DogMa Pack May Peemail




Hey Pack Parents!

“April Showers” – as well as April snow, hail and wind – came and went.Yay – May is at our front doorstop. That means swimming! And that Dog-Ma’s front garden that my human has been working on seems to be coming to fruition despite my digging in all the wrong places. Summer is right around the corner and all of the pools are in full effect. You can guarantee you’ll see me lounging poolside or sunbathing, and if I’m not doing that, I’m chasing around the pack with my best friends.

May Daycare & Boarding Schedules

Don’t forget to mail us your May daycare & boarding needs. Memorial Day (05/28) is a major holiday this month and we want to make sure that we can accommodate all of our pack’s needs. We are open on Memorial Day on shortened holiday hours – that is from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If your dog is scheduled normally for Monday, please keep in mind of the shortened hours that day and let us know if you would like to replace it with a different normal-13-hour-day instead.

Boarding over the major holiday is $65.00 per night, but fret not – if you are a regularly pre-scheduled daycare client that scheduled before the 8th of every month, that means the holiday rate will not apply and you get to keep the normally priced $58.00 boarding rate. Space is filling up fast, so contact us soon to get on the books! The next major holiday coming up is in July. DogMa is a bit of a safe haven when fireworks are around – so you know my fuzzy butt will spend a few nights there, keeping it chill with my pack humans and canines alike.
DogMa Events in May!

Warm weather means dog-friendly events – my absolute favorite time of year! We’re kicking off May by attending the Running of the Chihuahua’s on this Saturday (05/05/18) at The Wharf. (I said, Wharf, not Woof!) All of the proceeds from the Chihuahua racing goes towards supporting Rural Dog Rescue. There are a lot of fun things and many great dogs to meet at this event – it is not Chihuahua specific (only the racing is). Then, during the following Saturday, we’ll be at the Day of the Dog (05/12/18) at Congressional Cemetery. We have a lot of fun at both events each year and we hope to see you there! Finally, the Friday following that event (that is 05/18), we will be hosting our first yappy hour of the season! Bring your dog and a friend with you to hang out with fellow packsters. Any dog that is not a current client must provide a current Rabies tag or certificate.

That’s all for now now!

Smell you later,


DogMa Pack March Peemail




March is here, Pack Parents!

This means Spring is around the corner. More importantly, this means diving cannonballs with my fuzzy butt in the DogMa pools on the warm days! I had a taste of that last week and it was the best. Oh boy, oh boy – I can’t wait for the pools to be open EVERY day again!

March Daycare & Boarding

 As the weather gets warmer, we get busier. If you pre-schedule your daycare, not only do you get Paw Points (for those newbie packsters, that’s a $2 credit each pre-scheduled day that accrues through the month and redeemed during the following month), but your dog is guaranteed a spot for that day. We offer daycare drop off without a schedule, however, once we reach capacity – we have to turn away unscheduled pups. If we know ahead of time, we can have extra staff on hand to expand our playgroup sizes in the four outdoor play yards (and one indoor play space for the AC lovers)!

Just a little reminder, while we are discussing the benefits of scheduling daycare in advance – all boarding drop offs must be scheduled in advance. Once you make a reservation for boarding, our system automatically sends out an e-mail, confirming the boarding stay. This will give you a chance to look it over and make sure they are the right dates that you need once you firm up your traveling itinerary.

While my humans love talking to you about all things D-O-G, it is far more efficient for schedule requests to be made by e-mail and my two-legged colleagues here at Dog-ma will respond to let you know everything is all set.

Health Requirements

As the warmer weather approaches, pesky insects start to emerge. Sometimes I think they are tasty (or just fun to play with) – but sometimes they pesky critters can make pups sick. My humans told me I have to be on Flea & Tick Control and heartworm preventatives year-round to visit DogMa. There have been some vets that have suggested using certain preventatives over others because they have seen an increase in cases of some preventatives becoming less effective. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet if you don’t believe your preventatives are working well. It might be a good idea to switch to all oral, instead of topical – or maybe a different brand altogether. Open up that dialogue with your vet so you can work together to keep your dog safest.

And, if you have not sent us your pup’s current vaccination records, please do – we need current vaccine records on file for all pups visiting Dog-ma to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy. Your vet (or you) can e-mail copies of your pup’s vaccine records to us at or fax them to us at 202-379-3343. Bonus: if you keep your information current with us, the Dog-ma client management system sends out a vaccine reminder to you when each vaccine is 30-days from expiring.

Because we take the Dog-ma pack’s health and safety very seriously, we want you to know that if your dog’s vaccine records are out of date, we will have to put your pup on a reverse schedule (ie. outside when the rest of the pack is inside lunching/resting and thus with no contact with the pack) and you will be contacted. Sure, my two-leggeds are nice on the phone, but your four-legged (aka my pack-mate) will not have half as much fun without being able to play with me and the rest of the pack! When we have a dog come in whose records are not up-to-date, we usually try to reach out to the vet on our own for your convenience. But if we get the records at the time they are updated, then this wouldn’t be an issue… hint, hint – puhleese – wag, wag.

Friends Promo

We love it when you refer your friends! That means I make more friends – but more importantly, your dogs can play with their friends too. I love the days when my best friends show up! DogMa has an ongoing promo code: WILBUR for all new clients to use for a free evaluation day. They can only redeem it on their application – and the best way for them to know about it is if you tell them. What’s even better – if they mention they heard about DogMa through you on their application, you also get a free day of daycare. Just think of it as our way saying thanks. Who’s a good boy?! Me!

That’s all for now folks.

Smell you later,




Inclement Weather Protocol



Hey Packsters!

With more snow on the horizon, we wanted to send out a quick reminder about our inclement weather policy. We want to make sure both our employees and clients are not on the roads when the weather isn’t cooperative. We rely on the government operating status at If the government has a delayed opening, then DogMa will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Monday – Friday). If the government is closed, DogMa will plan to be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but it is advised that you call ahead before dropping off to make sure we are fully staffed for a heavy snow day. We will also follow suit, and update any hours of operations changes to all of our social media as soon possible.

Thank you for allowing us to take care of our pack and keep everything as safe and fun as possible!

Your Pal,