Wednesday, November 11 Ingrid King, a former veterinary-hospital manager turned author, will speak about animals as teachers at the Humane Society of Loudoun County (1 Harrison St., SE, Leesburg; 703-777-2912) at 7. The author will also sign and sell books. All proceeds go to the Humane Society. For another book signing with King, see Sunday’s events.
Saturday, November 14 Who says you’re the only one who had a long week? Chasing your tail gets exhausting, too. Wind down at Chateau-Animaux’s (524 Eighth St., SE) Yappy Hour with fresh-baked Zanadoo biscuits for Fido and complimentary wine and cheese for two-legged guests. The evening will feature a free seminar, “Dealing With Down Times: Coping Skills for Dealing With Health Challenges, Healing, and Loss,” at 7. There’ll also be a Washington Humane Society adoption van from 5:30 to 8.
For more pet-themed education, Seneca Hill Animal Hospital Resort & Spa (11415 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls; 703-450-6760) and PetTech will host a four-hour first-aid course that will include topics such as restraining and muzzling; canine and feline CPR; assessing the pet’s vitals, fractures, and limb injuries; and shock and bleeding management. The class is $85, and the program runs from noon to 4.
Wylie Wagg pet boutique will host three adoption events: There’ll be Great Pyrenees at its Middleburg location (5-B E. Washington St.; 540-687-8727) from noon to 4; Greyhounds at its Tysons store (7505 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 120-A, Falls Church; 703-748-0022) from 11 to 2; and an event with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA at its Fairfax location (11889 Grand Commons Ave.; 703-830-5454) from noon to 4.
Sunday, November 15 Feline fans can head to Chateau-Animaux (524 Eighth St., SE; 800-354-8710) for a cat-adoption event with Capital Cats. Noon to 3.
There’s still hope for problematic puppies. Animal behaviorist Karen Overall will lead a daylong seminar, “Pharmacological Treatment for Troubled Canines,” exploring the latest developments in medicine for dealing with aggression, anxiety, fear, panic, and obsessive-compulsive disorders in dogs. The event starts at 10 and costs $95 or $107, including lunch. Register here.
Take a walk in the “cruelty-free” shoes of animal-rights activist and PETA president Ingrid Newkirk at Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets, Northwest. A free screening of the HBO documentary I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA will be accompanied by happy-hour specials such as $2 off draft beers, $5 featured wines, and $6 margaritas.
Cat lover Ingrid King will discuss and sign her newest book, Buckley’s Story: Lessons From a Feline Master Teacher, at Wylie Wagg’s Middleburg location (5-B E. Washington St.; 540-687-8727) from 1 to 3.