Shirlington’s annual pet-friendly street festival “Wags n’ Whiskers” is returning next week.
The 12th annual pet expo is popping back up on Campbell Avenue next Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., outside the Village at Shirlington, and usually draws hundreds of attendees. This year’s festival will feature adoptable pets, live music, and activities like face-painting and balloon art.
About 65 local businesses and organizations will host booths along the street advertising pet wares and offering “treats and gift bags,” according to a recent press release. Veterinarians and dog trainers will also be attending to answer practice advice questions.
Scenes from Wags n' Whiskers! Come join us!
Posted by The Village at Shirlington on Saturday, August 24, 2013
During the event, attendees can get pictures taken of their pets (for $5) or get a caricature drawn of them and their pet. Attendees will also have a chance to enter to win a $100 gift certificate to the nearby Dogma Bakery.
Event organizers noted in the press release that water stations will be stationed throughout the street to keep pets hydrated and cool.
The Village at Shirlington lists several dozen organizations on its website expected to have booths or staff at the festival:
- American Maltese Association Rescue
- Arlington Animal Hospital
- Artful Paws Photography
- Bark + Boarding
- Caring Hands Animal Hospital
- Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and Emergency Center
- Dogma Bakery
- Fancy Cats & Dogs Rescue Team
- Fur-Get Me Not
- J Curry Group
- Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
- Kay Houghton and Associates
- NeVetica, Premium Pet Products
- NOVADog Magazine
- Olde Towne Pet Resort
- Shirlington Animal Hospital
- The Muddy Mutt
- John Eric | Trevor Moore & Associates | Compass
- VCA SouthPaws
- Whole Dogz
- WOOFS! Dog Training Center
- 395 Express Lanes
- A Little Unique
- Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington
- Arlington County Fire Department
- Arlington County Stormwater
- Becky’s Pet Care
- Bow Wow Designs
- Capital Pet Movers
- Chico’s Natural Pet Market
- Citizen K9
- Colonial Animal Hospital
- DC Shiba Inu Rescue
- Dingus Designs Company
Image courtesy of Debbi Mayster