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Follow these 10 adorable pups to brighten your Instagram feed

@lifewithmyluna

Name: Luna
Breed: Mini Goldendoodle
Followers: 384

@astrothefrenchbulldog

Name: Astro
Breed: French Bulldog
Followers: 2,052

@corgi_martha

Name: Martha
Breed: Corgi
Followers: 984

 

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Sundays are for the good bois and gurls . I put on my Sunday-best bandana and hit the streets! . First stop was at @mount_vernon for a private tour of the grounds with my Chow Pack Floof Parade Met up with my OG fluffy friends and met some new chow fam ( Star, Astro, Cosmo, Coco, and Mountain Goat) TYSM to Rita and Sarah from @mount_vernon for the tour and sharing fun stories about the dogs of MV! Favorite moment: serenading the @mount_vernon sheep with an acoustic performance of “Bork! Bork! Bork!” by the DMV Chow Chows . After getting my history fix, we stopped by @portcitybrew for beer and bbq (I had water, neat.) with the lads of @washingtonirishrfc *doggos are now welcome inside!* @rocklandsbbq provided the chimken while I served up the saucy LEWKS . It’s nice to get out of the house and see what the youths are up to these days…til next time, my homies! . . . . . . . . . #wethedogsdc #chowchows #mountvernon #dogsofmountvernon #chowparade #chowsofinsta #instachows #dcchows #dmvchow #alexandriava

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@kingstonbudz

Name: Kingston
Breed: Chow Chow
Followers: 1,372; owner is founder of We The Dogs DC

@meritthemini

Name: Merit
Breed: Goldendoodle
Followers: 3,304

@misswinniethedoodle

Name: Winnie
Breed: Mini Goldendoodle
Followers: 598

@chewychocolab

Name: Chewbaca
Breed: English Chocolate Labrador
Followers: 3,087

@boomer_thebernedoodle

Name: Boomer
Breed: Mini Bernedoodle
Followers: 322

@toby_avd

Name: Toby
Breed: Yellow Labrador
Followers: 857

@superdog_doodlepup

Name: Superdog
Breed: Goldendoodle
Followers: 254

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15 local yoga classes you’ll want to try this season

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If there’s one thing we all need more of during the holiday season, it’s relaxation. 

These yoga classes are designed in a variety of ways to help you decompress from the long days and family logistics, and there’s truly something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a yoga class filled with adoptable kittens and puppies (or a goat-yoga pajama party), a quick lunchtime break, or sips of beer and wine afterward, you just have to find the right one for you. 

Attitude of Gratitude Flow
Thursday, Nov. 28, 7-8:15 a.m.
Join Jenny C and Fierce Om to kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a gracious heart. The 75-minute class will lead to deeper stretches and meditation opportunities before you spend the rest of the holiday cooking, baking and celebrating the day away. // Fierce Om: 14383 Newbrook Drive, Suite 200, Chantilly; free

Thankful Yoga Pre-Turkey Breathe and Stretch
Thursday, Nov. 28, 10-11:15 a.m.
Thanksgiving Day is filled with gratitude, so why not show some to yourself through a gracious yoga practice? At Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, find the right state for your mind, body and heart before a full day of feasting on great food and cultivating gratitude with those around you. // Sun & Moon Yoga, Arlington: 3811 Lee Highway, Suite 3722, Arlington; Sun & Moon Yoga, Fairfax: 9998 Main St., Fairfax; donation-based (bring nonperishable food items for a local food bank)

Lunchtime Yoga in Reston
Tuesday, Dec. 3, noon-12:45 p.m.
Break up your work day by heading to a short and sweet yoga class at Kamp Pendleton Personal Training. The gentle class is for all levels of ability and can provide a great opportunity for stress relief, squeezing in a short workout and keeping your healthy posture intact. // Kamp Pendleton Personal Training: 10780 Parkridge Blvd., Unit 25, Reston; $10 suggested donation

