a fellow dog lover. NOVADog Magazine is committed to creating and fostering an active and supportive community for local dogs and their owners to share, learn, interact, and engage. Our mission is three-fold: • Educate—Provide training and canine health-care tips to help dogs live long and fulfilling lives. • Inspire—Publish insightful stories about local heroes and organizations that are doing good in our community. • Collaborate—Help local animal welfare organizations to save and enrich the lives of homeless and abused animals.

Northern Virginia Dog Magazine © 2012 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 website 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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time of the year, and we have gathered some really unique items for our annual “holidog” gift guide, starting on page 16. Most of the goodies can be purchased in the Northern Virginia area, so please help support our local economy. I’m thrilled we are able to present such a diverse selection. My two “NOVADogs” will be getting some great gifts from this year’s guide. Lastly, I would like to thank all of our readers and advertisers for making 2012 such a great year. Thank you for reading our publication and for the many encouraging comments and article suggestions—and for just stopping to say “hi” at the many events we attend. I’d like to wish all of you health and happiness. We hope you enjoy the merriment of the season with your favorite canine friends.

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Local Flavor Did you know that there are more than 7,800 farmers markets operating throughout the United States? The Metro DC area has many diverse and thriving markets. By using the USDA farmers market search engine, (http:// search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets) I found eight of them in my neighborhood alone. Many markets are branching out to sell other items in addition to just fresh fruits and produce. At the Del Ray Farmer’s market in Alexandria vendors also sell honey, cheeses, cut flowers, eggs, nuts, pastries, and even dog treats! Every Saturday (year-round) from 8AM-noon on the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Oxford, you can satisfy your craving for something fresh! ABOVE: We found these delicious (dog-tested!) treats at the Del Ray market. Home-made by local vendor Barkley Square, they use natural ingredients to make all the treats, including their number one seller, bacon and cheddar bones as well as chicken bites, pizza fish, peanut butter bites, and pupcakes.

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Take the Stress Out of Car Trips By Sher a B eck

“My Basset Hound Mazie gets very stressed out in the car. She is generally OK once we get to our location, but the ride makes her anxious. Now, she puts on the brakes as soon as we get anywhere near the car, which is a huge problem not only for trips but also trips to the vet! Is there anything I can do to help this be a better experience for her?” QUESTION

You need to make the car a more positive experiANSWER ence for Mazie. When dogs have anxiety, taking baby steps to desensitize them to whatever makes them anxious is important. For your dog, the act of putting her in the car and then driving to a destination and getting out should be broken down into many steps. Keeping her occupied in the car with her favorite plush or chew toy will help to keep her focused on something she enjoys. It’s also important to take trips in the car to exciting Continuted next page

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places like the park, so she can associate the car with positive and rewarding experiences—instead of just going to the vet. One more thing: remember to never talk to her or pet her when she’s in a state of high anxiety because that will enforce her behavior at that moment, which is the opposite of what you want! Hopefully, these steps help!

1 Spend a few hours with Mazie luring her in the car with a treat, giving her the treat once she’s inside the car and calm, and then luring her out. Do this without actually shutting the car door, and repeat over and over again until she’s jumping in the car on her own without resistance and then coming out when you tell her she can (but do not reward her if she’s jumping out on her own terms). This may take awhile, so be patient!

2 Once you get to the point where Mazie is going into and out of the car eagerly for her treat, start to shut the door for short periods of time, and then open it and invite her out. Do this repeatedly until she’s calm and waiting patiently for the To help calm Fido in the car, check door to be opened. out this audio CD, Through a Dog’s Ear: Driving Edition, as reviewed in the Spring 2012 issue of NOVADog Now you can start movMagazine (page 5). This psychoing the car for very short acoustically designed music strikes periods of time. Drive out the ideal balance of keeping you alert of the driveway, stop, and in the driver’s seat while soothing repeat steps 1 and 2. your dog’s nerves. FIND  it: www. Continue to drive the throughadogsear.com car for short periods of time, and stop the car after a few minutes to take Mazie in and out again with some treats. Every time you stop, take her in and out of the car at least 10-20 times.



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Hopefully, these steps desensitize Mazie to the car, and make the ride more pleasant for the both of you! ND Shera Beck was destined to work with animals. Growing up, she started riding horses in kindergarten and rescued her first dog at age 11. She’s an Animal Behavior College certified dog trainer, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a certified pet dog trainer – knowledge assessed. After completing her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University with a major in psychology, and working five years in corporate America, she decided it was time to pursue her passion for working with dogs and started Pawfect Pups in the fall of 2011. She looks forward to working with you soon and helping your dog become a “Pawfect Pup!” Contact Shera through her website at www.pawfectpups.com.

