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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
Play Favorites Your guide to choosing the best interactive toys for your pup By Vivian Leven Shoemaker
Provisions for Pets How to include four-legged family members in your estate planning By Heidi Meinzer and Jennifer Lee
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he hectic holiday season is finally over, which leads to one question: How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? According to surveys, only 8 percent of Americans successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions. And a whopping 45 percent fail by the end of January! Determined not to be one of them, I’d like to share one of my resolutions with you. In response to reading our cover story, I resolved to play more with my two pups. The tugging, fetching, and chasing play that ignites their inner puppy. I’m happy to report that my guys couldn’t be more enthusiastic! We have tried many of the interactive toys mentioned in the cover story by author and dog trainer Vivian Leven Shoemaker. Is your dog food motivated?
Does he love making noise with squeaky toys? Depending on your dog’s interests and needs, Vivian has highlighted a number of toys to investigate. Don’t miss the guide on how to “treat” your furry friend right. She notes the different kinds of treats and suggests when and how they should be used. Who knew all treats are not created equal? Our second feature is on a more serious topic, but one that everyone should consider. Attorneys Heidi Meinzer and Jennifer Lee walk us through the ways to include pets in your estate planning. It’s not pleasant to think about your own demise, but with some planning, you could help family and friends make decisions in the event your pet is left without a caretaker. Lastly, please save the date
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The Perfect Chew? Searching for the perfect, indestructible chew? Something your dog can’t tear through in one day? Elk antler dog chews may be just the ticket. Every year across North America millions of male elk naturally shed their antlers. Elk antler chews hold up longer than most other types of chews and are naturally rich in calcium and minerals. They are completely natural, with no chemicals or preservatives and virtually odor-free. Elk antlers are safe as dogs grind them down slowly over time. As with any other chew toy, it’s best to supervise your dog and follow these recommendations to help your dog enjoy the antler chew safely: • Buy the appropriate size. Large dogs should have the largest size chew so that there is no possibility of choking. Take the antler away from your dog once it gets worn down to a small enough size that your dog could swallow it. •C heck for sharp edges. Because these come straight from nature, check your antler over closely before giving it to your dog and remove any sharp edges with sandpaper. •S upervise your dog. Make sure to keep watch over your dog while he is enjoying the chew, and put it away when he’s done. It’s recommended that you only let your dog chew about an inch of the antler per day. Antlers range in price depending upon size and weight. Small antlers start at $12, while the supersize chews can cost up to $48, but keep in mind they last much longer than your average rawhide chew. ND FIND it: Dogma Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique (www.dogmabakery.com)
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Winter can be a wag, but it also has a bite. Remember that antifreeze is very toxic even in small amounts. As little as 4 ounces ingested by a 20 lb dog can be fatal. Also keep dogs away from ice melts/deicers and rodent poisons. Wipe off your dog’s foot pads and stomach fur after each walk. After a snow event, rinse paw pads with water. Keep dog inside when temps drop under 32° F. ND Wagging for safety is sponsored by Wag’N Enterprises, LLC. Ines de Pablo, president & CEO has an extensive background in the field of in emergency management, EMS, risk mitigation, and is a certified Pet Tech Pet First Aid Instructor. To learn more, visit www.wagn4u.com or call 703.787.9246.
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There are hotels that accept pets (reluctantly), hotels that accommodate pets, and then there are Kimpton Hotels. A luxury boutique chain accepting the furry love of your life regardless of their breed, size, or weight—at no extra charge. Plan a night out in Old Town Alexandria with a suite at Morrison House, and your dog can come along. For an extra treat, add The Incredible Journey Package for toys, a dog bowl, and plush bedding. www.kimptonhotels.com
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People have Match.com and dogs have Meetup.com. Whether you’re parent to a bossy Boston Terrier or a galloping Great Dane, you’ll find a group just for you on the ultimate get-together social site. There are more than 1,400 members in DC area Pug groups alone! Meet-ups are regularly held at local dog parks, offering a chance for your dog to wiggle and wag amongst his own kind. Who knows, he just might find his own puppy love! www.meetup.com For the budget conscious pet lover, remember this: A belly rub on your couch will always be the hottest gift in town to your fourlegged sweetheart. ND Alexandra Mason, a marketing manager with Dogtopia Daycare, is a 10 year resident of Northern Virginia and mom to a Boston Terrier (with the highest standards) and a loveable Chocolate Lab.
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Is That Sneeze Just a Sneeze? Canine Influenza Virus: a Real Concern in Northern Virginia By Marc i S t r e c k , D V M
s a dog owner in Northern Virginia, you may have heard about the canine influenza virus (CIV) in the past year. This highly-contagious virus has been around since 2003, but it just became a serious concern for pet owners in our area in the fall of 2009. Canine influenza virus can be spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs. Symptoms of CIV are similar to kennel cough and may include inactivity or lethargy, decreased appetite, fever, vomiting, runny nose, and/or coughing. Testing to confirm canine influenza is available, but it must be run when the dog is shedding the virus, which occurs a short period before the dog begins showing any symptoms. Due to the difficulty in testing for this virus, it is hard to say for sure how many cases of influenza have
been treated in our area. However, several suspected cases were treated by Caring Hands Animal Hospitals and other Northern Virginia veterinarians. Up to 20 percent of patients with influenza may develop a more severe form that manifests as pneumonia, and a handful of pets have died as a result of this secondary infection.
