Alexandria, VA

December the blue pit bull mix, is looking for a new home in Alexandria.

The two-year-old cuddle bug is a fan of long walks and playtime in the yard.

“December has lived with other dogs, and if you have other dogs and are interested in meeting her, we’d love to arrange time for a doggy meet-and-greet,” said AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.

Hardter added, “December’s favorite thing is to give hugs and snuggles to the people she loves. She had a photo shoot earlier this week, but was too busy cuddling to worry about whether the photographer was getting her best side. Luckily, they are all her best sides.”

You can schedule time to meet December either in-person or virtually at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA

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Nine-month-old Coco is so smart that folks might not know that that she’s blind. The pit bull terrier mix is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“At nine months old, Coco is an absolute bundle of energy, and she’s on the go so much that you might not notice at first that she’s blind,” said AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter. “After all, she can find her favorite toys, treats and people with no trouble.”

To learn more about Coco and how to meet her, please call the AWLA team at 703-746-4774.

Photo via AWLA

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Even though Hugo looks full grown, the nine-month old terrier has a lot of growing left to do.

A busy bundle of energy, Hugo is looking for a new home via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“As a young adult, Hugo is still growing into his size and energy level, and he’d love a home with adults or older children to help him learn to be his best doggy self,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Like every puppy, Hugo loves toys, and will carry his favorites with him when playing in the yard, on walks and anywhere toys can be enjoyed.  His ideal home has a bed full of toys with fun textures and sound.”

To learn more about Hugo or to schedule time to meet him either virtually or in-person, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via Da Silva Studios

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Morning Notes

Alexandria Police Participate in Honoring Fallen Capitol Police Officer — “APD participated in the memorial service for fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Our officers rendered honors for Ofc. Sicknick, and joined the escort from the U.S. Capitol to Arlington National Cemetery. Our prayers are with his family and friends.” [Twitter]

Free COVID-19 Self-Testing Kiosks Available Around City— “Visit a Curative COVID-19 self-testing kiosk in Alexandria for a free test. Tests do not require government ID; service available in English and Spanish. Make an appointment at Curative.com. Walk up testing also available. For more info: alexandriava.gov/114730.” [Twitter]

Beyer Challenges House Republicans Over Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — “Instead Greene uses her official position to double down on dehumanizing rhetoric. She claims she is a victim, and is raising money off the outrage over her calls for violence. Republicans can reject her violent ideology or accept it. That is the choice they have to make now.” [Twitter]

DASH Says All Riders Must Wear Face Masks Starting Feb. 8 — “Effective Monday, February 8, passengers without a mask will not be permitted on any DASH bus. In accordance with federal law, all passengers are required to wear a face mask that covers both the nose and mouth while awaiting, boarding, traveling on or disembarking any DASH bus to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Passengers who refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to board any DASH bus. If a passenger removes their mask after boarding, they will not be allowed to continue their trip and must disembark the bus as soon as safely possible. DASH maintains a supply of masks on every bus for passengers without masks who cannot delay their trip to obtain one. If a passenger does not have a mask, they are encouraged to ask the operator for one when boarding the bus.”

Mayor Tours Shuttered Power Plant Before Community Meeting — “Next week (the 11th), the new owner of the former power-plant site on Alexandria’s northern waterfront will be holding a community meeting to discuss redevelopment plans. I had an opportunity to walk the site and discuss the future of this important location.” [Twitter]

City Says Essential Workers Should Pre-Register for Vaccine Waitlist — “Individuals in the Phase 1b frontline essential worker categories should pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist by filling out this form. Those who have already completed the form should not fill it out again. Duplicates require additional staff time to clean and sort, and will not result in faster vaccination. AHD is simultaneously vaccinating those who are ages 65 and older and Phase 1b frontline essential workers.” [City of Alexandria]

Fish Market Gets Help from Barstool Fund — “The Fish Market, a family-owned business restaurant and raw bar in a centuries-old building, has been in business on lower King Street for 45 years. After submitting a video to apply for the Barstool Fund, the restaurant was chosen as one of the small businesses to receive money to help keep it open.” [Patch]

City Wins Award for Carpenter’s Shelter Development — “The City has received the 2020 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award for supporting the construction of The Bloom/Carpenter’s Shelter, an innovative project that co-locates 97 affordable housing units with a homeless shelter.” [Twitter]

Today’s Weather — “Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 48F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph… Cloudy with occasional rain after midnight. Low 37F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Professional Dog Walkers — “As a Dog Walker with Fur-Get Me Not you can expect flexible scheduling, paid training, 24/7 support from both our office staff as well as our on-call managers– and more. Most dog walks are between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm, typically on a recurring schedule Monday-Friday. We compensate at $8.75 per 25-minute visit, and offer two walks per hour to maximize your earning ability — and all of our walks are one-on-one so you can develop great relationships with the dogs on your route!” [Indeed]

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East Coast-based pet store chain Loyal Companion is planning on opening its doors in Old Town North on Feb. 25.

“We’re a one-stop-shop for pet wellness,” Loyal Companion said on its website. “Stop by and wow your pet with our selection of toys, treats, food, supplements, expert advice and grooming all under one roof.”