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aboratory testing helps our pets live longer, healthier lives. A few basic tests, coupled with a physical exam and health history, allow veterinarians to gather a wealth of information concerning the overall health status of your pet. Why do vets do blood work and lab testing? Because dogs cannot describe their symptoms to let us know what might be wrong. Our pets can hide illness, which may be detrimental to their longterm health. Diagnosing an illness in our pets, as in humans, can be difficult and often requires laboratory tests, including specific blood work. Blood work can establish a baseline for health care (i.e., a comparison of your dog’s health when all is well versus when an illness or injury occurs). And last, but certainly not least, it is used to monitor dogs that are on a variety of drugs, such as NSAIDS and seizure, thyroid, or other drugs. Dental disease can alert your veterinarian to conduct testing for internal organ damage and health risks. Test results assist the veterinary team the proper anesthetic drugs for procedures. When do we do blood work? Baseline value testing, preanesthetic testing, wellness exams, sick pet visits, emergencies, and senior pet quality of life evaluations are a few examples of when a vet may do bloodwork. You should work with your veterinary team in determining what testing is needed for your pet. Discuss with them the importance of your role in testing

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Complete Blood Count. A small amount of blood is drawn from a vein to check for anemia, infection, inflammation, and the overall health status of various blood cells. A complete blood count (CBC) is a test that evaluates the number of cells in circulation. White blood cells (WBC) help fight infection or inflammation. Red blood cells (RBC) carry oxygen to the tissues. The hemotocrit or packed cell volume (PCV) tells us hydration status and the overall condition of the circulating RBCs.

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These tests are useful in diagnosing increased (hyper) or decreased (hypo) functions of the thyroid gland. Too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) is common in dogs whereas too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) is common in older cats. Because there is no single thyroid test that can diagnose all thyroid diseases in animals, several different thyroid tests are used to assure proper results (T4, T3, free T4, by dialysis, etc.).

Urinalysis. The health and function of the urinary system is especially important in older animals to help with the early detection of kidney disease or infection. Heartworm testing. A simple test may be run in your veterinarian’s office to check for deadly heartworms. This test is typically run annually for dogs, even if they are on preventatives. No preventative (much like vaccinations) provide 100 percent protection.

Lyme disease testing. Tick migration has exposed all of us and our pets to a variety of Rickettsial diseases. Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere—from deep woods to urban parks. Each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases—such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and others— transmitted by a number of different ticks. These diseases have negative impact on many internal organs, and symptoms often do not appear until damage has occurred. Fecal tests. Identify parasites that can cause diarrhea, weight loss, and blood loss. You and your veterinary team can develop a health plan for your pet. Always discuss the results, and get answers and explanations from your veterinary team. The Internet has options for information, but make sure you rely on reputable sites and sources. ND Christy Bell is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, Virginia. Client education, veterinary blood banking, emergency medicine, and professional photography are her key interests.

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lection season is upon us, and our swing state status means that we Virginians are right in the thick of it. While political debates abound these days, one thing is for certain—our four-legged friends will always be on our side. Thanks to a special dog-friendly offer from a popular hotel on Capitol Hill, you and your pup can take some time out to celebrate your bipartisan bond at the heart of where it all happens. The

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Washington Court Hotel, which has catered to political power players on the Hill since 1981, is now catering to you and your BFF (Best Furry Friend) with a special “Power Pooch Package.” Book this deal and you and your “RePUPlican” or “DEMOdog” will be treated like royalty as you enjoy all that our capitol city has to offer. Lisa Schmitt, director of Sales and Marketing for the Washington Court, says that the

hotel has always been pet-friendly, though only unofficially at first. When Schmitt joined the team two years ago, she made it her personal mission to make the hotel a welcoming place for both two-legged and four-legged guests. “Our focus is on creating a great experience for our guests,” she says. “We want to do whatever we can to make our guests feel at home, including welcoming their pets with open arms,” she explains.

Everyone at the hotel, from the housekeeper to the bellhop, is crazy about pets. General Manager Joel Manion, who lives on site, had his golden retriever, Marley as his faithful companion until her passing. “As pet lovers, we know that a lot of people consider their dog a part of the family and would prefer to bring their pet with them when travelling,” says Schmitt. The Washington Court has made that possible by reserving a block of 10 rooms on the third floor for what they call the VIP (Very Important Pet) wing. Each of the large, comfortable rooms on the VIP wing are decked out with all the amenities you and your dog need to feel right at home, including a doggie placemat, a food and water bowl, and a stylish, comfy pillow bed your pup is sure to love. Upon arrival, your Power Pooch will be greeted with a gift of gourmet treats from Arlington-based Dogma Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique and a patriotic plush toy to take home. Once they’ve claimed their party affiliation as a RePUPlican or DEMOdog, they will also be styled with a party bandana to wear proudly around town. From there, you can head upstairs to hang out in your luxurious room or go out on the town to visit some of the dog-friendly restaurants, yappy hours, and bakeries recommended by hotel staff. The Washington Court Hotel is centrally located only three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, two blocks from Union Station, and an easy walk to the Smithsonian museums and monuments on the National Mall. It is also within walking distance to beautiful Stanton Park, where you are sure to find other four-legged friends out for a stroll. Schmitt says that the special package has been well-received by both out-of-town visitors and locals who are looking for a mini vacation inside the beltway. “It’s been a lot of fun for us and our guests, and we will certainly continue to offer it in the future,” she says. ND Taylor Ham is a freelance writer from Ithaca New York. She currently lives in Alexandria with her husband Stephen and two dogs, Samson and TJ.

