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Cage-free daycare, boarding, grooming and more. Five great locations in Northern Virginia. Visit Winners receive a NOVADog Magazine limited-edition T-shirt and a gift certificate from A Dog’s Day Out. need), and much more. This issue helps us all start appy New Year! I wish everyone a Stuthe year off right: with some fun events, ways to pendous ‘17. 2 healthy lifestyle ideas. 1 This Winter’s issue takes an exclusive get involved, and also some look into the social universe of Tommy McFly, ex- Grab a blanket and a couch and snuggle up with amining how he maintains his uber-busy work life your favorite furry friend—then give this issue a connect with us read. while also parenting as a super-committed doggy Throughout 2017 we will continue hosting dad. We all know Tommy as our friendly radio DJ, 1. FRITZY loved by Regina in Virginia Beach dozens of pet-focused events that give back to the a man who is as much of a face around DC as he community. A few examples include dog treat is a voicePRIZE on our car radios in the morning. Some2. BLUE loved by MaryJo in Centreville baking, dog toy making, photography classes, how he isPack everywhere and knows everyone, which therapy dog sessions, group hikes, and happy is only a part of his charm and appeal. The first 3. DAYTONA loved by Brittany in Woodbridge hours, as well as another GlowDogGlow 5K. We time I met him, I felt like we’d been friends for 4. MINNIE loved by Scott & have enjoyed bringing these events to NOVA and years. His ability to put you at ease is remarkable, Laura in Fairfax seeing the positive impact our donations have not to mention his dedication to helping people. 5. GRETEL loved by Bev made. We hope you join us in 2017, and we look His list of thought-provoking and engaging good in Springfield forward to seeing you. www.NOVADogMagazine. deeds is long and admirable. With this fun read, com/Events. you’ll be as happy as we are to be a part of the Happy 2017 NOVADog Community! Fresh Family. Angela Our other timely topics include heartworm disease prevention, tips on prepping for emergenVisit us on the Web at cies in the new year, a look at an inspirational new hospice program that keeps our pets by our or scan the QR code above. side (even when we can’t provide all the care they BROUGHT TO YOU BY



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News, information, and products


Tips on dog health


Dog-friendly spaces


A glimpse into the lives of Northern Virginia dogs


Answers to your behavior and training questions



Our very own local “Ryan Seacrest” Radio personality Tommy McFly and dogs Chip and Mr. Troy Cover photo and above by Fuzzypants Pet Photography

Hanging with DC metro’s dog-crazy crowd


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Adoption success stories

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save the dogs—A match made in heaven. Merlin’s Kids rely solely on charitable donations, but there are also other ways to give back: • Monetary donations • Sponsor a dog or child • Volunteer or fund raise • Donate supplies Reach out and touch two lives by visiting Merlin’s Kids on the Internet or friend them on Facebook ( FIND  it:

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If your pet does contract heartworms, the earlier it is detected the better chances he has for a full recovery.

The Heart of the Matter Understanding and Preventing Heartworm Disease By Je nn if er K or in ch a k

alentine’s Day will soon be here, and that gets us thinking about hearts! While the thought of heartworms isn’t very romantic, we feel it’s an important subject to discuss to help prevent this disease in the pets we love so much.


Dogs are a natural host, meaning they provide a welcoming environment for heartworms to mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring. If left untreated, one canine can potentially harbor hundreds of heartworms in her body.

What is heartworm disease?

What are the symptoms of heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a serious illness caused by worms that live in the pulmonary vessels of infected pets. (Pulmonary vessels carry blood to the heart and lungs.) These foot-long worms— which look like strands of spaghetti—can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other body organs. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. Dogs of any age, breed, or living condition, indoors or outdoors, are at risk in our area. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to infect your pet!

Often dogs do not exhibit any signs of illness at all until the disease has progressed significantly. Some advanced symptoms include asthma-like persistent coughing or difficulty breathing, fatigue or lethargy, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Dogs harboring large numbers of heartworms can have sudden blockages of blood flow to the heart, causing cardiovascular failure. By the time symptoms set in, prevention and treatment are usually too late. The medical work-up and treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is very expensive, painful, and requires strict rest for the pet for several months to limit the risks of complications (and complications can be very serious).

What animals are at risk for heartworm disease? Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats, ferrets, and other noncompanion mammals including wolves, coyotes, foxes, and sea lions. Foxes and coyotes are considered important carriers because of their potential to live in close proximity to humans and their pets.

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What can I do to prevent heartworm disease in my pets? Because there are so few early signs of the disease, routine testing to detect heartworms is very important. For dogs, we recommend an annual blood test performed during your pet’s yearly

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exam. This simple test requires just a small blood draw and is processed in our in-house lab. (As a bonus, this blood test also screens for three tick borne diseases: Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis.) We believe the best defense against heartworms is giving dogs a preventative every month of the year.

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Heartworm preventatives can be in the form of a chewable tablet or a spot-on topical medication. In both cases, they work by killing the immature (larval) stages of the heartworm parasite. This includes the infective heartworm larvae deposited by the mosquito, as well as the following larval stage that develops inside the animal. Once the immature larvae become adults, they cannot be effectively eliminated by preventives. Because of this, it is very important that heartworm preventives be administered strictly on schedule each month without interruption. Administering prevention late or skipping months altogether (like in the colder winter months), can allow immature larvae to molt into the adult stage.

