Paisley the Puggle’s Day at the Gym

You’ve probably noticed from your strolls down King Street and walks along the waterfront that Alexandria is a very dog-friendly place. Many Alexandrians do not merely own dogs but build their social lives around them, taking them along while they shop or dine—Old Town offers an abundance of dog-friendly patios—and treating them as friends and family members.


As the proud owner of a sweet and hilarious puggle (who thinks she is a human…we haven’t broken the news to her yet that she is, in fact, a dog) I, too, am constantly looking for dog-centric locations and activities, especially ones that keep Paisley busy while I’m at the office or with clients. That’s why I was thrilled to find Frolick Dogs Canine Sports Club two years ago and have been taking her there twice a week ever since!


If you’re a dog lover, Frolick is a little piece of heaven nestled in a convenient warehouse location right off of Duke Street, diagonal from Rockland’s BBQ. The 4,800-square-foot exercise facility for dogs welcomes all breeds of all sizes to come and enjoy engaged activity tailored to each dog’s individual needs. This engaged activity includes exercises that are designed to stimulate dogs both physically and mentally using the dog equivalent of what you might find at a gym: DogTread treadmills, agility hurdles, and balance equipment like stability balls and wobble boards to help with canine core muscles.


The equipment at Frolick is some of the same equipment used for rehab at veterinary surgical centers, so it is the real deal and has huge benefits for your dog’s health and wellness. Think of it not as a dog park equivalent, where you can sip a latte while your dog plays, but a place where you’re actually going to be interacting with your dog as he or she gets a great workout.


Owners Kevin and Kim Gilliam first dreamed up Frolick as a “what’s next” after obedience training, when owners are looking for ways to continue to bond with their dogs in a safe and structured environment. Kevin, who previously worked as an obedience trainer at the Olde Town School for Dogs, wanted a place to go with Cinco, a Portuguese Water Dog, former show dog, and beloved member of Kevin and Kim’s family. Kevin (the dog guy) and Kim (the business person) talked to clients, vets, and trainers to confirm the usefulness of such a place; found a space where pick-up and drop-off would be convenient; and, with EagleBank’s financial backing, made it happen.


Since then, Frolick has taken off. It has been featured locally in The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Alexandria newspapers; nationally on the Today Show and NBC Nightly News; and even internationally on BBC World News! It has regular clients, some of whom have been coming for more than two years; offers day boarding (with a wait list of 80 dogs), day passes, agility classes, self-grooming stations, and wellness seminars; and is home to frequent canine birthday parties (!!). It helps dogs lose weight when diet alone doesn’t seem to do the trick; improves dogs’ physical and mental wellbeing (including rescue dogs’); and benefits older dogs by keeping them active and agile.

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So what’s next for Frolick? Kevin and Kim are working to implement a four-week scent detection class on Saturdays in October. They’re also looking to open a second location in order to cut their wait list and welcome more dogs! For more information, visit or email

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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

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