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Dogs Dance in Adams Morgan

By Pablo Grabiel*

[Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.]

Even the dogs danced in Adams Morgan! On May 2, 2010 Adams Morgan Main Street hosted the 4th Annual BowWow PowWow. Clouds provided respite from the unusual heat as hundreds attended the event at Marie Reed School. One highlight of the day was the demonstration by the Chesapeake Rock N Rovers and their dog dancing routines.

Canine Freestyle is a judged sport along with obedience and agility. “Think of it like pairs skating, but the pair is a dog and human, being judged on performed choreography in time to music,” explained Adams Morgan Main Street President Lisa Duperier.

Another special highlight was Maryland’s Dog Whisperer, Dr. Susie Homire, who spoke on “The Magic Formula for Creating a Well Behaved Dog” and also interacted with attendees individually. Adams Morgan Animal Hospital gave tips on Tricks for Caring for Older Dogs, a timely topic for many, with Friendship Animal Hospital speaking about behavior modification techniques.

Visitors enjoyed perusing the various vendors which included the speakers and also such vendors as K-9 Cakery, Little Rascals Doggie Day Care and Boarding, Beijo Bags, Crate Covers and More, Fur-Get Me Not, Green DC Realty, Dog Walking DC, Palisades Vet Clinic, and Arty for Ever. A mobile grooming salon, Pooches, Kitties, and Kisses had its salon on site and explained the trend of convenience where the groomer comes to the pet.

Contests seemed to give an opportunity for everyone. Cutest puppy was a favorite, as was biggest dog won by Cassius, a Great Dane, and a cute Chihuahua won smallest dog. Other categories included best costume, most affectionate, dog-owner look-alike, and most handsome and glamorous. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham was a last-minute entry, and his dog, Guapo, won best trick.

Contest and raffle prizes were donated by local businesses: L’Enfant Café, Savour Restaurant, AM WineShoppe, Adams Morgan Optical, Amsterdam Falafelshop, La Fourchette, Napoleon Bistro, The Diner, Ventnor Sports Café, and Greater Goods.

Other prizes were autographed copies of the books of nationally known experts, “It’s Me or the Dog!” and “Happy Dog, Happy You.” Anyone entering the dog contests was automatically entered in the raffle drawings. The brand new Adams Morgan Coffee Shop donated coffee for the set-up crew.

New and really fun this year was Onomono Media, an on-site photo booth where people took pictures with their pets and walked away with the strip of pics in their hand. Meanwhile, National Geographic Television filmed during the day and interviewed dog owners for possible upcoming programs.

Agility demos were given by Tonia of Anytime K-9, and a special treat for kids was Tall Tails Storytime, by Early Childhood Edu-tainment, an interactive book reading with song and fingerplay. Sweet Green’s Sweet Flow Mobile was there, and the H.D. Cooke School PTA raised funds with baked goods. According to Janet Lugo-Tafur, Main Street’s executive director, “We had a nice balance of program, vendors, activities, and education, with something for all ages and interests.”

Animal welfare is always an important element at BowWow PowWow. The Washington Animal Rescue League and the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue brought animals for adoption and spoke on adoption and the importance of pet fostering, especially during stressed economic times. Greyhound Rescue also participated.

McGruff the Crime Dog was a popular participant, but in a sobering reminder of the important work they do, the MPD K-9 EOD bomb-sniffing team could not participate as scheduled. This was due to the bomb scare emergency in New York’s Time Square, which called away East Coast city teams.

Sponsors included Flying Dog Ale, Washington Parent, and Comcast. J.T. Smith of Flying Dog participated as a judge and directed patrons to try the award winning mid-size brewery’s offering at The Black Squirrel. Yelp and Zip Car had special promotions on site, and Ventnor Sports Café offered sandwiches and other goodies.

*Pablo Grabiel, originally from California, has been living in DC since 2004. He volunteers with Adams Morgan Main Street, produces the Florida Stage and Jazz in the Park for the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and has started his own Grabielisomo Productions.

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