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Yes, we do recommend a heartworm test every year for dogs. Even if you are a responsible pet owner keeping your pet on prevention year-round, an annual test ensures the prevention is working properly. Heartworm medications are highly effective, but like all medications, nothing works perfectly 100% of the time. And even if one monthly dose is missed, your pet will be unprotected. Some pets may also spit out their pills when you’re not looking, vomit, or rub off the topical medication. If your pet does contract heartworms, the earlier it is detected the better chances he has for a full recovery. It is also important for your veterinarian to ensure your pet does not have heartworms before beginning or renewing a preventative prescription. Administering preventatives to a heartworm-positive pet can have severe or even fatal medical complications. It takes about six months for dogs with heartworms to test positive (this is the amount of time it takes the infective larvae to mature to adult heartworms), so your pet may have been infected with larvae at last year’s exam, but did not read positive on that test. ND Jennifer Korinchak is the Marketing Manager at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. This is article contains contributions from Dr. Jennifer Boyle and Dr. Lauren Kloer. To get more advice on animal-related topics, visit LVH’s blog at


I’m very good at administering my pet’s heartworm preventative each month and he had a heartworm test at last year’s exam. Does he really need another test so soon?









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Super Pet Expo:

This Spring’s Can’t-Miss Family Event By Eri c U d ler


hen people ask Dave Cotell what his favorite pet event of the year is, he says cheerily, “Super Pet Expo!” A common response can be found among thousands of pet lovers like Dave who live in Northern Virginia. Super Pet Expo ( will take place March 17-19 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. As one of the largest pet events in the DC-Metro area, it will attract any pet parents looking to shop for their four-legged friends. Nearly 200 vendors will be present selling the latest products, from designer fashion leashes and collars to nice one-of-a-kind gifts. You’re likely to find something for even the pickiest pet enthusiast. The Good Stuff Pet Food Truck (— hard to miss with its oversized dog bone—is making a stop at the show to educate pet owners about their dogs’ ideal weights and using positive reinforcement dog training to ensure their animals enjoy balanced lives. Plenty of free dog treats will be dished out. The truck, backed by Ameri-

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can Pet Nutrition (, has stopped at numerous cities across America. Follow Super Pet Expo on Instagram @superpetexpo for a chance to win a year’s supply of pet food from American Pet Nutrition’s Supreme Source® Pet Nutrition. Luring 101 ( is back for the second year in a row. If your dog loves to chase, this is a great way for your pup to have fun and get some exercise. Imagine an artificial lure being dragged across the ground at a high rate of speed, with a set number of turns and changes in direction. Any dog that’s in good physical condition and loves to chase is perfect for this sport! Another crowd favorite, The Ultimate Air Dogs ( dock diving competition will be back as well. Stop by to see four-legged athletes soar through the air into a 30,000 gallon swimming pool with a splash. Regardless of breed or size, all family dogs are welcome to compete in this highly regarded competition. The day’s schedule features three separate events: Fetch-It, a jumping competi-

Luring is a great way for your pup to have fun and get exersice.

tion where the dog that jumps the furthest while knocking a bumper down wins; Catch It, a dog distance-jumping competition; and Chase-It, a swimming contest for dogs. Even a family pooch can move on to be a title holder. The winners of the weekend are invited to the finals to compete against others who qualified. Your pet has a chance to be a grand champion. Saturday’s Best Dressed Pet Competition, sponsored by All Friends Pet Care, ( is always a highlight of the weekend. Past winners have included Stallone the Great Dane—dressed as Rocky, of course!—and “Pug-In-A-Tub,” an adorable Pug in a robe and shower cap. Creativity is always appreciated and rewarded by the judges. This year the Super Pet Expo is happy to welcome fluffy Instagram stars Sebastian and Luna of @sebastianlovesluna. The parade of fashion-forward animals begins at 12 noon on Saturday. The contest is open to all event attendees. New for the 2017 show is Rabbit Agility (www.rabbithopping. com). Yup, you read that correctly: “Rabbit Agility.” Agility for rabbits is similar to agility for dogs, just with smaller equipment. We all know rabbits are naturals when it comes to running and jumping, but they are also quite trainable and intelligent. There’s more to these long-eared pets than just being fuzzy. Some great first-time exhibitors will show up on the showfloor, including National Pet Wellness and veterinary provider VIP Pet Care, as well as local businesses like Little Jenna’s Grooming and The Daily Dally Pet Pillow. You can also expect more feline-focused products and services than ever before. Local startups like Kool Kitty Toys and Feline Innovations will be on hand catering to folks whose cats are king at their house.ND

Eric Udler is the founder and producer of Super Pet Expo, a consumer pet shoppingextravaganza that takes place in the New York and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. You can find out more at www.superpetexpo. com, or follow the fun on Twitter and Instagram @superpetexpo, using the hashtag #SuperPetExpo.

Getting There: The show takes place at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA, 20151. Show hours are 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for children ages four to 12, and FREE for kids three and under. Buy tickets online at and avoid long lines. Leashed pets are welcome. Retractable leashes not allowed.

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Soulful Dog Portraits by BETS By Josep h G r a m m er

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 Betsy Klieger, also called BETS, a Washington DCbased artist who paints heartfelt portraits of dogs, cats, and horses.

NOVADOG MAGAZINE: You’ve been around horses since you were very young, but what is your relationship with dogs? BETSY KLIEGER: I always had dogs growing up. Cats, too, as well as horses. In fact I’ve been riding and training horses for almost 50 years. While I don’t have any dogs now (I’m caring for my 97-year-old mother and her cat can’t have them in the house), we did used to have basset hounds. We’d bring them to

horse shows with us, and there was this one hound we called “Mad Dog Madeline” who enjoyed being near the action. Picture this small dog wiggling in the middle of a big ring of horses. Later we had Babar, an Australian Shepherd. He was great, but he got kicked once by a horse, so he learned not to move too close to hooves after that. ND: What’s your process like?