IF YOU GO: Considering a “staycation” before heading to the polls this year? Here’s what you need to know: Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington DC 20001 202.628.2100 www.washingtoncourthotel.com Power Pooch packages can be booked online or by phone, and are priced the same as Washington Court’s best available rate. If you’re booking online, be sure to select the Power Pooch Package from the hotel’s list of specials and packages. Let hotel staff know the size and breed of your dog, and any special needs he or she may have. Included with the pet pampering are some great products provided by local dog experts at Arlington-based Dogma Gourment Dog Bakery and Boutique. Your pooch will receive the very patriotic and plush Egg Babies Bald Eagle (pictured here) made by Kyjen. It’s more than a toy; it’s actually a puzzle with three hidden squeaky “eggs” for your dog to sniff out inside. And don’t forget the 100 percent natural wheat and corn-free treats. Your dog can tour the neighborhood and snack in style, with one of these yummy flavors: bacon cheddar, apple dumpling, peanut butter and jelly, blueberry cobbler, and chicken veggie.

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ogma Bakery is so much more than a bakery—but as a baker of fine dog biscuits and treats, it is addictive. “We have many customers that come in as a part of their daily dog walk, with the dogs pulling them down the sidewalk and in to the store,” says Sheila Raebel, owner of this pair of classic dog destinations—one in the Village at Shirlington and the original located on N. Harrison Street in Arlington. Beyond the charming bakery case, the store is full of wonderful dog gifts, gear, and toys. “In addition to attending most of the major pet industry shows like Super Zoo, I also spend a lot of time at gift shows— most recently the Philadelphia and Atlanta Gift Shows—trying to find unique treasures that you won’t see at most other stores.” The walls of the store are hung with wonderful dog portraits, painted by artist Glynn Kessler, and with fun T-shirts with pictures and slogans that will get your friends laughing at you—in a good way. And the shelves are full of treasures, both useful and wonderfully frivolous. All of the baking for both stores is done every morning at the Harrison Street shop—usually by a group of bakers—Laura Tinter, Liza Penalosa, Michelle Bailey, and Phoebe Rosen. “Our treats are really fresh, so we have customers coming in every other day or so for treats,” says Raebel. “We have a five-rack commercial oven and a gigantic mixer, and we make hundreds of cookies a day, all made and cut by hand—and at the end of every day, we have very little inventory left!”

Both stores are open long hours, seven days a week—unusual among boutique pet stores. “We are able to stay open because I have a terrific staff that really cares about the business and about our customers. Every one of them goes above and beyond the norm every day. Thanks to our great team we’ve weathered the recession and the expansion of the big-box stores into pet territory. We take it as a compliment that the large chains are recognizing and emulating what the neighbor-

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As if to prove the point, a customer with a little Chihuahua came in to the Shirlington store for his daily duck stick—a reconstituted chewy treat that was just slightly smaller than the dog. “I figure I spend $365 a year on these duck sticks alone,” the customer tells me. “But if we don’t come, he stands at the door and protests until I bring him in,” she says. The Shirlington store features dog grooming that is a cut above the quick grooming done at many local facilities. “We are not a high volume salon. We specialize in the kind of breed-specific grooming that is done for show-dogs,” Raebel says. “We had one dog come in whose owners were beside themselves with worry. He was so shaggy they were ready to shave him,” she says. “Instead, our professionally trained groomer Cassandra worked with him slowly, and, by the end of the session, she had taken ‘half of a dog’ off of him!”

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Sheila Raebel, owner of Dogma Bakery, lets a customer get in some sniffs of her latest confection. Dog of her own? “I had a family dog, Alfy, who lived to be 18 years old. But Bailey, our brand ambassador, is my first dog that I would call my own. Bailey was adopted from the Fairfax County Shelter from a whole litter of pups that were dumped in the woods in Orange County.” Bailey hit the jackpot when he was adopted by the owner of Dogma! Other pets? Raebel had a Jack Dempsey fish named Sam that was kept in a 110-gallon fish tank. “I rescued him from a fish store where he wasn’t eating because he had lost his teeth. Turned out, he loved frozen worms. He was so big that I had to bury him in a boot box when he died,” she says. “He was like a dog—he would come up to the front of the tank and swim back and forth to get my attention.” Advice for others thinking about getting into a pet-centric business? Be prepared to get very involved with the community: for example, participate in adoption events, special holiday celebrations built around dogs, and special dog days like the Shirlington Wags and Whiskers. Favorite new product? Raebel has two! Beyond a Bag—a backpack that easily expands into a pet carrier for a small or medium pet—and the Soggy Doggy Doormat and Chamie—an unbelievably soft and absorbent dog towel.

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Funniest experience since buying Dogma? “Well I couldn’t say ‘funny,’” Raebel says. “But it’s surely ironic that I bought the business just before the recession, and then we had both a hurricane, and the biggest earthquake on the East Coast in my lifetime, Snowmaggedon, and the derecho. But we are still standing!”

hood stores like ours were already doing,” Raebel says. Dogma also caters to special needs pets. “We don’t offer medical advice, but if a customer comes in asking about special dietary issues, we’ll call one of the great veterinarians in the area for advice on what treats or dog food to offer. We take a holistic approach to our care for pets,” says Raebel. An increasing number of local businesses are placing wholesale orders for Dogma confections. “Lots of restaurants and hotels that host yappy hours come to us for dog treats—especially our home made ice-cream and frozen treats,” she says. Raebel herself doesn’t bake: “I tried to make pumpkin cookies, and they just kept rising and rising and rising. They were starting to look like real pumpkins, so my staff took over.” And, she’s allergic to dogs! “But I love them,” she says, and Dogma immerses her in dog culture without requiring her to be surrounded by dogs all day. “Dogma gives me the ability to offer a place for charities to hold fundraisers, for rescue groups to hold adoption events, and local law enforcement to train their K9s for detection work.” Her love of dogs shows in everything she has done. The shop is a symphony of special treats for dogs—cookies and bones—but also things to wear and things to play with, and things to look and laugh at. No wonder dogs from miles around drag their owners to her store. ND


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Give a Day at the Doggie Spaw

Olde Towne Pet Resort Gift Cards are always popular during the holiday season, available in any denomination. Perfect for that special holiday gift or as a stocking stuffer. Ideal for pet parents with holiday travel plans.

