Photo by PoPville flickr user johnmcochran2012

Thanks to a reader for sending Day of the Dog At Congressional Cemetery [1801 E Street, SE], August 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

“Day of the Dog is an annual festival held at Congressional Cemetery in celebration of man’s best friend! On this day, the cemetery is open to all dogs, not just K-9 Corps members.

The 2013 event included activities for both pups and their people, including contests, raffles, games, demonstrations, and more. Pet vendors and services from the D.C. area were in attendance, as were local pet shelters with dogs and cats available for adoption! Live music was provided by Charlottesville band Red and the Romantics.

Admission is FREE, and tickets will be available for puchase for activities and the raffle.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

Though it’s always sad to learn of the public pools closing schedule – there is one more day of happiness for many – Doggie Day Swim. This year DPR tells me it will be on Saturday, Sept 6th at Randall (25 I Street, SW), Upshur (4300 Arkansas Ave, NW) and Francis (2435 N Street, NW) pools from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Ed. Note: Reminder from previous years – “All dogs must have a valid DC dog license, issued by DOH, to enter the pool. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, call DOH at (202) 535-232 or go to the DOH Dog License website.”

UPDATE: From the full press release:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will partner with the Department of Health (DOH) to host the Sixth Annual DPR Doggie Day Swim on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 12 pm to 4 pm at DPR’s Upshur Main & Kiddie Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW); Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW); and Randall Pool (South Capitol and I Sts., SW).

With the end of the outdoor swimming season, this annual event provides dogs with a one day opportunity to partake in the pools, enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games. DOH will be on location to monitor the health and safety of the pets and their owners; to ensure that all dogs have a DC dog license; and to provide outreach and education on animal related issues.

Admission is free, however all dogs must have a valid, DOH-issued DC dog license, to enter the pool. DPR and DOH encourage dog owners to obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim. For more information on how to obtain a dog license, call DOH at (202) 535-2323 or go to the DOH Dog License website. Licenses will be issued on site, however dog owners must have all the required documentation (proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering) and fee payment. Only money orders or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards nor cash), made payable to “DC Treasurer.” The cost of the license is $15 for dogs that are spayed/neutered and $50 for non-spayed/neutered dogs.

Attendance on the day of the event will be based on capacity at the time of arrival. During Doggie Day Swim, there will be a capacity limit in terms of the number of dogs allowed in the pool at one time; 75 dogs at Upshur Pool, 75 dogs at Randall pool and 150 dogs at Francis Pool.

To maintain order and to ensure a safe and fun event, dog owners are asked to follow these rules:

All dogs MUST have and wear a valid DC dog license.
Dog handlers must be 16 years of age or older.
Dog handlers cannot swim or enter the pool with their dogs.
Dogs must be sociable and remain leashed while on the pool deck.
All dogs must be current on vaccinations including rabies and distemper.
All dogs must be spayed/neutered.

To volunteer for Doggie Day Swim, please call (202) 535-1952.

Doggie Day Swim will take place rain or shine.”


“Dear PoPville,

On my way to work, while waiting on the corner of 7th and Q, I saw a kitten get run over by a car. Then again by another car coming from the opposite direction. I dropped my bike and ran over to discover the kitten completely unharmed.

A miracle kitten? Perhaps. An adorable kitten? YES!

She’s now resting comfortably in my home, but I can’t keep her. I have two cats already and in a 1,000 square-foot home, I can’t handle another. Plus my cats are old and frankly, I don’t think they’ll be nice to a new roomie.

Can you help me find a new family for this adorable kitten? Solitj(at) ”

UPDATE: Adopted!

Photo by PoPville flickr user ken_1001

“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if your readers could weigh in on a good dog boarding place in the DMV area? I am from NE DC, and I am not interested in using Wagtime or Dogma which is near me. I heard rumors of a place in the DMV area where they will board your dog and also help to train him and teach him to herd sheep on a farm. Does anyone know of a place like that?”

And from an email:

“Want to make sure readers know that they can get their puppy/kitten fix 24/7 through the Washington Animal Rescue League ( Puppy and Kitten Cams. Right now on the puppy came is a sweet Pitty momma and her brand new pups. Once the puppies are old enough, they all will be available for adoption at 71 Oglethorpe NW, DC. The 24/7 cams are in partnership with Animal Planet. Warning-they are ADDICTIVE!

Puppy cam

Kitten cam


“Dear PoPville,

Cedar is an adorable, hilarious, loving, energetic, and clumsy 1.5 year old labradoodle-of-sorts rescue pup, and he’s brought an incredible amount of joy into our lives.We were broken-hearted to find out recently that our little guy has a heart condition called PDA, which basically means that there is a small hole in his heart. There is a curative surgery for PDA which would enable him to live a full and normal life, but the cost is enormous. Without the surgery, he’ll live for at most one year.

Cedar is fully a member of our family, he’s about to be a big brother (I’m due with a baby girl in November)! We want to do everything we possibly can to give our guy the happiest, longest life possible because we love the little dude so very much. But paying his medical bills is going to be a real struggle for us.

Cedar’s rescue was kind enough to set up a donation page to help us fund his life saving surgery, and you can access it or share it from here.

We’ve also set up a Facebook page for him here.

We would deeply appreciate any help, whether it be a donation, sharing the donation page with others, “liking” Cedar’s Facebook Page, or even sending good thoughts. Every little bit helps.

Many, many thanks,
Sarah and Joshua (and Cedar)”

Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

Sad, sad news via a commenter in this morning’s rant/revel from WTOP:

“But pretty soon, Romo will have a whole new view on life — quite literally. This fall, Bacon and Scourby will move out of their Adams Morgan apartment to a bigger space in “the burbs” — Arlington.”

Romo from Adams Morgan is understandably the most photographed dog to appear on PoPville. Farewell good pup.


I reader cc’s me on a letter to DOH:

“To whom it may concern,

Today when Officer Daniels came to do the second health check as part of the quarantine of my dog Shiro, who was bitten at a dog park by another dog [which I reported], he left with my spouse an Official Notification of Animal Control Violation. I informed to him that I had renewed Shiro’s dog license and that the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, in a letter, said that they had changed their system for dog tags and that the old tag will remain active unless it is lost. Officer Daniels said that a new tag is issued annually and that I need to present that to him or could be fined. There is obviously tremendous lack of communication between two offices, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration and the Animal Services Program, in the same department, Department of Health, located in the same building.

Is there a new tag? Why was I not given the new tag and instead given a letter with information that Officer Daniels says is incorrect?

I need to solve this issue as soon as possible because I do not want to live with the threat of some government official taking my dog away from me due to some misunderstanding or misinterpretation that can lead to any form of abuse, which seems to be common in the District.

I am sure I am not the only person that is or will be experiencing a similar issue and there are many dog owners in this community that should be informed in the next ANC meeting.”


“Stella went missing today from 1st and D SE at 12:45pm on July 29th. Her home is at 15th and F NE. She is fairly shy, particularly towards men, but sometimes will answer to her name. She is about 60 lbs and 2 1/2 years old. She is brown, black and white with one blue eye and one brown eye.

If you see her, please call Steven at 630-200-6485 or send him email at stevenbaghdad(at) or go here.”

UPDATE: Found!