The hottest weeks of the year are often referred to as the “dog days” of summer — a time when it’s even too hot for dogs to be running around.
We know that’s not really the origin of the term, but we decided it was a great time to celebrate our devoted furry friends! A couple dates to note on your calendar are: DOGust on August 1st (the universal birthday for shelter dogs), and National Dog Day on August 26th. Of course you don’t really need a reason to give your pup extra attention or play time. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list of our favorite dog friendly places in Arlington.
District Dogs — District Dogs began as a dog walking business in 2014. Growing with each new client, within two years they gained a reputation as the go-to pet care company for warm, thoughtful and outstanding service. District Dog offers a wide array of services including daycare, overnight boarding, grooming, training classes and a curated retail selection for dogs and dog-lovers alike.
James Hunter Dog Park — James Hunter Park has a plaza terrace, open lawn, demonstration gardens, water feature and adjacent dog park that is open until 9 p.m.
Shirlington Dog Park — Shirlington Dog Park was one of the first officially recognized off-leash dog exercise areas in the region. Being almost two acres in size, its narrow, quarter-mile length with an accessible trail, runs along an urban stream on the one side and warehouse building on the other. There is also a separate adjoining area for small dogs.
Four Mile Run Park — Take your pup for a stroll along this path surrounded by two acres of greenery that runs parallel to Four Mile Run stream. Four Mile Run Park received the Best New Environmental Sustainability Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society in 2018, the Virginia Governor’s Environmental excellence Award in 2018 and the Dave Pearson Watershed Excellence Award from the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association in 2018.
Towers Dog Park — With a large fenced in area that is a great size for bigger dogs to get some exercise and a separate small dog area this park offers something for everyone. Sit next to a large grassy field, the picnic area, or by the big tress that provide good shade during the summer month.
Loyal Companion Pet Store — There’s a lot of higher quality food options, supplies, toys and gear for your four-legged canine friends here. Offering a boutique feel with staff who remember you and your pooch, it’s the go-to spot for many dog lovers. And, the dogs love it, too, since they can come in, walk around and get a treat!
Dogma Bakery and Boutique — Opening for business in 2000, Dogma has been committed to providing only healthy foods and treats for your pups. Dogma’s treats are baked in store, using only human-grade ingredients, with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Almost every day their oven is on and their bakers are baking to give you fun new treats for every season. Dogma supports many local rescues and their local shelters by holding animal adoptions and fundraisers on a regular basis.
Northside Social — You deserve a night out every once in a while, but who’s to say your pup doesn’t too? You and your best friend are more than welcome to enjoy a meal at Northside Social. Whether you’re stopping by this comfortable restaurant for a latte or dinner outside, feel free to bring your pet along!
Sweet Science Coffee — Enjoy a delicious drip coffee or espresso drink, and a freshly made baked good on the patio with your pup at this craft coffee shop.
There are SO MANY dog-friendly places you and your pup can visit in and around Arlington. Please drop a comment below and tell us where you and your canine best friend like to hang out!
And please reach out to me if you want to learn more about neighborhoods in Arlington and around the region.
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The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 77th annual Christmas tree sale!
This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 24th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to 10 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garland, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.
100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.
For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at https://optimistclubofarlingtonva.org/.
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2023 Christmas Tree Sales Begin
Saturday, December 2
Get your holiday decorating off to the right start this year! We will be selling 150 Fraser firs, freshly cut and delivered from Sparta, North Carolina.