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by Borderstan Sponsor December 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

The residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, Cleveland Park, is bounded by Rock Creek Park to the east, Wisconsin Avenue to the west, Klingle Road to the south and Rodman Street to the north. The two main commercial corridors in the neighborhood are Connecticut Wisconsin avenues.

The neighborhood was named Cleveland Park in 1886 when President Grover Cleveland bought a farmhouse that was used as a summer estate, which he named Oak View. The higher elevation of Cleveland Park provided cooler temperatures from the hot summers in downtown Washington. Many of the original houses in the area were originally built as summer homes — many built with large porches and expansive windows. The creation of the streetcar along Wisconsin Avenue spurred the commercial development to serve the nearby residents.

Numerous associations serve the residents of Cleveland Park including the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, Cleveland Park Historical Society and Cleveland Park Club.

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by Borderstan Sponsor December 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

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This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

Brookland is sometimes referred to as “Little Rome” for the many religious institutions nearby.

This residential neighborhood is centered along 12th Street NE. Technically, it’s bordered by 9th Street the west, Rhode Island Avenue to the south, and South Dakota Avenue to the east.

The name comes from Colonel Jehiel Brooks, who married Ann Margaret Queen, the daughter of the owner of the 150-acre estate where the neighborhood sits today.

The area remained farmland for much of the 19th century. Then, after the civil war, the population of Washington grew and so did people looking for land out in the country. Homes were eventually marketed as providing a “small town atmosphere”. The introduction and expansion of D.C. streetcar helped shape this middle-class suburb of Washington.

Over the last decade, Brookland has continued to evolve with redevelopment, new housing options, retail and restaurants. Most notably, Monroe Street Market was developed by Abdo Development in 2010. It was finished in 2014 and is a mixed-use development with retail, housing, and restaurants.

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by Borderstan Sponsor November 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

The residential neighborhood of Southwest Washington (the smallest quadrant in the District) has an interesting past and is currently undergoing a major revitalization. The neighborhood is bounded by 395 to the north, the Washington Channel to the west, the Anacostia River to the south, and the South Capitol Street to the east. 

The Southwest Waterfront was part of Pierre L’Enfant original master plan for DC and includes historical sites such as Fort McNair that was established in 1791. After the civil war, the area became home of poorer residents with a mix of eastern European immigrants and freed slaves. The commercial area was located at the waterfront and became a thriving waterfront with stores and shops – although most of the neighborhood was tenement housing.

The 1950s brought the controversial “urban renewal” which permitted the city to essentially start from scratch with a new master plan – only a few buildings remained after urban renewal. Most notably, the fish market, Wheat Row, Thomas Law House, and the St Dominic’s Catholic Church.

Today, the Southwest Waterfront is comprised of many large condominiums, cooperatives, and apartment buildings — many include both townhouses and apartment buildings. Many of the existing properties are from the modernist period of the 1950s and 1960s. Since the early 2000s, the Southwest Waterfront has begun gentrifying with major renovations at many of the large apartment and condominium communities.

The waterfront itself is undergoing a multi-billion dollar revitalization with the new Wharf Development by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette. The mixed-use project will include office, residential , hotels, entertainment, and outdoor public spaces.

The learn more about the neighborhood and its history, visit a neighborhood blog: “Southwest… The Little Quadrant That Could.”

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by Borderstan Sponsor October 20, 2016 at 7:00 am 0

2015-ovarian-cycle-ride-vida-fitnessWe are stoked to be bringing the folks from Ovarian Cycle D.C. back to the Yards for another cycle fundraising extravaganza.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1-5 p.m. (we’ve added an extra hour this year!) and all proceeds will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

Registration is $50 and guarantees you a bike in the hour-long time slot of your choice. The Ovarian cancer survivors ride for free by using the discount code “SURVIVOR” at checkout.

Registration info can be found here.

Each participant will receive a personalized fundraising page upon registration that can be used to raise as much money as possible leading up to the ride. There are some pretty fantastic incentives for reaching certain fundraising levels — check them out at the link above.

Many of our loved ones affected by Ovarian Cancer. So, we are asking everyone who has been affected by this disease to sign up at ovariancycledc.org and then share your “Why I Ride” stories with our community.