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ing, such as irritated genitals and undescended testicles. Please consult your veterinarian to ensure there are no underlying conditions. “I just want the behavior to stop.” I couldn’t agree with you more. Humping has the potential to physically harm another dog by hurting his back or to pick a fight with a dog that sees it as a confrontation. If your two-year-old is intact, he has the hormones of a teenage boy! A neuter may decrease the humping over time, however, it does not guarantee the humping will disappear.
I recently adopted a rescue dog (male, about two years old), and all he wants to do is try and hump my older dog (also male, about six years old) whenever I leave the room. It is quite embarrassing, and I just want the behavior to stop.” —Frustrated in Leesburg QUESTION
Hello Frustrated ANSWER in Leesburg, thanks for the question! It sure can be awkward when a dog starts to hump another dog, pillow, leg, or the air. Both my dogs are humpers. My male prefers to hump other males when play is really exciting and my female humps one specific toy. Humping is a normal dog behavior and may be displayed by females and males alike. There are several reasons a dog may hump, but, for your question, I will explore only a few of those reasons. The part of your question that stands out to me is “whenever I leave the room.” Your two-year-old may be feeling the stress of your departure. He becomes anxious and in this emotional state starts to hump. Your six-year-old is the closest thing and so he becomes the target. Humping can be a stress reliever as | Winter 2011
it releases serotonin, which makes him feel better. This kind of humping is a displaced stress behavior, meaning the behavior is out of context for its reproductive purpose.
A Ploy for Play Another potential reason your two-year-old is humping may be to instigate a response from your dog to play. A dog may hump out of overexcitement. Play increases adrenaline and, in some dogs, this arousal is manifested through humping. If he has learned that you stop the “fun,” he may wait for you to leave the room. I’m assuming your two-year-old has a healthy and active life. This means his mental and physical needs are met and he doesn’t need to “act out” because he has nothing better to do. There are some medical conditions that may increase hump-
Think Proactively As with any unwanted behavior it is best to think proactively! If you are able to predict the time that your dog engages in humping, give him something else to do. The best way to discourage humping is to call him away and get him to play in another part of the house or preoccupy him with a toy. For example, give him a chewy before leaving the room or ask your six-year-old to come with you. This means you are looking for ways to “change the subject.” If he goes straight back to humping I would use a time-out. A time-out gives him the opportunity to calm down. By definition a timeout is a punishment where the dog loses access to what he wants. There are a few ways to execute a doggy time-out: Place the dog in a small room (such as a powder room), tether him to a sturdy object, or hold his collar (no jerking!). If your two-year-old is calm after 10-15 seconds, he earns access to move around freely. No need to praise him or reward him when coming out of time-out. No harsh punishment is needed, just consistency. Best of luck with halting that humping. ND
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lippery, splashy, sometimes smelly—what can be more daunting that giving a dirty dog his bath? “Someone should come up with a way to make it easier,” says Vicky Pittman, owner of the Bark ‘N Bubbles franchise in Fairfax. “I looked around, and someone had!” Bark ‘N Bubbles (www.barknbubblesdog wash.com) is the brainchild of entrepreneur and dog-lover Pam Ahart. She started with two facilities, and then grew into a network of independently-operated franchised store-fronts where you can take your dog and bathe him yourself, or drop him off for some staffpampering at the dog wash and spaw. What they do: Walk into a Bark ‘N Bubbles, and you are escorted back to a room with elevated tubs, open on one end for easy access. The dog’s collar is swapped out with one made from a light fabric with a clip on the end that attaches to the far end of the tub—just in case he has thoughts about leaping out, suds and all— before the experience is completed. The “spaw” offers a variety of types of shampoo: oatmeal for dogs with sensitive skin, a lavender-scented miracle mixture for a dog that’s had a close encounter with a skunk or been rolling with fish, even a mysterious concoction that makes shiny black dogs gleam. And of course, there’s conditioner at the end to promote a healthy coat. How did they get started? Pam and her childhood best friend Beth Greenberg were running All Friends Pet Care, a company of more than 100 dog walkers and pet sitters. But Pam kept looking around for the next business.
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orthern Virginia and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer for our four-legged best friends. Dogs can attend animal related festivals; go swimming in lakes; take a trip to one of the beaches in Maryland, Virginia, or Delaware; or play with their furry buddies at many of the dog parks in the metropolitan region. Among all of the many activities and local destinations that cater to our dogs, we tend to overlook one of the greatest attributes of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountain range runs through the central and southern regions of the eastern coast of the U.S. and
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are a part of the Appalachian Mountains. In the Blue Ridge, a beautiful mountain resort lies in the heart of central Virginia, Wintergreen Resort. Located 90 minutes from Richmond, VA, and about three hours from Washington D.C., Wintergreen Resort is a four-season wonderland. Families gather in Wintergreen to partake in the famous skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, as well as the golf courses, spas, tennis courts, and family friendly activities. Of the activities offered at this resort, the most popular is hiking. Wintergreen has mountain trails that are designed for all levels of hiking experience. From basic to advanced, the trails span up, down, and
around the regal and stunning mountains. The views are breathtaking.
Dogs Welcomed Sure, this sounds great for us humans, but can our dogs come? Fortunately for all of us, dogs are welcomed at Wintergreen Resort. There are many vacation rental properties, rented privately through owners or through companies, that allow dogs to stay in the homes with their familiesâ€”after all, your dog is part of your family. See â€œIf You Go,â€? for some suggestions, or simply Google Wintergreen Rentals, but be advised that some rental companies do not allow dogs, so you must adjust your search criteria accordingly.
