In Washington DC, people love pets almost as much as they love the colors red, white, and blue. The American Kennel Club has a long-standing chapter in the heart of the city, and animal lovers and advocates make it a great place to have a furry friend. Many local restaurants are happy to welcome both you and your pet, as are attractions, parks, and events in the area. Senior communities that allow animals are plentiful, and there are even speciality businesses like canine bakeries or pet shops that offer unique items just for your pet.
In Washington DC and the surrounding suburbs you’ll find hundreds of senior living options. Whether you’re in search of a luxury retirement community where you can live independently, or you need more hands-on care from skilled nursing staff, there are communities that offer excellent options for you and your pet.
Located just outside the city center in Bethesda, Fox Hill is the epitome of luxurious senior living. The gated community has spacious condominium options for seniors who want to live independently, and also offers nursing and memory care services should you need them. The full-service concierge on-site can help handle any of your needs, including booking tickets for a local event and arranging transportation with the drivers on the property. Residents also have access to the large fitness center and personal training services, the full-service spa for relaxation, an outdoor putting green, an artist’s studio, a recording studio, an on-site bank, a wine tasting cellar, and many other unique ritzy features. Best of all, pets are welcome, and including in the programming you’ll find opportunities for your pets to interact, and for residents to interact with pet therapy animals.
If you have your heart set on living in the city, there are lots of senior living options to accommodate you and your furry family member. Victory Square apartments are a great choice for independent seniors who want to live in a community of like-minded individuals. Right in the Parkside community, Victory Square has fully accessible one bedroom and two bedroom apartment floorplans with options for visually or hearing impaired residents.
If taking your pooch to see the sights around the city has your stomach growling, there are many different eateries in Washington DC that welcome pets. For example, Jackson’s 20 in Alexandria has a Doggy Happy Hour every Tuesday at 5 p.m. where pets on the patio get a water bowl and complimentary treat while their owners can order a bite off their tasty bar menu. To the southwest of the city right on the channel, Cantina Marina offers Monday night doggy dining. They have rotating rescue groups that come to the restaurant with adoptable animals, and owners who bring theirs along can choose from the extensive happy hour menu while pups can select from the doggy treat buffet.
Washington DC is known for its year-round festivals and events, and pet lovers have many to choose from. One of the most popular is the Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza featuring Barktoberfest benefiting the Humane Society. Featuring a fun one-mile walk, an expo with vendor booths, live music, and kid-friendly activities, as well as a beer tasting, the event is fun for the whole family, including your pooches.
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