76°Mostly Cloudy

by Ethan Rothstein — August 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm 748 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Romeo, a 10-year-old Havanese who is “a true gentleman,” except to Capulets.

Here’s what Romeo’s owner, Amy had to say about her star-crossed critter:

Romeo, a 10-year-old Havanese, has lived with his family in Arlington since he was just a puppy. His name was chosen by one of his owners, who was studying “Romeo and Juliet” in her high school English class at the time.

Romeo is a fun-loving dog who is well-loved by his neighbors (dog and human) and is friendly to all. Romeo is almost always happy, especially when on long walks or chewing the ears off his stuffed animals (once the ears are destroyed, he generally loses interest in the toy). The only times you’ll catch Romeo distressed are during thunderstorms, when he usually takes refuge under a bed or chair, and after his summer trim, when he feels embarrassed of his shorter cut. He sulks around for an hour or so before he remembers that we love him regardless.

Overall, Romeo is quite the family man and a true gentleman. When there was a new addition to the family, Romeo often brought the baby his toys and left them as an offering at her crib. He also regularly brings his food to the foot of the table and eats with the family. We couldn’t ask for a better pup.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — August 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm 688 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Duke, an unfortunately named retriever mix, considering his owner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.

Here’s what Tar Heel Chris had to say about his pooch:

I am submitting the following bio for our dog “Duke” to be considered for Pet of the Week. He is a 3-year-old retriever/Aussie mix. He is a shelter dog from Lucky Dog Animal rescue that I adopted for my wife for our wedding day. His name was a slight issue given that I am a UNC grad but I try to refer to him as “The Duke.”

He loves the local dog park and hanging out with the staff at Trader Joe’s. Scott Run Park has become one of his favorite places to go swimming. Even though I thought he would be a rough and tough shelter dog, he REALLY loves to spoil himself at Wiley Wag with their treats/toys/dog ice cream.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — August 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm 785 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rockne, also known as “The Rock,” a former show dog who loves to give “man hugs.”

Here’s more from Rockne’s owner, Kelly:

Rockne, aka “The Rock” or “The Beast,” is a retired show dog who is now living the good life in suburban A-town.

He is a purebred Dalmatian who was kicked off the show circuit once he was decidedly not destined to be a grand champion. His show dog struts have been replaced by long frolics through the neighborhood and afternoon naps.

The Rock gets his name from legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. Rockne deeply loves his family and his preferred method of greeting is with the “man hug” (standing on his hind legs and hugging with his front ones).

Rockne has also taken part in the capturing of criminals, such as when he helped take down a neighborhood thief. Some of Rockne’s favorite things include belly rubs, hikes on Teddy Roosevelt Island, and greeting his master after work.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — August 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm 700 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Clementine, a “rag-doll cat” who like to hang at least half of her body off surfaces on which she’s lying.

Here’s what owner Roxanne had to say:

This is Clementine, she is a 3-year-old black and white long-haired kitty. She was brought home from the Shirlington SPCA when she was 3 months old, and it was instant love! We’re not certain what kind of cat she is, but we suspect she may resemble something called a rag-doll cat. She loves to hang her body over any surface possible, and prefers when at least half her body is hanging off.

Her favorite hobbies are curling up on her favorite fluffy blanket, basking in the sunlight on the balcony, chasing bugs, and playing with her laser pointer. She has a very quiet meow, but she is very talkative, and love to be pet and lay in laps. Since her hair is so long, she loves a good brushing, to keep her coat nice and soft!

Clementine loves her home, and is a true Arlingtonian!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — July 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm 1,403 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Blitzen, a Samoyed who likes to chase after bunnies, both real and stuffed.

Here’s what owner Jason had to say about his Siberian dog:

Blitzen is a 3-year old Samoyed who has spent his entire life in Arlington. He is named after one of Santa’s reindeer since Samoyeds are used to herd real reindeer in Siberia. After living in Clarendon as a puppy, Blitzen moved to Lyon Village a year and a half ago, where he enjoys chasing the many bunnies in the neighborhood on his walks.

When he isn’t chasing real bunnies around the neighborhood with his owners in tow, Blitzen likes to run around his yard with his favorite toy — yes, a stuffed bunny. He loves to show it to anybody who walks past his yard and especially likes it when you chase him to try and get the bunny.

While he loved all the snow last winter in Arlington, this summer has been a little hot for him! Luckily, he recently took up swimming in the water at the Clarendon dog park to stay cool. He also loves to cruise around in the car with his head hanging out the window and, if he’s lucky, take in a Nats game every now and again.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — July 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm 739 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week, Gracie, was rescued during the Derecho storm in 2012, lured to her new owners with French fries.

