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One in three pets will go missing at some point during their lives. What if it happens to yours?

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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



Finding the Lost What to do when the unthinkable happens


In Good Time

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Mystics Match-Ups

Off the court, team members are passionate about their canine companions By Courtney Eiland


Dogs and Cancer

What to know before, and after, this all too common diagnosis By Joanne Silverman D E PA RT M E N T S


News, information, and products


Answers to your behavior and training questions

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Ravi Pimplaskar’s heroic search for his missing eightyear-old Australian Cattle Dog brought a community of Northern Virginia dog lovers together. Photo by Lee Anderson of Anderson Photography. To see more of Lee’s work or to schedule an appointment, visit www.photolee.com.



Dog-friendly spaces in Northern Virginia and beyond


Happenings we’ve sniffed out


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A glimpse into the life of Northern Virginia dogs




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Local walks to enjoy


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hen you are faced with a loss, are you filled with motivation and driven to find a good outcome? Or do you suddenly want to crawl into a hole and disappear? This issue is about two of my worst fears: physically loosing a pet, or a spiritual loss, through a dreaded disease. I’ve already lost a few kindred spirits—the most recent being Jake, our 13-year-old Beagle Basset mix, who died of cancer early this year. I’m sure physically loosing a pet, having them go missing (whereabouts unknown), can’t be much easier. Not long ago, Ravi Pimplaskar felt the terrible agony and uncertainty when his eight-yearold dog, Rocky, went missing. However, instead of withdrawing into a cave of despair, Ravi organized. With the help of his blog,

helpfindrocky.blogspot.com, his faithful companion was returned home safe and sound. Read Rocky’s tale and how another local couple was reunited with their lost dog on page 14. The statistics are not pretty. Canine cancer doesn’t care what breed your dog is, or how big or small—it strikes without rhyme or reason, anytime or anywhere. According to WebMD Pet Health experts, 50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Joanne Silverman with the Fetch a Cure organization in Richmond, VA, gives us some insight into this all-to-common diagnosis on page 22, and tells us how we can further their research to help find a cure. And lastly, we’d like to give ourselves an unaccustomed pat

on the back for winning two 2010 Communicator Awards of Distinction. The first for the fall 2009 cover and the second for overall design of the winter 2010 issue. I’d like to thank all of our advertisers, writers, photographers and other contributors who help make this awardwinning magazine possible. So, until next time, I promise to face down my fears. Knowledge is power, and, with a little thought and planning, you too can come up with a plan on how you would handle a lost pet or a canine cancer diagnosis. Don’t crawl away and hide—organize!

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n the world of dog sports, Buck is a triathlete. The Plott Hound-mix can speed through an agility course, heel beautifully in the obedience ring, and perform a perfect pivot in a rally trial. And in April, Buck’s talents paid off. He became one of the first mixed-breed dogs in the country to be honored for his skills by the American Kennel Club. The AKC recently launched its first program for mixed-breed dogs and dogs ineligible for AKC registration called AKC Canine Partners. Competition started April 1 in Buck’s best events—agility, obedience, and rally. “I was very happy to hear that AKC was going to let mixed-breeds compete on equal footing in three of their performance events,” says Buck’s owner, Ellen Heaton of Springfield, VA. Buck entered an AKC agility trial hosted by the Capital Dog Training Club of Washington, DC, on the weekend of April 9. He ran in three classes and came home with three ribbons. He

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also received a winning welcome from the club and the fellow competitors, Heaton reports. “The club went out of their way to welcome mixes. The first day of the three-day event was dedicated to mixed-breed dogs, and they welcomed them in their morning briefing each day,” Heaton says. For more than 120 years, AKC—the oldest dog registry in the country—has been dedicated to registering purebred dogs and preserving their pedigrees, in addition to organizing competitive events for them. Over the years, AKC has added more features for all dogs, including the popular Canine Good Citizen program and the AKC Companion Animal Recovery service that helps locate lost dogs and other animals. Expanding the competition program to include mixed-breed dogs was another step in the AKC’s promotion of responsible dog ownership and training for all dogs. Now rescue dogs with unknown pasts can take their training to another level by participating in these fun events alongside the pedigreed pooches. Buck was rescued from a city shelter when

Buck, from Springfield, VA, with his ribbons from a rally trial.

he ran out of time and was scheduled for euthanasia. Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) took him in and had him for two months before Heaton and her husband met him at an adoption day and took him home. “When we got home, I had him on a Flexilead and, although we actually parked in front of another house, he ran right up to our door and sat there waiting for us to come open it,” she says. “He is a loyal, smart, determined, friendly, loving dog who got a rough start in life but somehow managed to still be a trusting and loving dog when he joined our family.” Another local dog involved in the AKC Canine Partners program is Quincy. Like Buck,

Quincy owned by Leigh Sullivan of Leesburg, VA.

Quincy was a stray who landed in a shelter until an area rescue group saved him. Washington-based Lucky Dog Rescue found Quincy in a South Carolina shelter where he had been housed for 40 days. Leigh Sullivan of Leesburg volunteers with Lucky Dog and saw Quincy’s picture. She immediately put in her adoption application. “I had always wanted a scruffy mix. I think it was due to Benji and also Sandy from the movie Annie,” she confesses. Quincy had three BB’s embedded in his skin, an advanced case of heartworm and a depressed state of mind. “His profile said he ignored dogs and cats, but it turns out he was just sad,” Sullivan says. With Sullivan’s love and care, Quincy has gone through heartworm treatment and developed a great attitude on life. He now is very interested in dogs and cats—and especially squirrels—plus he is excelling in a training program. “Quincy is a smart boy. He loves to jump and he is always looking for the next thing to do,” says Sullivan. Sullivan enrolled him in basic obedience class. Quincy did so well that he moved up to advanced obedience and earned his Canine Good Citizen award. Agility was the next step. “Quincy is a natural learner and seems to really enjoy going to class,” Sullivan boasts. Quincy is not ready to compete, but Sullivan says she enrolled him in AKC Canine Partners so he would be ready for action—and for other benefits the program provides. “I wanted him to have every opportunity and the Canine Partner program offered that,” Sullivan says. Each $35 enrollment comes with a 60-day trial of pet health insurance, lifetime enrollment in the AKC lost and found recovery service, a year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, a collar tag engraved with your dog’s AKC number, and much more, including the eligibility to participate in AKC events. Heaton admits she had no plans to get involved in dog sports when she adopted Buck. She just wanted him to stop pulling when she walked him. She enrolled him in obedience class to learn manners and then never stopped going to class. “I kept taking the classes because Buck really enjoyed them and was doing great—so great that the instructors started telling me that he should be competing.” Today, Buck has a wall full of ribbons and some lofty goals. “He is a very talented dog, so I plan on going on with him to the highest level he can reach,” Heaton says. ND For more information on the AKC Canine Partners program and information on enrolling your dog, visit www.moredogfun.com. For questions, email akccaninepartners@akc.org or call 919.816.3749.

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Dealing With Agression B y Ve r o n i c a S a n c h e z

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Aggressive behavior is frustrating and stressful for dog owners. In Northern Virginia, it is nearly impossible to avoid encountering other dogs on walks. Fortunately, there are many different strategies that can help, but the first step is to better understand your dog’s behavior. Both nature and nurture have a role in adult dog behavior. Puppies that have not had appropriate socialization experiences with many friendly dogs early in life may show fear or aggression towards other dogs when they grow up. (Learn more about puppy socialization in the Spring 2009 issue online at www.novadogmagazine.com.) Genetics, age, and health also influence a dog’s tolerance of other dogs. Some breeds may be more likely to behave aggressively than others. Even when socialized as puppies, some individuals exhibit aggressive behavior towards other dogs after they mature. Fearful dogs may learn that aggression is effective at keeping scary things away. In addition, medical conditions can impact behavior. Aggressive behavior varies greatly—some dogs lunge and bark at other dogs only when they are on leash, others may growl or bite regardless of the circumstance. Some dogs may be possessive of their owners and be more likely to demonstrate aggressive behavior when their owners are nearby. Most dogs are not aggresANSWER

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sive to all other dogs. For instance, some male dogs are not tolerant of other males but get along with female dogs. Others play well with dogs they were accustomed to early in life but do not accept new, unfamiliar dogs. It is important for owners of dogs that show aggressive behavior to take safety precautions. After all, no one wants his or her dog to hurt or scare someone else’s pet! Retractable leashes are not appropriate for dogs that show aggressive behavior. Use a sturdy fabric or leather leash instead. Dog parks are uncontrolled environments, and they are not the right place for

dogs that have problems interacting with others. There is no safe way to break up a dog fight, so it is best to avoid situations that may trigger a conflict. The good news is that even though some dogs may not enjoy interacting with other dogs, the majority of dogs are able to learn to walk past other dogs calmly. Because there are so many different causes and types of aggressive behavior, a customized approach developed by a skilled animal behavior professional in a private session format is an ideal starting point. A qualified behavior consultant can evaluate your dog’s behavior history, observe and assess your dog, and make recommendations tailored specifically to your pet’s needs. With hard work, the right help, and patience, a peaceful walk with your pooch is well within your reach! ND


E-mail your dog behavior questions to Veronica Sanchez at askdogexpert@cooperativepaws.com. We regret that we can’t answer each e-mail personally. The most interesting and timely topics will be chosen for review in this column. Questions may be edited for brevity and clarity.


