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February 2008 Contents – Ultimate Guide to Pets

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February 2008 Cover
Volume 43, Number 5

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ultimate guide to pets

How to care for your dog or cat: Here are 250 top veterinarians, alternative-medicine experts, kennels, dog walkers, groomers, and more.


Tough Guy Jim Webb

After a year in the Senate, the maverick former Marine has turned out to be more of a savvy operator than expected. By Paul West

Foreign Affairs

Our nearly 200 embassies pump up the local economy and add lots of flavor to the city. China will soon open a big one. By Larry Van Dyne

Discovering Degas

Taking knives, brushes, and paints boldly in hand to restore a masterpiece. By Harry Jaffe

29 Great Small Towns

Pretty country spots, cool mountain retreats, waterfront treasures, lively college towns, and low-cost places on the rise.

Capital Comment

When pols fall in love . . . The superlawyer who’s a softy . . . Match the earmark to the lawmaker . . . Where the good gossip is.
Profile The coming years may look very different to today’s kids. Here are changes they could see.

Real Life She was hailed as one of our best young playwrights. Then her career hit a bump.benefits Good times for good causes.

Where & When

“Degas to Diebenkorn” at the Phillips . . . Hip-hop at Dance Place, flamenco at Lisner . . . Japan festival at the KenCen . . . Coen brothers at AFI.


dining out Nicaro bids to bring personal cooking to chain-heavy Silver Spring. Plus—Spezie in DC, a hotel restaurant in Arlington, a Peruvian cafe in Adams bites Glamour sushi in Rockville . . . Hot chocolate . . . Bargain Valentine’s treats . . . Cozy French and hole-in-the-wall finds.match game Wine and chocolate were made for
Valentine’s Day—but not necessarily for each other. Here’s how to pair
two of life’s sweetest pleasures.
say cheese More people are enjoying cheese—at home and in restaurants. Here’s where to find the best cheeses available in Washington.


style Custom bras, panties with no lines, and other hot lingerie. travel Escape winter’s chill at one of these five inns. Each offers romantic rooms with fireplaces.camps Whether kids are bound for stardom or are new to sports, one of the area’s camps may be their ticket to fun. favorite day spas Feeling stressed? Here’s a guide to quick fixes, facials and massages, painless waxing, spas that come to you, and the most expensive treatments in town.


safeway modern A young couple updates a gem that once shared a look with grocery-store designs from the 1950s.spaces Making an apartment bright and fun.real estate With the market cooling, vacation-home buyers may find sellers eager to deal.Luxury Homes Redskin Mark Brunell buys for $3.7 million in Great Falls. DC schools chief Michelle Rhee and former Treasury head John Snow make deals.

First Person The next cab driver you meet could be like my dad—a man who came to America with dreams and whose family is proud of him.