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so she could get used to them. I gradually moved her up the scale of difficulty, based on how she responded to the trails. When we do the longer hikes, I pack my backpack with energy snacks and water for both of us. Knowing that there is peanut butter in my bag for her, she performs on her best behavior. During the winter months, Wintergreen Resort makes its own snow for the many ski slopes. I take Lilo to the snowy areas that the resort creates, and she is able to prance around in the white dust. The activities are endless for dogs. Being able to step outside your vacation rental and hop on a trail is easy and fun. Whether you have a small dog, a large dog, a lazy dog, or an active dog, your dog is guaranteed to love Wintergreen. The mountains are regal, bold, and stunning—and a gift for all of us to enjoy. ND
Dogs that stay at Wintergreen can either lounge around the vacation home curled up by the fireplace with some warm peanut butter biscuits, or they can go out for an adventure on the many hiking trails that the beautiful mountains contain. The trails lead to cascading waterfalls, flowing freshwater creeks, panoramic mountain range overlooks, lush plant life, and much more. After a long hike, the dogs can take water breaks at the creeks or a have a snack on a large rock overlooking the mountains. My dog, Lilo, and I have a wonderful time when we go up to Wintergreen. Lilo has been to the beach many times, but she also loves the mountains. It is a giant playground for her! Our favorite season to go is during the fall when all of the leaves are changing colors, and she can jump and play in them. Lilo leads the hikes. I trust her instincts on how to handle the hiking trails. When I first started taking Lilo to Wintergreen, we began hiking the beginners trails
Sophia Malakooti and her dog, Lilo, like to travel around Northern Virginia exploring new opportunities and experiences.
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t’s winter and it’s cold outside. We aren’t as likely to take our dog out for a long walk or to play an extended game of fetch—and we definitely are not going to take him for a swim. This time of year challenges us to find other ways to provide the mental and physical stimulation that dogs need. Activity toys are a good solution because they provide a great way for you to make sure your dog still enjoys an active and stimulating life. A broad range of toys are available that stimulate your dog in different ways. To find the right toy, first determine which toys your dog is most likely to enjoy and what size toy is most appropriate. Knowing your dog’s personal preferences is important. Think about the following when selecting a toy: • Is your dog highly food motivated? If so, pick a food dispensing toy that requires a bit more work to get the food out. Some food dispensing toys have settings that allow you to start easy and gradually make the task harder. • Is your dog an aggressive chewer? If so, pick a hardy toy advertised as being difficult to destroy. • Does your dog like to chase, tug or chew on things? • Does your dog prefer things that make sounds? Playing in water? Soft or hard toys?
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Food dispensing toys should be a staple in every dog owner’s home. It’s true some dogs are more food motivated than others, but if you use high-value foods and pair it with a hungry dog, he’ll likely show interest. These toys are the closest we can get to the dog’s natural drive to hunt for food and offer great
mental stimulation. They also provide a great chew outlet. The dog gets to satisfy his instincts and complete a task, which is rewarding in itself. Here are some options you may want to explore: Smarter Toys Collection. These come in three challenging levels (Smart, Brilliant and Genius) and are extremely hardy. • The Atomic Treat Ball is easy to load with treats or food and is made from safe and durable thermoplastic rubber for aggressive use. • The IQ Treat Ball has an insert that allows you to adjust the food delivery. You decide the level of difficulty. • The Buster Food Cube rewards your dog when treats or food fall out. You decide the level of difficulty with a simple twist. The Premier Toys Brand. These are easy to spot—look for purple. They come in many different varieties that offer different sensations and experiences. • The Bouncy Bone is a durable nylon bone and rubber ball with added “gnawhides” on the sides. This toy is great for heavy chewers. Dogs love to chew on it even after the side-rings have been chewed off. This is also a great toy to bring in the car or other places where you want your dog to be occupied, as it’s not greasy or messy. Replacement “gnawhide” rings are sold separately. • The Kibble Nibble activity ball features two customizable “meters” that dispense two cups of food. It is a perfect way to offer your dog his breakfast or dinner if you feed dry food. The opening is a bit large, so, if you use it for feeding with smaller kibble, consider putting a tennis ball inside to make it harder for the smaller treats to come out. The softer rubber bumpers ensure that your walls and floors are protected. • The Tug-a-Jug Treat Puzzle provides a multi-sensory appeal to keep dogs engaged and motivated to play. The Tug-a-Jug can be used for dispensing treats, retrieval games (If you bring it back to me, I will feed you out of the bottle!) and feeding meals. It has scent holes at the bottom and is see-through to further entice the dog. The dog has to figure out how to pull out the treats or food with the rope. If the dog chews the rope off it can be replaced with a ball in the jug. This
is great for highly food-motivated dogs and dogs who enjoy problem solving. • The Twist ‘N Treat is a two-piece toy that twists to tighten and can be adjusted to the dog’s level of interest and ability to get the food. This allows for a number of options and variations of the shapes and sizes of treats you can use. It is not recommended for heavy chewers. The Kong is a durable rubber toy that comes in different shapes. It has been on the market for quite some time and is a tried-and-true food dispensing toy. It should be in every dog owner’s home, especially ones with younger dogs and puppies. It is dishwasher safe and can be filled with peanut butter, cream cheese, or the dog’s breakfast and dinner for a good chew workout. For adult dogs, stuff the Kong with food and keep it in the freezer overnight. A Kong filled with frozen food offers a great workout.
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Few dogs have “real” jobs these days— unless they are farm or service dogs—but many retain the instincts that served them and their masters well in the early days. Your dog may like the “work” of retrieving items and returning them to you. For added fun, these toys float and are extremely durable for aggressive chewers. www.novadogmagazine.com
When it comes to doggie indulgence, all treats are not created equal. Which ones should you use and when? Use our handy guide to help you decide.
