If you’re a fan of squirrels, you’ll love Bobby, the two-year-old gray chinchilla. Weighing in at just over one pound, this lovable rodent is looking for a new home in Alexandria via the Animal Welfare League.

“Because of their thick fur, chinchillas don’t bathe, at least in water,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Instead, chinchillas should take dust baths several times a week to keep their coats clean.”

Since they’re rodents, chinchillas are herbivores and their teeth grow continuously. They are also nocturnal.

“Pet chinchillas who receive proper care can live 10 years or more,” Hardter said. “If you have questions about how to care for chinchillas, the team at the AWLA is happy to answer your questions.”

Learn more Bobby here.

Courtesy AWLA

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Dynamic duo Chloe and Aggie are best friends, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is giving the pair up for adoption.

Aggie, a 10-year-old hound mix, has been with four-year-old pub mix Chloe her entire life.

“Both and are best friends who traveled all the way from Florida to find their new family,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Chloe and Aggie spent some time at the AWLA’s summer camp this week and had a blast hanging out with the campers.  They think it would be equally fun to have children in their future home as well.”

Learn more about meeting Aggie and Chloe by visiting AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Courtesy AWLA

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Kitties Chenille and Raven are inseparable, and they’re up for adoption as a pair via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Raven is a male brown tabby and Chenille is a black short-haired female. The kittens are four months old and aren’t related by blood, and quickly became best friends after moving into the AWLA.

“They are looking to find their future family together,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Young kittens are often energetic and seek a lot of interaction, but by adopting a bonded pair, Chenille and Raven each have a built-in best bud to play with, nap with and just generally hang out with.”

Learn more about meeting Raven and Chenille at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Courtesy AWLA

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It was a quick week in Alexandria. Here’s the rundown.

With summer in full swing, three Alexandria athletes have made it on the U.S. Olympic Team — sprinter Noah Lyles, high-jumper Tynita Butts-Townsend and boxer Troy Isley.

In other sporting news, Old Town businesses beat Del Ray in a controversial softball game Wednesday, adding fuel to the fire of an intense rivalry.

It’s been super hot out lately, and the City urged caution and reminded residents to take advantage of special cooling centers.

On the COVID front, the city’s DASH bus service announced that one of its drivers passed away from complications from the virus.

Meanwhile, Mayor Justin Wilson believes that the city has met its 80% vaccination threshold, while Virginia Department of Health data says about 65% of residents over the age of 16 are partially vaccinated. The Alexandria Health Department, which just launched a COVID-19 test and vaccine pilot at T.C. Williams High School, says the data does not take into account city residents vaccinated in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

It’s also July 4 weekend, and in this week’s poll we asked whether readers plan on traveling, with 67% of respondents voting to stay home, 27% opting to travel by car and just 6% traveling by air.

Important stories

Top stories

  1. Researchers call out shoddy craftsmanship in buried 18th century Alexandria ship
  2. Man suspected of raping 12-year-old stepdaughter in Landmark area flees to El Salvador
  3. Landmark Mall plan approved as Planning Commission demands better environmental considerations
  4. Alexandria leaders acknowledge serious security issues with elimination of school resource officer funding
  5. Shortened Alexandria Birthday celebration is still on for July 10
  6. Alexandria eyes bus rapid transit and bike lanes for Duke Street
  7. Parker-Gray tiny lot home moves forward with some unique challenges
  8. Alexandria woman dies after veering off road on Interstate 95
  9. City talks strategy on making Chirilagua/Arlandria neighborhood Amazon-proof
  10. UPDATE: Man taken into custody as West End apartment barricade situation ends peacefully
  11. BREAKING: California man arrested for West End murder, indicted with 16 others in massive racketeering conspiracy

Have a safe weekend!

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Aria isn’t afraid to exhibit her underbite.

The 10-year-old Chihuahua is up for adoption via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and aside from sticking out her tongue constantly is a relatively low-key pup.

“With Aria, every day is #TongueOutTuesday,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Not only does she ‘blep‘ frequently, but she has an adorable little underbite that she’s not afraid to show off to her friends.”

Learn more about how to meet Aria at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Courtesy AWLA

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Pepper the tricolor guinea pig is very sweet, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is trying to find him a new home.