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Betsy Klieger, also called BETS, is an artist who lives in Washington, DC. She has worked, mainly with animal portraits of horses, cats, and dogs, for over 30 years. http://www.

Two dogs, by BETS

Portrait of Chloe, courtesy of Brooke and Maria Brown

ABOVE: The artist BETS, along with dogs Queenie (left) and Mochatoo (right)

BK: If I don’t know the dog beforehand, I’ll use an iPhone to get some shots first. Ideally, several pictures, to see the pet from multiple angles and get a sense of who she is. People used to mail me Polaroids, or even written descriptions of their pets, so I could learn what they’re like. Next I’ll block-in the canvas, then do a rough sketch of what I’m making and work up from that. I’ve always loved dry brushing, when the paint is almost totally dry. I was a drawing major at Corcoran, which gave me a good base. I do all sorts of poses with dogs, so the composition varies. A lot of times it’s a quarter turn, showing a side of their mouth, which can be tough to create. In general, though, dogs are easier to paint than humans. The teeth can be hard to get right, but painting noses is fun: making sure they look rubbery. I spend as much time looking, observing, as I do painting. The hard part is when it gets close to the end. Usually when the eyes are right, I know the portrait is almost done. It could be just two dots of paint, but it makes all the difference. The main thing is each dog’s unique look. You need to see warmth in the picture. 30-40 percent of my work is for dogs who have passed, so sometimes a client will cry when she sees the piece. That means I managed to capture who the dog was, which is important, because it’s all about how the parent or owner sees her. I had a client who approached me last Christmas to paint his

two- or three-year-old pit bull mix, who had just been put down. The owner wanted me to show the dog playing with his favorite ball, so I painted his headshot with the ball in his mouth, and then behind a scene of him running with the toy. He looked happy. It’s memorializing, in a way. Others see him, remember him. ND: What have you learned from working with dogs? BK: I’ve learned that dogs are soulful. When my son Mike died in June 2003, I took care of his dog, Queeny, after. I think she was a German shepherd or Doberman or Great Dane mix. She had peeing issues, but I took care of her. I even drove down to Florida with her to live there, and I had this big bag of treats she was eating out of. Just a great dog. Once when I brought her around the horses, she went ahead and did all the jumps that were set up for them. I dedicate every painting to Mike by leaving a small “4MIKE” signature hidden in the work. Everything I do is for him. 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.


Local dog lover, and dynamic anchor of “The Tommy Show” lights up the District airwaves mornings on 94.7 Fresh FM.

Tommy McFly:

Media {and Canine} Ambassador for the DMV


B y Jo s e p h G ra m m e r

ommy McFLY is a DC media phenomenon. On weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m., he hosts “The Tommy Show,” a highly popular radio roundtable on 94.7 Fresh FM, along with his cohosts and friends Kelly Collis and Jen Richer. He pops up frequently on WUSA 9’s TV screens, covering celebrity events and the nation’s latest trends, but with an emphasis on local buzz. He is also a staunch supporter of canine rescue organizations—not to mention a motivated and loving dog parent. NOVADog Magazine stopped in at the 94.7 Fresh studio to catch up with Tommy and his beloved pups, Chip McFly and Mr. Troy.

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In studio wtih Tommy and his dogs Chip McFly and Mr. Troy

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Both dogs do have their own hashtags: #ChipMcFly and #MrTroy. Chip is smart—he knows by now that the cellphone is going to mean a picture, and he doesn’t work for free. NOVADOG MAGAZINE: When and where did you adopt your dogs? TOMMY MCFLY: Chip is eight now. I got him from the Washington Humane Society after he’d been rescued as a five-month-old from behind a Whole Foods on P Street. I met him through Fashion for Paws. Our eyes met, and it was love at first sight. Troy we got from New Rattitude in Richmond three-and-a-half years ago. I met him around the same time I met my partner Chrys, which means my now-fiancée got a Tommy, a Chip, and a Mr. Troy all at once. He’s great because he could handle that.

because he’s so good at seeming innocent. Also, he has a lot of energy. When I take him to the dog park, he’ll play for hours and hours without stopping. Sometimes I’m afraid to let him off-leash, which is funny, because he’s also a graduate of the Olde Towne School for Dogs. He knows commands and things like that. Chrys really wanted him to be trained. He found the place, and he was like, “It’s the best training! Barney and Bo went there!” Well, Troy went to school, and passed, but he doesn’t exactly “use his degree.” Chip is also a Nats fan, but Troy roots for the Orioles. It’s a big thing on game day.

ND: What are their personalities like?

ND: How do you fit your dogs into your hectic schedule?