Here’s what one rescuer, Mills, had to say about her feline friend:

I took a chance and bravely walked up to my future mom and dad during the 100+ degree days of Derecho 2012. All she had were French fries and I was glad that she shared that. I was a year-old (according the vet), scrawny, runny-eyed, starving, flea-bitten kitten. Mom rushed me to the vet that same day to get me cleaned up and arranged for my “innards” to be fixed without my permission. That nice vet also had to treat me for allergies that, to this day, I have never been able to shake. But no matter, I have a home, toys, food, love, and bedding that make up for it.

The vet thought I may have some “Russian Blue” blood in me based upon my handsome looks, velvety coat, voracious appetite, and overall personality.

My mom constantly reminds me that, “I need a job.” Personally I think my 4 times a day eating habits are fine. I then remind her that I was once worshipped by kings and pharaohs.

As you can see, I am very active and I provide round-the-clock entertainment and love (for a small price of food and treats, of course). I try to engage my 13-year old brothers, but they are having none of it… which leads me to entertain the parental units or just myself. Little did my parents know the love, comfort, mischief, and humor that I would bring to this household. I thank God and them for rescuing me from the mean streets and harsh temperatures of Derecho.

(P.S. Mom still lets me have a “fry” once in a while.)

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am 606 0

This week’s Arlington Pet(s) of the Week are a trifecta of rescue cats in Azalia, Pluto and Finn, all with different personalities.

Here’s what owner Amy had to say about her team of felines:

These kitties are Azalia (dilute tortie), Pluto (dark gray and white), and Finn (orange tabby). They come from Alabama and North Carolina but have been living in Arlington for between four and six years. They are all rescue kitties with different stories.

Azalia is 7 years old and was her mom’s first kitty. They did everything together, but when they moved to Arlington, this boy starting horning in on their time together. After giving him the stink eye for a few months, Azalia decided he was OK and he’s now her human dad. She likes to play with crinkle balls, lay in the sun in her tower, chatter at birds, and be brushed.

Pluto is 5 years old and was raised in a dorm room in North Carolina until she came to live with her mom and Azalia. She took to her (future) human dad right away, and was so fond of her people that she insisted on waking everyone up at 4 a.m. all summer while dad studied for the bar. She is a sassy lady and wears her girth well. She loves to be petted, to help mom work on the computer, to go nuts for catnip, and to take naps with Azalia on the dining room table.

Finn was also raised in North Carolina until he came to live in Arlington. His mom had always wanted an orange tabby, and she got a handful in Finn. He revels in being a little devil with a huge personality. When he’s not wrestling Pluto or climbing everything in sight, he loves to snuggle and spends his nights in bed between mom and dad. He loves his dad and they do all sorts of acrobatics together like cat-fro, cattering ram, cattling gun, and cat bicep curls.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — July 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm 1,142 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Pip, a Frisbee-obsessed rescue dog that can make you “feel like a complete jerk” if you don’t play with him.

Here’s what Pip’s owner, Camille, had to say about him:

Pip was adopted from the Washington D.C. Humane Society in the fall of 2012. He was found as a puppy running around a parking lot in Anacostia. We are not totally sure what breed he is but we think he is a Husky/Collie mix. Once he made himself at home in Arlington, he discovered his real passion: Frisbee.

Pip can be found with four to five Frisbees in his mouth at all times and will often drop them on your face in the morning ready to play. His favorite move is to creep up behind you while you are watching TV or cooking dinner, drop the Frisbees on the floor next to you then dash out the doggy door forcing you to either throw him the Frisbees or feel like a complete jerk.

Pip loves to hike and swim at Roosevelt Island. Unlike most dogs, he enjoys riding in the car and will often try to sneak out the door after you just to ride along. When Pip was a puppy, he somehow managed to chew up a large L.L. Bean braided rug while still in his crate. Pip is extremely loving and happy but will never be able to understand the deep hatred our cats feel toward him.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by Ethan Rothstein — July 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm 808 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Kona, who likes to give her owners a prompt, 5:00 a.m. wakeup call with a headbutt.

Here’s what owner Megan had to say about her cat:

My name is Kona, and I am a lovely 2-year-old tortoiseshell domestic short-hair cat. On a Saturday morning three months ago, I woke up as I had for at least two months before: in a cage in a PetSmart. The animal rescue that had saved me treated me so well, but it was not the same as being in a forever home. But, a nice lady and man who had seen me on the Internet saw how beautiful I was and how much promise I had, and they brought me to my new home in Arlington.

I was allowed to bring my favorite toy, Mousie, who I like to flip in the air and bat around with my feet. And, the nice people bought me a bunch of other toys, which I enjoy playing with at about 3:00 in the morning. It’s a good warm-up for 5:00 in the morning, when I like to head butt my new owners to get up and start the day with me.