Late Fall Slow Flow Yoga
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
This slow-flow yoga class is designed to help you turn inward, becoming more aware of your own interpretation of your surroundings, as well as your body. Attendees will use breath, body awareness, mental focus, flexibility and strength to explore and release the tension within the body’s muscles and cultivate wholeness, well-being and relaxation. // Loudoun Pilates: 36-B Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg; $18

Candlelight Yin Yoga
Wednesday Dec. 4, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Seeking calmness and relaxation during the holiday season? Use this candlelit class as an escape to find your Zen. Yin yoga poses throughout the class are held for up to five minutes at a time, leading to a deeper meditative practice, and restoring length and elasticity to deep connective tissues. // Yoga Toka: 3260 Duke St., Alexandria; $20

Doodlebug Puppy Yoga
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7-7:45 p.m.
You’ve heard of cat and goat yoga, but for all the dog lovers out there, this one’s for you. Enjoy a relaxing, short yoga class surrounded by adoptable puppies from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. A portion of each class goes to the nonprofit, and you could meet (and bring home) your new best friend. // Caring Hands Animal Hospital: 2601-A Wilson Blvd., Arlington; $37

Factory Flow: Saturday Morning Yoga
Saturday Dec. 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
You might have stopped by the Torpedo Factory Art Center to find some unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your holiday shopping, but now it’s time to enjoy a free, weekend yoga flow. This will be the last session of 2019, so be sure to make it count! // Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria; free

Sip and Flow: Yoga at 8 Chains North Winery
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10-11 a.m.
This one-hour, flow-based class is designed for all levels of yogis, and offers picturesque views of the Virginia vineyard. After class, kick back in the tasting room, tour the production facility, and treat yourself to a wine tasting for an extra dose of relaxation. // 8 Chains North Winery: 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford; $20

Kids & Family Yoga
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-3 p.m.
This fun and interactive yoga class is designed to help teach children the joys of movement, physical exploration, self-expression and self-confidence. Each yoga class helps children tap into their imagination and visualization, and helps build strength, flexibility, balance and social competence. All levels are welcome, and children must be accompanied by an adult. // 3260 Duke St., Alexandria; $25

Yoga and Foam Rolling for Shoulders and Upper Back Release
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
There’s a good chance that your posture, whether sitting, standing or working all day, isn’t exactly what it should be. You might experience shoulder pain, neck pain or other areas of stress and tension associated with your posture. That’s why Emily Straight Yoga and Wellness is hosting a class specifically designed to help you learn how to use yoga poses and a foam roller for targeted stretches to tight areas, leaving you with a sense of relief. // Radiance Yoga: 701 Prince St., Alexandria; registration required

Baby Goat Yoga Pajama Party at Faith Lutheran Church
Sunday, Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m.
Even though the temperatures have dropped, goat yoga can still be found in Northern Virginia. For this cozy class, wear your favorite pair of pajamas and get ready for a yoga-flow pajama party with your favorite goat friends from Walnut Creek Farm. This class may just be the cutest you’ll ever attend. // Faith Lutheran Church: 3313 Arlington Blvd., Arlington; $35

Kitten Yoga to Benefit the AWLA
Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7 p.m.
So maybe goats aren’t your thing, but you would love to flow through a class with curious kittens. At the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, you can attend the yoga practice for relaxation and added benefits, but the real fun comes at the end, when extra time for kitten snuggles and play time concludes the session. Plus, all kittens are available for adoption. // Animal Welfare League of Arlington: 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington; $35

Holiday Yoga at Rocket Frog Brewing
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Time to get into the holiday spirit at Rocket Frog Brewing Company. Bring your best holiday-inspired attire, flow through a yoga class led by Hillary of eat.YOGA.drink., and enjoy a complimentary pint after savasana. (P.S. Ugly sweaters are welcome too!) // Rocket Frog Brewing Company: 22560 Glenn Drive, Suite 103, Sterling; $2