TM: Chip thinks he’s a German Shepherd, because my parents have six, and he spends some time at their place. He really thinks he’s a big dog, even though he’s this short (but sweet) mutt. He’s not the hardest worker, either. After his rough start, he decided he was retired. Now he just enjoys life. He’ll run outside for a minute or two, then be like, “I’m done.” You have to take treats along wherever he goes. I’m a total softie now with dog training. When I adopted Chip, I planned on taking him to agility training, but he pretty much told me, “No, I’m not going to do that.” It’s like when your father is a football player, and you are, too, but your kid is like, “I want to do art.” Chip is like that. Sometimes I think of him as “Kung-Fu Panda.” He’s all roly-poly and cute, but he still has a five-foot vertical. Let’s just say the counters at home are bare because of him. I really don’t know what happens when I’m gone, but I want to get a camera one day to tape him. Honestly, I think he works in tandem with Mr. Troy, like Batman and Robin. Although Chip doesn’t really see Troy as a sibling or friend as much as his own pet. When we first got Troy, Chip acted like, “Oh, you got me a dog!” Troy is even smaller than Chip is, but he thinks he’s a person. Or maybe a parrot, since he’ll just sit on your shoulder if you let him. He’s got that little dog complex—he just wants to be part of the conversation, so he’ll try and get your attention. In fact, he has a few different noises he makes. One of them is this Wookie growl, which he’ll do randomly. I don’t know if it’s a stress thing or what, but he’ll just go “aahhhh.” I’m still figuring it out. Chrys first started calling him “Mr.” Troy, just because he looks so dapper, and because his manners are really pretty good. However, he is great at concealing his tracks. If something in the house gets broken, he’ll be on the other side of the room, looking like “I didn’t do anything.” I always say Troy is either not too bright or he’s a supervillain,

TM: Chrys and the dogs are the center spokes of my life. Chip has been around way longer than this job, and the last job, too. Mr. Troy is extremely important as well. I’ve had a dog since before I could talk. When I moved to DC, I didn’t have a dog for the first time ever, and it was terrible. Then I got Chip, so he’s really been there for me since I was 21. He kept me grounded. DC was a bit scary at first: there’s a lot going on, it can be hard to make friends, but Chip was a constant through all that. So I definitely make time for them both. On an average workday, I get up at 3:45 a.m. I get ready for work, see the dogs for a bit, but then I’m out the door before 5. The dogs, meanwhile, get to go back to bed and relax. I’m just like, “Cool, guys, thanks—have a great day.” I do the show, then I come home for the first time around noon, 1 p.m. The dogs and I will go for a walk, then maybe I’ll nap, or go to meetings if I have them. A lot of times I’ll be writing TV stories, planning pieces. I’ll be back home the second time by 4, and then I get to hang out with the dogs again. (Although sometimes there’s another event in the evening.) Tuesdays and Thursdays, though, Meg helps so much. She’s Chip and Mr. Troy’s nanny, from Fetch! Pet Care. I know she’ll come to the house and take care of them, make sure they go for a walk. Since I’m on the go all the time, it makes that piece so much easier. At 11, 11:30 a.m. she’ll send me a long text telling me everything that happened. I trust her completely.

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ND: Since Chip and Mr. Troy are Internet celebrities, do you have any dos and don’ts for people putting dogs on Facebook or Twitter? Any stories you’d like to share? TM: My dad’s a cop, so I learned from that. I don’t post locational stuff

by our home, for example. I’m not like, “Hey we’re at 6th Street right now!” People can share their dogs like they share their children. Let us see funny stories or pictures of them looking cute, just like you would with kids. People always want to see cute dogs. I like to share stories about when Chip and Mr. Troy are being little devils.\ Both dogs do have their own hashtags: #ChipMcFly and #MrTroy. Chip is smart—he knows by now that the cellphone is going to mean a picture, and he doesn’t work for free. He wants a treat every time I post something. But he’s also really good at keeping me off technology. He’ll slap my hand when I’m on the phone. He hates texting, and computers in general. He just wants you to pay attention to him. Literally, if you’re holding the phone and sitting, he’ll whack it away. It’s not mean, it’s just, “Hey, I’m here, I’m here.” Chip has definitely met a few members of Congress at different events. I have to believe Chip and Gerry Connolly know each other. But you know, he’s famous in his own right. He’s like, “People want to meet me.” As for stories, Chip was overweight for a while, after I adopted him. He actually ended up on my friend Dr. Katy’s TV show and did the Freshpet FreshFit Challenge to get healthy. She’s amazing for many reasons, including that, and we’ve been friends for a long time. But even though Chip lost his weight, he’ll never pass up a meal. He ate my old roommate’s face cream once, which made his insides like a Slip N’ Slide for awhile. (Luckily it was organic.) Someone else sent me chocolate in a box, like a heavily packaged cardboard box, and Chip just tore it to shreds. He reminded me of the velociraptor from that scene in Jurassic Park where they’re lifting up the goat. At that

point I texted Dr. Katy, and she was just like, “How?” All I could say was, “I really don’t know.” Then there was the time Chrys brought home this nice loaf of raisin bread. He was a new dog owner, he didn’t know raisins were bad for dogs. And I didn’t know the bread he’d gotten had raisins in it. Basically, we left the bread out on the counter, and Chip and Mr. Troy got into it. Well, pretty soon we figure out they’ve eaten it, I find out there’s raisins involved, then I’m texting Dr. Katy. We’re frantically trying to figure out the ratio of raisins to bread to see how sick they might get. It was a mess. I ended up inducing vomiting in the dogs under Dr. Katy’s orders. That loaf ended up costing about $500, since both pups had to get tests and bloodwork. We do a lot of Googling now to find out what’s OK for the dogs to eat. Normally now whenever I Google “Does x food … ” the search bar automatically suggests “ … kill my dog?” ND:What was it like growing up with dogs? TM: I had my first German Shepherd before I could talk. My mom was the same way. In fact, she was that kid who brought home stray dogs when she was little. My grandmother was cool with it, luckily. At one point she had three or four dogs that she just found. So we’ve always been a dog family. Dad also had German Shepherds, but my mom usually had smaller dogs. My first Shepherd I remember was named Taboo. We did pretty extensive dog training when I was growing up in Pennsylvania. At age 13 I was the youngest person to certify a Ger-

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TM: I’d love to go to a National Park with them. Someplace safe where we can run around and just hang. Chip would want a spa next door, though. He’d probably prefer to go glamping (“glamorous camping”).