“Pepper is a clever guy who loves toys and entertainment, including wood and cardboard toys to chew, equipment for exercise, and, of course, a hiding hole for sleeping and spying,” said AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.

Guinea pigs are social animals who can be taught tricks, especially if you’re generous with the treats, Hardter said.

Learn more about guinea pigs and how to make a comfortable home for them by contacting the team at the AWLA. Visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment to schedule time to meet Pepper virtually or in-person.

Courtesy AWLA

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At 56 pounds, Cornbread acts like a big puppy.

The 22-month-old brown and white, male bloodhound/boxer mix is looking for a new home via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Cornbread is a fully-grown adult, but his boisterous demeanor and goofy antics make him seem just like an extra-large pup,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Just like his bloodhound lineage, Cornbread loves to get on the trail of a good scent, and on walks, you will often find him with his nose to the ground. But when it’s time to play he is up and at ’em, focusing on his favorite people, toys and some silly fun, like a roll down the hill.”

Cornbread is available for adoption by appointment. Learn more about how to meet him at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Morning Notes

Alexandria Hospital President Dr. Rina Bansal asks residents to get vaccinated — “A healthy person can get COVID and survive, and if you have already had it, you may still have the antibodies to keep you safe for a period of time. But what about your community? It may not be readily apparent that a family member, friend or neighbor has an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk for hospitalization or even death from COVID-19. Your choice to not be vaccinated isn’t just putting you at risk, it can impact so many others around you.” [ALXnow]

Historic Building that inspired ‘Mercy Street’ to be private residence, museum offices — “The building was converted into the Mansion House Hotel and served as a Union Hospital during the Civil War. Green and the hospital were depicted in the TV drama series “Mercy Street,” which aired on PBS from 2016-2017. NOVA Parks has owned the property since 1970, using it as office space and leasing the rest of the space to other companies. In 2019, NOVA Parks announced that it was marketing the sale or lease of the building.” [Alexandria Living]

Barkhaus expands outdoor play area for pets — “The new off-leash dog park attached to Barkhaus, at 529 E. Howell Ave., is more than twice as large as the old park and is furnished with umbrellas, lounge chairs, ice baths, mist and is partially turfed. This meant moving the parking to 516 E. Bellefonte Ave., behind the restaurant.” [Alexandria Living]

Today’s weather — “Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 79F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph… Partly cloudy (in the evening). Low 57F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Full-time assistant store manager at Aldi— “When you join our team as an Assistant Store Manager, you’ll take on key store management responsibilities including assisting with supervising day-to-day store activities, ensuring overall store performance, managing schedules, and developing operational action plans while identifying training opportunities to develop and grow the team.” [Indeed]

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Morning Notes

 

Volunteers needed for ACPS food distribution — “Kids should ask ‘What’s for lunch?’ not ‘Is there lunch?’ Help distribute two days worth of meals for @ACPSk12 students on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Volunteers are needed for both mobile pop-ups and curbside locations.” [Twitter]

First half of real estate taxes due today — Real estate taxes can be received at City Hall until noon. [City of Alexandria]

Passionately Pets expands to treats and apparel — “Passionately Pets has been offering quality dog walking and petsitting services since Jenna Gotch founded the business 14 years ago. But it wasn’t until recently that Gotch added a line of branded pet products and tasty treats for cats and dogs.” [Alexandria Living]

Craft beer festival at Mount Vernon estate on July 19 and 20 — “Experience Mount Vernon after-hours and taste beers from across the region. Sample craft beer from local breweries, hear live music, and explore the historic area after hours. The Mansion will be closed during this event.” [Visit Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Mostly sunny skies (during the day). High 81F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph… A few clouds from time to time (in the evening). Low 61F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Dog store manager — “We are a holistic doggie daycare, boarding, grooming and retail spot looking for a store supervisor. You will need to love dogs, and adhere to our holistic and natural approach to dog care. We offer only healthy food, supplements, as well as unique toys, gifts and other dog products.” [Indeed]

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This Bandit will definitely steal your heart.

The a 10-year-old Lhasa Apso may sometimes resemble the head of a mop, but he’s actually a sweet and snuggly senior pup who loves spending all his time with people, according to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Bandit’s a pretty chill guy who keeps a slower pace but is always up for a walk or a lap around the yard,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

Find out more about Bandit or schedule time to meet him at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA

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