Loyal Companion, at 923 N. St. Asaph Street, is located in the Gables Old Town North/EDEN property, and neighboring businesses include Oak SteakhouseHinata Sushi Bar and Grill and Cut and Shave Barbershop.

The company launched 52 locations in 2019, including nine in Virginia. Loyal Companion is comprised of seven independent pet retailers that converged into a pet store that provides spa and grooming treatments.

From March 3 – March 7, the store will offer free nail trims, treats and advice. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day every day of the week.

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Nine-year-old Chaquira and her eight-year-old daughter Princesa are inseparable, and the pair are looking for a new home via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

AWLA took in Chaquira and Princesa with 12 other dogs from the Florida-based True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission.

“Senior dogs like Princesa and Chaquira have spent their whole lives giving love to others,” said AWLA Executive Director Stella Hanly. “They deserve just as much love in their older years.”

Princesa is reportedly the more outgoing of the two dogs, although treats and ear scratches have proven to quickly bring Chaquira around.

“They are sweet, curious girls who have taken in stride the many changes they’ve experienced over the last month,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter said. “We know that the person or people lucky enough to adopt them will receive double the love and gratitude from their new canine family members.”

Incidentally, their adoption fees have been pre-paid this month by Priority Automotive as part of the Home for the Pawlidays event, where adoption fees are waived for pets older than six months.

Anyone interested in learning more about these two should email [email protected]alexandriaanimals.org.

Photos via AWLA

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There’s no doubt that Gunner‘s gaze will bring a smile to your face, and the medium-sized terrier is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Gunner is an energetic, intelligent young man who loves to show off his tricks for treats and shower his friends in kisses,” said Gina Hardter, a spokesperson for the AWLA, who says he is currently her favorite pet at the shelter. “I’m trying to teach him the command, ‘Give kisses,’ but he loves to kiss so much that he’s already way ahead of me.”

Two-year-old Gunner and a few of his canine companions came to Alexandria from a shelter in Louisiana that was impacted by Hurricane Zeta in October. He’s currently undergoing heartworm treatment, which AWLA will complete at no cost to the family that adopts him.

“If you have a lap, you can bet Gunner wants to be in or near it,” Hardter said.

If you want to buy Gunner or his fellow adoptees a holiday gift, AWLA is asking for pet presents in its (Stocking) Stuff the Van event. The event takes place on Dec. 24 with virtual and in-person options.

If you are interested in learning more about Gunner or scheduling time to meet him virtually or in-person, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA

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Need a new best friend? The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria says that their number of pet adoptions is up this year.

“It’s a very stressful time and a pet can really be a companion, they can provide support,” Gina Hardter, a spokesperson with the AWLA told ALXnow. “Even though this is a terrible time it’s been a wonderful time to show us just what is important in our lives, and one of those things is the unconditional love that a pet can give.”

Hardter said that adoptions have increased 3% over last year, a significant little jump since the AWLA was forced to suspend adoptions in April. The nonprofit also canceled events and then shifted to a virtual adoption format that lasted until in-person appointments resumed in July.

AWLA, which is still running by appointment-only, currently has about 60 pets available, including dogs, cats, turtles, rabbits and parakeets.

The adoptees include the inseparable two-year-old kitties Naya and Egypt (pictured above). The lifelong friends were recently featured in the following video with an AWLA volunteer.

AWLA is keeping one tradition alive — its annual Home for the Pawlidays event where adoption fees are waived for all pets above six months old. The event kicks off this Saturday (Dec. 5) and runs through the end of the month.

Hardter also said that most of the pets featured in ALXnow’s weekly Pet Pick posts have been adopted.

“Over the past weeks, most of the animals you have helped us promote have been adopted, including Reno, Ace and Jasmine,” she said.

Hardter said that AWLA’s team of nearly 40 full and part-time staff deserve high praise.

“I’ve seen our staff go above and beyond to try new things to help the animals, to keep people safe and all while still trying to do our main job of connecting animals with people who love them,” she said. “I think our team here has just done amazing. I would rate them off the charts. They’ve had flexibility, they’ve had patience, they’ve had compassion and I’m honored to work with them.”

Photos via AWLA

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A new local dog-themed bar and restaurant wants to help you and your pooch get in the spirit of Christmas.

Brewski’s Barkhaus, a restaurant near Potomac Yard that features an off-leash dog-park, opened in October and is planning to host an Ugly Sweater Party to celebrate the holidays.

The party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3-6 p.m. at 529 E. Howell Avenue.

Prizes will be awarded for the worst dressed and guests will be able to enjoy specials. The restaurant said on an event listing that reservations are recommended but not required, and COVID guidelines and restrictions will be in effect.

“Tis the season… to deck the paws,” Barkhaus said. “Come support your favorite dog bar at our first ever Ugly Sweater Party!”

Photo via Barkhaus/Facebook

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Seven-year-old Reno moved to Alexandria from Florida, so the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s pet of the week might not know what to expect from cold winters.

The black Labrador retriever mix is currently in a foster home, and all of his adoption fees have been paid by a generous donor, according to AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.

“Reno can be a little hesitant in new situations, so he’d love a home with a quiet lifestyle where he generally has human and animal friends around so he can establish his routine…and enjoy a whole lot of napping time,” Hardter said.

To schedule time to meet with him from his foster home either virtually or in-person, please email [email protected].

Photo via AWLA

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