DC, you probably have a lot of friends without dogs who will just love to watch your dog. I take them up on that offer.) My assistant Andy will help if I need it, too, he’s amazing. A big example is that my grandma passed away a few weeks ago. Chrys and I were at dinner when we found out. My cousin from Wisconsin was in town, and she just said, “You guys go to the funeral.” She and Andy jumped into action the next morning, and they stayed most of the weekend to help with the dogs. Things like that show how great a group is. It’s also testament to how cool the dogs are that they can just let someone new come into the house and feed them, and they’re like, “Okay, whatever.” On the show, we easily have half a dozen dogs, among all of us. Kelly has two: Louis (named after Louis C.K.), a nine-year-old Lab, and Lola, a Havanese. Then Jen has two rescues, Mr. Grant and Bruce, two Black Labs from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. We should definitely all have a big dog party one day. Chip knows Louis well, because when I lived uptown, Kelly and I were neighbors. That’s how we met and became best friends. We do all watch each other’s dogs, especially in emergencies. We pitch in together.

ND: Who else helps out with Chip and Mr. Troy?

ND: What’s most rewarding about being a dog parent?

TM: There’s a lot of planning that goes into the week in terms of care for them. Fetch! Pet Care is awesome, I can always call Megan if something comes up at work, she can probably swing by. I have friends down the street who help out, too. (If you’re a dog person in NOVA or

TM: I did the math on Chip’s birthday wrong this year. I thought he was turning nine, but then I realized he was only going to be eight. Chrys was like, “Wait, why is that important?” So I asked, “How long do you think dogs live?” and he was like, “I don’t know: 20 years?” I had to break it to him then. Needless to say, we spent the rest of the evening on the couch hugging Chip. It ended up being a special moment. Having two dogs together is rewarding, too. I firmly believe having two dogs is easier than one. Six would a little more time-consuming, probably, but with two, I feel way more relaxed knowing they’re together. They’re not lonely, they can hang out. I’d definitely never leave out getting more dogs, but I think I’d need a bigger place. It’s easier now that they’re older. They’re pretty good travel-wise. Chip stopped throwing up in the car at age three; he used to need this anti-nausea medicine, or he’d have to travel in a crate. Then Troy would whine and cry the whole time in the car. He had his doggy car seat, and I was like, “What’s the problem? I would ride in one of those.” In general, when dogs hit age three, I feel like they become really cool. Puppy time is always crazy, but when Mr. Troy grew up, for instance, he became this shotgun-riding, handle-anything cool guy. Except when I take him to the vet. ND

man Shepherd in obedience and agility. His name was Luther, he was adopted. We got him from a guy who specifically bred police dogs. We were in the dog training culture for a while, and it was a really cool group who bred responsibly—they all loved dogs. They trained K9 dogs, too, so after hanging out with them, I certified my dog to a police level, except for bite protection and attack training stuff. Those Shepherds were so structured in the way they behaved. We adopted this one dog Brandy from a couple we knew, she was the same way. We bred her responsibly with another dog, then eventually we had a pack: six German Shepherds. So I’m comfortable with any dog. Although I have to say during rainstorms, 24 muddy paws is the worst thing ever. ND: If you could take your dogs on vacation to anywhere in the world and do anything, where would you go and what would you do?

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Forever Friends Hospice Offers “Pet Peace of Mind” By Mathew Gulick


hen you rescue a pet, we all know it’s a forever commitment. But sometimes circumstances change, things beyond our control occur. Sometimes it’s an unforeseen life change occurs, or sometimes your ability to care for your pet changes. There are many ways to prepare for these changes. Consultants provide us many ideas for the forever care of our pets. They include: setting funds aside for the care of your pet, naming a long-term care provider in the case that you can’t be there, ensure your long-term care provider is still up to the task and familiar with the care your pet needs, introduce your pet to those they may join in their new home, include your intentions in your will, interview and contract a pet sitter who can be on call throughout any emergencies as your family and friends will have other concerns, update your intentions annually. These ideas will help your pet have a safe and comfortable transition in the event of an emergency. There are also some additional changes that are on the horizon that offer us some new ideas as well. 18 Northern Virginia Dog

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Capital Caring’s Pet Peace of Mind program helped care for Bisou and Hope, two boisterous poodles owned by Jeanine Hill.


