Take a warm, sunny day to explore D.C. with your best friend and pamper your pooch at the most pet-friendly venues in the city. From dog parks to pet-inspired treats to an area vet even your dog will love, Washington, D.C. has everything your pup needs for the perfect dog day.
Glencarlyn Park Dog Run
301 S. Harrison St.
Arlington, VA 22204
Hours: sunrise to a half-hour after sunset
This park is one of Arlington’s hidden treasures, tucked away in a green valley where your whole family can enjoy the peace and open space. Bring your bike to explore the bike trails, go hiking on the nature trails with your dog, and make sure Fido gets a chance to take a dip in the crisp, clear stream. Bring a lunch and picnic at Glencarlyn as well, but be sure to stop by Metro Mutts for a dog-friendly side dish or two.
The Metro Mutts
508 H St. Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
407 8th St. Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
Hours: Tues – closed; Mon, Wed to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Metro Mutts is an adorable pet food store featuring healthy, organic and hypo-allergenic foods for dogs that, like their owners, just can’t do the processed byproducts in a lot of foods. Expect friendly, knowledgeable staff that will go the distance to make your dog’s visit to the store pleasurable. Take advantage of its awesome reward program to save money and have your pet featured on Metro Mutts’ website.
Paws of Enchantment
3415 Perry St.
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Hours: Mon and Wed – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs and Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call for weekend availability.
Paws of Enchantment’s philosophy of treating dogs in their entirety makes this a truly unique spa. It requires a brief interview before grooming your dog, as staff considers behavior, diet and any medical information key to providing the best care. You will not find harsh chemicals in their grooming products. Instead, expect eco-friendly and hypo-allergenic options for your pup.
Union Veterinary Clinic
609 2nd St. Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So your dog doesn’t love the vet, but Union Veterinary Clinic’s full-service veterinary hospital offers state-of-the-art equipment for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive care. Unlike most clinics, it also has an onsite pharmacy. UVC believes in giving back to the community by offering a 10-percent discount to military, fire and police departments, making a visit here an all-around good day for D.C. pet owners.
4927 A Saint Elmo Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – closed
Bone Jour is the best place to buy trendy clothes for your dog with a wide selection of colorful scarves, sweaters and puffy jackets to keep even the tiniest pooch toasty in bad weather. Find something for dogs of all sizes here. From polka-dot collars and leashes to pet topiaries, this is the place for pampered pups and their adoring owners.
Carly Mannava is a freelance writer living in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.