Some of the most important members of your family are your pets. May is National Pet Month and it’s a great opportunity for you to celebrate the animals in your family. The city has a number of restaurants and places that are welcome pets. These are the best places to celebrate National Pet Month in Washington, D.C.
Doggie Washerette
7714 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 629-1823

In honor of National Pet Month, one of things you should do is get your pet clean and fresh. You can give them a bath at home, or you can treat them to a trip to Doggie Washerette. The expensive pet grooming service provides all you need to get your dog looking and smelling it’s best. A self-service groomer, you will avoid making your place a mess by using the Tru Blu K9000. Considered one of the best groomers in the area, your furry friend will actually enjoy taking a bath.

Art And Soul
415 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777

Soul food is delicious comfort food that feels your stomach and warms your heart. Art and Soul is a local restaurant that offers upscale southern food that will make your mouth water. Your dog can enjoy food at the restaurant as well. One of the most dog friendly restaurants in the area, they have a special “Pooch Patio Menu.” More than just a dog treat, their special dog menu includes frozen beef bone, house made beef and rice in gravy, Bowser Beer and more. Treat your pet to an upscale meal you both will love.

Kenilworth Park And Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 426-6905

The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is a beautiful portion of land along the Anacostia River. A great location for bird watching, perusing foliage and tours, it’s a fun place for a family outing including the four-legged members of your family. The dog friendly park allows dogs to run around the park on leashes. You can even get water bowls from the Visitor’s Center. Your dog will have fun playing with new and old friends, getting exercise and being out with you.

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Yappy Hour
Hotel Monaco
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-6080

Hotel Monaco is a pet friendly hotel, allowing dogs of all sizes to stay. They offer a “Yappy Hour” for your dog. The dog happy hour includes dog treats and water for your special friend on the courtyard. Held during the spring, summer and fall, this happy hour is a fun chance for your dog to meet new friends. It’s a chance for you to enjoy happy hour without worrying about your pet. Be mindful that there are a set of rules that must be followed.

Canine Cruises
Potomac Riverboat Company
205 The Strand
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-0580

A supporter of the Animal League of Alexandria and City Dogs Rescue, the Potomac Riverboat Company is a pet friendly activity in the D.C. area. The company provides tours along the Potomac River throughout the year. One of the themed tours is the Canine Cruise, where you can bring your furry friend along for the ride. You and your dogs will enjoy a ride on the water while enjoying the sites. You will have to pay for your ticket, your dog rides for free.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on