Over the past few decades, pets have continued to cement their place in our homes and families. As this furry-friendly transition continues, care facilities are also changing how they operate to accommodate our most favored family members as well. Some of these care facilities allow your pet to stay with you, and provide assisted pet care services and transport to help you care for your pet. As you examine your options, add to your list the investigation of options where your pet can continue to live with you and tour their facility and review the details of the pet care services they provide. One such facility is Capital Caring is assisting local resident Jeanine Hill. She shares with us her personal journey, as well as that of her two rescued miniature poodles, Bisou and Hope. She saved this mother-daughter pair from a puppy mill eight years ago, and they have been at her side ever since. Reflecting on the life-limiting diagnosis she received in February, Jeanine recently confided, “I did not think about my dogs and how my illness would affect them, but I don’t want to give them up.” As her illness progressed, Jeanine became


unable to care for the dogs. Her hospice care provider, Capital Caring, had a new opportunity to share. Pet Peace of Mind®, a program that helps financially with veterinarian care, pet food, medicines, boarding, and grooming. A Capital Caring volunteer, Nancy Hill, transported both dogs to the nonprofit’s consulting and partnering veterinarians at Town and Country Animal Hospital, where they received examinations, vaccines, and oral surgery. After the tests and medical care, Nancy took Hope and Bisou to be bathed and groomed, and then delivered them back home to Jeanine. Our pets are members of our families. When someone is facing a life-limiting illness, though, the needs of their beloved companions are often overlooked in the aftermath of the diagnosis, stress, exams, treatments, and projected outcomes. “What strikes me about Jeanine is how much she cares for her dogs and how keeping them at home is so important to her,” Nancy recently said. “It illustrates the great service Capital Caring provides its patients and their families. Capital Caring’s partnership with the veterinarians at Town and Country Animal



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Hospital was a great salvation and demonstrated to me how all components of a hospice program can come together to really benefit the patient.” Facilities that understand the importance that pets play in our lives also understand the benefit they provide to our mental and physical health. As we age or as our mobility becomes more limited, our pets often become our primary companion as we spend more and more time in our homes, or a care facility. This relationship becomes even more important during these times and can increase quality of life dramatically. Pets of loved ones also help to soothe and provide solace to a loved one’s family members during the bereavement process. When you are evaluating a facility or assisted care program look for a program or facility that can provide or allows the following: pets that are allowed full access to the property 24/7 (minus communal dining areas and limited pet-free zones), that have dedicated, experienced pet care team, that allows companies such as pet care companies on property to assist with care when needed, related services





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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. such as shopping and purchasing pet supplies, pet transport services to vet, grooming, etc, and pet management services to aid with remembering of tasks such as feeding and care schedules. “By providing veterinary care, medicines, pet food, grooming, and boarding, we help the family pet remain at home during a patient’s end-of-life journey … it is one less thing for them to worry about … a peace of mind.” stated Karita Knisely, a volunteer services coordinator with Capital Caring. “It is fitting that our first two pets were Bisou (which means ‘kiss’) and Hope because our program is all about giving love and hope to companionship

pets, whether furry, finned, or feathered!” said Ms. Knisely, The Pet Peace of Mind program is a nonprofit, largely volunteer-based program which partners with other non-profit care facilities and programs throughout the DMV, as well as nationally. Pet Peace of Mind’s mission is to enrich the quality of life and well-being of hospice and palliative care patients by providing a national support network to help care for the pets they love. We envision a nation where all patients have the support they need to maintain the loving bond with their pets. “It is particularly gratifying when we are able to partner with a hospice that reaches as many

people as Capital Caring does.” said Dianne McGill, the founder and president of Pet Peace of Mind. It’s comforting to learn that services like these are emerging so families such as Jeanine, Bisou and Hope can remain together as companions throughout this challenging time thanks to the services of important programs and partnerships such as Pet Peace of Mind, Capital Caring and exceptional volunteers. ND

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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

What Should be in Your Dog Emergency Kit? Eri c M. C r y a n , D .V.M .

QUESTION: I would like to put together a portable emergency kit for my dog. Any suggestions on what exactly to include?


uring the holiday season and the inevitable in-law home invasion, I often think about Ben Franklin’s quote that “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Not necessarily words to live by, but definitely relatable regardless of the century. Our founding father did have other famous quotes that do impart wisdom, such as, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.“ These words ring true when it comes to our four-legged fur kids as well, so preparing an emergency kit in advance is critical should a need arise. What to include should obviously be tailored to your situation and your dog, but here are some key essentials that should fit inside every doggie emergency bag. They are grouped into three general categories. The Basics: Just as we need food, water, and shelter during an emergency, these basic necessities cannot be overlooked for our pooch. Having enough nutrients, medications, and preventatives to last for a reasonable period of time is vital. In addition, bring a dog bed or crate so he or she can feel comfortable and/or be confined. Collapsible crates and collapsible food and water dishes are preferable to minimize space. Include a leash, collar, and dog ID tags with your equipment, as these are necessary for basic care and safety regardless of the situation. Documentation: Paperwork is generally not the first thing one thinks of in an emergency, so it can often be overlooked. Keep hard copies of all important pet information in a folder in a waterproof ziplock bag. Our practice, like many others, keeps an electronic medical record that we email clients so they can access their pet’s medical history including prior appointments, previous laboratory results, medications prescribed, and their vaccine history and reminders. I recommend printing out a hard copy of key information and keeping it in this folder so it is readily accessible during an emergency when internet and cellular service may be unreliable. A picture with your dog’s name, contact information, normal feeding schedule, and any medications they are on should also be included. In addition to your dog’s medical history, keeping contact information for your primary veterinarian, emergency veterinary hospital, Animal Poison Control number (888-426-4435), and even prior boarding facilities or a family friend who cared for him or her is helpful in case you are unable to take your dog with you in the given

