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Local non-profit organization seeks to end intergenerational incarceration

Friends and Family of Incarcerated People (FFOIP) is a local non-profit organization that seeks to end intergenerational incarceration. Through social, cultural, and youth development activities, FFOIP assists DC's at-risk youth and families in maintaining relationships with loved ones who are incarcerated. FFOIP does this in a number of ways, including trips to visit loved ones, [...]


Dog Walking as One – Metro Weekly interviews Whit McLure

The Brighter Days dog-walking collective marries good service with progressive ideals Read Whit's Interview with Metro Weekly, the largest and longest-running LGBT publication in DC!   "...Daily human or canine social contact is a necessity for dogs, and that interaction becomes much less stressful for them when constantly accompanied by a familiar, friendly face. The good people [...]


Brighter Days Turns 5!

This summer, the Brighter Days dog walking collective turned five! In June, we celebrated by throwing a birthday party to celebrate our dogs, their owners, and five years of collectively-owned business. Here are some glamour shots from the party: Theo is ready for his close up. …while Preston’s working hard! Naturally, Windsor shows [...]


Brighter Days supports We Are Family (and so should you!)

We Are Family is a service and advocacy organization that offers support to needy senior citizens in the Columbia Heights, Petworth, Adams Morgan, Shaw, and North Capitol St. neighborhoods. We are proud to support them in the run-up to their annual fundraiser, which will be on Saturday, May 21st at St. Stephen's church in Columbia [...]


Two Collectives Working Towards Justic

One of my favorite things about being a co-owner in a non-hierarchal, collectively run business is the ability to support the community that we come from. We do this through donations of money or our services whenever we can. Recently we donated some money to help the DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) with a project they [...]


One holiday I can get behind

WHAT IS EMANCIPATION DAY? by staff writer/ dog walker extraordinaire Abigail DeRoberts One of the many boons of living in DC is the opportunity to celebrate every federal holiday--without working.  This includes obscure holidays, presidents' birthdays, and, everyone's favorite, Emancipation Day.  This year, Emancipation Day was celebrated around the country not to honor Lincoln's emancipation [...]


DC loves Brighter Days

Brighter Days Collective loves the District of Columbia and the District loves us back! The local blog, Prince of Petworth, featured recent articles asking the PoP to recommend dog walkers and dog sitters. Brighter Days came up in the conversation multiple times. Thank you to all the PoP readers who had nice things to say [...]


Desert Dogs Come to the District

On March 24th, 2010, the only animal shelter in Kuwait suffered a tragic electrical fire and could no longer house the 60 some dogs that lived there.  Forty of the dogs found homes in Kuwait and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) agreed to take in the remainder and find them good homes.  To hear [...]


Adams Morgan– Bring us your dogs!

We have been getting so many requests from the 18th St area, that we had to hire an additional walker-- just for you! I don't know what else to say except that we are very thankful for all the love and to keep it comin' cause we are ready for you now!  And thanks for [...]


Hooray for the gay!

Wow, I can't believe it really happened. Mayor fenty signed same sex marriage into law.  Today. Just now. !!! Excuse me if this post sounds like its written by a tween, but I am brimming with child-like glee. Also, overcoming my fear of writing (!) to mark this auspicious occaison. It's not only a victory [...]