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1. TCHOTCHKE loved by Stacey in Arlington

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9. PERCY loved by Jamie and Lisa in Brambleton

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I N R E V I E W   Literature, arts, and new media literature review • by ingrid king

One Nation Under Dog: America’s Love Affair With Our Dogs By Michael Schaffer


ccording to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 45 million households in the United States own a dog. The total number of all pet owning households exceeds 100 million. It is estimated that we will spend $47.1 billion on our non-human family members. For the readers of this magazine, it comes as no surprise that, more and more, dogs are considered members of the family, not just pets. But even NOVADog readers will be amazed at this entertaining and often laugh-out-loud funny portrait of a nation of dog lovers, and how the way we treat our pets reflects changing and evolving ideas about everything from science and consumerism to politics and family. When Michael Schaffer and his wife adopted Murphy, a mistreated Saint Bernard, from a rural animal shelter, they swore they’d never become the kind of pet owners who would buy designer leashes for their dog. But then they started getting strange looks from family and friends: You hired a trainer? Murphy is on anti-depressants? It turns out Murphy wasn’t alone, and Schaffer, with occasional guidance from Murphy, takes an in-depth look at everything from high-tech veterinary care for pets to doggy day care and spa treatments, including the famed blueberry facial. He covers reputable breeders and puppy mills, the evolving discipline of animal law, the multi-billion dollar pet food industry, and the $125,000 designer cat. Readers learn how the famous

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Kong toy was invented and get to take part in Pet Fashion Week, the canine equivalent of the famed New York fashion event. Here are some of the more amazing facts Schaffer uncovers: • Pet spending spiked after economically and emotionally damaging events like the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. • In the summer of 2009, America’s first all pet airline began operations. • Ten million dogs are estimated to suffer from separation anxiety. • Ninety-three percent of pet owners would risk their lives to save their animal. • Two million pets are covered by veterinary health insurance. In addition to presenting a wealth of fascinating factual information, this book is a wonderful, warmhearted testament to how much we love our dogs. And I’d wager to say that most of us will find ourselves and our dogs somewhere in the pages of this book. ND Ingrid King is the author of Buckley’s Story: Lessons From a Feline Master Teacher. She is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. Her online magazine News for You and Your Pet goes out to subscribers around the world. Her blog, The Conscious Cat, has been called “educational catnip for the cat lover” and is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for pets and their people. For more information about Ingrid and Buckley’s Story, please visit www.ingridking.com.

H A P P Y T A L E S  R e a l - l i f e i n s p i r a t i o n with a dash of wisdom

Confessions of a Dog Trainer

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met Rudy when he was just three months old—a sweet boy with difficult but normal puppy behaviors. Rudy belonged to a very busy couple that had little time for training. One of his disturbing habits was to grab clothes and run with them, so the family had lost patience and Rudy was constantly crated. The story outside wasn’t any better: Rudy was bored, confined to a tree—and digging holes in the yard. These were very loving people, but they were not up for such a training challenge. After an unsuccessful attempt to rehome him, they called me as they were getting ready to take him to the animal shelter. I took Gene, my husband, to meet this boy and, incredibly after nine months, Rudy remembered me. He also remembered his commands from our puppy training and had become quite a handsome fellow. Looking back, the ride home should have been a clue. He quickly had a roll of paper towels and a pair of work gloves in tiny pieces.

As he entered our home, he jumped over furniture knocking down lamps and shredding a newspaper. All Gene could say was, “Are you sure you want this dog?” On day two he laid me out in the back yard, charging me from benind during a game of fetch. I found myself flat on my back with what was certainly to be a dislocated knee. (Fortunately, it was just badly bruised.) Once again Gene asks, “Are you sure you want this dog?” Rudy was so wild that we could barely get close to him in the house. He was not aggressive, just uncontrollably excited to have any attention. After a great deal of work, and close to a year later, Gene stopped asking me his almost daily question. Yes, I did want this dog, and I had faith that he would eventually be our wonderful companion. In an effort to help with Rudy’s socialization, we invited dogs to our home for play dates. During that time, Rudy and I decided to write a children’s book: “Rudy’s Friends.”

The story shows Rudy playing with a variety of dogs and talks about how wonderful it is to have friends who are different. Rudy didn’t care about the size, shape, or color of his buddies. He just appreciated their friendship. This book was the inspiration for my company, Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, Inc. Rudy is 10-years-old now and has earned his retirement. Behaviors often linger with dogs, especially those learned as young puppies. Rudy still takes advantage of an opportunity to pick up a sock or grab a towel, but I remind myself that I shouldn’t expect my dog to be perfect. The important thing is that we know how to manage our boy. Instead of chasing that towel or sock Rudy is asked to go to his “place” where he patiently sits and gives up his prized item. Having Rudy in our home has certainly been a huge learning experience—I wouldn’t trade for the world. ND Contact Anne Davis at www.rudysfriends dogtraining.com.

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There are sticks to toss and retrieve, sand to dig, and other dogs to meet at Dog Beach, in Pasadena, MD.

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he dogs playing in the waves at Downs Memorial Park’s Dog Beach are a who’s who of water-loving canines. A shaggy Newfoundland determinedly rescues a large log from the Chesapeake Bay, while a Portuguese Water Dog splashes and a Labrador Retriever puppy, appropriately named Chessie, runs along shore. It’s just another day at Dog Beach, a 40-yard strip of dog-friendly sand and rocks in Pasadena, MD. One of the few area beaches that allow dogs to go off leash, Dog Beach is basically a small dog park attached to one very large bay. It’s contained by a large pile of rocks, fencing, and thick vegetation behind the shore. Simply follow the paw prints painted on the sidewalk

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at Downs Memorial Park and walk down a stair case to enjoy this gem.

Enjoy the View While the beach is a bit scruffy due to its canine clientele, your dog won’t mind at all. There are sticks to toss and retrieve, sand to dig in, and other dogs to meet. And while you watch your pup swim and frolic in bay-sized waves, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the blue Chesapeake stretching into the horizon and the Bay Bridge in the distance. Like most dog parks, the beach is a friendly and casual place—which is good because it will help you laugh it off when you find yourself at least a little wet and sandy when a Saint Bernard

or other pooch shakes off the bay. On one recent sunny weekend morning, nearly a dozen dogs jumped in and out of the water while their owners watch from the sand. (People aren’t allowed in the water at Dog Beach.)

Even if you discover your dog doesn’t like the water, there’s plenty to do at Downs Memorial Park. The 236-acre park has more than five miles of paved and natural trails, including a self-guided nature trail, plus volleyball courts, a playground, and picnic tables. The trails wind through forest and pass by picturesque creeks. Just be sure to check your dog for ticks when it’s time to go home. Like any dog park, Dog Beach has rules. Food (both human and dog) and children under the age of six aren’t allowed on the beach, and you’re responsible for filling any hole your dog digs. To enforce the rules and ensure that Dog Beach welcomes dogs for years to come, volunteer Bark Rangers help monitor the beach and maintain the grounds in addition to park staff. You’ll be happy they do, because Dog Beach is a valuable resource. So the next time you’re looking for a place for your panting pup to cool off, hop in the car and head off to Dog Beach. You’ll be guaranteed to hear contented dog snores on the ride home. ND Kelly Pike is a freelance writer in Annandale, VA. When she’s not busy writing about business and finance, she and her husband enjoy jaunty walks with their Puggle, Lola.

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IF YOU GO: Downs Memorial Park is located at 8311 John Downs Loop in Pasadena, MD. The park is 50 miles from downtown Washington, DC —a drive that takes about one hour and 15 minutes. From Northern Virginia, take 495 N to 95 N to exit 43A for MD-100 East towards Glen Burnie. After 16 miles, make a slight right onto MD-177 East/ Mountain Road, which becomes Pinehurst Road. Left on Locust Cove Road. The park is open 7AM to dusk and is closed on Tuesdays. Daily admission is $6 per vehicle and includes entry into several other area parks. www.aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/downs/index.cfm.