I’m a talkative girl, and I meow most of the time when I am spoken to by my humans. I am also a kitty who appreciates the simple things in life: nothing makes me happier than sitting in a fresh cardboard box. I am a “binge watcher” of what my people call “my television,” a window with a panoramic view of a birdbath. Arlington is a breathtaking and peaceful place for me, and I look forward to making it my home for a very long time.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm 696 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is a two-year-old black lab/Shar-Pei “super athlete-dog” known as The Badger.

Here’s what owner Brent had to say about his ominously named dog:

This 2-year-old Lab/Shar-pei mix is an absolute calm, collected, easy going dog while hanging around the house — however, the moment he sets foot in a dog park, basketball court, soccer field or random yard, he becomes a super athlete-dog.

The Badger is known for amazing retrieval abilities (tennis balls, soccer balls, even bocce balls) and can accomplish some pretty absurd jumps in order to intercept a baseball/tennis ball from anyone trying to play catch. His speed and agility were a complete surprise and only discovered while his owner was playing Frisbee with a friend. The Badger easily jumped up 4 feet and snatched the Frisbee with ease (and then destroyed it).

The Badger will collect any sort of balls from around the house/yard/street and store them in his crate at night – and then select one ball to wake his owner up every morning. One can take various balls from his crate and hide them around the house. The Badger will spend hours trying to find them and usually gets them all back in his crate by day’s end.

Don’t ever think about taking his balls from him while they are within his mighty strong jaws. A game of tug-a-war will end in disaster for the person taking on The Badger. While The Badger knows commands (drop, sit, down, shake hands), all bets are off if he happens to spot a rascally rabbit in the neighborhood.  Off he goes to track it down. Luckily for the rabbit, he can’t quite keep up.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — June 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm 676 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Samantha, a 10-year-old corgi mix that greets her owners with a “jig” when they return from work.

Here’s what Samantha’s owner, Stephanie, said about her dancing dog:

Why should Samantha be Arlington’s pet of the week? Because she dances a jig on the edge of the front porch when my husband or I come home from work!

Samantha, a 10-year old, 24-pound corgi mix with a characteristic corgi long body, taps her stubby front legs from side-to-side as her hind quarters and cascading tail sashay in the opposite direction. Once she is petted she’ll whip around and hurtle herself through the open front door and back into the house.

Samantha is most definitely a people dog and the “greeter dance” makes our day! Although her excitement is barely contained, once inside she’ll sit at your feet and gaze up at you with kohl-rimmed eyes and several wayward eyebrow hairs asking for more petting or any other attention. Yes, Samantha is a sweet dog with a dose of — mostly adorable — neediness.

In addition to the “greeter dance,” Samantha’s favorite daily activities include, in her order of preference, snuffling for chicken bones and the occasional soggy pizza crust, among other “tasty” snacks left on the sidewalks of Washington Blvd; barking at the mailman, UPS man, and any other man or beast who dares to walk in front of the house or up the front porch steps; patrolling the fenced perimeter of our backyard for evidence of squatting rabbits; and then settling  herself queen-like into the elbow of our living room sectional to surveil her realm.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — June 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm 939 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Paisley, a kitten whose favorite place to sleep is on her owner’s shoulder.

Here’s what new pet owner Shea had to say:

Hi, my name is Paisley and I just moved into my new home in Arlington less than a month ago. My mom adopted me within five minutes of being at PetSmart after coming from Last Chance Animal Rescue. I guess it must have been love at first sight and meant to be.

I love that it’s just us two girls. I basically get all her attention all the time. I often sit on her feet while she cooks or does the dishes. Actually, I just love being in the kitchen in general. That rug is just so comfy! Sometimes I get a little confused about breakfast, lunch, and dinner though. Food is totally more fun to play with than eat. I’m also having a little trouble with this whole “litter box” thing but I’m pretty confident I’ll get it soon.

I must be the most popular pet on the block. I always have visitors, which I like because I get to attack their shoes. I forgot to mention my ABSOLUTE favorite spot to curl up and sleep is on my mom’s shoulder while she watches TV. Sometimes her kisses wake me up but believe me, I don’t mind.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — June 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm 1,391 0

This week’s Arlington Pet(s) of the Week are Rex and Mac, two English bulldogs whose snorts can be heard all over Clarendon and Courthouse.