Integral Hatha Yoga
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m.
Hatha yoga integrates yoga poses (asanas) with breathing exercises (pranayama) to ensure a full-body experience and a deeper connection to the movement throughout the practice. This hatha yoga class is perfect for all levels of yogis, especially those looking for personal peace, wellness and calmness, and is taught by Jami Obermayer, Ph.D. // Crossroads United Methodist Church: 43454 Crossroads Drive, Ashburn; free

Ugly Sweatersana at New District Brewing Company
Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon
This reindeer-approved yoga class is meant to put you right into the holiday spirit, just a few days before Christmas. There will be a special holiday-themed soundtrack, and all elves, sugar plum fairies and more are welcome to stick around after for a pint before the holiday. Ugly sweaters are highly encouraged. // New District Brewing Company: 2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington; $20

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3 pet owners share the luxurious lives of their Northern Virginia pets

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In Northern Virginia, it’s normal to spoil your pets. From healthy dog food to
stylish collars, the region’s pet-friendly culture encourages dog owners to treat their pooches like family. But for some lucky local dogs, their owners go above and beyond to make their doggie dreams come true. Here, meet seven pups who are living the high life in the DMV.

This post originally appeared in our October 2019 issue. For more stories on pets, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, and to subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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Bruce Wayne and “The Others” enjoy spending their time on the road and in luxury hotels, like here, at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria. (Photo by Christin Boggs Peyper)

The Weekend Warriors

Names: Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Peter Parker, Tony Stark and Wade Wilson
Breed: Chihuahuas
• Ages: Bruce Wayne is 5; Other dogs turn 2 this month
• Owner: Meesha Kauffman

Bruce Wayne was such a perfect fit for Kauffman that she wanted another Chihuahua just like him—and ended up with four. Bruce Wayne was genetically cloned in 2016. “I’m obsessed with Bruce Wayne,” says Kauffman. “I needed the rest to be just like Bruce because of the lifestyle we have.”

The dogs, all named after superheroes, frequently travel to Northern Virginia from their Baltimore home, as Kauffman fills every weekend with things she and her boyfriend can do with them. “I plan whole day trips around them,” she says. “Just as somebody who has toddlers does.” NoVA residents can usually find Bruce Wayne and The Others (as Kauffman calls them) in Alexandria, where they visit Frolick Dogs, Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa and “our dog friends who live down there,” Kauffman says. “Baltimore is not as dog-friendly as NoVA, so we often have to travel.” The pets are also jetsetters, flying frequently with Kauffman and her boyfriend when they go around the country.

Find the best pet care providers in NoVA, according to our readers, here.

The Others turn 2 this month, and Kauffman has planned an extravaganza in DC to celebrate. “We’re doing it at Life of Riley, the pet hotel and spa. It’ll be a party with a dog caricature artist, swag bags and cake,” Kauffman says. “I’m trying to see if Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes, from the Food Network, will make us a dog cake.” Lavish, tasty and fun!

Posh Pet
Fun Fact: The dogs were filmed earlier this year for a Japanese documentary about dog cloning.
Luxury Pick: A stroller that fits all five dogs. “It takes us a long time to walk down the street if they’re not in the stroller,” Kauffman says.
Love: Customized outfits by designer Foo Foo Fido and BarkBox, a monthly subscription service

Pet Cloning, Explained
There’s only one company in America that will clone your pet, and yes, it is (very) expensive.

Currently, the only company in the U.S. that clones pets (creating genetically identical copies of animals) is Texas-based ViaGen Pets and Equine. For $50,000 per dog, or $35,000 per cat, ViaGen will collect a small tissue sample of the pet, culture new cells that share the same genetic makeup and then create embryos that are implanted into a surrogate for gestation. Many animal rights organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, have come out against animal cloning.