Finding the

LOST What to do When the

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By Taylor Ham

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It was an incredible moment when Ravi Pimplaskar, armed with cheese, dog treats, and lots of hugs and kisses was reunited with his lost dog, Rocky.

We don’t want to think it could happen to us, yet according to Dr. Jim Humphries of the Veterinary News Network, an estimated one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lives, and only a small minority will be reunited with their owners. Fortunately for Rocky, Ravi Pimplaskar’s heroic search efforts proved successful. Rocky’s story brought a community of Northern Virginia dog lovers together and sparked the discussion: What should you do when the unthinkable happens? Rocky’s Story

Act quickly. If your dog goes missing, spread the word

Rocky was walking with Ravi’s friend in Falls Church on January 3, 2009, when a car horn spooked him and sent him running. “I panicked,” says Ravi about the moment he found out his best friend of seven years was missing. “I had no idea what to do.” What he did do was spring into action. Realizing that the skittish Rocky wouldn’t be easily caught, Ravi made posters and began plastering them everywhere. In the ensuing days, Ravi organized search parties, set up feeding stations, and peppered the surrounding area with news of Rocky’s disappearance. When he couldn’t sleep, Ravi updated his blog (help findrocky.blogspot.com) with maps of sightings, pleas for help, and stories of their lives together. “Putting my keys in my front door, I still wait to hear the jingling of a collar,” he wrote on January 21 at 5 a.m. “I can’t believe that I haven’t seen my best friend in 18 days.” Touched by the depth of the bond between a man and his dog, hundreds of readers offered encouragement and advice. Ravi tried everything—from setting up motion sensor cameras to enlisting the help of scent tracking Bloodhounds. In the end, it was the tag on Rocky’s collar that brought him home. Tired and thin, Rocky finally settled in a quiet neighborhood 10 miles from home, where a young girl was able to get close enough to read the number on his collar. Five weeks, one day, and 12 hours after he went missing, Rocky was reunited with his best friend. “This is the happiest day of my life,” Ravi posted on his blog.

as quickly as possible. Post large, bright-colored posters that can be easily read from passing cars at busy intersections. Pass out smaller flyers or business cards with your dog’s picture and your contact information to neighbors and area businesses. Ask your local newspaper editor about printing a notice in the next issue, and contact area radio stations for an on-air mention. In addition to spreading the word through e-mail and social networking sites, you can post to a number of websites, including www.helpmefindmypet.com and www.fido finder.com. Be sure to expand your outreach beyond the

Be Prepared. According to the American Humane

Association, less than 17 percent of wayward dogs ever make it back to their owners. Despite those disheartening odds, a few simple steps will keep yours from becoming a statistic. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an identification tag at all times, even when indoors. Microchip identification is another important safety measure that every dog owner should consider. When away from home, always obey leash laws and never leave your dog unattended. Introduce your neighbors to your dog, and keep copies of recent pictures on hand. More important, take time now to learn from stories like Ravi’s and think about what you would do if the unexpected were to happen.

Arlington resident Ravi Pimplaskar, whose Australian Cattle Dog, Rocky, went missing for a heart-wrenching 36 days, says he once believed Rocky would be the last dog to run away. “Now I know it can happen to anyone,” he says. immediate area. Frightened dogs can run for hours, and a stray dog picked up in a car by a well-meaning person may quickly end up many miles from home. Share Your Story. “Searching for a lost dog is not something that one or two people can do themselves” says Nancy Howe Despeaux, who has participated in numerous lost dog recovery efforts across Northern Virginia. Nancy is part of a loosely organized group of dog lovers who dedicate their spare time to searching for lost pets. The group, called AWOL Dogs (awoldogs.blogspot.com) has come together through various community search efforts. “Not one of us has lost our own dog,” Nancy says, “but we all know what it must feel like.”

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Chip’s Story This common bond is precisely what makes social media outlets like Facebook, Craigslist, and blogs so powerful when searching for a lost dog. This past www.novadogmagazine.com


Christy Wilson and her fouryear-old Lab mix, Chip.

February, when Christy and Jeff Wilson’s four-year old Lab mix, Chip, chased a deer into a densely wooded area of Ashburn and didn’t return, they were surprised at how quickly one Facebook posting spread through the community. “People I didn’t even know were asking me about Chip,” Christy says. Chip was missing for four days during one of the largest snowstorms the region had ever seen. Animal shelters were closed, roads were impassable, and although Christy and

Jeff trudged through the snow to post flyers, there was no one around to see them. The Internet became their only hope. Eventually, the weather cleared and a delirious, shivering Chip was picked up by a kind soul who had seen him limping alongside the road. When Christy and Jeff took him to the vet the next day, the receptionist’s face immediately lit up when she recognized Chip as “the missing dog from Facebook.” The lesson? Never be afraid to tell the world how much you love and miss your dog—people will listen. Hire Some Help. Utilizing professional resources can significantly increase the chances of finding your pet. In the time it takes you to print and post flyers, California-based company Find Toto (www.findtoto.com) can saturate the area with calls to up to 10,000 neighbors, giving them a detailed description of your dog, the date and area he or she went missing, and your contact information. Ravi used the service three times as he followed the trail of Rocky sightings from Falls Church to Annandale. Ravi also hired a pet tracker from Maryland-based company LJT Pet Tracking (www.ljtpettracking.com), whose sharp-nosed hounds he says were invaluable

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in verifying whether some of the sightings reported were actually Rocky. You might also consider hiring a pet detective who has specialized training in lost pet recovery. Visit The Missing Pet Partnership (www.missing petpartnership.com) to learn more or locate a professional in your area. Never Give Up. As the search for Rocky con-

tinued, some began questioning Ravi’s sanity. “People would ask me when I was going to stop looking for him,” Ravi says. “When I find him,” was his reply. Now he encourages others to be persistent in their own searches as well. Daily calls to animal shelters, highway departments, and animal control officers may seem like overkill, but such efforts are absolutely necessary when you are determined to get your best friend back. When you need inspiration, read uplifting reunion stories at lostdogfound. blogspot.com. Once your own search has reached a happy ending, consider joining a local group and helping others reach theirs. ND Taylor Ham is a freelance writer from Ithaca, NY. She currently lives in Alexandria, VA, with her husband Stephen and two dogs, Samson and TJ.

Karen Rosenberg, pictured here with her dog Luka, is an active volunteer and foster parent of Virginia German Shepherd Rescue (www. shepherdrescue.org).

IN GOOD TIME Foster volunteers provide transitory care for dogs in need—and an opportunity to find a forever home. By Karen Rosenberg, KSR Pet Care


e was always hiding—shy, confused, scared. The barking of the other dogs was deafening, and the eyes and hands at the gate terrifying. Luka turned away from it, depressed and sick. Because he was hiding in a corner all the time, nobody showed any interest. Fortunately for Luka, a rescue came along and took him into foster care. His foster mom checked and approved applications, contacted potential families, and one agreed to meet him. They saw the tender look in his eyes and decided to take him home. Today he is a happy boy! If he had not been taken in by the rescue, his fate would most likely have been different: He was, after all, in a kill shelter. Thanks to nurturing and tender loving care in a home environment, Luka got the chance to get better, become more confident, and be a happy dog again. Luka’s time in foster care was shorter than his time in the shelter. Thanks to the exposure that the rescue offers via its web site, local media, and adoption events, home-

less animals move into new homes much more quickly. The foster family is their push.

Changing Lives Taking in a foster from a rescue is a great benefit—and not just for the pet. It changes the life of the humans involved for the better. Becoming a foster parent for Virginia German Shepherd Rescue (VGSR) has enriched Krystal Booth’s life. “I became a foster mom to help dogs, but I didn’t realize how much they would help me and my family. Not only do I get the satisfaction of helping dogs in need, these same dogs have helped me find inner strengths, helped my children realize how to become responsible animal owners, and helped put me in touch with wonderful members of my community,” she says. If you ever feel like you want to make a difference or something is lacking in your life, saving one animal by offering him or her a temporary home is all it takes. Not only do you get unconditional love for the time the

pet is in your home, it is also a great opportunity to find out whether a dog or cat is really right for your family. Moreover, you receive enormous gratitude from the family who adopts the pet and the support of an entire community of volunteers around you. True, it is not easy to let go of a pet that you have been caring for, but in a lot of cases the adoptive family stays in touch. So, you can follow the pet’s progress­—and even be a part of his “extended family.”

