Not the Love Story You Are Expecting (Page 10)

Five years ago, Andrew Davie had almost everything he ever wanted. He had a fulfilling career as a high school English teacher at Alexandria’s Commonwealth Academy; he was in seemingly excellent health; he had a supportive, loving family; and he was even in the process of publishing his first crime mystery novel. On the brink of 40 years old, he felt there was only one thing missing in his life: a romantic relationship – a partner in crime, if you will.

Protecting Your Pets from (Starting) Fires at Home

Do you ever wonder what exactly your pets are doing when you’re not at home? Even if you have a pet-monitoring camera rooted somewhere in your house, you mostly just have to hope that your animals don’t get into any mischief — or start any fires. Literally. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that pets start around 1,000 house fires every year. And, this number could actually be higher, because, as Captain Nathaniel Hiner of the Arlington County Fire Department pointed out, there

5 Safe Ways to Include Your Dog in Thanksgiving

A dog’s palate is absolutely baffling. Some dogs can’t resist eating dead worms or discarded tissues from the ground. But then, their mouths also water when they smell your gourmet steak and potatoes. So, on the food-oriented holiday of Thanksgiving — this year on Thursday, Nov. 25th — when we in America are typically busy all day preparing (or waiting for) big special meals and delicious spreads, it’s particularly important to pay attention to the scraps your dog may be sneaking.

Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Birds, Reptiles

The term exotic animals probably has a few wild animals roaming through your mind: maybe even lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). But, you actually don’t need to go on safari in order to interact with exotic animals, or even to bring one home. In the animal welfare and veterinary worlds, exotic animals are actually domestic animals – pets that aren’t dogs, cats or farm animals. Think: reptiles, rodents and birds.

Art on the Avenue

What did you do with all the downtime you had on your hands during quarantine in 2020? Maybe you trained a new puppy. Maybe you learned to cook. Perhaps you even started a new exercise routine. Or, like many others, you might have just laid low and recharged in anticipation of “normal.” If you ask eleven-year-old Noura Barka what she did with all the time she had on her hands in 2020, she’d tell you she leveraged those hands in a big way – to create all kinds of crafts and artwork.

Celebrating 75 years of AWLA and a Pet-friendly Alexandria

Alexandria’s approach toward pets and their care has changed drastically over the last 75 years. Today, people think of animals as members of the family – and not just elements of their households. And this important change in collective perspective is due in large part to the work of animal advocacy and rescue organizations like the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). AWLA celebrated its 75th anniversary in June.

ArPets: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Awarded Grant to Make More Space for Animals in Need

In a world crawling with millions (and millions) of homeless animals, the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) is on a vital mission: to spare as many possible dogs and cats from suffering and unnecessary euthanasia. Since 2001, this Arlington-based nonprofit organization has placed more than 40,000 dogs and cats in loving homes; last year alone, Lost Dog rescued 2,747 pets through foster and adoption.
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