ROLL MEAT BY RED BARN How To Use It: Cut it up into small pieces to put in various treat dispensing toys or bigger chunks to use as stuffing material in a Kong. Also great for regular training as pieces can be made small. Good To Know: A high-value* treat. Needs to be refrigerated once open. Comes in three flavors: chicken and liver, lamb and rice, and beef.
JERKY TREATS BY REAL MEAT How To Use It: Flat, non-greasy treat that can be carried in the pocket and pleasant to handle. Use to reward for retrieve, letting go of a tug, or to play the game Find It! Also great for regular training as pieces can be made small. Good To Know: A high-value* treat. Comes in six flavors: chicken and venison, lamb, lamb liver, fish and venison, beef, and venison.
MINI BAKES BY ZUKES How To Use It: These work perfect in any treat dispensing toy. Treats are compact and round, ready to put into the toy. Can also be used for training. Good To Know: Already comes in small bits. Available in Turkey ‘N Taterz, Peanut Butter ‘N Blueberryz, and Chicken ‘N Cherryz.
CHICKEN NIBS BY PRIMAL How To Use It: Small and soft pieces easy to put into treat dispensing toys. Good To Know: An organic, high-value* treat.
PIG AND COW EARS How To Use It: These are great for a shorter but gratifying chew time. Great for chewing in the crate or to play the game Find It! Good To Know: Pig ears are greasier than cow ears. This may matter depending on where you allow your dog to chew and also impacts your dog’s digestive system. Cow ears come in large and small.
BULLY STICKS How To Use It: Dogs love these, and they will keep them busy chewing for some time. Good To Know: A very popular chew item made out of 100 percent bull penis. Also called pizzles. Comes in shorter and longer versions. *High-value treats are treats your dog gets only seldom, and he is extremely eager to receive. Each dog will have his favorite, and owners will know what their dog craves best.
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West Paw Toys. These toys come with a refund guarantee should your dog succeed in destroying them after all! • The Huck is very durable. You can toss it, float it, and let your dog chew it. It will bounce in unpredictable directions. • The Hurley is also very durable. You can toss it, float it, and let the dog chew it. If your dog loves playing in and around water, consider having him retrieve these toys out of the bathtub during winter months.
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If so, you have probably thrown a tennis ball—or two or three—to fulfill this instinctive behavior. Here are some other options to add variety and fun. Jolly Pets. These plastic toys are puncture resistant. They also offer a big variety of rubber toys that are very durable. Both are backed with a money-back manufacturer’s guarantee. • The Push-n-Play (also referred to as The Jolly Ball) is very durable and satisfies your dogs need to push and bite. It also floats for interesting water play. Some dogs love to play with this ball by themselves. Great for herding/terriers/working dogs that may have a more aggressive play style. • Bounce-n-Play balls are made from nontoxic polyethylene plastic. This floating toy is durable, and dogs love the “hiss” sound it makes when they bite into it. The toy has a delicious scent, which means no more nasty rubber smell. • The Teaser Ball actually has a ball within the ball. Some dogs love to play with this toy by themselves. Great for herding/terriers/working dogs that may have a more aggressive play style.
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NOISY toys? Does buying a squeaky plush toy and having it ripped to shreds in under two minutes sound familiar? Then the Egg Babies—with removable and replaceable squeakers—may be for you. The Kyjen company is based in the Colorado foothills, where it strives to make different and better products so everyone benefits. If you visit its web site, your dog could become an official Kyjen toy tester. • Egg Babies are a selection of plush toys with three squeaky eggs inside. The opening is at the bottom of the toy where the dog finds the squeaker “eggs” and pulls them out. You
can put them into the toy again, or purchase replacement eggs if your dog destroys the eggs. This leaves the squeaker-less main toy intact for a much longer time. The perfect solution for a dog that loves his squeaky toys! • Bottle Buddies are plush toys that hold a recycled water bottle inside. The dog’s chewing action makes crinkly noises, and an opening at the bottom allows you to replace the plastic bottle with a fresh one. It is a great way to reuse your old plastic bottles before the “final recycling.” Dogs who enjoy squeaky toys will enjoy the noisy crinkle this toy makes.
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• A nice side effect of encouraging regular playtime with your dog, is he will gravitate to these toys and continue to play with them on his own (especially the food dispensing ones). • If you remove a toy and give it back a week later, it becomes like new again. So don’t let the same old toy lay around the house. • With patience you can teach rescue dogs, deprived of toys and human interaction, the fun of play—it is well worth the trouble! • Food dispensing toys can be a great way to help your dog reduce his anxiety while left home alone, during thunderstorms, or when visitors come to your home. • Combining toys with your dog’s training
regimen is an effective way to get a wellmannered dog. It builds a good relationship with your dog, makes the learning fun, and motivates the dog to engage in the training sessions. Many of these toys can be used both indoors and outdoors so do not limit yourself to the colder season but enjoy these toys year round and never stop playing with your dog! Interested in more information? You can visit the Fur-Get Me Not dog daycare and training facility in Arlington to see a demonstration of most of these toys in action. 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.positivedog.net). She is also the dog training director at Fur-Get Me Not where she teaches Levels classes and provides basic inhome training. For more information on Levels, private training, or CGC testing visit www. furgetmenot.com.
How to include four-legged family members in your estate planning. By Heidi Meinzer and Jennifer Lee
ust last year, forlorn family members brought Bonnie, a fiveyear-old Golden Retriever mix, to a local shelter. Bonnie’s owner had just died, and the family wasn’t able to keep her. Bonnie was very lucky—she was adopted by one of the shelter veterinarians the very same day she went up for adoption.
