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Pet of the Week: Geezer

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — April 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Geezer, a lovable 6-year-old dog available for adoption.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

Geezer is one of those very special dogs that don’t come along every day.

At 6 years old, he is polite, mannerly, and just wants to be someone’s heart dog. Geezer is great in the house, loves other dogs and does well with cats too! Most of all, he is just one of those dogs who steals your heart within 5 minutes of meeting him. Calm, but still has a touch of wiggly-ness when you talk sweet to him.

Do you want to go for walks? Geezer is up for that! No pulling on the leash business with him. He makes going on walks enjoyable — walking nicely beside you on a loose leash. Rides? Those are OK with him too! If you enjoy a nice lunch at an outdoor dining establishment, he’ll lies down right there by the table and wait patiently as you finish your meal. Then, go home and cuddle beside you, if you like, or if you really want to make him happy, give him a tummy rub.

He doesn’t require a lot, but deserves so much more than what he demands. Geezer will be a great family dog — he is good with kids. His ideal spot would be with a single person or family who really wants him to be part of that family.

Are you and Geezer a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

Pet of the Week: Sparkle

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — April 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Sparkle, a Shepherd mix puppy available for adoption.

Here is what her friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

Sparkle is an adorable Shepherd mix who is just a baby at eight weeks old.

She’s a happy, playful little pup who is now ready to find a family of her very own. This gorgeous baby was so cooperative for her photo session as you can clearly see in the pictures — she really let some of her personality show through.

This great pup is a nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company.

Are you and Sparkle a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

Pet of the Week: Daisy

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — April 5, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Daisy, a basset hound and retriever mix available for adoption.

Here is what her friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

Daisy is one HAPPY (just look at her pics!!!) and beautiful basset hound mix who, along with her sisters Iris and Callie, are just adorable examples of what rescue dogs can be.

These three are so happy and friendly at just 11 weeks old. We think they’ll end up as nice medium-size dogs when grown, maybe around 35 pounds or so. These gorgeous babies were so cooperative for their photo session as you can clearly see in the pictures.

This extremely friendly little baby girl is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters.

Are you and Daisy (or Iris, or Callie) a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by RestonNow.com — March 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

April is here and the springtime festivities are right around the corner.

There is always a lot to do in Reston and the surrounding area, and this weekend is no exception. Kids and adults alike have plenty of options for fun as we welcome the calendar’s fourth month.

Here are just some ideas for what to do in the Reston area this weekend:

  • Reston Community Center’s annual “Eggnormous” Easter egg hunt is Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Way). The free event is sure to be a big hit for all the kids. For more information, visit the Reston Community Center website.
  • Also at Lake Fairfax Park on Saturday, volunteers are sought to help clean up the watershed. The event, one of nine at parks around the county, is set for 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Dogs will be the guests of honor Saturday during the “Wag Fest” celebration in Reston. The event, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be at the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive).
  • The last two performances of Reston Community Players’ “Rock of Ages” will be tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets for each performance of the show are $25.
  • Reston Town Center will be host to an MS Walk on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8.
  • The annual April Fool’s Day prank at Reston Town Center will be taking place all-day Saturday at Fountain Square.
  • Other events at Reston Town Center this weekend include the Rings for Spring bridal event, Easter egg decorating at Williams-Sonoma, kids’ cooking class at Il Fornaio and more.
  • The A Bridal Show will also be taking place in Reston this weekend, Sunday at the Bechtel Conference Center (1801 Alexander Bell Drive).
  • The Tidewater Guitar Quartet will play Sunday at 4 p.m. at ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center St.). Tickets are $20.
  • The children’s book sale at Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
  • The Friends of Reston’s Environmental Film Series will show “Hometown Habitat” tonight from 7-9 p.m. at Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive).
  • Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., from Innertwined. DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits Saturday night.

Pet of the Week: Tubbs

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — March 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Tubbs, a beagle mix available for adoption.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

Tubbs is a beautiful beagle mix who, along with his sister Rosie, are just adorable examples of what rescue dogs can be.

Only about 12 weeks old now, we think they’ll end up as nice medium-small-size dogs when grown, maybe around 30 pounds or so. These adorable babies were so cooperative for their photo session, as you can clearly see in the pictures. These great pups are a nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will both be great company.

This extremely friendly little fella is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters.

Are you and Tubbs a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Dave Emke — March 29, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

(Updated at 2:15 p.m. after Bella was reunited with her owner.)