Benefits for All Sometimes you may get a foster that is a bit more of a challenge due to lack of obedience training, abuse issues, or illness, but you are not alone. You can rely on your fellow volunteers for advice and counseling to help and advise you. You can request full reimbursement for food and other approved foster care supplies, and receive free bedding, toys, and crates (if needed). You will be amazed by continued on page 19 www.novadogmagazine.com


Cohabiting Peacefully Tips for successful integration of a temporary foster dog or a new dog into your household. Know your dog. If your dog does not like other dogs this is going to be a challenge. Unless you are prepared to keep dogs separated indefinitely, you might want to consider other ways to volunteer. • Physical traits. Dogs of the opposite sex tend to get along the best. Dogs of similar size are safer together. Puppies can sometimes harass senior dogs, and some older dogs do not like puppies. Also, consider that dogs of the exact same age may be more inclined to compete over the same resources. • Breed heritage. Dogs of similar background tend to understand each other’s body language and play style better. • Social ability and maturity. If you have a well-trained dog you may consider taking in a younger or socially inexperienced dog. The initial meeting. This sets the stage for any further interactions between the dogs. There are a lot of advantages to taking it slow. • Introduce the dogs on neutral ground if possible. Try walking both on leash parallel to each other and monitor their comfort level. Keep them far enough apart that you can walk them comfortably on a loose leash. Walk the dog that appears the least secure behind the other

dog. If possible, let the trailing dog greet (sniff from behind) while they walk. Praise and reward good behavior. Try switching places. Dissuade any extend eye contact between the dogs. If the leashwalk goes well, consider allowing the dogs to investigate each other further using a long line on both dogs (or at least on the new dog). During their encounter, walk off and call the dogs apart frequently, to decrease any building tensions. Make the first meeting short. (Note: Some dogs are very reactive on leash and fine off leash.) • Play it safe. Consider using a head halter or a muzzle if you do not feel totally comfortable about the situation. Living arrangements. Initially keep the dogs separated and rotate the dogs around to different parts of the house where you want them to eventually spend time together. • Provide structure. Have a set of rules that are consistently enforced so the dogs know what to expect. Be sure to clearly communicate that not following the rules leads to loss of resources. • Create good associations. Let treats and fun things happen when the dogs see each other. Leave them with down time when they are apart. • Manage the dogs around resources. Provide a controlled environment around desired items until the dogs have established a relationship. Especially risky situations include feeding areas (food bowls and bones—feed separately), toys (make sure the dogs have access to a toy they like or just keep a toy-free zone), and proximity to people (if a dog perceives you as a resource move away). • A well-behaved dog. Knowing some basic obedience cues will make cohabiting a lot easier for everyone. ND Vivian Leven Shoemaker is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), CGC evaluator, and owner of Positive Dog, which focuses on behavioral problems specializing in fear and aggression cases (www.postivedog.net). She is also the dog training director at Fur-Get Me Not, where she teaches Levels classes and provides basic in-home training. For more information on Levels, private training, or CGC testing, visit www.furgetmenot.com.

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how much knowledge and experience you get throughout the whole foster process; information that you may then use to your advantage when working with your own pets. Many rescues work with veterinary facilities, where they receive a discount for care and medications. After getting approval from the rescue, you make an appointment to receive the free care. Hospitals then charge the rescue directly. Taking care of sick fosters is very rewarding, and you also learn a lot about veterinary service, diseases, vaccinations, and first aid. The same condition may someday apply to your own personal pet, and you will find the information you learned very timely. Kathy Fernandez is also a foster parent for VGSR, and has had to clear up some misconceptions about what fostering means. “I have had people ask me questions about it, or make statements, that are so far off the mark! Some think we pay for everything. Others think we have to take whatever dog ‘comes up next,’ and some think we have no say in regards to our fosters. Some people have expressed that because the original owner didn’t want the dog, that no one else will either and the foster is stuck with the dog permanently,” says Kathy. Most rescues use a listserv to send out pleas for dogs in shelters or owner-surrenders (along with a full temperament test on the dog

or cat). It is then up to a foster family to step forward, but no one gets pressured. Using the results of the temperament test, a foster family may decide to foster or not. If you choose to take a break from fostering, that is fine too. There are many other volunteering opportunities within a rescue. Some pets come into the rescue and indeed look like a total mess, but with nurturing and a healthy routine within a foster home become completely adoptable. The foster parent just needs to reach out and find the lucky match out there. Travelling or vacationing should not keep you from fostering a pet. When you are connected to a rescue as a volunteer and/or foster parent, you decide when you are available and choose which pet you want to foster. Moreover, you can ask for temporary foster care for a foster pet while you are on travel, so there is no personal expense for boarding or house sitting. When you take advantage of the rescue web site, the events calendar, and the contact list of approved adopters, a foster pet’s stay in your home is on average two to four weeks.

fostering a pet! It is a great feeling to be responsible for another life, to teach and learn, to take care and cure. Moreover, you are the best person to decide which family best matches with your foster. The process of getting your foster adopted is on your terms. You decide which family and when the time is ready to sign the paperwork. You are the invaluable element in the process of saving a dog or cat’s life. In the end, keeping the bigger picture in mind is essential when you foster—a thought that definitely helps when you hand over the pet to his or her new family. This is your chance to show you can be selfless and do what is best for a dog or cat. A lot of foster parents feel like heroes when they send a dog or cat to their new home, and I think they are entitled to that feeling. “A lot of times I see the big problems of the world,” says Tovah Petri, a VGSR foster parent since 2009. “And I feel like I—one little person—can’t fix them. I wouldn’t even know where to start on most of the issues, but at least in this I am doing something,” says Tovah. ND

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MYSTICS Match-Ups By Courtney Eiland

Off the court, team members are passionate about their canine companions

Mystics forward Nakia Sanford with her Shih Tzu, Zoe.

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veryone says a dog is a man’s best friend, but, in this case, a dog is a Mystics soul mate. Out of the 11 players on the Washington Mystics roster, eight players are dog owners and consider their dogs a pal for life. Mystics guard Katie Smith has had her Golden Doodle, Logan, for six years now. Smith says she always had pets growing up but didn’t get her own dog until she turned 30. “I got him after the 2004 Olympics, so he and I have been hanging tight for the last six years,” Smith reveals. “I didn’t get one until late because life is a little hard, especially since I wanted a big dog. The traveling would have been tough. I waited awhile, but now it’s fun and he’s fun to have around.” Logan, who was named partly because of Smith’s hometown of Logan, Ohio—and because Smith thinks it’s a cute boy’s name—weighs in at 80 pounds. During road games while Smith is away, she is able to find people to watch her dog until she returns. “I usually find people whether it’s interns or people that are in the city that I’ve played with that can watch him. Sometimes it’s the same people; sometimes it’s different. So, it just kind of depends. Usually whoever watches him falls in love with him, so it’s pretty easy.” One challenge for players is that they spend a majority of the year overseas where they might not be able to bring their dogs with them. That is the case for Smith as well as Lindsey Harding, who has a six-year-old rescue dog, a black Labrador named Mikey. “My dog is 75 pounds, so I’m not putting him under a plane. He’d never forgive me,” Harding says. “When you’re overseas you’re not over there the whole time. You come back for breaks, so it’s not too bad.” Smith agrees: “Larger dogs are usually harder to travel with, and I don’t want to put him through

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Forward Monique Currie with her dog, Levi. Mystics guard Katie Smith (far right) with her Golden Doodle, Logan.