Anyone who sends a “Why I Ride” story and a picture of the person who inspires you to join us to Robyn at [email protected] by Friday, October 21 will be entered into a raffle to win one of three fabulous gift cards from our amazing, amazing sponsors: Nando’s PERi-PERi , home of the legendary, Portuguese flame-grilled Peri-Peri; Agua 301 Restaurant, with its modern Mexican cuisine (and fabulous drinks!); or Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza which has been voted “Best Slice in D.C.” by Washington City Paper (and you’ll see why when you have the first bite!)

RSVP to our Facebook event page for up-to-date announcements and info as the ride gets closer. We can’t wait to see you on a bike in November!

The preceding post was written and sponsored by VIDA Fitness.

by Borderstan Sponsor October 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

Mount Pleasant, the residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, is bordered by Rock Creek Park to the north and west, Harvard Street to the south, and 16th Street the east.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, photo via Wikimedia CommonsOriginally part of the Pleasant Plains neighborhood of D.C., Mount Pleasant Village (as it was called) came about during the Civil War when Samuel P. Brown bought approximately 73 acres of land. Although part of the District, it was considered very rural. The designed street grid of Mt. Pleasant is different than other parts of the District.

The majority of houses and apartment houses in Mount Pleasant were built between 1900-1925. Accordingly, the Mount Pleasant Library was built in 1925 with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Mount Pleasant was marketed to middle to upper class people and was the home of such celebrities as Helen Hayes, Walter Johnson, and Robert LaFollette. In the 1960s, the neighborhood underwent transition with an influx of Central American immigrants. Many of the new residents opened businesses that catered to Hispanics with a thriving commercial corridor.

Today, Mount Pleasant is a active vibrant neighborhood with diverse cultures and a true sense of community. You can learn more about the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood and the community by clicking here.

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by Borderstan Sponsor September 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

I remember the first time I saw a D.C. flag tattoo. I was working out at Results (now Vida) on U Street, and there was a guy with it tattooed on his calf. This was probably in about 1999, and I thought it was the coolest thing. I had never seen something like that before.

Flash forward to 2016 and the D.C. flag tattoo is everywhere. It seems like every other 20 to 30 something has one. There are even variants of it. The variants usually involve changing the three stars to other symbols. I’ve seen the stars replaced by maple leaves, marijuana leaves, dachshunds, plain circles and more.

I was wondering recently what this means for the future of real estate in D.C.

People like repeating myths about D.C., like that it was built on a swamp (maybe a few areas around the Mall/Foggy Bottom were, but not much else) and that D.C. is a transient city (ignoring the fact that D.C. is more than just NW).

Does the fact that so many young professionals have taken the step to have the flag of the city they live in tattooed on their bodies bode well for the long term growth of D.C. and the real estate market overall? Are they more likely to stay in D.C., and eventually buy real estate and settle here long-term? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

This time of year, people invariably ask if the election means a busy time for me. Their thinking is that because there are new Congress people and senators, along with their staffs, that there’s a big bump in sales.

Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a correlation between the general election and increased volume in D.C. There are only 100 senators, and only a third are up for election per cycle. More representatives are up for election but the combined number of senators and Congress people is relatively low.

I haven’t read any figures on this topic, but most members of the House of Representatives likely don’t buy in D.C., since they are up for reelection every two years. They have families and a house in their home district already, and D.C. is expensive. Senators are here for longer, but there are relatively few of them.

The Republican senators likely live in places like McLean and other Virginia suburbs. Democratic senators are more likely to live in D.C., but again, there aren’t very many senators. Their staffs will probably find it hard to afford D.C. on a congressional salary.

Thoughts?

Pet of the Week: Miles

by Borderstan.com September 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Miles, a loving, older dog who sports a gray beard. Here’s a little bit about him from his owner, Cathy:

Miles was adopted from City Dogs Rescue in November 2014. Mostly miniature schnauzer with some Pekingese and Australian cattle dog thrown in, Miles is 100 percent sweet.

He loves long walks in the morning to chase the squirrels in Lafayette Square or to visit his friend Fala at the FDR Memorial. He also loves cuddling on the couch, homemade treats and playing fetch with squeaky tennis balls and soft toys. At the end of a long day, Miles loves to visit Logan Circle and say hello to his dog friends.