Police in Herndon, along with the help of residents, reunited a service dog with her owner Wednesday.

According to Jane Ross, Herndon PD information specialist, service dog Bella went missing after her owner was involved in a minor car accident at about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Elden and Grant streets.

“When [her owner] opened the door, Bella unfortunately got out of the car and ran,” Ross said.

Herndon Police used their social media pages to spread information about Bella and engage the public in helping track the 8-month-old Anatolian Shepherd mix down.

Bella was spotted by a citizen at about 11 a.m. Wednesday near the police station, Ross said. Police officers along with members of the public attempted to reach the dog, who was eventually corralled at about 12:10 p.m. by an employee at Flagship Car Wash (632 Grant St.) and reunited with her owner, safe and sound.

Image via Herndon Police Department/Twitter

by RestonNow.com — March 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Dogs will be the guests of honor Saturday during the “Wag Fest” celebration in Reston.

At the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dog lovers will have the opportunity to, among other activities:

  • Learn about the county’s nine dog parks and find out about opportunities to serve as a volunteer dog park monitor
  • Visit with search and rescue dogs from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue’s Virginia Task Force 1
  • See a police K9 unit demonstration
  • Treat their dogs to handmade doggie treats
  • Get a lesson in dog park etiquette and speak with service dog trainers
  • See the latest in doggie goods from local vendors of dog merchandise and services
  • Purchase a dog license

Among the presenters will be the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Weber’s Pet Supermarket, Gordon’s Grill and Off-Leash K9 Training LLC.

The free event will be held both inside and outside the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). For more information, call 703-324- 8662 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes - Winter

SLHS Grad Featured in UPenn Video — Princess Aghayere, a 2015 graduate of South Lakes High School, is a basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania. In a new video from the university, she talks about moving to the United States as a child and about her future plans in the field of medicine. The Reston native is the daughter of Anthonia and Roland Aghayere. [University of Pennsylvania]

Dog License Renew Deadline Approaching — Fairfax County dog owners are reminded that their $10 renewal fee is coming up at the end of the month. [Fairfax County]

Local College Students Named to Top Academic Lists — The following students from Reston are among those named to Dean’s Lists at their respective schools in the Fall 2016 semester.

  • BELMONT UNIVERSITY: Wesley Edens, Collin Hanley
  • HARDING UNIVERSITY: Mitchell Thomas
  • JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: Emily Barbaro, Lauren Canal, Kylie Chichester, Olivia Gentilcore, Susan Patrick
  • UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT: Haley Brazier

In addition, five students from Reston were named to the President’s List at JMU: Jacqueline Angel, Elizabeth Barnes, Valerie Beacham, Daniel Gurley and Claire Swinko.

by Dave Emke — January 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

Dogma Bakery logoFour-legged friends in Reston may soon have a new favorite place to visit.

Arlington-based pet store Dogma Bakery announced earlier this week that it plans to open a Reston location in the space formerly housed by PetMAC Pet Nutrition Center, which recently closed due to an illness suffered by the owner.

PetMAC had been in the location about two years. Dogma says it plans to keep all three of PetMAC’s employees to work at its new store.

The company’s website advertises the new Reston location as a “grooming salon,” but they have responded to customers on Facebook by saying they plan to offer some of their house-made treats for dogs as well.

“We will have ice cream and some treats. Maybe not the entire selection, but we can always make sure to have your favorites ready for you when you come by.”

Dogma said earlier this week in its post that it is “[k]ind of unofficially open,” but that it would have an official opening soon. No operating hours for the store are being provided quite yet.

The shop is located at 11412 Washington Plaza West, in Lake Anne Plaza.

by Dave Emke — January 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm 19 Comments

Theron Boone (courtesy FCPD)A 19-year-old Reston man is facing a number of charges after police say he tossed a guinea pig to its death.

The incident happened Friday afternoon on the 2200 block of Castle Rock Square.

“Around 12:40 p.m. Animal Protection Police responded to assist officers on a domestic violence incident in the Reston area,” Fairfax County Police said in a report today. “The suspect had thrown the victim’s pet guinea pig off the balcony and left the area. APP took the animal for an evaluation and determined it was deceased.”

Theron Boone was arrested Saturday and taken to the Adult Detention Center. He faces charges of animal cruelty, domestic violence, destruction of property and preventing someone from calling 911.

Photo courtesy FCPD

by Karen Goff — June 3, 2016 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

Reston resident Don Chernoff recently used his engineering background and concern for his dog Sunny to invent a sturdy shoe that he says has improved the pet’s quality of life.