that traveling and putting him underneath the plane or have him be quarantined—and who knows what else—because every country is a little different,” Smith says. “I’ve been lucky enough [in finding pet sitters]. Whether it’s my parents or [having] people stay at the house— either a college student or whoever—who can watch him. It makes life a little easier and makes him a little more comfortable as well.” Harding and Smith take their dogs to the dog park together all the time. However, a trip with all eight dog owners on the team has yet to happen. “Katie and I have bigger dogs, but some of these little dogs that my teammates have do not like to interact with other dogs—so we really haven’t had a fun puppy day with all of us,” Harding reveals. Mystics forward Nakia Sanford has had her Shih Tzu named Zoe for six years. Just like Smith, Sanford usually has a pet sitter or staff from the office watch her dog when she’s on the road. “People love keeping her and don’t mind watching her because she’s such a sweetie,” Sanford says. Sanford, however, does take her dog overseas with her. “I don’t think I could survive overseas without my dog,” she admits. Mystics forward Marissa Coleman has a Jack Russell Terrier named Boston that she has had for a year. While on the road, Coleman says most of times her mom will watch Boston for her. “She hangs with grandma,” Coleman jokes. Coleman also takes her dog overseas with her, which is easy to do because of her size. Coleman admits that her

dog is very active and needs a lot of attention. “I have a very energetic dog, so I have to walk her a lot. She gets into things if she doesn’t get the proper exercise,” Coleman says. “I feed her three times a day. Whenever I eat, she eats.” Chasity Melvin (Redd), Matee Ajavon (Sleepy), Alana Beard (Chloe), and Monique Currie (Levi) are among the other Mystics players who are dog owners. Rookie guard Ashley Houts has a dog that stays at home in Georgia. Houts wasn’t ready to bring the dog up until she got settled in herself. Rookie forward Jacinta Monroe and thirdyear forward Crystal Langhorne do not own dogs. Langhorne admits that she loves dogs but can see that it is a lot of work. She says she will most likely get a dog when she is done playing basketball. Owning a dog is a lot of hard work. It takes dedication to give a dog the attention, nutrition, and care that it needs on a daily basis. With having a demanding job that requires a lot of travel, sometimes separation from their dogs can be difficult for the players and their pups. The reunion is perhaps one of the best feelings after a long time away. “Whenever I get home, Logan is always happy to see me,” Smith says. ND





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What to Know Before, and After, This All Too Common Diagnosis


There are two words that can strike fear in the hearts of dog owners— canine cancer. Dogs are notorious for hiding pain. By the time symptoms are present, tests are run, and a diagnosis is given, the canine cancer could have spread to vital organs.

In short, by the time cancer rears its ugly head, the damage is done. While some breeds are more prone to cancer than others, there are no exceptions—any dog can receive the dreaded cancer diagnosis. An estimated 6 million dogs will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In many of those animals, the malignancy will look and behave much as it would in humans, such as spreading to the same organs. A reported 80 percent of canine cancers are exactly the same as cancers in humans. Osteosarcoma, the most common bone cancer of large breed dogs, very closely resembles the osteosaroma in human teenagers. Human cancer cells are indistinguishable from a Golden Retriever’s bone cancer. Female dogs spayed before their first cycle are less prone to mammary cancer, much as women who have their ovaries removed have a reduced risk for breast cancer. Through cancer treatments in dogs, major advancements have been made on the human side.

Common Types of Canine Cancer • Skin—Skin tumors are very common in older dogs, but they are often benign. Much like in humans, skin cancer in dogs can show up as lesions. • Mammary Gland (Breast)—Fifty percent of all breast tumors in dogs are malignant. Look and feel for breast lumps in both male and female dogs. • Head & Neck—Tumors of the mouth are common in dogs.

Signs to watch for are a mass on the gums, bleeding, odor beyond the normal doggie breath, or difficulty eating. • Lymphoma—Lymphoma is characterized by enlargement of one or many lymph nodes in the body. Ask your vet to show you where to feel for lumps. • Testicles—Male dogs that are not neutered are prone to a number of medical problems as they age. Testicular tumors, both benign and malignant, develop in dogs after age five. • Abdominal Tumors—Tumors inside the abdomen are common, but it is difficult to make an early diagnosis. Watch for weight loss and/or abdominal swelling. • Bone—Bone tumors are most often seen in large-breed dogs and dogs older than seven years. The leg bones, near joints, are the most common sites. Signs might include a sudden limp, lameness, or a lump near a bone. If your dog is diagnosed with canine cancer, there are a lot of medical options that offer hope for remission and recovery.

Treatment Options According to Sarah E. Sheafor, DVM, DAVIM (oncology), medical director of SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center, cancer in pets does not necessarily mean a death sentence—or months of suffering through treatments. Unlike people, most pets enjoy a normal quality of life while receiving cancer therapeutics. (And for the record, dogs do not lose their hair with chemo.) So what should you do if you hear that your dog has cancer? Dr. Sheafor recommends you first talk with your veterinarian about the type of cancer, what organ(s) it involves, and

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what you can expect with and without therapy. You will likely be referred to a veterinary medical oncologist, as he or she specializes in diagnostics, treatment, and management of all forms of cancer in pets. There are many cancer treatment options for dogs, such as surgical removal of the tumor, bone, or, if possible, the affected organ. External beam radiation therapy is radiation that is delivered in measured doses over a course of days and weeks Because the radiated area needs to be isolated, the dog must be anesthetized to deliver each dose. Radioactive iodine therapy is nuclear medicine and can only be delivered in a veterinary hospital capable of handling the material, as the dog must be isolated after treatment for a number of days, according to regulations enforced by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Other canine cancer treatments include single agent and combination chemotherapy, where either one or a combination of chemotherapy drugs are administered either at a veterinary hospital (if intravenous) or possibly at home (if oral); anti-angiogenic and growth inhibitor therapies that interfere with the growth of tumors; immunotherapy, which allows the immune system to fight the tumor using medication; and nutritional therapeutics, which can include modified or radical diet changes, as well as supplements. “Some dogs benefit from one form of therapy, while for others, a combination approach makes more sense,” says Sheafor. There are also a lot of things you can do to reduce your dog’s cancer risk or catch it early.

Preventing Canine Cancer 1. Do not smoke (indoors or outdoors) around your dog. The extensive turbinates (small bone in the nasal passage) in dogs’ noses trap the carcinogenic particles. 2. Do not use herbicides on your lawn. 3. Spay your dog at an early age. Spaying prior to a dog’s first heat will reduce her chance of mammary cancer by 99 percent. Neutering a male dog will prevent testicular cancer. 4. Do a monthly physical exam on your pet. This means running your hands along their body and legs to feel for lumps. Also watch for pale gums, personality changes, limping, a change in attitude, or sudden onset of excessive thirst or urination. Vigilance, proactive prevention and an arsenal of canine cancer treatment options can help you and your dog beat canine cancer. ND

Nutrition for the Canine Cancer Patient By Kimberly Correnti


the many forms of cancer that strike our dogs each year, all have one thing in common—they take advantage of a weakened host. The holistic approach to cancer starts by providing the immune system with the tools it needs to perform at its best. Supplying the body with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, can aid in your pet’s fight. Recent research has shown some promising developments regarding specific diets for dogs with cancer. Diets that appear to benefit the cancer patient are low in carbohydrates, high in bio-available animal protein, and ample levels of fat. Carbohydrates are made up of chains of saccharides (sugars), which are the easiest accessible sources of energy for the body. Unfortunately, those sugars offer fuel to cancer cells. Some carbohydrates that may have long-term effects on animals with cancer are corn, potatoes, and beet pulp. In the August 14, 2002, issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers at Stockholm University found evidence of the presence of high levels of acrylamide in carbohydrate rich foods like potatoes. Acrylamide induces gene mutations and has been found in animal tests to cause malignant stomach tumors. On the glycemic index, potatoes have the highest amount of sugar of any root vegetable. In contrast, proteins from high-quality animal sources are important. Animal protein is more easily digested and highly palatable. Avoid incomplete plant protein sources like soy, wheat, and grain fragments. Soy is also high in phytates, which can block absorption of much needed minerals (such as magnesium, copper, calcium, and zinc). The addition of n-3 fatty acids (omega-3) is important in the dog’s diet. Studies have shown that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), may prevent the development of carcinogen-induced tumors, the growth of solid tumors, as well as the occurrence of cachexia. Salmon, sardine, and anchovy are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin C has been studied during the last several decades as an antioxidant and an agent that can effectively treat conditions such as colds, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods that exist. They contain high amounts of antioxidant properties and are rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes. Great Life, which manufacturers a freeze-dried raw coated kibble, uses several different sprouts in its ingredients. That makes Great Life’s product an easy to feed super-food with all the benefits to help fight cancer. According to Greg Tilford, owner of Animal Essentials, a new study, funded by the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Tamarind Foundation, and the National Cancer Institute, has just been published that supports what most herbalists have known for quite sometime—Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) helps to reduce liver toxicity in patients receiving chemotherapy. The live enzymes, minerals, and vitamins in raw food diets are unmatched by any home-cooked or processed food. For cancer patients, or for prevention of the disease, a diet of meat, bone, and organ mimics the diet of their ancestors prior to the invention of commercial processed foods more than 70 years ago. Organ meats are high in B Vitamins, which play an important role in cell metabolism and enhance the function of the immune and nervous system. There are several safe and easy to feed raw diet options that most independent stores carry in the Northern Virginia area. (During chemotherapy or other immune taxing therapies, consult with your veterinarian oncologist on feeding raw foods.) Whichever way you decide to feed your cancer patient, make sure to evaluate the diet on a regular basis and get expert advice from your nutritionist and veterinarian.

Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods that exist.

Kimberly Correnti is the owner of DogGone Natural, an award winning pet nutrition and retail center located in Ashburn, VA. Reach her at www.doggonenatural.com. www.novadogmagazine.com


Q: A:

How can acupuncture and holistic medicine help a dog with cancer?

While chemotherapy is a very effective form of cancer treatment, it is not the only treatment. Research all treatment options, and discuss them with your veterinarian before committing to a plan. Dogs generally receive much lower doses of chemotherapy drugs, so they tolerate it much better and have fewer side effects than humans. While this is true, it also implies that low-dosage chemotherapy helps improve the patient’s quality of life, but does not necessarily provide a complete cure. In addition, some dogs will exhibit side effects during treatment (such as general weakness, fatigue, apathy, poor appetite, weight loss, and diarrhea). Before starting chemotherapy, you should ask a doctor about these side effects and how successful and complete your dog’s recovery will be. If a complete cure is unattainable, and you instead wish to focus on the quality of life for your pet, I strongly believe acupuncture and holistic medicine is the solution. It is an affordable, less-invasive treatment with much fewer side effects compared with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In addition, your dog will be able to maintain his or her same activity level throughout the treatment. The goal of holistic medicine is to diagnose imbalances in the life force (Qi), determine their causes (etiology of the disease), and subsequently remove those causes from the patient’s envi-

ronment (treatment). Holistic medicine views cancer as a long time untreated imbalance and stagnation in each organ or points between two polarities of Qi, yin (-) and yang (+). Acupuncture is used to “communicate” with body organs and tissues through special channels or meridians. Health and healing is the integration and restoration of balance or harmony of Qi. Special herbs also greatly help speed the process of healing. Acupuncture and holistic medicine are often used as supplemental treatment options to boost the immune system and for general support of post-chemo or radiation therapy. Chemo or radiation patients pre-treated with acupuncture and special herbal formulas typically have improved quality of lives and longer survival rates compared to regular chemo-patients. Acupuncture and holistic medicine can help prevent most side effects of chemo and radiation, a view recently validated by several journals and scientific data. Remember that people have used acupuncture and holistic medicine for themselves and their animals for thousands of years—long before chemo and radiation were invented. We should use a mixture of modern science and ancient wisdom together to provide treatment options for our four-legged friends suffering from cancer. Dr. Yong Chun is a certified veterinary acupuncture specialist at the Pet Lovers Animal Hospital in Fairfax, VA. You can reach Dr. Chun and find more special techniques used in treating dogs with cancer at www.petloversvet.com.

Make a Difference! FETCH a Cure is a non-profit organization in Richmond, VA, dedicated to improving the quality of life for pets.

Founded by those who have faced canine cancer, FETCH a Cure focuses on aging and cancer, and provides owners with resources for early detection. The Companions in Crisis program helps provide financial aid to those unable to bear the high costs of cancer treatment. Looking ahead, FETCH a Cure plans to establish a local canine aging and cancer center where holistic treatment, care, and resources are easily accessible to the pet community. To donate, or for more information on aging pets or pets with cancer visit www.fetchacure.com.

www.bevhollisphoto.com www.bevhollisphoto.com/blog Specializing in stylistic, timeless pet por traits.

For detailed information call or email us at: 615.414.2903 bev@bevhollisphoto.com Serving Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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H a p p e n i n g s w e ’ v e s n i f fed out

The Reston Pet Fiesta Fun was plentiful at this annual festival, May 1, 2010

The Reston Pet Fiesta, which benefits www.gooddogz.org, is an outdoor festival bringing together local businesses, animal rescue groups, and pet owners for an exciting day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions, and more. Be the first to know all the information about the 2011 Fiesta. Join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petfiesta.

Directory of Service Providers SAVE MONEY! Look for the SAVE $$ logo for special offers from participating companies. Turn to the page number listed and see their ad for special savings offers for NOVADog readers. Agility

Frying Pan Farm Park 703.437.9101.....................................p. 16


Blue Ribbon Acres www.blueribbondog.com..........................p. 30 The Dog Eaze Inn www.dogeazeinn.com................................p. 2

Cremation Services

Sunset Pet Services, Inc www.sunsetpetservices.com...........p. 10


Dog Bakery/Treats

Fetch Bakery www.fetch-bakery.com......................................p. 19


Dog Day Care

Dogtopia www.dogdaycare.com.............................................p. 4 Wag More Dogs www.wagmoredogs.com................................p. 9

Fetch! Pet Care www.fetchpetcare.com.................................p. 30 KSR Pet Care, LLC www.ksrpetcare.com...............................p. 30 Northern Virginia Professional Pet Sitters Network www.novapetsitters.com.........................p. 30 Precious Companion Pet Sitting www.preciouscompanion.com................................................p. 30 The Next Best Thing Pet Care www.thenextbestthingpetcare.com.........................................p. 5 Your Dog Smiles www.yourdogsmiles.com.............................p. 10

Pet Therapy/Volunteerism


Photographers/Pet Portraits

Canine Caterers www.caninecaterers.com.....................inside back SAVE $$

Anderson Photography www.photolee.com.............................p. 18 Bev Hollis Photography www.bevhollisphoto.com...................p. 24 Sara Riddle Photography www.sarariddle.com ......................p. 30

Dog Spa/Grooming

Rescue Organizations SAVE $$

Westie Rescue, Inc. www.helpwesties.org.......................... p. 30

Retail Goods

Cozy Puff Dog Beds www.cozypuff.com.................................p. 11 Do-Rite Disposable Dog Diaper www.Do-Rites.com................p. 30 Red Dog Spa & Boutique www.reddogspa.com......................p. 2 World of Woofs www.happywoof.net.......................................p. 13


Barkin’ and Ballin’ 202-527-7513 . ......................................p. 21 Washington Nationals www.nationals.com/kids......................p. 27


Training/Behavioral Counseling/Advice

Full Pet Services (dog walking/pet sitting/boarding/day care) Always There Pet Care www.alwaystherepetcare.com.............p. 7 Fur-Get Me Not www.furgetmenot.com..................................p. 5

Pet Safety Goods & Services

Wag ’N Enterprises www.wagn4u.com ..........................back cover

Pet Sitting/Dog Walking

Alice and Lola’s Pet Sitting Service www.aliceandlolas.com....p. 31 All Friends Pet Care www.allfriendspetcare.com .........inside front Baliko Buddies www.balikobuddies.com................................p. 16 Becky’s Pet Care www.beckyspetcare.com.............................p. 4 Belly Rubs Pet Care www.bellyrubspetcare.com....................p. 30 DogOn Fitness, LLC www.dogonfitness.com...........................p. 30


Fairfax Pets On Wheels, Inc. www.fpow.org...........................p. 19

Dog Food/Nutrition

Bark ’N Bubbles www.barknbubblesdogwash.com........inside front Pampered Pets Grooming www.pampered-pets.us.................p. 30 The Purrfect Grooming Company www.purrfectgrrooming.com...................................................p. 31



Cooperative Paws, LLC www.cooperativepaws.com................p. 30 KissAble Canine www.kissablecanine.com.............................p. 30 Olde Towne School For Dogs www.otsfd.com.........................p. 6 Old Town Dog Behavior www.oldtowndogs.com......................p. 3 Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, Inc. www.rudysfriendsdogtraining.com..........................................p. 7 WAMU: The Animal House www.wamu.org............................p. 31 Unleashed Abilities www.unleashedabilities.com...................p. 30


Veterinary Services

Pet Lovers Animal Hospital www.petloversvet.com................p. 9 The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine www.hopecenter.com.............................p. 21 www.novadogmagazine.com



S p e c i a l e d i t i o n : p u p s i n t h e park







The Washington Nationals hosted the second annual Pups in the Park game on May 8 vs. the Florida Marlins. During this special game, you could bring your pooch to the ballpark for a fun day of baseball. NOVADog was excited to be a part of this event, where the proceeds of every dog ticket sold went to the Washington Humane Society.








FAN GIVE AWAYS! Stay tuned to the NOVADog Facebook page (facebook.com/novadog) for your chance to win one of 4 human tickets and 4 dog tickets to the next sold out Pups in the Park event on August 29.

EVENT PHOTOS by Bev Hollis of Bev Hollis Photography. To view more of her work or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.bevhollisphoto.com.