The only thing Miles doesn’t love is being away from his mother. But with a lot of love, patience and hard work, he now understands that allowing her to go to work means more squeaky tennis balls, treats and soft toys for him!

Miles will be celebrating his 10th birthday this fall and looks forward to sporting an even more distinguished gray beard.

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

Are you looking for dog walking, pet-sitting, basic training, or more advanced training solutions for your furry best friend? Anytime K9 has knowledgeable, well-trained staff willing to go the extra mile for you and your favorite quadruped.

Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

by Borderstan Sponsor September 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

Given the competitive real estate market and possibility of a multiple-offer situation, buyers are encouraged to consider all their options in preparing and presenting the strongest offer possible. Naturally, every real estate transaction is unique but there are five general ways you can put your best foot forward. Of course, your Slate Properties Buyer’s Agent will walk you through these strategies and discuss the pros and cons:

1. Loan Approval: Having your financing as secure as possible is one of the most important strategies. If you have been approved for the loan and simply waiting for title logistics, there is much less risk involved for the seller. Our market experiences a significant number of cash transactions and this is one way you are able to stay in the game.

2. Flexible Settlement Terms: If you are able to be flexible with the settlement date, this might be an advantageous term for the seller — especially if they are in the process of finding their new home. Some buyers offer a “rent-back” to the seller to accommodate their personal situation. Although the contract allows the buyer to select the settlement company, sometimes the seller has a strong preference and it might be worth inquiring.

3. Closing Costs: As with most things in real estate — closing costs are negotiable. Are you willing to pay some or all of the closing costs that the seller is responsible for? You would want to agree upon a “capped” amount so you are not stuck paying more than you anticipated.

4. Minimize Contingencies: After sale price, sellers will find an offer with limited contingencies the most attractive. Common contingencies include: home Inspection, appraisal and financing.

5. Escalation Clause: This tool is used when buyers are very serious about a property and want to prevent being out-bid from the beginning. The escalation clause states that your sale price will increase a certain amount above other offers not to exceed a certain point. The important consideration is that you are comfortable moving forward if the contract price escalates to your maximum.

Take a deep breath and good luck with your offer!

Pet of the Week: Roger

by Borderstan.com September 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Roger, an independent and humble tabby kitten. Here’s a little bit about him from his foster parent, Katie:

Roger is an independent and humble little man, who excels at being a low-key cat. He’s excellent at entertaining himself and isn’t too needy or demanding. He’s curious about what his people are up to, but he’s great at respecting your personal space while investigating. At the same time he is thrilled about a good petsession, and will roll around in cat bliss, occasionally falling off the bed in his excitement. After he’s had his fill he will want to go about his business and regroup.

Roger still needs some help figuring out how to be his best cat self – he often confuses a tower fan with a scratching post, much to the amusement of his foster mom. Roger isn’t a shy dude, but he will thoughtfully assess a person and new room before diving in. Once you’ve been given the green light, he will mosey over and rub against your legs. Roger got along swimmingly with his recent cat sitter, who glowingly called him “an incredibly sweet cat.” We couldn’t agree more!

Those interested in adopting Roger can find more information on his City Dogs Rescue adoption page.

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

Are you looking for dog walking, pet-sitting, basic training, or more advanced training solutions for your furry best friend? Anytime K9 has knowledgeable, well-trained staff willing to go the extra mile for you and your favorite quadruped.

Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

by Borderstan.com August 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Dolly Parton, a 1 1/2-year-old hound mix from Rutherford County, N.C. Here’s a little bit about Ms. Parton from Rural Dogs Rescue:

Dolly is a fantastic puppy friend. Even though she only has three paws, she loves to romp with all her friends. She has lots of energy and spunk. She is VERY strong-willed. When she is done with something (walking, bathing, eating, etc.) she makes sure you know, usually by laying down wherever is most convenient for her. She does get tired pretty quickly, so walks have to be limited. Depending on her energy level, she can go 1-3 blocks without a pretty significant break. She will lay down in the middle of the street/sidewalk when she decides she’s done. She’s a snuggler and wants to be in the same room no matter what you’re doing. She likes to watch out the window and chew on her rope toy. She loves to meet new friends, dog and human alike! She is very interested in the tiny humans she comes in contact with, and will snuggle and play with the regular sized humans all day.