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Smooches for the Pooches!

“I kissed a dog and I liked it” T-shirt. Available for sale at the Fairfax location only. $19.99.

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Stocking Stuffers for the Littles

Card Lab: Custom Gift Cards

Customize a VISA gift card with any photo you upload from your desktop.

Bistro Bites are designed to meet the needs of small dogs. Grain, oil, and gluten free treats are handcrafted, using all-natural ingredients, and are made in the USA using local ingredients whenever possible. Biscuit flavors: berries and almonds, chicken livers, peanut butter carob, sweet potato, and vegetable. Training treats come in peanut butter applesauce. Small (for dogs 10 pounds and under) and medium (for dogs 11-25 pounds). $6-$9

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Say Cheese... It’s Holiday Portrait Time!


Here’s a toy for the humans on your list. What little boy or girl wouldn’t like to cuddle up to Boo, the “world’s NORTHERN VIRGINIA DOG HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE cutest dog.” With more than 5 million Facebook fans, he has been immortalized by Gund. A soft, snuggly pup, this toy is guaranteed to make even your big kid happy! Price: $22.

FIND  it: www. dogmabakery.com

Free Sitting Fees (a $75 value)

Want that perfect holiday photo of your pet? Need a new picture for those holiday cards? All photo sessions booked before Nov. 13 receive free sitting fees ($75 value.) Call 703.237.5522 to reserve your slot. Photo packages start at $75.

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Give Peace of Mind for the Holidays

Pet safety class can save your dog’s life! Gift certificates are available in $60 and $120 increments to cover the cost of a 4-hour or 8-hour PetTech® certification. Classes form regularly, registration prior to class close is required, and certificate holders have one year from purchase to register for any publicly offered class.

Save $44 off the at-your-home 90-120 min. photo session (regular price $275) with prominent Washington dog, cat, horse, child, and family photographer Bill Owen. Session must take place in October or November 2012, and you must mention NOVADog holidog when you call. (Offer can not be combined with other special offers.) Check out Bill’s very popular on-the-white-paper studio-look photography!

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Pictures With Santa Paws

December 8 on location at The Dog Eaze Inn in Woodbridge. Pictures are $10 or $5 with a dog or cat food donation to the PWSPCA food bank. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Prince William Animal Shelter. Call 703.491.1564 to schedule your session.

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Doggie Bling

Handmade necklaces can be made for any size dog. From Swarovski to glitzy beads, you can pick any theme, color, or size. Customize for a 220 lb. Mastiff or a 3 lb. Chihuahua. The necklaces are all one-of-kind designs. Prices start at $50 depending on types of beads, size, and charms.

FIND  it: www.uptownpetboutique.com

Favorite Holiday T and $25 in Becky’s Bucks!

Celebrate in perfect dog style with a festive holiday T-shirt. Soon to be the coziest shirt in your closet and your favorite to wear. Scoop up one for yourself and a few for your friends—as they make the perfect, unique holiday gift. As soon as you purchase your shirt, forward your receipt to Jenny@BeckysPetCare.com, and they will mail you $25 in Becky’s Bucks, valid for any service from Becky’s Pet Care! (Visit Becky’s Pet Care online at www.beckyspetcare.com)

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Freedom No-pull Harness

If your dog pulls on the leash and you want a better, more gentler way to control him while out for a walk, this is an excellent choice. It has a loop that sits on the back between the shoulders. When the dog pulls, the harness tightens gently around the chest, relieving a lot of the pain and stress to the neck that equipment—like flat-buckle collars, choke chains, or pinch collars cause. It also has a structural ring on the front of the chest for an additional control point, which lets you guide your dog or redirect his or her attention, and makes management much easier. This is not a cure for good leash manners, but an excellent choice to manage walks when not actively training your dog to walk well on a leash. Price: $28.99

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For Those “Oops” Moments

A must-have for the holidays! Now your pet can be appropriately attired during those special occasions. With a variety of themes including but not limited to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Winter Fun. These one-of-a-kind, hand-decorated, Do-Rite Disposable Dog Diapers are available in sizes S, M, L, XL, and 2X. Holiday diapers are custom made to order. Two weeks notice required. $4.50 to $6.00. To place your order, call 888.770.0111, or email customersupport@do-rites.com.

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Chocolate Festival

Dogma treats are made every day in their stores. Your dog gets healthy treats without the sugar, artificial coloring, and preservatives that show up in some other brands. Treat your dog during the holidays—and every day—with these delish and fancy carob treats. Prices range from $1-5.