Not all dogs are as lucky as Bonnie. The Humane Society for the United States estimates that animal shelters across the country care for 6 to 8 million animals a year, and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized each year. Those numbers are down drastically from the 1970s, when 12 to 20 million animals were euthanized each year, but we still have a long way to go. One way to avoid this unfortunate scenario is to provide for your pets in your estate planning.
Beyond Leaving Money to Your Pet Many people scoff at the idea of including pets in their estate plans, pointing to such stories as billionaire Leona Helmsley. When Helmsley—nicknamed the “Queen of Mean”—died in 2007, she left a $12 million trust to care for her ill-tempered Maltese, Trouble. Of her $4 billion estate, Helmsley left $5 million in cash and $10 million in trust to her brother, and $5 million in cash and $5 million in trust to two of her four grandchildren. Helmsley cut the other
two grandchildren out completely. Not surprisingly, the family filed suit, and the court cut Trouble’s trust from $12 million to $2 million. That $2 million goes towards annual costs of $60,000 for the caregiver’s guardian fee, $8,000 for grooming, $1,200 for food, and $100,000 for full-time security. Apparently, Trouble needed security after having received multiple death threats. Planning for your pets is about much more than just leaving money to your pampered pooch. If you fall ill or are in an accident, everyone around you will be devastated and may not think about your pets. In that situation, your pets need immediate care, and your loved ones need guidance. The better you plan, the easier it will be for your relatives and friends to help. Recent changes in estate law and the manner in which courts view pets has made planning for the future easier. The following are a few of the tools you can use to plan for the care of your pet. Because of differences in state law and the considerations unique to each pet owner
and pet, it is recommended that you consult an attorney to determine the best tool for your particular situation.
Your Will Some pet owners make provisions for the care of their pet in their will. However, a will has several drawbacks—it can take a long time to probate or someone may contest it. Your wishes may not be put into effect until the conflict is resolved or a court may refuse to enforce your instructions. Additionally, a will is only effective upon your death.
Power of Attorney Should you become incapacitated, a power of attorney with special provisions for your pet can be very useful. Those provisions should authorize your agent to care for your pet and spend your money for your pet’s care. You can also give your agent the power to place the pet with a www.novadogmagazine.com
Annual Cost of Care The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates annual costs for
$1,314 • a medium dog at $1,580 • a large dog at $1,843. • a small dog at
For a detailed breakdown of pet care costs visit www.aspca.org/adoption/pet-carecosts.aspx.
One of the most important decisions is to designate the trustee of your pet trust. The trustee will hold, manage, and administer the funds according to the terms of the trust. You must also decide who will be the pet’s caregiver on a day-to-day basis. It is crucial to name someone who is willing and able to take on this duty. You should name alternate trustees and pet caregivers in the event the original trustee or caregiver becomes unable to serve in his or her respective functions for whatever reason. In a pet trust, you can be as specific as you wish about the care of your pet. Consider the standard of living you want your pet to have and the type of care that your pet is to receive. You can specify your preferred brand of pet food, veterinarians, walking/exercising instructions, training, behavior concerns, and other special instructions. For instance, when owner Ken Kemper of Hagerstown, MD, died several years ago, Kemper left $400,000 and his house to his three rescues—a Beagle and two Lab mixes named Buckshot, Katie, and Obu-Jet. He also left instructions that the dogs were to have a special weekly dinner. The dogs’ caretaker continues Kemper’s tradition of a Friday night spaghetti dinner, complete with meatballs and garlic bread.
How Much is Enough? long-term caregiver if necessary. However, a power of attorney is only effective while you are alive.
Pet Trusts Perhaps the best option is to have a power of attorney along with a pet trust. A pet trust is a legally enforceable method to arrange for the care and maintenance of your pet in the event you become incapacitated or die. Depending on the laws of the state in which a pet trust is established, a pet trust can continue for the life of your pet or 21 years, or whichever occurs first.
Determining what sums are reasonable for your pet’s care is important so that you can fund the trust appropriately. Expenses to be considered include food, housing, medical care, and grooming. As with Leona Helmsley, courts will not hesitate to scale back a pet trust that is out of line with the amount someone has left for his or her loved ones. The amount you should leave in a trust for the care of your pets must factor in not only the size of your overall estate, but also the needs and age of your pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a detailed breakdown of pet care costs at www.aspca.org/
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adoption/pet-care-costs.aspx. The ASPCA estimates annual costs for a small dog at $1,314, for a medium dog at $1,580, and for a large dog at $1,843. Paul Sullivan, a writer with the New York Times, recently wrote an article entitled “Animal Lovers, Beware of Ownership Costs,” questioning the ASPCA’s numbers as being too low. Sullivan includes many stories about pet costs that far exceed the ASPCA’s estimates. One story was about Moose, a Labrador Retriever who needed to have a sock surgically removed from his stomach—to the tune of $6,000 in vet bills. As Sullivan mentions, many of us pay far more than the ASPCA’s estimates in just dog walking and doggie daycare costs. When thinking about how much to leave for your dog, as well as a possible option for a back-up caregiver, consider the various veterinary schools with programs designed for long-term care of pets. Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has a privately funded program called The Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center. There is an enrollment fee of $1,000 and a minimum endowment requirement based on the age of the owner at the time of enrollment (currently between $10,000 and $50,000 if the endowment is paid at the time of enrollment, or between $50,000 and $100,000 if the endowment is made by bequest). Other veterinary schools with similar programs include University of California-Davis, Oklahoma State University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University and Purdue University. These programs generally seek contributions or endowments in the range of $25,000 to $30,000 for one dog.
