Hello! This is a group for Shelties (aka Shetland Sheepdogs) and their crazy humans. Each month we will investigate a new dog-friendly place around Northern Virginia or a bordering area. We plan to take our humans on MANY adventures: from wineries and breweries, to beautiful hikes, to the best local dog parks and park parks.
We will start with meetups in the Ashburn and Leesburg VA area (as that is our home base). But we plan to range westward to Purcellville and Bluemont for hikes, farms, and breweries and southward to Virginia wine country such as Delaplane. We may also venture closer to the district because of the beautiful parks and dog-friendly facilities in Alexandria, Arlington, etc. Meetup suggestions welcome!
New Members: Please introduce yourself and your dogs! Let us know what activities you are most looking forward to and where your home base is. =)
(Note: We're a bit fair-weather with such big fluffy coats, so excessive rain or heat may reschedule outdoor events. Where possible, the "rain date" will be the other day of the same weekend.)
Update 5/15/20 - Meetup Postponed Until JUNE on account of COVID-19 as per VA guidelines and closures.
For our June meeting the Shelties will investigate Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA where they can zoom around in the lush green grass and sniff the orchards in bloom.
At 11am we will start at the small fenced dog run (a little ways off to the left after the entrance). After our zoomies are out, we'll explore the rest of the farm on leash, trying to be respectful of the livestock (hah!). A simple lunch and/or wonderful cider donuts can be purchased at the on-farm restaurant. (Also, expect to pay an admissions fee of $10/adult or $8/child to get into the farm.)
Bonus: 1pm+, after everyone has had their farm frolic, we will head to dog-friendly Bear Chase Brewing down the street (7 min.) for snacks, craft brews, and a stunning view.
Please RSVP with the number of SHELTIES in your party so we know how many furry friends to expect!
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
What to Bring:
Extra Water & Bowls, Waste Bags, Training Treats, Picnic Blankets (There is plenty of space at both venues... but tables can be hard to snag.)
Here is the Great Country Farms website: http://greatcountryfarms.com/
Here is the Bear Chase Brewing website: https://bearchasebrew.com/
Weather Note: rain or excessive heat/cold will cause this event to be rescheduled. If possible our "rain date" will be the other day of the same weekend.