Those interested in adopting Dolly Parton or other pets can find more information on the City Dogs Rescue adoption page.

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

Are you looking for dog walking, pet-sitting, basic training, or more advanced training solutions for your furry best friend? Anytime K9 has knowledgeable, well-trained staff willing to go the extra mile for you and your favorite quadruped.

Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

by Borderstan Sponsor August 23, 2016 at 7:00 am 2 Comments

Cat TaylorWe’d like to congratulate our very first VIDA Registered Dietitian Cat Taylor on completing her Certification as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) this month!

As many of you know, Cat has been with the VIDA family since 2013 and helped hundreds of our members get closer to their fitness and health goals through her personalized nutrition services. This year she decided to take her career to the next level by receiving her CSSD, the only sports nutrition certification program to be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

CSSDs are registered dietitians who provide safe, effective, evidence-based nutrition services for health, fitness, and athletic performance. So basically, what Cat has been doing at VIDA for years!

She explains what made her want to pursue this certification on top of her already busy schedule below:

For me, this credential legitimizes the time I’ve spent working with clients at VIDA, the exposure I’ve had to meal planning for different fitness goals, and now the licensed knowledge and ability to address each client’s goals by fully addressing not only their caloric and macronutrient needs but also hydration and micronutrient requirements which may change related to altitude, hot or cold temperatures, special diets (vegan/vegetarianism), chronic illness, disability, age, gender, training status, and sport type.

Overall, the active population has different requirements when it comes to their energy and macronutrient needs, because they utilize energy and nutrients differently than otherwise less active individuals. For instance, nutrient requirements for weight loss in an active person will look different than that of a sedentary individual. Within the active population, requirements will differ based on a variety of circumstances. The diet plan of an endurance athlete with diabetes will differ from that of a non-diabetic’s plan due to their differing abilities in carbohydrate metabolism. The hydration needs of an 8 year old will differ from those of a 35 year old or a 70 year old due to the difference in number of sweat glands and therefore ability to regulate body temperature.

It’s science! Translated into real-life recommendations, which drive results 🙂

Congrats to Cat for all of her hard work! If you haven’t talked nutrition with her yet, now is the perfect time. Shoot her an email at [email protected] to schedule an assessment.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by VIDA Fitness.

by Borderstan Sponsor August 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

I recently sat down with a well-known D.C.. lender, David Toaff of First Home Mortgage, to talk about programs for home buyers in the District. Here’s what David had to say:

What benefits are there for first time homebuyers in D.C.?

There are several benefits available, such as the D.C. Homestead Tax Deduction, The D.C. Tax Abatement Program and D.C. Open Doors.

The D.C. Homestead Tax Deduction is a monthly property tax break of just over $50.00/month, just for occupying the property. D.C. Tax Abatement relieves low-moderate income borrowers from any property taxes for 5 years, transfer taxes AND has the seller’s transfer tax credited to them at closing. Income/sales price limits apply!

D.C. Open Doors offers down payment assistance in the form of a 0% interest, deferred loan that is fully forgiven after five years. It also allows for reduced mortgage insurance. Income and credit limitations apply. Maximum first mortgage is $417,000.

D.C. Open Doors can actually be used by anyone who doesn’t own other property at the time the loan closes; there’s no requirement to be a first time homebuyer!

Can buyers take advantage of the D.C. Open Doors program with a co-signer?

You absolutely can by using the D.C. Open Doors’ FHA program. A credit score of 640 is required for all applicants. You can also purchase a multi-unit property with the D.C. Open Doors’ FHA product

Are buyers not allowed to sell or refinance for 5 years, if I use D.C. Open Doors?

No. They simply would have to pay back the remaining portion of the second loan that they still owe, if they do so before five years is over.

What’s the minimum downpayment a buyer can do in D.C.?

Assuming a sales price of $429,896 or less, they can do zero down.

Is it worth saving up more money instead of using a down payment assistance program?

If a buyer is looking in an area where property values are appreciating significantly and is capable of buying now, waiting would be a real financial detriment to them. The loss of enjoyment of appreciation would be a shame.

Can buyers still find a somewhat affordable home in D.C.?