No Time Like the Present Bonnie was very fortunate that she found someone right away to care for her. But not all dogs in her situation are as lucky. With careful estate planning, you can give your loved ones the guidance they need to provide for your pets in the unfortunate event of your death or incapacitation. There is no time like the present to make a New Year’s resolution to get your estate planning in order—for you and your pets! ND Heidi Meinzer is an attorney and shareholder with Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., where she practices primarily in the areas of animal law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. Heidi currently shares the company of Sophie, her rescued German Shepherd mix, and Boomer, an adorable black Lab. She handles a variety of animal-related matters for pet owners, pet care industry companies, and non-profit organizations and rescues. She is the owner and founder of the Companion Animal Law Blog, which you can find at www.petlawblog.com. You can contact Heidi at hmeinzer@ beankinney.com, or at 703.525.4000, extension 348. Jennifer Lee is an attorney with Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C. Jennifer counsels clients in a number of areas, including business law and estate planning. Jennifer has a M.A. in Experimental Psychology and received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. Jennifer is the proud owner of Mason, a completely loveable Boxer-Pitbull mix. Jennifer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 703.525.4000, extension 482. © Heidi Meinzer and Jennifer Lee. All rights reserved. These materials are for personal use and reference only, and are not to be copied, distributed, or used for any reason without the express written consent of Heidi Meinzer and Jennifer Lee. These materials have been provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended and should not be construed to render legal or other professional advice. Please consult your attorney with any specific questions or issues that you have regarding the subject matter presented here. Because of the rapidly changing nature of the law, the information contained in these materials may become outdated, and any person relying on these materials is responsible for researching and updating the authorities cited before relying on the information in these materials. The author, publisher, and any persons or entities involved with preparing, publishing, and distributing these materials disclaim all responsibility for the legal effects or consequences of any action taken in reliance upon these materials, and will not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from the use of these materials. If you want or need legal advice regarding the information contained in these materials, please consult an attorney in your jurisdiction.
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I N R E V I E W Literature, arts, and new media literature review • by ingrid king
A Dog’s Purpose B y W. B r u c e C a m e r o n “All Dogs go to heaven…unless they have unfinished business here on earth.” A Dog’s Purpose chronicles the journey of one dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lifetimes. Subtitled A Novel for Humans, the book is written from the dog’s point of view.
e first meet the protagonist during a short life as a mutt named Toby who was rescued from the streets and ends up in a shelter. His life ends much too soon, as does his quest for his purpose. Much to his own surprise, he finds himself reborn as a Golden Retriever puppy and finds a home with a young boy named Ethan, who christens him Bailey. It’s the beginning of the classic “boy and his dog” relationship, and we follow Ethan and Bailey through countless adventures. Bailey joyfully discovers how to be a good dog, and he thinks he may have found his purpose. But life as a cherished family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. He is reborn as a female German Shepherd puppy, and becomes a search and rescue dog named Ellie. However, despite many heroic rescues, he still hasn’t found his true purpose—it doesn’t become clear until his next incarnation in which he starts out as a mistreated black Lab named Buddy. Dog books tend to not be the kind of books you can’t put down, but I’d caution any reader to start this book without having a good chunk of uninterrupted reading time available. This heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny book is not just the emotional
and moving story of one dog’s many lives, it also examines life from a dog’s point of view in ways that will make you look at your own canine companion with a fresh eye. Additionally, it presents a unique observation of human relationships and the bond between dogs and humans from a dog’s perspective. This is more than just another dog story. Beautifully written with great sensitivity, this touching novel will delight all animal lovers, especially fans of Garth Stein’s Art of Racing in the Rain or Ted Kerasotes Merle’s Door. This wonderful story shows us that love is eternal, our beloved animal companions are always with us, and every living being has a purpose. ND Ingrid King is the author of Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. She is a former veterinary hospital manager turned writer. Her online magazine News for You and Your Pet goes out to subscribers around the world. Her blog, The Conscious Cat, has been called “educational catnip for the cat lover” and is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for pets and their people. For more information about Ingrid, Buckley’s Story, and The Conscious Cat, please visit www.ingridking.com.
Life With Maxie This sweet little book will warm the heart of any pet lover. Maxie, a long-haired Chihuahua, hit the jackpot when celebrated radio journalist Diane Rehm took the then 12-week-old pup home. Maxie’s life with Rehm is a dog’s version of paradise, but little did the author know that her life would also be forever changed by this delightful, albeit sometimes stubborn, dog with some behavior challenges. Rehm sums up the transformative power of her little dog in a final chapter that brought tears to my eyes. A delightful read, and a wonderful gift, for all animal lovers. —Ingrid King
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The Super Pet Expo A Fun-Filled Event for the Whole Family—Including Your Dog
f you get excited when you hear the words “Super Pet Expo” you are not alone! Now in its 11th year, more than 20,000 enthusiastic pet owners are expected to stroll the isles of this huge, open building full of nothing but pet-related items. Vendors have everything from crystal studded pet collars to yummy treats and fluffy beds. The show will be held at the Dulles Expo Center from March 18-20. In addition to great shopping, you won’t want to miss some of the entertainment listed here:
Mutts Gone Nuts. Jessie and James and their mess of mischievous mutts present a comical blend of circus skills and dog feats suitable for the whole family. Expect the unexpected as Jessie and James valiantly attempt to match wits with their pack of rescue dogs in an epic battle of wills. Rope walking, whipcracking, and crowd play round out a show that’ll leave you howling for more. Rescue Ink. Decked out in motorcycle garb and covered in tattoos, the men in Rescue Ink look differently from other animal rescuers though their cause is very much the same. “We pride ourselves on connecting animal lovers from all walks of life, which is why we are thrilled to welcome back the Rescue Ink team to Super Pet Expo,” said Eric Udler, president of Super Pet Expo. “No other rescue group has commanded such a dynamic following at our shows, and we know that this high profile group will continue to receive an overwhelming response from our attendees.”
