Category Archives: Pets

Blessing Of The Animals At The Franciscan Monastery This Saturday

Blessing of the Animals 2013
Blessing of the Animals 2013

Every fall, the friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery  conduct a Blessing of the Animals event in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The free annual event is very popular; in previous years, we estimated that there were over 60 animals in attendance. The friars give a brief ecumenical service, do a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then do individual blessings afterward. It is worth checking out, even if your pet isn’t very religious. The Blessing will take place this Saturday, October 4th, at 2:30 pm. For more info, check out the event on the Monastery calendar here. From the Monastery website:

St. Francis was a fan of all critters, both feathered and furry.  Bring your furry friends to the Monastery for a special blessing of the animals service following the Mass of the Feast of St. Francis.

The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.

Guest Blog: Brookland Dog Lovers – Scoop Your Poop!

From time to time, we are happy to have guest blog posts by Brookland neighbors. This time Diane Phillips is sharing her thoughts on a neighborhood issue. If you have ideas about a guest blog post, let us know! Thanks Diane!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

#dogpoop

I am a dog lover, and I have it on good authority that the writers of the Brookland Bridge are, too. As the forgiving cover of fall leaves and winter snow dissipates, it is becoming very clear that not all Brooklanders have been minding their manners when it comes to their dogs. In fact, on a run this morning, I observed multiple “scenes of the crime” that I consider an egregious violation of not only manners, but common decency – the leaving of dog poop.

Scooping of dog poop is part of the deal when you have a dog. The dog has to eat, and therefore, it has to go outside to poop. And we, the humans, have to pick it up. This is not optional. It is the right thing to do in the name of sanitation, manners, and as we mentioned, common decency.

In response to the blight of dog poop soiling the landscape, some of our more clever neighbors have expressed their dismay with signs. Others have gone so far as to provide bags and a garbage can.

I love Brookland, and as our neighborhood grows and develops, it is my hope that we are as welcoming to dogs as our neighbors in Alexandria, Shirlington, and Dupont Circle. I dream of sitting outside at a café on 12th Street, basking in the sun with a cold beverage, and my beloved dog next to me. I want to see dog bowls filled with fresh water outside of Brookland’s businesses. Doggie happy hours – bring them on!

Here’s the thing – Brookland is a wonderful place to live.  If we don’t scoop our poop, and we don’t respect our neighbors’ yards and gardens, dog-friendly is not going to be part of our neighborhood curriculum vitae. #curbyourhuman

Respectfully Submitted,

Diane Phillips, Brooklander

Langdon Dog Park Membership Meeting Monday – Get Involved!

Logo Courtesy Of Langdon Dog Park Association
Logo Courtesy Of Langdon Dog Park Association

Brookland dog lovers are lucky to have Langdon Dog Park so close to our neighborhood. But while it is relatively new and one of the largest dog parks in DC, users complain that  they often find the park to be empty. This sort of negates one of the benefits of bringing your pooch to the park, the social interaction that well-adjusted dogs need. My opinion is that the only way to resolve this is for folks to get involved. Now is the perfect time as the Langdon Dog Park Association is having their first membership meeting of 2014. The meeting will be from 7:30-9:00 pm on Monday, January 27th at Langdon Park Community Center (2901 20th Street NE). The agenda for the meeting includes planning for the year, installation of new board officers, changes to the bylaws including extending membership terms to two years, and planning for a tree-planting with Casey Trees later in 2014.

Franciscan Monastery Blessing Of The Animals Coming Up This Sunday!

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Monastery Blessing Of The Animals 2012

Every fall, the friars at Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery  conduct a Blessing of the Animals event in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. The free annual event is very popular; last year, we estimated that there were over 60 animals in attendance. The friars give a brief ecumenical service, do a general blessing of all pets in the crowd and then do individual blessings afterward. It is worth checking out, even if your pet isn’t very religious. The Blessing will take place this Sunday, October 6th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. For more info, check out the Monastery calendar here. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.

DC Humane Society’s Urgent Call For Volunteers and Adoption Families

We realize this is not specifically about Brookland, but there are many pet lovers in our neighborhood, who might be interested to help out the Humane Society this weekend, or even think about adopting an animal in need.
Washington Humane SocietyRainbow for Web
Here is the information provided by the Humane Society:
During the month of May we took in more than 800 animals. Since then, hundreds more have come through our doors and both shelters are FULL. We urgently need to find these animals homes. This Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, we will be waiving the adoption fees on ALL animals ($15 DC license fee applies to all dog adoptions for DC residents only).
We will be promoting this special widely and are expecting much more traffic than normal at both locations. This weekend will be very similiar to the May adoption event, but will be held at both New York Avenue and Georgia Avenue.
Help needed will include (but not be limited to): dog handlers, crowd control, answering questions, cat specialists, and more. If you can help, please sign up here.
We also need help moving woodchips so the play yards will be ready TONIGHT from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at New York Avenue. This will need to be done before the event. If you can help, please email mbell@….
If you can not help at the shelters, please help us get the word out! We will need you to help us pass out flyers. You can download a flyer here to post where you work, hand out in your neighborhood, post in you local coffee shop, etc. For more ideas on how you can help us get the word out, please contact cdiller@….
We appreciate your help with this urgent call to action. With so many animals entering our shelters on a daily basis, we could not continue to save these precious lives without your help.
If you have questions, or need additional information, please email volunteer@….

Langdon Dog Park Users Start Up Doggie Happy Hour Every Wednesday 6pm-7pm

Logo Courtesy Of Langdon Dog Park Association
Logo Courtesy Of Langdon Dog Park Association

Brookland dog lovers are lucky to have Langdon Dog Park so close to our neighborhood. But while it is relatively new and one of the largest dog parks in DC, users complain that  they often find the park to be empty. This sort of negates one of the benefits of bringing your pooch to the park, the social interaction that well adjusted dogs need. So, some neighbors came with a solution; if  there was a designated time that neighbors take their dogs to the park, it would help to better utilize the park. So, the Langdon Doggie Happy Hour was born. The Happy Hour will be every Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Langdon Dog Park. The park’s entrance is the unpaved road off 20th St NE between Franklin and Hamlin Streets.

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Haole!

imageCheck out the regal Haole. Her name is Hawaiian, and roughly translates to “White”. She is 10 years old and moved into her new home in the neighborhood about a year ago, and it turns out you can teach an old cat new tricks, as she has adjusted very nicely into her new home. One of her dads found her abandoned at his job, and the rest is history! If you would like your pet featured here, contact us at info(at)brooklandbridge(dot)com or hit us up on the Contact page.

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Pumpkin!

pumpkin 2Meet Pumpkin! She was found abandoned behind a Dunkin’ Doughnuts, but has made Brookland her home for years now. She spends her days looking for warm spots to take a nap, and is shy when company comes to visit. She really loves to be petted while eating her dry food. If you would like to see your pet featured here, send us a pic and description to info(at)brooklandbridge(dot)com.

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Comet!

Presenting the adorable Comet! She is an adoptee from the Washington Humane Society, New York Avenue location. She was adopted about six months ago and she’s about a year old. As you can see, she loves to lounge by the fire in cold weather like this. Her hobbies include galloping around the house at full speed when everyone is trying to sleep and escaping out the front door when no one is paying attention. If you would like your pet featured here, send us a pic and description to info(at)brooklandbridge(dot)com.