• A. Dahlgren

Bucket Lists RVA: Activities for older and special needs dogs in Richmond, VA

Updated: Mar 17, 2018

Go for a swim: Paws to Swim in Rockville, VA has three indoor heated pools that allows older dogs to walk in/out. The warm water and low impact exercise is good for young and older dogs, especially those who may have arthritis or limited mobility. You can get in the water and assist your dog, or one of the trainers can assist your dog. They have vests and other supportive equipment available also. 804-749-4972.

And they are opening a new location in Richmond off of Patterson Ave. Check out their facebook post about the opening, and follow their page to stay updated:

Doga: Need something more relaxing and slow paced? Impawsible Pups offers a yoga class for you and your dog on Mondays at 6 pm. They also offer massages for your dog. 804-285-2359.

Speaking of Massage: Kim Raible, LVT, CCRP is certified in canine medical massage and sees patients by appointment only at Cary Street Veterinary Hospital. 804-355-9144.

Amy Petersen also offers canine massage and Reiki by appointments. She cam come to your home or sees appointments at Siriusly Canine. Her email is: or call her at 804-502-4618.

Cheers! If chilling on a sunny patio sipping a delicious microbrew is more your style, I have great news for you. There are breweries all over Richmond. They all have great beers, and many have outdoor seating, entertainment, and foodtrucks nearby. Check out Ardent or Hardywood in Scott’s Addition for some prime people watching, or Lickinghole out in Goochland if you’d like some more space to stretch your legs.

Strangeways Brewery has a the Bow Wow Meow Luau on April 29 benefitting Richmond Animal Care and Control Foundation.

RVA Dog Blog has a list of more dog friendly breweries here:

If wine is more your style, they also have a list of dog friendly wineries in the Richmond, VA area:


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