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Home Cooked to Pup-fection! Locally Made, Special Holiday Feasts! Up-to-Date Cuteness

Start every new month with the picture of a cute pup. The pet sitters at K9 Nirvana selected winners from clients’ pets as part of their calendar photo contest. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Homeless Animals. Get your copy today!

Two of our holiday retailers have told us they are making special “take out” holiday dinners this year. Thanksgiving and Christmas roasted turkey dinners can be ordered to go, so you can treat your pup to a special holiday surprise. All home cooked and ready to serve! FIND  it: www.dogeazeinn.com / 703.491.1564

$6 per doggie dinner, pre-order to be picked up on November 21 and December 23 and 24.

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$14.95 per serving with a surprise doggie treat! (Thanksgiving pre-orders begin on November 15. Orders will be available for pick up or delivery on Nov. 23. Christmas dinner pre-orders begin Dec. 10 and will be available for pick up or delivery on Dec. 21.)

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Holiday Christmas Market

An old-fashioned Christmas market with plenty to warm the body and soul of your furry friend: a huge selection of coats, sweaters, parkas, collars, and leashes. Plus a wide selection of holistic, grain-free dog food. Don’t forget the holiday treats: cookies, bones, rawhide, and toys of all kinds.

FIND  it: www.otsfd.com

UNWRAP THESE SPECIAL Pet dentistry discounts!

$50 FOR $75 WORTH OF PET SITTING All Friends Pet Care (see our ad on inside front cover)

Fur-Get Me Not (see our ad on page 9)

Looking for an excellent pet sitting provider for your furry family members? All Friends Pet Care has been providing quality in-home professional pet sitting throughout Northern Virginia since 1998. Our pet sitters are all bonded and insured, and many are pet first aid certified. With this offer, available to first-time clients only, you pay just $50 for $75 worth of pet sitting. Purchase your voucher on our website.

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Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates (see our ad on page 6) Help to Protect your pets health with annual dentistry visits. Base Price $325.00 includes Pre-Anesthetic bloodwork, IV Cath. Dentistry offered 7 days a week! Open 24/7/365 Call 540-338-7387 for appointments.


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KissAble Canine (see our ad on page 23)

KSR Pet Care (see our ad on page 11)

Sign up for a KissAble Canine Puppy training class from Oct.-Dec. 31st to receive your free kit! (Training pouch, clicker, training treats, and toy.) Retail $22. Mention Holidog2012. Our group classes and private, in-home lessons are more than just a puppy party. Puppies under 6 months old will have the opportunity for a variety of interaction and training. We’ll address the major puppy rearing topics and learn puppy training games.

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Off-Leash K9 Training (see our ad on the inside back cover)

$100.00 off of our Basic Obedience Package and our Basic and Advanced Obedience Package with mention of NOVADog Magazine.

$400.00 off of our 2-week Board and Train Program with mention of NOVADog Magazine.

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Visit us at our do-it-yourself dog wash in Adams Morgan, or drop your dog off at our dog daycare in Arlington. During the month of December, you’ll receive $5 off whether YOU wash or WE wash services. Just mention NOVADog to receive the discount. Note: We wash services are available to dog daycare or boarding clients at our Arlington location only.

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NoVA Mobile Vet (see our ad on page 7) Canine massage can help alleviate pain caused by injuries and improve a dog’s overall health and well-being. It’s also a great gift for your dog! Surprise your pooch with the wonderful gift of massage therapy. Contact us at info@ksrpetcare.com to set up your consultation and 30-min canine massage with our certified massage therapist. (Price: $49) FIND  it: www.ksrpetcare.com

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Rudy’s Friends Dog Training (see our ad on page 22) $25 off 7 private training sessions (normally $525) or $25 off a training class at Pro Feed in Vienna—Basic Manners Made Easy is $190. Our training philosophy: Make training happy and fun, and your dog will learn that responding to commands can be a great experience.

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A full-service veterinary hospital on wheels, we offer a full range of veterinary services without having to sacrifice quality pet care. Since we come to you, there is less stress on you and your pet. We offer 10% off new clients if this ad is mentioned.

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LOCK IN LOW PRICES NOW FOR HOLIDAY PET CARE Time For A Walk (see our ad on page 5) We are not running any specials due to our incredibly already low prices. However, Time for a Walk will soon be increasing our prices, so lock in at our current pet sitting rates. Mention NOVAdog and we’ll make certain that you will be locked in at our current pet sitting prices for the 2012 holidays.

FIND  it: www.timeforawalk.com

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital recommends that all dogs who routinely come in contact with other dogs outside their households be vaccinated for Canine Influenza. Mention this ad, and receive 5% off your dog’s Flu Vaccine.

HOLI-DOG SAVINGS VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital 2660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Main 703-751-2022 Emergency Department 703-823-3601 www.vcaalexandria.com

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$25 OFF Unleashed Abilities (see our ad on page 8)

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital (see our ad on page 11)

Save $25 off your first training session. (regular price $175). Includes consult, assessment, and lesson. Unleashed Abilities provides one-on-one at-home dog training and owner education. Simple effective strategies to help bring out the best in your dog, and in yourself. FIND  it: www.unleashedabilities.com

Canine influenza is becoming more prevalent in our canine population and its symptoms mimic those of kennel cough. VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital recommends that all dogs who routinely come in contact with other dogs be vaccinated for Canine Influenza. Come in today to get your dog’s discounted flu vaccine.

