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May DMV Small Dog Play Group: MAY FLOWERS

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Please join us as we visit the US National Arboretum with our leashed small dogs. Note that this event will be ON-LEASH (or in a small bag or tote) so please be respectful and mindful, and if your dog is leash reactive, this may not be the most fun activity for you and your favorite furry family member.

Plan to meet at 10, so we can begin our journey through the Arboretum by at least 10:30a. We will be meeting at the R Street gate to the National Arboretum, which is closer to a metro stop, as well as having a free parking lot and a Capital City Bikeshare station out front. If you need directions to the R Street Arboretum entrance from your location please enter the address “2400 R Street NE” into your GPS or use the following link, which has detailed directions from many parts of the DMV:

Afterwards, we are hoping to go on a bring-your-own-food, pup-friendly picnic, or to a restaurant with outdoor seating that is accommodating to people with dogs. Please comment in the discussion, or message the organizer regarding whether you would prefer a restaurant with outdoor seating, or a picnic after going to the Arboretum.


A $10 donation annually is recommended, (the platform charges me monthly to have the meetup group). You can pay in venmo, PayPal, Facebook pay, or cash at any event and your donation goes directly towards improving the group. BUT I am low income myself, so I understand how struggling can prevent a person from making it to social events. If you are in this position, we don’t want the donation to stop you from attending. If this is the case, speak to the organizer, and you can ‘pay-what-you-can’ down to $0.
**BOTH Venmo/PayPal: @mxlayneOR bring cash with you to the event**

In order to keep our pups as safe and protected as possible, please respect our guidelines and rules.

Any dog attending meetups must be

1. Under 25 lbs
2. Fully vaccinated and up to date on vaccinations. “Fully vaccinated” includes being current on DHPP and Rabies. We also strongly recommend Leptospirosis, Bordetella and Influenza because our dogs will be playing in close contact and are more at risk to succumbing to one of these illnesses. Most dogs begin these vaccination cycles in puppyhood and continue with boosters every 1-3 years by Veterinary recommendation with optional vaccines such as Lyme disease, depending on your dogs lifestyle.
3. Older than 16-18 weeks (this is when the puppy is eligible to be fully vaccinated)
4. Current on Flea protection
5. Current on Worm protection
6. Able to usually respond to basic commands directly from their own person


1. We want to leave the location better than the way we found it, so please pick up waste and trash
2. Bring bags to clean up after your Pup
3. Be considerate of other people and their dog. Respect is key.
4. Be mindful of your dog and their behavior at all times.
5. Solicitation of other members for any reason is against the guidelines of this group

***We understand that sometimes dogs will be dogs! However, if any of the following events occur, you and your dog may be respectfully asked to leave the meetup:

1. The dog in your care shows aggressive behavior towards other dogs numerous times after being asked by you to stop
2. The dog in your care injures, or seriously attacks another dog
3. You, as a human, are negligent of your dogs aggressive behaviors, and do not respond appropriately (especially if requested by other members).
4. You, as a human, are disrespectful towards another person or dog in the group (this includes but is not limited to: picking up, grabbing, feeding, or petting other dogs without their human’s expressed consent, hurtful language on basis of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, culture, religion, etc., and even giving unsolicited dog-parenting advice without consent) ***


May 20
10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


National Grove of State Trees, National Arboretum
2400 R Street NE
Washington, dc 20002 us

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