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“Rescue Ink protects those who can’t protect themselves and speaks for those who have no voice. We are the army for the animals,” says Joe Panz, a founding member of Rescue Ink. Panz, along with Big Ant and Johnny O, founded Rescue Ink to give back to abused and neglected animals. According to the three men, animals are like humans in that they deserve second chances. By bringing them to safety, Rescue Ink hopes to give abused animals another chance at life. Last year, the men from Rescue Ink gained fame as they starred in a reality show that chronicled their Long Island-based animal welfare organization. The show might not be on the air anymore, but their cause is stronger than ever. They have already saved many animals and will continue to do so in the future with the formation of the Rescue Ink Foundation. They will make appearances at the Super Pet Expo show and will be conducting meetand-greets with fans, posing for photographs and selling their signature tee-shirts.
of Pet Communication.” Attend this session and you will learn how to find out what your pet is really thinking. Suzanne will also be offering free individual Animal Blessings. For more information, a full list of entertainment, directions, or to purchase tickets visit www.superpetexpo.com. ND
Pet Communicators. Noted Pet Communicators Suzanne and Chuck Fisher will be offering free two-minute pet communication sessions to all pet lovers attending the show. In addition, they will conduct a seminar called “The Basics
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IF YOU GO: Super Pet Expo, now in its 11th year, is a great place to get out with your whole family including your leashed, well-behaved pets. Kids get in free when you purchase an adult ticket online at www.superpetexpo.com. Use discount code NOVA11 and save 30 percent. When: March 18–20, 2011 Where: Dulles Expo Center 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, VA 20153 Show Hours: Friday, March 19, 2010 4 - 9 PM Saturday, March 20, 2010 10 AM - 7 PM Sunday, March 21, 2010 10 AM - 5 PM
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JANUARY January 14 6:30- 8:30PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
January 15 12 - 3PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Seven Corners. 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org. 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org. 12 - 2PM—Lucky Dog Animal Rescue Dog Adoption at Dogma Bakery, 2772 S. Arlington Mill Dr. The Village at Shirlington, VA. More info: www.luckydog animalrescue.org.
January 16 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Reston. 11860 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org. 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Alexandria. 7690 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org.
12 - 3PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Sterling. 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling, VA. More info: www.lostdog rescue.org.
January 17 5:30PM—Raw food seminar “Everything You Need To Know About Feeding Raw.” Speaker, refreshments and samples. The Happy Woof, 10396 Willard Way Fairfax, VA. To sign up call 703.220.4169.
January 21 6:30 - 8:30PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center, Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdog rescue.org.
January 22 12 - 3PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Seven Corners. 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org. 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center, Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org. 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.
Touch a Life and Change Your Own You and your cat, dog or rabbit are needed to join other Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc. volunteers who make a difference in the community by visiting residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
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Recurring Events 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 703.931.5057 or visit www.DPnCC.com
January 23 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Reston. 11860 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Alexandria. 7690 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Alexandria. 7690 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org.
12 - 3PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Sterling. 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling, VA. More info: www.lostdog rescue.org.
12 - 3PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Sterling. 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling, VA. More info: www. lostdogrescue.org.
January 27 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.
January 28 6:30 - 8:30PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
January 29 12 - 3PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Seven Corners. 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org. 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
January 30 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Reston. 11860 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
FEBRUARY February 1 6:00-9PM—Sugar & Champagne Affair. The Washington Humane Society’s 10th annual dessert and champagne reception hosted by Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant honors local crusaders against animal cruelty: Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Control Officers, and Humane Educators. Enjoy delectable confections complemented by some of the world’s finest sparkling wines. The VIP reception presents an exclusive savory gathering prepared by the finest chefs of the national capital region. 6:00 - 7:30PM VIP Chef’s Tasting Room, 7:00 - 9PM General Reception. For tickets and more information visit www.washhumane.org.
February 4 6:30 - 8:30PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdog rescue.org.
February 5 12 - 3 PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Seven Corners. 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org. 8AM - 2AM—NOVADog Blogathon to Help Cure Canine Cancer. Four bloggers, posting one blog an hour for 18 hours of fun, games and give aways. Donations will Continued on page 27
HIT THE TRAIL Local walks to enjoy
Wolf Trap National Park By Cori n n e G u i l l o t If you think Wolf Trap National Park is just a busy summer destination for open-air performances, take another look. In winter, you and your dog can enjoy a show of your own, set along wooded trails and rural landscapes. On a recent weekend trip to the park, my Sight Hound-mix and I encountered neither crowds nor traffic. The melodic strains of summertime were absent, replaced instead by the hushed notes of Wolf Trap Creek. The drama we experienced involved a squirrel (sudden entrance stage left) followed by vigorous audience reaction on the other end of my leash. In short, we had the place to ourselves. In 1966, an Act of Congress established Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on a 130-acre working farm donated by Mrs. Catherine Filene Shouse. In the decades before her donation, Mrs. Shouse frequently offered up the farm as a bucolic retreat to family and friends. She bred and raised horses and imported dogs from Germany and Switzerland from 1939-1946. Her kennels featured champion Boxers, Weimaraners, and Miniature Pinschers. You and your dog can relive the Shouse-era charm of this surprisingly accessible place. Take walks over bridges and along the paths and trails that weave among woods, fields, ponds, and farm buildings. Leashed dogs are permitted year-round; however, they are prohibited inside the Filene Center House, Theatre-In-The-Woods, picnic areas, and in any area that is being used for an authorized event. Dress warmly because the paved paths are exposed to blustery winter winds. Finally, be aware that Wolf Trap hills are popular sledding destinations, so stay alert when walking after a snowfall.
