Alexandria VA: The Greatest Invention Ever

While exploring the waterfront in Alexandria Virginia, Amy, Jack and I happened upon an invention which rivals the telephone, Internet and bifurcated leash in its importance. Perhaps some new labor saving device? A cure for a dread disease? No. Better. A dog water fountain. The dog water fountain works just like a human water fountain,...
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Alexandria VA: The (Not a) Dog Park

Alexandria is arguably one of the most dog friendly cities in the country, and our hotel was no exception.  Upon arriving at Hotel Monaco Alexandria, the concierge promptly handed us a doggy welcome bag.  Inside the bag was a list of local activities to do with your canine, Milk-Bone treats, plastic bags to pick up...
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Alexandria VA: Hotel Monaco Alexandria

Lots of hotels call themselves dog friendly. Reading the fine print, though, many places are more like “dog tolerant”, or “begrudgingly dog tolerant” or “dog hostile, but with a realization that dogs are like children now and you have to allow them if you want twentysomethings.” When we stayed at a Hilton in New Jersey earlier...
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Alexandria VA: Jack Packs for Alexandria

Traveling with Bichons, much like traveling with children, requires packing a lot of arguably non-essential items.  Bichons need at all times their kibble, food and water bowls, a sweater for when it is cold outside, a selection of toys, a harness for long walks, a leash, a crate, and extra towels for the car.  Just...
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Visiting Alexandria VA

This weekend, Amy, Jack and I visited Alexandria VA to celebrate our five year dating anniversary. Alexandria is a lovely colonial town in Northern Virginia, about 20 minutes outside of DC. The town is organized around King Street, a central main street which runs from the edge of the Potomac to the Alexandria Metro station...
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Serious Relaxation

Amy and I are taking advantage of the holiday to do some serious relaxation. This is certainly an area where we can learn a lot from the dogs. Bichons have no qualms whatsoever about taking time to relax. For a Bichon, any surface can be a bed, from the floor… …to your human’s pillow. And...
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The Bichons Blend In

When you’re an animal whose coloration never occurs naturally outside the Arctic Circle, camouflage can be a real challenge. For Jack and Max, blending in is tough. Thankfully, Bichons are known for their ingenuity, and the dogs have devised some clever ways to conceal themselves from their humans, unsuspecting (and potentially tasty) small animals, and sketchy...
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Do You Give Your Bichon Presents for the Holidays?

As I sit in Barnes and Noble and look for something to inspire my post, I can’t help but notice that holiday gifts already surround me.  It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and everything from 1,000 piece panoramic glitter puzzles of Santa Claus and “Great gifts under $25” to inspirational journals and Grinch mugs adorn the...
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Max’s Tick

Last weekend, when we were up in Philadelphia for my mom’s birthday, we took Jack and Max for a long walk around Haverford College’s nature trail. Nature was certainly out in full force, from the college’s famous black squirrels (apparently important enough to deserve their own Twitter page) to some weird floating creatures which Jack...
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Celebrating Five Years With Tom, Jack, and…Charlie?

Since our dating anniversary (November 5) fell on a Monday this year, Tom and I decided to postpone celebrating until the weekend.  Actually, we had a lovely dinner at Petit Louis, our favorite French restaurant in Baltimore, with Tom’s mom who was in town for a play on the 5th.  While the dinner was superb...
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