FIND  it: www.vcaalexandria.com

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Barkley Square (see our ad on page 24) Get 25% off your first pet visit with Barkley Square. An in-home professional pet service offering personalized home pet care and specializing in your animal’s happiness. We offer VIP monthly service, on-call daily Visits, bed & barkfast, overnight stays, and pet taxi service. Your pet is a member of your family, so we want you to be able to design the service that fits you and your pets’ needs.

FIND  it: www.barkleysquare.com

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In Review

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A Dog’s Journey

Dog Training & Behavior Modification

By W. Bruce Cameron, Reviewed by Ingrid King


Dog’s Journey is the long-awaited sequel to the wildly successful A Dog’s Purpose, soon to be a major motion picture, which chronicled the journey of one dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lifetimes. Written from the dog’s point of view, A Dog’s Journey picks up where the previous book left off. Buddy is near the end of his life when he meets Ethan’s granddaughter, Clarity. After saving her from near drowning, he realizes that guarding her will be his purpose. The story follows Buddy through several incarnations. He stops at nothing to make sure he is reunited with Charity for each lifetime, and he protects, rescues, and supports the sometimes troubled young girl into adulthood. He is by her side through numerous challenges, and his unconditional love brings comfort and joy even during some of her darkest days. The author’s ability to look at the world through a dog’s eye and a dog’s heart will bring smiles and tears to the reader in equal measure. Readers will enjoy this book even without having read A Dog’s Purpose, but they will probably get more out of it by reading the two books in sequence. Like the original, the sequel is more than just another dog story. It’s a story of timeless love between dogs and humans, and it proves that every living being has a purpose. As seems to be the case with most sequels, it doesn’t pack quite the same punch as the first book, but this heartwarming and charming story is still a thoroughly enjoyable read. Ingrid King is the award winning author of Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. She is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. Her blog, The Conscious Cat, is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans, which has won multiple awards. Ingrid is the publisher of the online magazine News for You and Your Pet, which goes out to subscribers around the world. For more information about Ingrid, please visit www.ingridking.com.

703-574-3383 Sign up for a creative learning workshop! n Artful Dog-rrr— Color outside the lines in this fun art class for canines! n The Nose Knows— Focus on your dog’s keenest sense: smell. n K.I.S.S. Bad Habits Goodbye—Present your dog’s problem behavior. n Canine Mediation and Healing—Learn meditation and healing techniques to practice with your dog. n Urban Herding 101—Teach your dog this new sport, herding for the dog not on a farm! To register for workshops visit the KissAble Canine website:


Snort’s Special Gift Helps Kids Deal With Grief


ritten by Suzanne Yue, and beautifully illustrated by Lin Wang, this children’s book on pet loss will help families through a difficult time. Savy is worried. Her dog, Snort, is very sick, and Savy’s parents say that Snort needs to leave them and go to heaven. But who will play with Snort if she leaves Savy and her family? And what will Savy do without her best friend? happy memories and creates a In Snort’s Special Gift, Savy and her family explore different ways to grieve for beautiful celebration of Snort’s life. and remember a beloved pet. This healing And in the end, Savy discovers that Snort has more special gifts to share story addresses feelings of loss in gentle with her. and supportive ways as the family shares

Happy Dogs. Happy Homes. —KissAble Canine Voted Best Trainer two years in a row! Northern Virginia Magazine

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40 PLUS all-breed and purebred dog rescue organizations on-hand with adoptable dogs to meet and greet you. They will be awaiting their holiday gift—a family to spend the holidays with!


CALENDAR OCTOBER October 14 1 - 4PM—Crafty Kids Fundraiser to benefit Service Dogs of VA at Cherry Hill Park. Children will be making and selling their art and craft for suggested donations. Also agility demos, live music, dogs for adoption. More info: www. muttsnmunchkins.com.

October 14 1PM—Canine Good Citizen Testing at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. For more info: www.furgetmenot.com.

October 17 7:30PM—Dog Training Workshop: Leash Manners, at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. Cost $35. For more info: www.furgetmenot. com.

October 21

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11AM - 4PM—Pit Bull Awareness Day at Occoquan Regional Park. BBQ/picnic, raffle with great prizes, a Howl-O-ween costume contest, PawCasso Paintings, Photography by Amanda and more. Leashed dogs (of all breeds) welcome. More info bullypawsrescue@gmail.com.

October 21 12 - 3PM—Anniversary Party at Uptown Pet Bistro and Boutique. Contest for Best Halloween Costume and Best Dressed pet. Lots of fun contests and events happening all day. More info: www. uptownpetboutique.com.

October 21 9AM—Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals, Market Square, Old Town Alexandria, VA. Rain or Shine. Help raise awareness about pet overpopulation in Alexandria. Walkers are encouraged to bring their canine friends. Adult registration is $25 and includes an event t-shirt and bandana. More info and to register online: www.alexandriaanimals.org.

October 25 6:30 - 8:30PM—Low-Cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. $10 Rabies shot, $30 microchip. Bring prior 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.


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10AM - 4PM—Prince William Humane Society Fall 4 Fur Adopt-a-thon. Prince William Humane Society’s 1st Annual Mega Pet Adoption Event, dog walk, and grand opening of the county’s 1st dog park. Special adoption fees, free spay/neuter for pets adopted during this event, demos, microchip clinic, kid’s activities, pet themed movies all night long. More info: www. pwhumane.org/fall-4-fur-adopt-a-thon.