About Your Guide Corinne Guillot is a trainer at DogOn Fitness, a daily exercise service for dogs. When she is not out walking her Dominican rescues, Mango and Morenita, she is busy coordinating the Family Integration Training (FIT) program, which is dedicated to helping people live in better harmony with their dogs. Headquartered in Reston, DogOn Fitness has served the Northern Virginia and Maryland area since 2003. Visit them on the web at www.dogonfitness.com.
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Mystic with owner Joel.
tions. If you want to call it a day, you can cross the bridge and retrace your steps up the hill and back to the parking lot. If you want to extend your hike by about 20 minutes, turn left and walk down the gravel road that takes you along the creek to a second wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the path across the lawn to the parking area behind the Filene Center. Walk to the front of the Filene Center where you can then follow the road back to the parking area.
Getting There Riley with owners Tony and Joanna.
Suggested Hike Park near the pedestrian tunnel at the far end of the West Lot. You’ll see a park sign with a map that locates buildings and paths. Follow the paved walkway through the tunnel, cross the road, and proceed straight up the divided cart path in front of you. When you get to the crest of the hill, you’ll see a white barn-like building on your right. From this point, you can view the sweeping meadow below and the hillside used for sledding. Follow the paved path that bisects the meadow all the way to the wooden bridge at the bottom of the hill. Cross Wolf Trap Creek and go left along the pathway next to the creek. Pass behind the Theatre-In-the-Woods. Go 50 feet past the theater and turn right at the ‘Y’ intersection. Cross a footbridge and continue to a trail fork. Go left at the fork and continue to the pond. Follow the trail around the pond and you will again find yourself at the footbridge leading to the TheatreIn-The-Woods. From this point, you can see the bridge over Wolf Trap Creek and the meadow in the distance. Once you arrive back at the creek, you have op-
Coming west on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) from Tysons Corner, turn left on Towlston Road and follow it to the parking areas. Coming east on Route 7, turn right on Towlston Road. If you are heading west on 267, take the Wolf Trap Park exit ramp and continue to the parking areas. If you are on 267 heading east, you’ll need to take the Leesburg Pike West exit and loop back onto 267 going west to the Wolf Trap exit ramp. For customized directions, visit nps.gov/wotr/planyourvisit/ directions. ND TRAIL SPECIFICS:
Distance: 1.0 miles Time: 30 minutes or more Location: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap, VA Fido-Friendly Features: Off-street parking, uncrowded trails, trash bins throughout Use: On-leash dogs, hikers, people sledding Best Time To Go: Weekdays and weekends anytime during daylight hours Rated: 1 paw (easy)
1 paw = easy; 5 = expert
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be collected on all four blogs to help find a cure for canine cancer. More info: www. novadogmagazine.com/blogathon. 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Fairfax. Fair Lakes Shopping Center, 12971 Fair Lakes Center Fairfax, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
February 6 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Alexandria. 7690 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. More info: www.lost dogrescue.org. 1 - 4PM—Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Dog Adoption at PETSMART in Reston. 11860 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA. More info: www.lostdogrescue.org.
February 12 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.
February 26 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.
February 28 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 email@example.com or call 703.931.9241 x213.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.931.9241 x213.
March 18-20 Super Pet Expo—The premier shopping event. Everything for every pet owner. Dulles Expo Center 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153. Leashed pets welcome. Adult tickets $13, kids 12 and under $6. More info: www. superpetexpo.com.
March 12 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs.
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.
March 26 12-5PM—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. 12:30-3PM—SPCA of Northern Virginia Dog Adoption Days at Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 703.385.3766. Visit www.spcanova.org to see available dogs. ND
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Sophie Mariah: An adorable diva Adopted from:
Sophie is one-year-old and loved by Marianne Kies and George Petel of Arlington, VA.
The Washington Humane Society, November 2010
How did she get her name? She is named Sophie Mariah because she needed a name that captured her diva attitude of being above it all, while still retaining her adorable, delicate sensibilities like never getting her feet muddy.
Yo u p i c k e d h e r b e c a u s e . . . We found Sophie at an adoption event held by the Humane Society. We planned to get a dog in a few months, but one look at her face and that timetable went right out the window. She was just so laid back and affectionate that we had to have her.
Favorite treat or snack: Being underweight when we brought her home, Sophie has been stuck on puppy food for the extra protein to build up her leg muscles. We have not tried many treats yet, but she gobbles up Denta Stixs like they are her last meal.
Favorite activity together: When we adopted Sophie, she needed surgery on both hind legs. Now that her recovery and physical therapy are coming to an end, her energy levels are much more apparent. She loves to play fetch—especially to show off her healed legs by running around our dining room table at a hundred miles an hour like a NASCAR driver.
Favorite toy: Like all grandparents, Sophie’s have spoiled her rotten with toys that must at all times be scattered about for maximum mess. Her favorite though is a plush squeaky bone that she loves to play fetch with. She also likes to squeeze it about a million times a minute when she feels like she is not getting enough attention.
Yo u l o v e h e r b e c a u s e . . . She has an affectionate personality and—despite her recent challenges—is so full of life. We expected to love any dog we brought home, but we are surprised daily at how deeply we have come to feel about Sophie. ND
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