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10 This has been a special Pups in the Park edition of THE SCENE. Next issue we will go back to displaying submitted photos of NOVA dogs! Submit your photos at www.novadogmagazine. com/submissions.html

HIT THE TRAIL Local walks to enjoy

Dog-Friendly Cabin John Regional Park By Caro l B r o o k s , C o - o w n e r, D o g O n F i t n e s s There’s no shortage of dog-friendly things to do at Cabin John Regional Park. A few blocks from Montgomery Mall near I-270, and just a short drive from Tyson’s Corner, you and your dog can escape the summer heat and enjoy hiking, swimming, and even off-leash fun. Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, MD, is more than a bustling public area with athletic fields, playgrounds, and the much-publicized train. In October 2009, the park opened a 50,000 square foot dog park that features rock-climbing, human and dog drinking fountains, and plenty of shade. In addition to the dog park, you and your dog will enjoy 13 miles of trails meandering through the 544-acre park, taking you near streams offering a cool respite during summer hikes. My favorite hike starts and ends at the dogfriendly Locust Grove Nature Center, which has two dog waste stations, a beach, and water access area for dogs along the Cabin John Stream. The Nature Center, open Tuesday–Saturday, offers useful maps, park information, public restrooms, and water. Following the trails beyond the Nature Center, you and your dog will find solitude and natural beauty that belies the park’s urban setting. Wellmarked trails wind through a canopy of oak and hickory trees and along the Cabin John Stream. With the exception of some weekday pressure from summer camp activities, the trails near the Nature Center are relatively crowd-free. The dog park, located less than two miles by trail from the Nature Center, feels spacious and open. Cabin John Regional Park is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. For more information on the

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. Located in Reston, DogOn Fitness has served the Northern Virginia area since 2003. Visit them on the Web at www.dogonfitness.com.

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Bella and Tara Inverso of Germantown, MD cool off in the Cabin John Stream. Six year old Lexie Laudicina (right) enjoys rock climbing at the dog park.

park and trails, visit: www.montgomeryparks.org. (Note: County and park rules require dogs be kept on a leash at all times, except in fenced off-leash dog park.)

Suggested Hike Our loop hike starts just beyond the Nature Center and follows the hilly, well-maintained Cabin John Trail toward the dog park and loops back on a quiet, unmaintained, and unmarked flat trail next to the Cabin John Stream. You can make an optional side trip to the dog park during the hike. Before you start, be sure your dog is protected against ticks and carry bug spray for yourself. If you need poop bags, they are available at two dog waste stations: one immediately after the bridge at the Nature Center entrance and one at the trailhead just past the Nature Center. The trailhead is just past the Nature Center where you will see a sign-post with several colored arrows. Follow the topmost blue arrow toward the Cabin John Trail and Tuckerman Lane. For the first 1.5 miles, simply follow the light blue-blaze trail markings that lead you over wooden bridges and hills until you get to the power lines. You’ll enjoy outstanding stream views, grassy and fernrich trails, and occasional deer sightings. Feeder trails, which are generally to the right, intersect the main trail. One mile into your hike, the Goose Neck Loop joins the Cabin John Trail for a short distance. Be alert for mountain bikers and runners who also enjoy using this part of the trail. When you reach the power lines, you can take a side trip to the off-leash dog park or continue on. If you choose the dog park, it will add an extra 1/2 mile to your trip. To get to the dog park, continue following the unmarked Cabin John Trail, passing under the power lines and into the woods. Bear right for approximately 1/4 mile. You will arrive at a parking lot and the dog park just beyond. Return to the starting point of your side trip following the route in reverse. Our hike continues away from the blue-blazed Cabin John Trail onto unmarked trails. Go left onto the gravel path along the power lines toward the Cabin John Stream. After walking about 1/4 mile, you’ll see a dirt path leading into the woods on a hill that overlooks the stream. Follow the dirt path

and then take a right on the first trail downhill toward the stream. This part is a little tricky, but if you keep your sights on trails that lead to the stream, you’ll get to our return loop—the streambed trail. This part of the trail is enchanting and cool, but it can be muddy after rain. Follow the streambed trail for about 3/4 mile until it meets the blueblazed trail and then splits off to the right into a large meadow. Continue into the meadow toward a picket fence to the right, where you and your dog will find an inviting dog water access area. To return to your car, follow the blue-blazed trail at the top of the meadow. This trail will lead you back to the Nature Center and your car. To view a map and pictures of this hike, please visit www.dogonfitness.com/novadog/locust grove.htm. (Note: Dog Park is closed Tuesdays 9-11AM.)

Getting There From Virginia, take I-495 North, keep left at the I-270 spur North via Exit 38 toward Rockville/ Frederick. Take Democracy Boulevard Exit 1. Turn left onto Democracy Boulevard and continue past Montgomery Mall to the Nature Center on your right. ND TRAIL SPECIFICS:

Distance: 3.5 miles Time: One hour or more Location: 7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, 20817. Fido-Friendly Features: Shaded trails, dog waste stations, stream access, and off-leash, fenced dog park Use: hikers, bikers, on-leash dogs, runners Best Time To Go: Weekends, Weekday before 9:00 am in summer. Rated: 3 paws (some challenges, but overall doable for reasonably fit people and dogs) 1 paw = easy; 5 = expert


E v e n t s y o u w o n ’ t w a n t t o miss

J U LY July 15 5 - 8 PM — Doggy happy hour sponsored by Bully Paws rescue in The courtyard at Jackson 20, 480 King Street, Alexandria VA. Join fellow canine lovers, some adopt-a-bulls and pit bulls enthusiasts for a memorable evening with amazing food and drink. The master mixologist will create a special cocktail for the evening with proceeds from sales going to Bully Paws. Raffle for fun doggy prizes! For more information visit www.bullypaws.org.

July 18 3 PM—Barkin’ and Ballin’ with the Washington Mystics vs. the Chicago Sky. Bring your dog to the game! Ticket package includes: 2 People/1 Dog ($45 per package) with $10 from each package sold donated to the Washington Humane Society. For one exciting night, the Washington Mystics team up with local areas pet businesses to bring together 2 of the passions of the Mystics: Basketball and Dogs. Many of the Mystics players are dog-lovers which is why they teamed up with NOVADog and other dog companies to bring this fun event to the Verizon Center.  Win exciting prizes from NOVADog and others.  For more information or to purchase tickets contact vsander@ washmystics.com or visit www.wnba.com/ mystics. 

July 17 & 18 Annual K9 Support Dog Wash at all area Dogtopia locations. Funds collected used for local working K9s and their handlers. Last year $15,000 in company-wide donations, and funds were distributed locally to K9 departments in the City of Alexandria, Prince William County and Montgomery County. Equipment was purchased for the dogs (as well as their actual cars, such as fans to keep the dogs cool). Come out and support your local, hard-working K9 unit! For more information visit www.k9support.org. Participating locations and times: • Manassas (10352 Balls Ford Rd, Manassas, VA) July 18, 11 AM – 3 PM • Woodbridge (14885 Persistence Drive, Woodbridge, VA) July 18, 11 AM – 3 PM • Dulles (3850-D Dulles South Court, Chantilly, VA) July 18, 11 AM – 3 PM • Alexandria (3121 Colvin Street, Alexandria, VA) July 18, 10 AM -1PM.

July 24 10AM - 6PM—Doggie Days at Ft. Belvoir in Alexandria, VA. A free outdoor festival bringing together local businesses, rescue groups and pet owners for an exciting day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions, and activities for the whole family. For more information e-mail Brianna.m.carter@us.army.mil or call 703.805.1143.