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NOVEMBER November 3 11AM - 4PM—Home 4 the Holidays at Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. GoodDogz.org is sponsoring the ninth annual pet adoption event. 40+ all breed and purebred dog rescue organizations will be on-hand with adoptable dogs awaiting their holiday gift – a family to spend the holidays with. More info: www.home4theholidaysdc.org.

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November 3 6:30 - 11PM—The Love Ball at the Rockville Hilton. Dinner, Dancing & Dogs! The Montgomery County Humane Society is hosting a fabulous, fun-filled animal welfare charity gala where you can mix, mingle, dance, and dine—all with your canine companion by your side. Order tickets here: www.mchumane.org/ LoveBall2012.shtml. RSVP Deadline October 13. CONTINUED NEXT PAGE



CALENDAR November 7 7:30PM—Dog Training Workshop: No Jumping! at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. Cost $35. For more info: www.furgetmenot. com.

November 28 7:30PM—Dog Training Workshop: Tricks, at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. Cost $35. For more info: www.furgetmenot.com.

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DECEMBER December 6 6:30 - 8:30PM—Low-Cost Rabies and Microchip Clinic at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. $10 Rabies shot, $30 microchip. Bring prior 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.

December 7

7:30PM—Dog Training Workshop: Leash Manners, at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. Cost $35. For more info: www.furgetmenot. com.

December 13 7:30PM—Dog Training Workshop: No Jumping! at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA. Cost $35. For more info: www.furgetmenot. com. ND

1 - 5PM—Howliday Daycare Party at The Dog Eaze Inn. Cost $15. For more info: www.dogeazeinn.com.

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Dog-Friendly Events

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Home 4 The Holidays www.home4theholidaysdc.org.............p. 24 Alexandria Shelter Walk www.alexandriaanimals.org..............2

Rescue Organizations Friends of Homeless Animals www.foha.org....................... p. 28 Washington Humane Society www.washhumane.org ............p. 28

Dog Food/Nutrition Whole Pet Central www.wholepetcentral.com.........................p. 9

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Training/Behavioral Counseling/Advice KissAble Canine www.kissablecanine.com.............................p. 23 OffLeash K9 Training www.offleashk9training.com...................................inside back cover. $50 off Olde Towne School For Dogs www.otsfd.com.........................p. 22 Pawfect Pups www.pawfectpups.com....................................p. 25 Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, Inc. www.rudysfriendsdogtraining.com..........................................p. 22 $25 off Unleashed Abilities www.unleashedabilities.com...................p. 8

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Dog Day Care

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Dog Gone Walking & Pet Care www.dog-gone-walking-pets.com............................................p. 25 DogOn Fitness, LLC www.dogonfitness.com...........................p. 25 Fairfax Pet Care LLC www.fairfaxpetcare.com........................p. 13 K9 Nirvana www.k9nirvana.com............................................p. 15 KSR Pet Care www.KSRpetcare.com.....................................p. 11 Northern Virginia Professional Pet Sitters Network www.novapetsitters.com.........................p. 7 Time for a Walk www.timeforawalk.com.................................p. 5 Very Important Pets www.veryimportantpetsva.com...............p. 10 Your Dog Smiles www.yourdogsmiles.com.............................p. 6

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HIT THE TRAIL Local walks to enjoy

Rock Creek Park Loop Hike: Southern Section By Carol B r ooks


Hike Leader, Agi Kiss (3rd from right), with Nova Trail Dogs Meetup group hikers (Photo courtesy of Agi Kiss).

ith fall days getting shorter and cooler weather beckoning you and your dog outdoors, it’s time to strap on your

pack, grab your leash, and head for the hills—the

carefully for Blue Blazes before choosing your

hills of Washington, DC, that is.

path, unless you want to add mileage to your hike. In general, choose the trail closest to Beach Drive

Nestled in a valley-like setting with rolling hills, open meadows, and the insulating sound

(but not leading to Beach Drive). The trail goes up

of water rushing over rocks, Rock Creek Park is

and down steep hills and over a ridge resplendent

the perfect destination for viewing fall foliage.

with mountain laurel. After you come down from

Created in 1890, this quiet park was established

the ridge and across a foot bridge, you will be hiking next to Rock Creek with many opportuni-

when the surrounding area was mostly rural. More than 120 years later, the park’s protected

toward Pierce Mill by crossing Tilden Street, then

ties for your dog to cool off. Continue to follow the

setting continues to act as a serene counterpoint

take the second dirt trail on your left. Follow this

Valley Trail to Pulpit Rock (a scenic viewpoint) and

to the nearby hustle of our nation’s capital. With

trail over Glover Road and continue to the right

on to Park Street. At Park Street go right and cross

its 1,753 acres, of which approximately 300

and next to the creek. You’ll climb up a hill about

Beach Drive to Pierce Mill and your car.

are devoted to recreational use and trails, Rock

a half mile into the hike, and then the trail levels

Creek Park is one of the largest forested urban

off and goes downhill to a sandy beach to the

Getting There

parks in the United States.

right. This shallow area is perfect for a dog break.