Chernoff, inventor and founder of Skyroll luggage said Sunny, now 12, had a tumor in his left front paw. The paw was amputated about two years ago.

Sunny got a prosthetic from the vet, but the dog kept breaking it and chewing on it. That’s when Chernoff was inspired to design one himself.

“I thought using a sneaker on the bottom would work better,Sunny and his Faux Paw/YouTube and it did,” Chernoff said in an email.

Chernoff said he destroyed his old pair of Nike Zoom Vapor 9 shoes. He used the shoe parts and duct tape, to upgrade into a “faux paw” — and now Sunny gets around much better.

Chernoff says he is not looking for a patent, a deal with Nike or to make more shoes. That is, unless Sunny breaks his current faux paw.

by Karen Goff — July 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm 1,273 16 Comments

Fairfax County(Updated, 9:40 a.m. July 21 to correct charges came from animal control officers).

Two residents of Southgate Square are facing charges after Fairfax County Police rescued more than 30 animals from the Reston home last May.

More than 35 cats and two dogs were taken from the home in the 2200 block of Southgate Square in mid-May after a neighbor called police about a strong odor.

Fairfax County Animal Control officers have charged Catherine Nagle, 71, and Daniel Orenge, also 71, with eight counts of inadequate care of animals by owner and six counts of animal cruelty. Both charges are misdemeanors. Both will appear in court on July 30.

At the time of the rescue, the animals were taken to Pender Veterinary Centre for evaluation, treatment and placement, said FCPD spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

“All animals were treated by veterinarian with varying degrees of medical issues,” she said. “One puppy was fine and had no medical issues.”

The animals are currently at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Caldwell said.

by Karen Goff — July 20, 2015 at 11:00 am 12 Comments

Pet MACHas your pet joined the raw food movement?

PetMAC at Lake Anne Plaza is inviting you to try — and possibly win a year’s supply of raw pet food.

The pet store is participating in the National Raw Pet Food Challenge.The challenge asks contestants who have never fed their pet raw food before to feed them raw food for 30 days as their main source of nutrition.

That means no grains, no kibble, nothing with any chemical preservatives or that is highly processed. At the end of the 30 day period, contestants will submit a video detailing how Raw Food affected the health of their pet during the challenge, says PetMAC owner Cindy Williams.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the videos to receive a FREE year’s supply of Answers Pet Food, up to a $2,000 value.

All contestants will receive a 25 percent discount off Answers Pet Food, Raw Goat’s Milk and Fish Stock at PetMAC Lake Anne for the duration of the contest, said Williams.

The goal of this contest is to educate pet owners about the health benefits of a natural pet diet and to increase the lifespan and health of our pets, she said.

“Processed foods have created an obesity crisis for our pets,” said Williams. “By getting our pets back to basics and feeding them what they are naturally designed to eat, we hope to reverse the damage caused by highly-processed, inferior-quality foods that permeate the pet food industry.”

Williams said that benefits to a raw diet include improved digestion, healthier skin and coat with less shedding, reduced allergy symptoms, and better weight control, among others.

Want to enter? Sign no later than Aug. 7 at the store at 11412 Washington Plaza West or contact [email protected]

by Karen Goff — October 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm 0

Pets and People at Home 4 The Holidays/Credit: GoodDogz.org

Dozens of pets are waiting for you at Reston Town Center this weekend.

The nonprofit GoodDogz.org is sponsoring its 10th annual Home 4 The Holidays pet adoption event, where more than 40 rescue organizations will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the rescue groups include Friends of Homeless Animals, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation and Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART). In addition, several breed specific groups will have booths, as will companies selling pet products.

See the full list of exhibitors on the GoodDogz.org website.

GoodDogz.org also organizes the annual Pet Fiesta, a similar event in the summer at Reston Town Center.

Photo: Pets and People at Home 4 The Holidays/Credit: GoodDogz.org

by Karen Goff — October 7, 2014 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

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Show everyone in Reston how much you love your pets.

Reston Now has a weekly feature called Pet of the Week, which is sponsored by Becky’s Pet Care.

Want to shine the spotlight on your animal companion? Here is what to do:

Send a 2-3 paragraph bio of your pet (e.g., his name, age, what he likes to do, his favorite places to go) and at least 3-4 horizontal photos to [email protected].

To see what the post will look like, see this previous post on Reston Now.

Each week’s winner will receive dog or cat treats from Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

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