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situation. Having this information at hand so other people can locate it is important to ensure continuity of care for our canine companions when an emergency occurs. First Aid Kit: It is impossible for any first aid kit to treat every emergency, but here are some basics to keep at home and take with you should the need arise. As an owner of Retrievers and a veterinarian who has performed plenty of foreign body surgeries, I am acutely aware that dogs can and will eat anything. In these instances, if Animal Poison Control or your veterinarian recommends inducing vomiting, hydrogen peroxide often can be used to induce emesis. For cuts, scrapes, and punctures one should have gauze, triple antibiotic ointment, and vet wrap to cover the wound prior to seeking further medical attention. An Elizabethan collar (E-collar) to prevent self-trauma can stop a minor problem from escalating into a major one and allow a wound to heal properly after it occurs. Dawn dishwasher soap is used to decontaminate wildlife and is helpful for similar situations with your dog as well as a quick cleanup. In addition to your pet’s normal medications and preventatives, keep a probiotic and/or veterinary-approved antacids to combat potential stomach issues. Finally, with painful trauma even the best trained dog may

try to bite. It is important to have a muzzle so you can safely examine, transport, and treat your dog. No one can predict when an emergency will occur, but planning in advance with an easy-to-grab bag or backpack of key supplies for your canine could make a major difference during a crisis. Hopefully the situation never arises when you will need your emergency kit, but planning in advance, versus failing to plan, is always the preferred course of action. ND

Dr. Cryan is the founder and chief Veterinarian of NoVa Mobile Vet and is a local from Northern Virginia. He graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology before obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his veterinary degree from Virginia Tech. Dr. Cryan currently resides in Springfield with his wife Alicia and their three children, guide dog dropout Bliss, and two cats. Contact www. or call 1-866-946-PETS (7387).

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January 28

Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) Dog Adoption Day 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Our adoption days provide a great opportunity to meet lots of dogs who are looking for loving forever homes! HART volunteers are always ready to answer questions and help you find a wonderful new addition to your family! Held in two locations. Petco Chantilly: Greenbriar Town Center, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033 (703) 817-9444 Petsmart Chantilly:13866 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151, 703-378-1295


February 10

Have A Heart Hop 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. (open dancing begins at 9 p.m.) Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel:13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, VA This is Gottaswing DC’s premiere Valentine’s Day swing dance. Every year, money raised through cash donations and a silent auction goes to support selected charities. Proceeds from the Have a Heart Hop will support Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and Honor Flight Network for WWII Veterans.

February 20

Barrel Oak Winery Monday, 11:00 a.m. 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, Virginia 20144 540-364-6402 Please join us on President’s Day for a mellow, and relaxing getaway from the city and burbs. The firepits will be lit! (Dog-friendly.) Becky’s PetSaver™ Class 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Becky’s Pet Care Springfield Training Facility 7200 Fullerton Road, Suite B-200, Springfield, Virginia, 22150 Premier class for pet parents, pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers, rescues, shelters, & all pet care professions. First aid for dogs & cats including: CPR, choking management, bleeding protocol, insect bites, & poisoning; PLUS basic dental care & caring for your pet into its “golden years.” You’ll receive a 42-page workbook, an emergency muzzle, & a certificate of completion, as well as a card for your wallet. Sometimes the unexpected happens … will you be prepared to take action when it does? Minimum age 14. No pets! $150 for the class. events/petsaver-february-20/ 301-908-8317

Fun Dog Show: Check the website for up-to-date details about the Ballyshaners’ canine party! Promote Irish awareness and support local dog shelters.

March 13

Baby-Ready Pets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive. Baby-Ready Pets offers preparation and assistance to help expectant families prepare their home and their pets for the arrival of the new baby and to make sure that it is a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for all. Humans only! The class is free, but donations are welcome, and registration is required:

March 17-19

Super Pet Expo Fri: 3-8 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m.-7 p.m,. Sun: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153 Please join us at our annual pet shopping extravaganza! Featuring the Good Stuff Pet Food Truck, Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving Competition, and Saturday’s Best Dressed Competition. You can purchase tickets and find out more at, or follow the fun on Twitter and Instagram @superpetexpo, using the hashtag #SuperPetExpo. Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for children ages four to 12, and FREE for kids three and under. Leashed pets are welcome. Retractable leashes not allowed.

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2017 Scope It Out 5K Washington DC This dog friendly event will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on March 19, 2017 at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, US. Run brave and knock out colon cancer! Dare to be bold at the Undy Run/Walk, a family and pet friendly underwear themed-5K that raises funds and awareness for colon cancer. This all ages event also includes a 1-Mile Fun Run, a giant inflatable colon, and more--register now using discount code FIDO to save $5! For more information please visit

March 23

Low-cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 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

March 26

2nd Annual Ides of Bark 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. Grist Mill Park, located at 4710 Mt.Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. Here is last year’s recap: The Ides of Bark was a fantastic event that brought out 1100 humans and more than 300 dogs. Held March 15 at Grist Mill Park and hosted by Supervisor Gerry Hyland and his staff and volunteers, attendees had the chance to go through an obstacle course, watch police dogs at work, and meet with representatives from local agencies and canine businesses.

APRIL Fashion for Paws® 11th Annual Runway Show 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC The Fashion for Paws® Runway Show is a nationally acclaimed one-of-a-kind luxury brand event to benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. The heart and soul of the event are the fundraising models who agree to raise a minimum of $3,000 in just twelve weeks leading up to the event by participating in a friendly fundraising competition. The top fundraiser, winning “Model Washingtonian of the Year,” and the first and second runner up will be recognized on the runway. ND



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Merry dogs frolicking around Georgetown.