Here’s what owner Lindsey had to say about her short-snouted friends:

If you live anywhere near the Clarendon/Courthouse area you’ve probably seen (and heard) Rex and Mac strutting their stuff through town. That is, if the temperature is just right. If not, the strut becomes more like a crawl for Rex, and Mac has to help pull his brother along. You can’t miss the chorus of bulldog snorts as they approach from behind. They love to say hi, but don’t stop us if we have some momentum going or we may never get moving again. They can also be seen sunning themselves at our front door, barking a greeting to anyone passing by and protecting their 11-month-old human brother.

Rex just turned 6 and has been with us since he was 8 weeks old! He’s our first born baby and a sweet, laid back type of guy. He’s 65 pounds of pure wrinkly love! His tongue looks like it belongs to a bear and loves to give sloppy, drooly, bad breath kisses. He will sit there all day and just let you scratch his butt or behind his ears. Rex’s favorite pastimes include waiting at the freezer to be hand fed ice cubes and standing with two feet in the shower and two feet out while he drinks from the jets. He’s truly a special dog!

Mac is 2 years old and is a 60-pound, brindle ball of energy! If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was part boxer because he loves to run, jump and play. Aren’t all bulldogs supposed to be lazy 24 hours a day? Not Mac! He’s definitely got his lazy side though and can be found fast asleep on his back with all four legs up in the air snoring like an old man. Mac loves to cuddle and fall asleep with his head in your lap. He makes an excellent lap dog… all 60 pounds of him!

Rex wasn’t too sure of Mac when we first introduced them, but they are now the best of friends. Mac is such a good younger brother that he endlessly licks Rex’s ear just to make sure he’s nice and clean. The TV has to be on high volume when these two are playing tug of war, and the sounds effects are priceless. Although we have to sleep with ear plugs, sound machines, and fans in order to drown out the bully snoring, I can’t imagine ever living without these two amazing pups!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — May 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm 1,021 0

This week’s pet of the week is Rex, a rescue puppy who’s “always game” for a nap.

Here’s what owner Jen had to say about her new companion:

Meet Rex! He is a 5-month-old Boston Terrier and Corgi mix that was adopted from Day Before the Rainbow Rescue in South Carolina. Most people that meet him think that he is the sweetest pup around — always greeting everyone with a tail wag that shakes his entire body!

He absolutely loves going outside and will sometimes refuse to come back inside when his walks are finished. Instead, he likes to roll around in the grass in front of my apartment or pick up a stick and walk around with it until I let him take it inside with him. He also loves the car and always wants to go for a ride!

Rex is also a great sleeper and cuddler because he fits right under my arm and is happy to stay there all night. He’s always game for mid-day naps as well. From the day that I got him at 3 months old, he has always slept through the night without problems. This is every puppy owner’s dream!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by ARLnow.com — May 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm 618 0

This week’s Pet of the Week is Abby, a lab/whippet mix who isn’t allowed by the ocean because her owner is afraid she’ll try to swim to the other side.

Here’s what Abby’s owner, Kellie, had to say about her aquatically-inclined animal:

Abby is a 3 year-old lab/whippet mix, meaning she is very playful and very fast! She is unaware that she is no longer a puppy and likes to greet everyone she meets on walks, both human and canine. She is incredibly sweet, giving lots of kisses and curling up on your lap, as much as her nearly 50-pound body can.

Her ideal day involves running around outside, either chasing after a ball or simply running in circles. When it’s warm out, there’s nothing more that she loves than a good swim. In fact she has been known to jump into a small lake or stream and swim straight to the other side, preventing us from ever taking her to a large body of water for fear she won’t turn around!

Abby came to us at 10 weeks old from Lost Dog. We spotted her immediately, curled up and sleeping on her older brother Buddha (who we are still in touch with). From an early age she has hated car rides, though she is always excited about what exciting place she’ll be going. As part of her puppy training we got her to stop barking so she decided the best way to express herself was through loud yawns. They are very distinctive depending on whether she is looking for attention, is hungry, or is simply annoyed at you. They are completely silent when she is actually tired, so we’re on to her.

Her new best friend is our 7 month-old daughter, whom she isn’t quite sure what to do with. At first when our daughter would cry, Abby would come running in to make sure she was all right and that were on top of our game as parents. Now she’s grown a bit immune to the crying but she will still saunter if it doesn’t stop right away. Abby is very patient as our little girl learns what a dog is and spends her time grabbing Abby’s fur, ears, paws, nose… poor Abby looks at us to make sure we know how good she is being but doesn’t react. She is rewarded with treats and sometimes gets to sneak in a lick on a baby hand or foot. This smart girl knows which toys are the baby’s, though, and will not step on her playmat or even sniff the squeaky toys that are left on the floor!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email office@arlnow.com with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $25 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia — “Quality Service from a Trusted Friend.”

×

Subscribe to our mailing list