Yappy Hours Pooches on the Patio, Capitol Hill Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE—12 PM–4 PM Saturdays, Spring and Summer only. Plenty of dog treats and water bowls. Humans get happy hour food and drink specials too. www.unionpubdc.com

Recurring Events Puppy Party at Shirlington Community Canine Area (CCA) Puppy Area Join in the frisky fun at these playful and informational puppy parties. Designed to allow young dogs to start socializing early, they also give owners a chance to ask experts about the dog’s behavior and meet area dog owners. Puppies under 1 year are welcome to join in the fun. Occurring each Saturday from 9AM-11AM through September 25. NOVADog is hosting the party on June 26, July 31 and Aug 28. For more information visit http://arlingtondogs.wordpress.com/puppy-parties. Dog Safety for children 5 years of age and older. Teach children the rules so they can be safe and have fun with dogs. This FREE class will be offered upon request so please call to register. Dogs are not invited to this class. Dog Paws University/ Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, 703-931-5057, www.DPnCC.com. Raising Dogs With Babies—Learn how to be more relaxed with your dog and your new baby. Be proactive so your dog will feel comfortable with a new family member. Learn how to make a positive association for your dog with the infant even before the baby is born. Offered upon request so please call to register. Dogs are not invited to this lecture. For more information contact Dog Paws University/ Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, 703-931-5057, www.DPnCC.com. Canine Good Citizen Classes and Testing at Dog Paws University/Rudy’s Friends Dog Training. Offered upon request. For more information or to register call 703931-5057 or visit www.DPnCC.com

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

July 25 9:30 AM - 12 PM—Frazzled Fido: Recognizing and Managing Stress in Your Dog seminar. At this Washington Humane Society seminar you’ll learn humans aren’t the only ones who cope with stress and anxiety. For dogs, stress and anxiety can result from thunderstorm phobias, a trip to the vet, and for some dogs, even common day occurrences. Some signs of stress are easily recognizable, but others are subtle and difficult to spot, even for the trained eye. Join us for Frazzled Fido, an original WHS seminar in which you’ll learn how to recognize and manage Fido’s stress. Seminar fee: $25. Pre-registration is required. Seats are limited. For more information contact askthetrainer@washhumane.org or visit www.washhumane.org.


Hotel Monaco, World Famous Doggie Happy Hour 480 King Street, Alexandria—Tuesday and Thursdays from 5 to 8 PM, weather permitting, April through October. Held in the courtyard of the Hotel Monaco. Complimentary doggie snacks with plenty of fresh water bowls. Humans can feast on menu items from the adjacent restaurant Jackson 20. www.doggiehappyhour.com.

Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own 111 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria—Daily yappy hour on the patio from 4 to 7 PM with half-off special on appetizers and drinks (for humans). Your dog can dine from his own menu. May we suggest the lamb or beef stew! www.pattroysirishpub.com/doggy_menu.php

SoBe Bar and Bistro 3100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington—Bring your dog for Barks N Brews yappy hour to benefit Homeward Trails. Last Thursday of each Month. 6-9 PM. Drink and food specials. $10 suggested donation.

August 7 11 AM - 4 PM— SPCA Annual Dog Wash and Spa at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA. Pamper your pooch with a bath, nail clipping and ear cleaning. For more information call 703.799.9390 or visit www.spcanova. org.

August 7 & 8 9 AM – 6 PM—Dog Days Peach and Sunflower Fest at Great Country Farms, in Bluemont, VA. Friendly, leashed dogs with current rabies tag welcome to join in the family fun. Hayrides, U-pick peaches, peach ice cream, peach wine-tasting, pie-eating contest, and live music. Enter-

tainment for the four-legged companions will include a canine agility course, retriever fun in the farm pond, the Paw Print craft station and the return of the Doggie Olympics. Admission: $10.00 children under 2 free. For more information, call 540-554-2073 or visit www. greatcountryfarms.com.

August 8 9:00 AM—Canine Good Citizen Test at Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington, VA. www. furgetmenot.com. $20 fee per dog. Pre-registration is preferred, but walkins welcome.

August 9 6:30 - 8:30 PM—Baby-Ready Pets at Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Offers free preparation and assistance to help expectant families prepare their home and their pets for the arrival of the new baby. Dogs are not invited to this class. Endorsed by the ASPCA. To register, contact Jennifer Newman at jnewman@awla.org or call 703.931.9241 x213.

August 14 12:30 - 3 PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova. org to see available dogs.

August 26 6:30 – 8:30 PM—Low-cost Rabies Clinic at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Cost: $10. Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a oneyear shot. More info www.awla.org or call 703.931.9241. continued on page 31




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August 28 10 AM - 4 PM—Family Fest at Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling, VA. Free admission. An exciting full-day event, featuring interactive activities focusing on family health & safety, nutrition, education, and community awareness. Exhibits, demonstrations, and live stage entertainment. Visit www.familyfestva.com for more information. 12:30 - 3 PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.

August 29 11 AM - 4 PM—Charity Dog Wash for GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training) at Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash, 795 Center Street, Herndon VA. For more information visit www.grreat.org or www.barknbubblesdogwash.com. 1:05 PM—Pups in the Park at Nationals Stadium. During this game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals you can bring your pooch to the ballpark and support the Washington Humane Society. Seating is limited so advance purchase is required. Visit www.nationals.com/pups for more information. Special entrance gates and waivers are required for entry to the park with your dog.

SEPTEMBER September 9 6:30 - 8:30 PM—Baby-Ready Pets at Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Offers free preparation and assistance to help expectant families prepare their home and their pets for the arrival of the new baby. Dogs are not invited to this class. Endorsed by the ASPCA. To register, contact Jennifer Newman at jnewman@awla.org or call 703.931.9241 x213.

September 11 12:30 - 3 PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.

September 18 12 PM - 4 PM—Pet First Aid & Care Class by Wag’n Enterprises. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of animal hospital visits are emergency in nature. Knowing the skills and techniques of Pet First Aid can mean the different between life and death, and between expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care for the pet. This 4 hour class provides you with the necessary skills and information to prepare you for the unfortunate event of a medical emergency involving your pet. Cost: $85. For more information visit www.wagn4u.com.

September 23 6:30 – 8:30 PM—Low-cost Rabies Clinic at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Cost: $10. Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a one-year shot. More info www.awla.org or call 703.931.9241.

September 25 12:30 - 3 PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.

September 26 12-4 PM—Annual Beagle Bash sponsored by the Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland. Free event with off-leash area, raffles, food, games, dog bakery, beagle store, demonstrations and vendors. Countryside Kennels in Owings, MD. Please come and spend a day in the country while your beagle socializes with the pack! For more information visit www.beaglemaryland.org. ND

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WAGS TO RICHES Adoption success stories


A well-trained, older girl wins a spot on the couch Adopted from: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington, November 2009

How did she get her name? This is the name she was given by her breeder. She knows her name, so we continued to use it rather than rename her.

Yo u p i c k e d h e r b e c a u s e . . . We were looking for an older dog, a large breed able to go for long walks and be our companion. We knew we were interested in adopting a German Shepherd and had begun looking when a friend, who works with rescue organizations, saw Gia with a picture and great description of her. I still remember the final quote, that read: “She is almost perfect.” So we went to the shelter specifically to see her. We are at a stage of our life when our schedule is more flexible, and we can spend a lot of time together. We think she is “absolutely perfect.”

Gia is six-years-old and loved by The Boyce family of Alexandria, VA.

Favorite treat or snack: Any snack would be acceptable to Gia. However, because she has some food allergies, we restrict her snacks to natural products (such as dehydrated chicken breasts), and eliminate anything containing grains. Whenever we come back from our walks, Gia sits expectantly looking at the cabinet that contains the snacks. She really likes to get a little bit of cheese.

Favorite activity together: Gia’s favorite thing to do, is a romp at the dog park. I love to see her run and play with the other dogs. My husband really enjoys taking her to work with him one or two days a week. He works at a seven-acre site that is fenced, and she is able to be off the leash. We recently took her to the beach with us for a weekend. She was quite curious about the ocean, but not inclined to let her feet get wet. We are fortunate in the fact that Gia came to us very well trained. She walks well on the leash and understands all the basic commands.

Favorite toy: Gia is an adult dog and is not interested in toys or balls. If I throw a ball for her at the park, she assumes that it is not worth chasing since I threw it away. But she loves to chase the dog that is chasing the ball, just in case there is something exciting to see.

Yo u l o v e h e r b e c a u s e . . . She is a wonderful companion. Gia is a very smart dog and has learned our routine. She sleeps in her bed most nights, but she comes upstairs wagging her tail right before the alarm clock rings, because she knows its time for us to get moving. She lets us know when she has to go out, but most of the time Gia waits patiently until we pick up the leash, then she makes a dash for the door grinning and wagging. She was very quiet when we adopted her, but is now much more confident. Recently, I came in from my morning class to find her stretched out on the sofa with her head on the pillow. She didn’t jump down, but wagged her tail: “Is this OK, mom?” Since then, the sofa has become one of her spots. Gia is very attached to her people and is very loyal. She is always glad to see us and always happy to go wherever we go. ND

32 Northern Virginia Dog

| Summer 2010

Since 1944, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington has been committed to the humane treatment of animals and to the promotion of animal welfare. The League provides temporary care and refuge for homeless and suffering animals; places animals in loving, responsible homes; provides animal control services to Arlington County; educates the public; and provides a wide variety of community services. Visit them on the Internet at www.awla.org

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