A Winter Wonderland for Dogs by Angela Meyers


hough DC’s winters are not as harsh as those further north, things can get snowy, windy, and sometimes downright frigid in our nation’s capitol, making it a chore to get outside. This wintertime hike, however, will have you lacing up your boots to get out and enjoy the surprising stillness of the city, in an area you might not have explored

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

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completely: Georgetown. You’ve eaten there, you’ve shopped around, but have you strolled down Lover’s Lane? Lingered in Rose Park? Crisscrossed the trails inside Dumbarton Oaks? If not, then you’re missing out on a delightful spot that’s right under our noses. Places to Explore: Choose one, two, or check them all out with the suggested loop. Dumbarton Oaks Park: This gorgeous, dog-friendly park behind the Dumbarton Oaks Museum boasts a lovely sitting ring, a historic stone bridge and pump house, as well as a water wheel, spring grotto, and pebble stream. The compact 27 acres make it easy to explore on your own, but the region is still large enough

to escape the sounds of the city. You’ll find printed maps at the entrance gate (like this one: trail-map/) showing the intersecting paths, which makes it easy to wander. Also, your dog will find no shortage of friends; on any given day, there are dozens of frolicking pups enjoying the scenery. Montrose Park: This restored park adjoins Dumbarton Oaks and offers even more trails to explore with your dog. The brick walkways and adornments will add an elegant backdrop to your outing. Montrose Park was previously owned by the famous ropemaker Robert Parrot and is now part of Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek Park: The end of Lover’s

Dumbarton Oaks Park has several trails to keep you and your dog occupied in the winter.

Lane links right into the Rock Creek Trail system. Head north and you’ll enjoy a hike towards Mass Ave. and the Zoo. Head South and you’ll end up in Georgetown. Use this helpful trail map to go as far as you like: planyourvisit/maps.htm Making a Day of it: I always like to make a full day of my hiking excursions, so here is a longer loop, roughly five miles in length. Start at the corner of R and 28th. Explore Montrose Park by entering through the first path you encounter on R. Continue on that path (perpendicular to R St.) until you reach the back of the park. Take a left on the dirt path there and make your way down the hill to the paved path below. Take a right on the paved path until you reach another trail that shoots off to the left (there is a sign and a gate for Dumbarton Oaks Park). Now, explore Dumbarton Oaks! Take the main trail to the back of the park, then return, working your way back to where you started. Be sure to do the full circuit around the stream to catch all of the historic highlights. As you exit Dumbarton Oaks Park, you

have two options. Take the Rock Creek trail the whole way down into Georgetown (a gorgeous, but longer walk along the river) or head back to 28th St. Walk down 28th and take a left onto O St. O brings you over through Rose Park, a cute little city park with restrooms. Past Rose Park is the Rock Creek Trail. Turn right there and take it into Georgetown, staying on the left-most trail until you are able to head right and reach the C&O Canal. At Wisconsin, turn left, then hang a quick right onto Grace St. Immediately on your left you’ll find Dog Tag Bakery, a great spot to grab a housemade hot cocoa and a bite to eat. The bakery is a non-profit providing education and career opportunities for veterans. Their mission can’t be beat, and they offer a variety of treats for humans and dogs! There is a park directly across Grace St. where you and your pooch can grab a table and nosh. After refueling, head back up north on Wisconsin, make a right onto R St., then go until you reach 28th. You will be back at your car, having enjoyed an inspiring winter adventure. Getting There: Free two-hour street parking is abundant on 28th St. at the

intersection of R St. From there, it’s a quick few blocks down R St. to Lover’s Lane, which is a pedestrian path right after Montrose Park ends. Follow it to the entrance to Dumbarton Oaks, which will be down on your left. What to Bring: Since it’s wintertime, be sure to pack water and a drinking bowl for your pup. Most of the shops and areas mentioned do not put water out during winter months. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, since most of the trails are dirt and may be muddy. You’ll also need your own poop bags. ND TRAIL SPECIFICS

Distance: Create your own loop from 1-6 miles Time: 45 min-3 hours Fido-Friendly Features: Streams, woods, other dogs. Treats available at Dog Tag. Use: Hikers, walkers, bikers (on Rock Creek Trail), dogs Best Time to go: Daytime. There are no lights at the parks listed. Dumbarton Oaks Park is open sunup to sundown. Rated: 1 paw. Easy.

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Lily Loved by Annette and Thad in Herndon, VA

Adopted in: July 28, 2008 from A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

Background info: The children begged us for a dog, but we were not prepared to take care of one full-time. We decided that we would compromise and foster when we can, so the kids could still have time with a pet. We went to an event to see what we needed to do. Mom was the weak one there, so we came home with Lily a week later. Four years later we fulfilled our promise to foster dogs, and Lily has been a great help in training the young foster puppies we have had in our home.

How did she get her name? Not much of a story here—we had a list of names and the family could only agree on Lily. As a bonus, we do call her crate the “Lily Pad.”

You picked her because … Lily was one of 8 puppies in

the litter. When we went to the adoption event, she lay beneath the water bucket and all of her siblings would stand on top of her to get a drink. Her tolerance of her siblings was amazing!

Favorite activity together: We like to go on long nature walks/hikes at nearby parks where we can let her off leash

Favorite treat or snack: Dentastix and Bully Sticks Favorite toy: Heart-shaped stuffed toy You love her because … Her love is unconditional. While our kids went through the surly teenage stage, it was nice to have someone in the house be happy to see you no matter what!

Meet our dogs and cats at our shelter in Aldie.


Go to for details or email

Sue at

A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation is a non-profit dog rescue group that operates in the Northern Virginia / Washington Metropolitan area., @aforeverhome.

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