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Notes: Alexandria ranked second best city in America for dogs

Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

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Alexandria has snagged the second-place spot in’s “10 Best Cities for Dogs” list, Alexandria Living Magazine reported.

The list looks at the number of dog-friendly services and amenities per capita and per square mile, like pet sitting and boarding facilities. The list also counts the total number of dog parks, pet supply stores and animal shelters.

The city moved up from the number three spot last year. In a poll last year, 78.8% of ALXnow readers said they agreed that Alexandria was an exceptionally dog-friendly city.

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Alexandria, located in the Washington, D.C., metro, is the smallest city on this list. Just 154,706 people call this Virginia city home. But it punches above its weight when it comes to dog-friendly amenities. And it does it by ranking high in per capita amenities, not sheer quantity.

Alexandria hovers near the bottom in most categories. But when it does move up from the last slot, it beat out larger cities to move up the ranks.

The city’s best showing is at No. 6 for its 78 boarding facilities. That’s more than Fort Lauderdale, Florida (population 181,668) and Knoxville, Tennessee (population 192,648). It’s also more than Pittsburgh, which has almost twice as many people as Alexandria.

It came in seventh for the total number dog parks. Alexandria also took 10th in both grooming and pet supply stores.

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Monarch Montessori School located in the heart of Del Ray is enrolling children 6 weeks to 6 years of age for our half day and full day program.

Our hours of operation are 8:00 AM  to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Monarch Montessori School is open year round, with intermittent breaks.  

Children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students. Our robust curriculum includes botany, sensorial activities, the social graces, culture, math, science, practical life, geography, music appreciation and language arts. 

You’ll get half off of the registration fee when you register and begin care with us before April 30, 2023.

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Del Ray Dog Fest & Yappy Hour

The 1st Annual Del Ray Dog Fest is a fun outdoor event that will include dog-centered activities, dog menu items, live music, vendors and food on Sunday, April 2 from 11am- 3pm at the George Washington Middle School parking lot.


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