Yes. Although many neighborhoods are extremely expensive, a good realtor can help you find some affordable gems.

David Toaff is a local, licensed residential loan officer with First Home Mortgage and lives in Dupont Circle, D.C. He also enjoys real estate investment and investing in the stock and bond markets. He can be reached on his cell at 610-348-3772 or by e-mail at [email protected]

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

 

by Borderstan.com August 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Willie Nelson, a five-year-old hound dog rescued from Rutherford County, N.C. Here’s a little bit about Mr. Nelson from Rural Dogs Rescue:

Willie Nelson is an approximately 5 year old Beagle mix who came into the shelter as a stray. Willie is heart worm positive, but he is being treated in North Carolina. Willie is currently in boarding but we hope to bring him up to D.C. very soon.

Those interested in adopting or fostering Willie Nelson can find more information on the City Dogs Rescue adoption page.

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

Are you looking for dog walking, pet-sitting, basic training, or more advanced training solutions for your furry best friend? Anytime K9 has knowledgeable, well-trained staff willing to go the extra mile for you and your favorite quadruped.

Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

by Borderstan Sponsor August 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

SlateProperties Inside Real Estate

This is a sponsored column written by Kevin J. Wood, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. For more information on buying or selling a property, feel free to contact Kevin at 202-297-9753 or email him.

Real estate agents (and the brokers with whom they are licensed) are usually paid a commission. A commission is a fee, often calculated as a percentage of a home’s sale price, paid to a real estate broker. The broker then divides this fee, sharing it with the real estate agent and cooperating broker/agent (if any) in the transaction. An agent skilled in marketing, negotiating, and in closing the transaction often can make you more money than the fees you pay them.

By law, there is no set commission schedule for real estate transactions. Typically, the agent commission is paid by the seller.

How are buyer’s agents compensated?

It used to be that seller-only agency was “customary” in residential real estate. The real estate commission was thought to be paid by the home’s seller, deducted from the home sale proceeds at the time of closing. Real estate agents and brokers represented the interests of the property’s seller; the buyer was unrepresented in the transaction – and usually not even aware that this was the case!

This “conventional wisdom” changed across most of America, during the 1990s: without buyers, nothing sells. The real estate commission is derived from the proceeds of the home sale, and is really paid by both buyer and seller. Both parties are entitled to an “agency relationship,” and the representation it entails.

With the advent of buyer agency, home buyers are now able to be fully represented by a real estate agent in the purchase of property. In most states, it’s rare that buyers would pay their agent/broker directly for services in finding and purchasing a home. If a broker does charge buyers a direct fee, it should be outlined in an exclusive agency agreement that the buyer signs when engaging the broker.

When a buyer is represented by a real estate agent, she/he comes to terms on which services the buyer-client is seeking, and the manner in which the agent will be compensated for providing those services. In most cases, a fee or commission is still derived from the seller’s proceeds of sale, and shared between the seller’s (listing) and buyer’s (selling) agents and brokers.

Pet of the Week: Rugby

by Borderstan.com August 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Rugby, a cuddly, purring cat who makes a wonderful Netflix companion. Here’s a little bit about him from City Dogs Rescue:

While you might be attracted to Rugby’s trendy buff coloring, his delightfully big ears, and his charming pink nose and paws, he’s the perfect example of beauty being on the inside. He’s the nicest guy around, and loves to cuddle up next to people. If you’re watching TV, Rugby is sure to be next to you on the couch checking out the latest Bachelorette contestants. When he’s not watching TV, he’s displayed an avid interest in staring down the occasional bug that has snuck into the apartment, which is mighty helpful to his humans. Rugby has demonstrated athletic prowess at catching toy mice and is hoping to refine his skills with more practice.

Rugby is a true gentleman and has great manners. He knows his way around a litterbox, doesn’t knock over all of your belongings, and excels at not biting or scratching. Rugby purrs easily and might even suckle if he’s really feeling especially blissful. Adopt Rugby and you will have a big-earred purring machine of your own!

To help Rugby or other pets from City Dogs Rescue, visit the organization’s website

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

Are you looking for dog walking, pet-sitting, basic training, or more advanced training solutions for your furry best friend? Anytime K9 has knowledgeable, well-trained staff willing to go the extra mile for you and your favorite quadruped.

Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

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