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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.

by RestonNow.com — April 29, 2014 at 5:00 am 1 Comment

Editor’s note: This post is sponsored and written by Becky’s Pet Care

Responding to Northern Virginia’s growing need for professional pet care services, Becky O’Neil founded Becky’s Pet Care, Inc. in her townhouse basement in 1998.

Becky was a one-woman show, running the operation as sole proprietor and sole employee. Thanks to her strict professional standards and knack for hiring devoted animal lovers, Becky’s Pet Care rapidly expanded and now occupies three commercial office space locations serving over 4,500 clients. Caring for these clients and their beloved pets are nearly 150 Pet Care Professionals and a fully-staffed administrative office.

Along the road to this success, Becky cultivated a formidable expertise in small business ownership, including personnel management, systemization, marketing, business planning and development, and human resources, all in a concerted effort to render her business interactions efficient and effective for employees and clients alike.

Becky’s Pet Care is committed to quality service and continuing education for the animal lover community. We are active in this community and encourage all pet owners to participate in our sponsored events – always fun for owners and pets!

We will have a booth on site at the Reston Pet Fiesta, happening Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reston Town Center.

This outdoor festival brings together local businesses, animal rescue groups and pet owners for an exciting day of activities, demonstrations and animals galore. Meet wonderful animals looking for their forever homes and check out the latest in pet products. Enjoy onstage entertainment, face painting and caricature artists. Gather the kids and join us for a day of pets and fun for the whole family!

by Karen Goff — October 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

Gooddogz

The streets of Reston Town Center will be filled with furry friends looking for new homes on Saturday at the 10th annual Good Dogz Home 4 The Holidays pet adoption event.

The event, outdoors on Market Street, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be more than 40 rescue groups there with dozens (even hundreds) of dogs that need homes. There will also be a variety of pet vendors selling pet supplies and gifts.

Even if you are not ready to adopt a new pet, it’s a fun outing for the whole family – including your dogs.

For more info or to see a list of rescue groups, visit the Home 4 the Holidays website.

Photo courtesy of Home 4 The Holidays

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