Follow directions to Pierce Mill at the corner

If you’re like me, you may have driven through

Continue on the trail next to the creek until

of Tilden Street (same as Park Road), NW and

Rock Creek Park to get somewhere else, but

you reach a small stone building—the halfway

you’ve never explored the extensive trail system,

point of the 3-mile hike options. This is also your

visited the dog-friendly nature center, or relaxed

decision point. You can turn around and retrace


by the creek. I decided it was time to find out

your steps, or turn right and cross the bridge and

about this national treasure, so I joined the Nova

either follow the dirt trail along the right side of

Trail Dogs MeetUp group for a loop hike led by

Beach Drive or take the challenging blue-blazed

Agi Kiss.

Valley Trail immediately after the Park Police

Park Hours: Rock Creek Park is open during daylight hours. Check the website (www.nps. gov/rocr) for the visitor center’s operating hours. Beach Drive is closed to cars Saturdays 7:00 am to Sunday 7:00 pm.

When we met at the Picnic Pavilion parking

Station on your left. If you decide to take the

area near Pierce Mill on the corner of Tilden Street

Valley Trail, you and your dog will have frequent

and Rock Creek Parkway, Agi described three

opportunities to exit the trail and you can rejoin

options for our hike distance and route: two 3 mile

Beach Drive and follow the dirt trail alongside it,

hikes and a 5 mile hike. All of the hike options

back to the starting point. Note: Watch for bikes

follow the same route for the first mile and a half.

and joggers on Beach Drive when you cross.

Starting at the parking area where there are bathrooms, trash cans, and picnic tables, head North

About Your Guide Carol Brooks is co-owner of DogOn Fitness, a daily exercise service for dogs. She specializes in high-energy and overweight dogs, providing them with working walks, running, adventure hikes, training reinforcement, and more. Headquartered in Reston, DogOn Fitness services Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, MD. Visit them on the Web at www.dogonfitness.com.

The trails along Rock Creek and Beach Drive reward you with picturesque views of the creek, sycamores, and red maples. You’ll find panoramic

Beach Drive, Washington, DC 20015. ND

What To Bring: Be sure your dog has adequate tick protection. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes. Bring water or a water container for you and your dog, and poop bags. There are drinking fountains throughout the park. Trail Specifics: Distance 3.0 – 5.0 miles. Time: 60 minutes for the 3-mile hikes, or 90+ minutes for the Valley Trail hike.

poplar, dogwood, and even mountain laurel as you

Fido Friendly Features: Off-street parking (limited space), fun dog-safe trails, frequent trash bins, and water access.

reach the ridge. Some sections of the Valley Trail

Use: Hikers, runners, horses, on-leash dogs.

are narrow and rocky, and can be challenging for

Best Time to Go: Weekends provide most tranquil experience with Beach Drive closure.

views from the Valley Trail plus see oak, tulip

dogs and humans. The day I hiked this trail, there were also numerous downed trees to scramble over or around. If you opt for the Beach Drive route, stay on

Resources: Rock Creek Park Map: www.nps.gov/ rocr/planyourvisit/upload/rocrmap1.pdf. Rated: 2-5 paws (easy-medium)

the trail until you reach Pierce Mill and your car. You’ll find benches along your route if you and your dog want to rest. On the Valley Trail, watch

1 paw = easy; 5 = expert



WAGS TO RICHES Adoption success stories


2-year-old Oliver is loved by the Heun family in Woodbridge, VA.

Adopted from: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue on January 29, 2011. How did he get his name? His shelter name was actually Lyle, and, when my husband and I decided to adopt him, we were even toying with the idea of keeping the name. We adopted our little guy off transport, meaning we got approved to adopt before he arrived and committed to taking him home sight unseen. When he got here, he was clearly nervous and didn’t quite know what to make of the new world around him. But when we got him home, he had this hopeful curiosity about him and was so willing to welcome love into his life. Something about him made us think of Oliver Twist, and so the name Oliver stuck.

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You picked him because... My husband grew up with a Jack Russell Terrier, and, when we decided we were ready to get a dog, that was the dog he wanted. Since I grew up with a mutt from a shelter, I only cared that we get our dog by adoption. So after some searching, we stumbled upon Ollie, which is how we found Lucky Dog. Favorite activity together: One of the things I love about Ollie is he’s pretty much up for anything. He’s our little clown, and we love his happy-go-lucky attitude about everything. Though I do think our favorite activity might be cuddling up on the couch for a nap together! Favorite toy: Two weeks after we adopted Ollie, we got him a fuzzy stuffing free toy that sort of looks like a Muppet. We named him Blue because that’s what his color is. He plays with it often, but it’s the only toy to date that he hasn’t tried to tear apart yet. So, by virtue of its longevity, we would probably call Blue his favorite.

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You love him because he... loves us and brings us such joy each moment of each day. There aren’t really enough words to explain how our lives have been made better since Ollie has come into our life. He’s playful and up for anything, but also an incredible cuddle bug. He’s also been an amazing foster brother to Lucky Dogs just like him, always excited for his new live-in playmate and especially helpful at showing shy fosters that the world after shelter life isn’t so scary. It wasn’t so long ago that he came into our lives, but we honestly can’t remember or imagine what life was like without him. ND Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. To see adoptable dogs and to learn more, visit www.luckydoganimalrescue.org.

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