July 14, 2016 at 10:42 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Region offers ‘yappy hours,’ obedience schools, grooming and more
Yappy Hour, gay news, Washington Blade, pet

Washington Blade hosts its next Yappy Hour at Town on Tuesday, July 26. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

It’s easy to have fun with a pet in tow in the District. Pet-friendly happy hours, grooming and walking services and even stylish rainbow ID tags can keep your pet healthy, happy and feeling fabulous.

Woofstock D.C., a dog-friendly festival, is at D.C. Pavilion (1399 5th St., N.E.) on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 3-7 p.m. There will be live bands, craft beer, local food trucks, giveaways and a special animal adoption event with the recently merged Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit thebigbadwoof.com.

Dog Tag Art can give your furry friend pride and style. Give your dog or cat a rainbow pet ID tag or an Equality symbol tag. Other options include “Two Mommies and a Cat,” “Two Daddies and a Cat” and “If you find me … my dad is single & ready to mingle!” Simple rainbow canine ID tags and rainbow feline ID tags are also available. Visit dogtagart.com for a list of options and pricing.

City Dogs (1832 18th St., N.W.) has various services for your canine friend. There is a daycare for dogs to socialize and learn good manners and social skills, dog training, boarding and grooming services. For a complete list of offerings, visit city-dogs.com.

Four-legged friends don’t have to stay home at these establishments where you can bring your pet with you to enjoy drinks.

For a little extra help, Strutting Paws provides dog walking and pet sitting services. Dog walks are 30 minutes and pricing varies on size of the dog. Pet sitting is $55 per night with an additional $10 per night for a second pet. For more details, visit struttingpaws.com.

Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) offers a dog patio for furry friends and their owners to sit together. While owners can take advantage of the restaurant and cocktail lounge, dogs can indulge in their own special dog menu. Dogs can feast on the raw deal (frozen beef bone), gravy train (beef, rice and gravy), the hungry dawg (grilled and sliced sirloin) and peanut butter pupsicles. Dogs can also enjoy a non-alcoholic beer brew made with chicken broth and malt extract. Details at artandsouldc.com.

Cantina Marina (600 Water St., S.W.) hosts doggie happy hours during the summer every Monday from 5-9 p.m. Humans can enjoy corn dogs and margaritas, while canine companions receive a dog biscuit buffet and water bowls. Details at cantinamarina.com.

Larry’s Lounge (1840 14th St., N.W.) has a dog-friendly patio with happy hour specials every day from open until 7 p.m. Specials include $5 draft pints and $3 rail drinks. Details at larryslounge-hub.com.

Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.) has dog happy hours on its porch on Saturdays. Food and drink specials are included for humans. Dogs are also provided biscuits and water. Details at unionpubdc.com.

Jackson 20 (480 King St., Alexandria, Va.) hosts Doggy Happy Hour every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Dogs will have complimentary water bowls and dog treats. Owners can dig in to the fine dining menu and extensive cocktail list. Details at monanco-alexandira.com.

The Big Bad Woof hosts a Yappy Hour on Sunday, July 31 from 3-5 p.m at Republic (6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md.). There will be $1 oysters and drink specials. Republic has Yappy Hour every last Sunday of the month through October. Details at thebigbadwoof.com.

Washington Blade hosts a Yappy Hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Tuesday, July 26 from 6-9 p.m. Drink specials include $4 drinks and $4 beers. There will be special giveaways from the Alex Venditti Group. Dogs receive water bowls and dog treats. Town holds a Yappy Hour every Tuesday starting at 6 p.m towndc.com.

The Dairy Godmother (2310 Mt Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) has sweet treats for both human and pup. Owners can have the frozen custard while dogs can have their own sweet treat. Puppy pops are sold here in the flavors pumpkin and banana mixed with plain yogurt and peanut butter. Dogs can also have a Squirrel, a baked dog treat, made from spent barley malt, eggs, vegetable and wheat flour. While dog treats are sold here, dogs are not allowed inside the store. Details at thedairygodmother.com.

Shake Shack (multiple locations) has a speciality menu just for pups. The Poochini combines the ShackBurger dog biscuit with peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. Bag O-Bones includes five ShackBurger dog biscuits. Details at shakeshack.com.

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