Dogs, Cats & Mats Gather in Rose Park for Doga

Photo by RJSmith
Dogs and their yoga exercisers at "Doga in the Park" at Rose Park in Georgetown
Dogs and their yoga exercisers at "Doga in the Park" at Rose Park in Georgetown

What do you get when you cross people, dogs and yoga? "Doga!" 

Saturday morning's warm weather was just right for the down dogs, up dogs, eagles and twisting triangles balancing and turning upside down at Rose Park at 27th & P Streets.  It was the sixth-annual "Doga in the Park," a combination of free yoga session for people and their best canine friends and the Washington Humane Society adoption van with several endearing cats and dogs looking for new homes.

Yoga star and studio founder Kimberly Wilson, doga leader from Tranquil Space, and Peter Larson of the Washington Humane Society

Kimberly Wilson from the Tranquil Space yoga studio led the puppy parents and friends through a complimentary all-level yoga practice. They went through their exercises on the grass just off P Street near the ramp to Rock Creek Parkway.  The dogs and humans arched and folded amid a seas of strolling couples, joggers running, pedestrians walking and bicyclists biking.

Bethany Meissner, a Humane Society volunteer, with Daffie who's waiting for a home.

Nearby on P Street, the large Humane Society van was open for business, the business of adoption of homeless dogs and cats and to fund-raise with a $10 donation from doga participants. 

As explained by Peter Wilson of the Humane Society, potential adopters fills out a form, visit the shelter, are interviewed by Society staff and pay several fees. The dogs were on view outside with colorful “adopt me” vests; the cats inside in air conditioned comfort.

Christian, with Preeza Shresfha, and Diamond, with Laura Sutton, await adoption.

As we left, after our short visit, the chocolate doggie-food cake looked awfully good.

Meisha Goodhue and pug Joey, wait for the doga to start.

Jennifer Triassi, with pal Joey, a Shih Tzu, on her doga mat