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Grissom sleeps cozy each night, using custom-made stairs to crawl into bed. (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

The Gourmand

• Name: Grissom
• Breed: Shih tzu-poodle mix
• Age: 12
• Owners: Elizabeth and Brett Small

Grissom isn’t what you’d call a picky eater—he simply knows what he likes. The water in his bowl can’t be from the tap, and it always has to have ice cubes in it. “I have no idea why,” laughs Elizabeth, “We notice that if the ice has melted in his water, he just stares at it and then when you put ice in it, he instantly will come over and start drinking from it. There’s no rhyme or reason to it.” For Elizabeth, it was never about spoiling Grissom, who resides in Nokesville. “I would see my friends’ spoiled dogs and say, ‘It’s ridiculous, the things you do with your dog,’ but the minute I got one I became one of those people.”

Grissom also receives homemade meals, cooked by Elizabeth with guidance from a canine nutritionist she met at her veterinarian’s office. “At one point in time, his dog food happened to be recalled, and rather than switching him to a different dog food, I started making him rice and chicken to get through the recall,” Elizabeth says. “So, when it came back to normal dog food, he was like, ‘I’m not eating that anymore.’” Grissom’s veterinarian’s office happened to have a doctor on rotation at the time who had a background in nutrition. “She worked with me to figure out how many calories he should get a day and the different ingredients to give him to come up with a meal plan I could make for him every month,” Elizabeth says.

How the Smalls treat Grissom is also a result of what he demands. “He has always been on his terms; everything is on his terms,” Elizabeth says. For example, Grissom loves long walks, but “when he is done, he is done,” Elizabeth says, and will lie down or drag his paw to pretend he is hurt, so that he can be carried. “We give him the best because he is the best,” says Brett. “He’s always smiling with his tail wagging.”

Posh Pet
Fun Fact: Grissom was the ring bearer at the Smalls’ wedding, and wore a suit that matched the groomsmen.
Luxury Pick: Custom-made stairs Grissom uses to crawl into bed
Loves: Going on hikes with his owners (“He sits down in his backpack and it’s like he’s royalty,” Elizabeth says, “He enjoys being carried.”) and sleeping in.

Reston artist Erica Eriksdotter captures the spirit of pets in her paintings.

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Frasier Simone poses with her Pawda purse dog toys and pearls. (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

The Fashionista

• Name: Frasier Simone
• Breed: Doberman-hound mix
• Age: 4.5
• Owner: Pamela Lynne Sorensen

This pup loves to strut her stuff. Frasier Simone (named after Sorensen’s favorite TV show, Frasier) was adopted from Humane Rescue Alliance in 2015. “I put it like this: God was in my life. He intervened by putting a humane society’s mobile adoption unit right on 14th Street,” Sorensen says. “It was the hottest day, and I walked into the mobile unit because I wanted to get some air conditioning and met Frasier. It literally changed my life so much.”

In four short years, Frasier Simone has developed her own fashion sense with a closet consisting of 20 matching collars and leashes, plus over 45 scarves, jackets, sweaters and other accessories, including a pearl necklace for her custom Breakfast at Tiffany’s Halloween costume and scarves with 18-karat gold-plated accents from designer brand HOUND. “She has a custom-tailored, puffy jacket with a hood to keep warm,” Sorensen says. “My mom hand-knitted a white, cable-knit sweater. She is very chic with her style. She’s always wearing sweaters and jackets; every fall she gets a new one.” Frasier Simone has also walked the catwalk for multiple charity events, including Fashion for Paws and has posed for two calendars and even appeared on TV. “Frasier is very proud when she struts around in her outfits,” Sorensen says.

And what’s a fashionista without her spa days? Sorensen’s apartment building in Rosslyn includes a dog spa, where owners can groom their pets in large wash tubs and dry them with the on-site blow dryer. Sorensen emphasizes that she only uses luxury, organic shampoo and bath products for Frasier. “She’s a dependent of mine,” she says. “I have to make sure she’s healthy and happy.”

Posh Pet
Fun Fact: Frasier has a set of godparents
Luxury Pick: Wears designer brand Shinola Pet, plus Hermès silk scarves
Loves: Reggae music and Instagram

5 luxury items for your posh pet

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