Ways to Help
Outings in the Area for Your Pups
Shirlington Village : a dog-friendly couple of blocks of shops and restaurants right off 395. Restaurants have outdoor seating. There are benches along the sidewalk, a fountain, lots of well-mannered dogs to walk past and sit and watch walk by. There is on street parking, as well as a couple of parking garages. You can park on Arlington Mill Rd and walk a few blocks to the shopping area. http://www.villageatshirlington.com/
Fairfax City Farmers Market: at Main and West Sts, adjacent to the old courthouse, behind Wachovia bank. Saturdays 8am-1pm.
All dogs welcome! (This market was around before laws regarding dogs and was, therefore, grandfathered to allow dogs.) http://www.fairfaxsaturdaymarket.com/
Alexandria Union Station/King Street Metro: in Alexandria bounded by King and Duke Sts, Calahan and Diagonal Rds (across from the Masonic Temple). Wonderful opportunity for all pups. Above-ground tracks for Amtrak and Metro run adjacent to each other within this block. Dog and handler can work as far or near as dog is comfortable. Young pups might do best starting across the street, for example. There is free parking on Diagonal Rd next to the Metro parking lot. You can walk towards Duke St and have the opportunity to see and hear trains and subways from a little distance. You can walk along Duke which passes over the tracks and then down Calahan. From Calahan, the Amtrak platform is accessible from the sidewalk by walking across a small parking lot and grassy area. The area of the platform closest to Duke St is away from the station and has benches. There is a walkway across the tracks to the platform on the other side which is between the Metro tracks and the Amtrak tracks. You can complet your outing by continuing around the block and walked along King St where the sidewalk passes under the tracks, very noisy when a train goes over. There is also a tunnel at the corner of Diagonal and Duke that allows pedestrians to cross under Duke to get to the Carlyle development (offices, condos, shops, restaurants, fountains, etc). And, of course, there is all of this west end of the old city of Alexandria. http://www.vre.org/service/stations/ALX.htm