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PARTY FOR THE PLANET
This Saturday, April 20th, celebrate Earth Day and the animals that share our planet at the Virginia Zoo! Enjoy animal presentations on the ZooLive! stage, chat with Zoo staff while learning about eco-friendly enrichment for the animals and learn how you can support conservation here and abroad. 

This year, the Zoo welcomes Brian Badger from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Brian’s aim is to enlighten people from around the world on the workings and goals of front line conservation. Hear his about his holistic approach to conservation in an exciting 30-minute presentation at the ZooLive! Stage at 11 am.

[Sorry, no pets allowed at the zoo.]

Other Enrichment, Chats and ZooLive! Stage Presentations:
  • 10:30 am: Zebra & Watusi
  • 11 am: Brian Badger of the Cheetah Conservation Fund at the ZooLive! Stage
  • 11:15 am: Sun Bear
  • 11:30 am: White Rhino
  • NOON: Rhino hornbill
  • 12:30 pm: Aldabra Tortoise
  • 1 pm: ZooLive! Stage Presentation
  • 1:30 pm: ZooFarm Animals
  • 2 pm: Red Panda

More events and information at VirginiaZoo.org. 

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President Trump signs historic order requiring dogs to file taxes in 2019

Filed by Lirpa Sloof, DVM, BS

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2019 (Newshound Press)

In one of the most controversial acts of his Presidency so far, President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order requiring dog owners to file taxes on behalf of their furry family members.

“Dogs have long held a place of enormous respect in our amazing country,” said Trump, adding, “We rely on dogs in many, many important situations including search-and-rescue, bomb detection, and crime prevention with the local police. Our dogs go to war alongside our great military men and women. Even the dogs who remain at home serve in some capacity, whether it is fetching the newspaper or providing home security while their people are at work.”

Noting that the “cumulative man-hours” accrued by working dogs amounts to somewhere in the millions per year, Trump claimed, “We are missing out on literally billions of dollars in taxes that these dogs should be paying into the system. That’s enough money to build a wall around every dog park in America.”

With a flourish of his pen, President Trump signed an Executive Order that will affect all dog owners (excluding shelters and rescue organizations), who will be expected to file a 1040-DOG tax return based on the dogs’ 2018 income.

When reached for comment, Norfolk veterinarian Dr. Donald Miele said that he was “just happy that the order is not retroactive to the 1960s, considering how many dogs I’ve owned.”

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Virginia World Of Pets Expo

“The World of Pets Expo and Educational Experience takes place February 15-17, 2019 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, in Hampton. World of Pets Expo is a cornerstone event for East Coast pet enthusiasts and animal lovers alike. This year will mark the 7th anniversary of the Virginia World of Pets Expo; we continue to grow our Virginia show and are expecting a record breaking turnout this year. This exciting three day expo is one of Virginia’s only family and pet friendly events that is fun for all ages; it is considered the Ultimate Event for the Pet Lover.”

Show hours:
Friday: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Ticket prices:
$10 for Adults
$5 for Children 5-12
under 5 FREE

Get tickets here. 

Wondering if you can bring your pet?
Get the answer here!

World of Pets Expo

For more information, go to www.worldofpets.org/virginia-world-of-pets-expo.php

Reminder: Always check for any changes to an event’s location and schedule before you go.
Event information for this post is based on Pet Expo’s website
and is subject to change.

[Note: Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is not associated with the World of Pets Expo.]

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Dates: January 3, 4, and 5
Time: 4 PM to 8 PM
Walk through the holiday lights at
Norfolk Botanical Garden
with your canine companion.
If you don’t have a dog, no worries….
you are still welcome to walk through the lights.
During this event, there is no tram shuttle service.
This is a walk only event…..with your furry canine. 
Join the fun and see all the happy wagging tails.
Please read guidelines on the ticket page
to plan for a safe and happy visit with your dogs!

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Bring your pets to a picnic and pictures with Santa for fun-filled holiday memories!

Come out to the parking lot of the MSP Design Group and have lunch and get your picture taken with Santa. (All Children and Pets Welcome)

We will have BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and more. Don’t forget to save room for dessert; homemade goodies will be on hand too!

We will also have adoptable dogs on site just in time for the Holidays!

All proceeds will go to Bay Beagle Rescue Fund, to help provide medical care and save more dogs!

When: December 2, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Where: 641 Phoenix Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Pictures and food are courtesy of Bay Beagle Rescue, donations are appreciated!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/299572410644191/

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To our military families:

The Virginia Zoo is OPEN for Veterans Day and to honor those who have served, active duty military, veterans and their families can enjoy $5 admission November 10–18, 2018.

Go a little wild this Veterans Day —  you’ve earned it!

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If you’ve been looking for a good reason to dress in a matching costume with your dog before Halloween — we’ve found just the thing for you: Barktoberfest Dog Walk & Festival, featuring a Pets & People costume contest! (Details below).

Barktoberfest

This dog friendly event is happening October 20, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mill Point Park (100 Eaton St.) in Hampton, VA. (Just a short trip across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel!)

Admission is $5, Dog Walk Registration – $20, Barktoberfest Package – $35.

Tickets Linkhttps://www.facebook.com/pspcabarktoberfest/

Bring Fido to this fur-tastic event hosted by the Peninsula SPCA. Help raise money for the adoption-guarantee shelter by showing your support and bringing out your special furry four-legged family friends.

Highlights include:
* Live music by Lost Soul Society, vendors, local animal rescue groups, and more! 
* Bow-Wow Beer Garden featuring breweries from Hampton, including Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Bull Island Brewing Company, The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery, The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, and The St. George Brewing Co. There will also be samplings of Dog Star Vodka from Blue Sky Distillery.
* Pets and people costume contest! Guests are encouraged to participate in a costume contest (two categories: pets only and pets & people) for great prizes.

Don’t miss the Dog Walk, the showcase event of the day; a fun walk that winds along the beautiful downtown Hampton waterfront! The money raised will benefit the animals of the Peninsula SPCA! The Peninsula SPCA is an Adoption Guarantee, or no-kill, shelter that relies completely on support from the local community to help us care for the homeless animals.

Other highlights of the day include the Dog Cake Walk, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, Demonstrations, Dog Yoga, and more.

Register in advance for beer tasting tickets and dog walk to receive your t-shirt and/or souvenir glass.

Prost!

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