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S and T Street Triangle Parks Progressing Well

Posted in Dupont Circle, Parks, Pets with tags , , on June 10, 2009 by Kent

T Street parkFollowing up on my April 2nd post, I visited the S and T Street parks yesterday. They seem to be progressing well. The T Street park looks to be nearly done. It has pavers and only appears to be lacking benches. The plantings are small, but all seem to be in.

The T Street park — destined to be the City’s first official dog park — still has a lot of work ahead of it. The infrastructure being installed looks like plumbing, which makes sense to me. Despite the current state of the park, it doesn’t mean that things could wrap up quickly. It all depends on how extensive the renovations yet to complete are.

S Street park

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White House Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, Now Known

Posted in Pets, Presidents on April 12, 2009 by Kent

boEven though news of the new White House puppy was scheduled to be released this coming Tuesday, news this good just can’t be kept in Washington.

The new first dog is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog. According to the Washington Post, the puppy was “given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin’ senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo — and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo . . . Diddley?) .”

The search for a Portuguese water dog for the girls has been going on since February 26th, when the family selected the breed. I’m glad the wait is over, and think Bo is a great Easter present for the girls.

Obama’s May Have First Dog by Tuesday

Posted in Pets on April 11, 2009 by Kent

portuguese-water-dogAs readers may know from my earlier post, the President and his family have chosen a portuguese water dog to be the next first pet in the White House, but when this dog might appear has been anyones guess.

Now, according to TMZ, the First Dog my arrive at the White House by Tuesday. The black dog is a male and approximately six months old. TMZ learned it was bred at a prominent Texas kennel and sold to someone who gave it back. The kennel is now “re-homing” the dog to the Obamas. The dog was named Charlie, but the Obamas will rename it.

President Obama has classified the ETA for the first family’s dog as “top secret.” When asked by a reporter about the dog’s arrival, the president replied, “Oh, man, now, that’s top secret.” As least we won’t have long to wait to finally see the new addition to the family.

City Get’s First Permanent Dog Park

Posted in City Services, Dupont Circle, Pets with tags , , on April 2, 2009 by Kent

S Street Dog ParkAs I was walking down New Hampshire the other day, I noticed that work is progressing at the S Street triangle park.

According to a Department of Parks and Recreation announcement, the S Street triangle park will become the District’s first permanent public dog park.  This new 5,600 square foot public dog park will be maintained in partnership by Circle Dogs and DPR.  Work at the T Street triangle park will bring new landscaping, decorative pavers, and seating areas. In addition, the work will help preserve one of the District’s oldest swamp oak trees.

The groundbreaking was back on February 10th, but they seem to be in full swing now.S & T street triangle parks

Obama’s Choose Portuguese Water Dog

Posted in People, Pets, Presidents on February 27, 2009 by Kent

portuguese-water-dogThe Obama family has finally made a decision on what kind of dog to get as the next first dog. As reported by WUSA9 yesterday, they are seeking a Portuguese Water Dog, hopefully from a shelter. 

A complication in choosing a dog has been that they’ve been needing a dog that is hypoallergenic because of Malia’s allergies. Portuguese Water Dogs are considered a good choice for those who suffer from allergies becauses they produce less dander than other breeds.

Now the fun begins. Michelle Obama has already publicly nixed a few proposed names for the next member of the family, so it will be interesting to see what name is ultimately chosen.