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by ARLnow.com — July 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm 773 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Tater K. Tot, a one and a half year-old Pomeranian who loves to play in the snow and has his own Instagram feed.

Here’s what Tater Tot had to say about himself:

Hi! My name is Tater K. Tot and I am a 1.5 year old Pomeranian. My owners thought I looked like a Tater Tot, and I can’t disagree! I love chewing on bones, cuddling and playing in the snow!

Whenever I go on walks or go to the dog park, I often get confused with being a cat, but don’t be fooled I have one ferocious squeaky bark! I can hold my own with all the big dogs and make friends very easily.

At home, I prefer to cuddle with my owners (I’m always the little spoon of course). I’m also fantastic at posing for pictures, I mean who couldn’t love this face! I’m hoping to one day become as popular with the lady-dogs as Ryan Gosling. I think I have his pose down by now! My Instagram account @taterktot is almost as popular as his!

Thanks for considering me as Arlington’s Pet of the Week!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 Sponsor — June 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm 629 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Simon, aka Bushnamumu, a tabby cat whose greatest skill is “being super duper cute.”

Here’s what Simon had to say about himself, as relayed by owner Alicia:

Hello, my name is Simon but I prefer to go by Bushnamumu (my owners call me that). I am a shorthair tabby cat with white fur and little stripes on my head! I love to play with my laser pointer and my various toys. But, my favorite activity is being super duper cute.

I was adopted fairly recently. When I was adopted from the shelter I was so small and underfed. It was so tragic. My life at the shelter was not ideal. But then one day i found my family. They took care of me and still do. They fed me and gave me love so slowly but surely I gained some weight and learned how to play! I even started to meow.

I prefer being indoors but lately I have taken the time to explore outside. I am a friendly and lovely cat! Thank you so much for considering me for Arlington’s Pet of the Week.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 Heather Mongilio — June 17, 2015 at 11:15 am 1,003 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Dog, a two-year-old male miniature poodle who likes to hike and jog.

Here is what Dog’s owner said about his pooch’s adventures:

This is Dog. Almost a year ago through Lucky Dog Animal Rescue I picked him up outside of Dogma in Shirlington. Originally, from a high kill shelter in South Carolina the rescue and vet believe him to be a puppy mill dog who outgrew his stay and was abandoned. When I first got him he was very timid and shy and preferred to hang out in the back of his crate. He didn’t like being handled and approached people tentatively.  His paws were still pink from never being allowed to walk and play. Today he’s an active, playful, and cuddly monster.

Through training him he acquired his name, “Dog.” “Dog, sit!” “Dog, stay!” “Lie down, Dog,” etc. Dog was a quick learner and is eager to please…especially if there are treats. Dog is estimated to be around two years old and a miniature poodle. Depending on the human, he’s also claimed to be a Bischon, Terrier, or King Charles Cavilier. I don’t care much about his breeding. I just know he’s an amazing pet.

Dog clocks in at a whopping 13.5 lbs. But, don’t let his size fool you he isn’t the typical small dog! He loves challenging hikes and coming with me on jogs around the neighborhood. He’s gone biking, hiking, wine tasting, jetskiing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.  e’s also pretty content napping in your lap, chilling in the living to watch tv, or hanging out under chairs while the humans brunch.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm 833 0

This week’s Arlington’s Pet of the Week is Joey, a 10-year old female cat who originally came from Kyrgyzstan.

Here’s what Joey had to say about herself and her many travels:

Hello — My name is Joey Jo Jo Junior Shabadoo , but everyone calls me Joey. I will be turning 10 years old this August but I am a very active girl. I am originally from At Bashy, a small village in the country of Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia. A fun fact, At Bashy means “the horse’s head.” My parents traded a bag of cookies for me while they were serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Kyrgyzstan; trading a kitten for something sweet is a common practice there.

I am a DiploCat and have lived all over the world, but I am very happy to be living in Arlington. My State Department family bought their first home last year and we love it. I have enjoyed my adventures overseas. I have lived in Ethiopia, Estonia, and the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I have racked up many airline miles.

In each place I have lived I have always had no trouble finding a sunny spot. In Ethiopia my favorite spotwas perfect for bird watching (and I was just watching, I am an indoor cat). In Estonia I preferred sitting in the sauna window (but not when the sauna was on). In Saudi the temperatures could reach up to 130 degrees so every window was always warm and sunny. My Arlington windows are great for bird watching, bunny watching, and now and then some deer. I love being an Arlington cat!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm 1,205 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rufus, a military pup who hails from the Big Island of Hawaii.

Here’s what Rufus had to say about himself and his dad, TJ.

Hey guys — My name is Lieutenant Rufus Lebowski Stecker, Esq. but you can call me Rufus, or Rufie, or Rufbone, or just Ruf. I was born on Cinco de Mayo 2011 in Hawaii on the Big Island. Met my dad when I was a few months old, he’s pretty cool I guess.

Favorite things include sitting on the porch, meeting babes at the dog park, partying, people watching, jumping on people, shaking my butt, and helping my dad find the best places for brunch. At the park I like to herd all the dogs and run up to all the ladies and allow them to pet me. Also, I like to play in the fountain then get covered in sand, really show my dad who’s boss.

Walks are cool, but I go nuts if I see a squirrel or bunny. I promise I’m gonna snap that leash one day and catch one! I do enjoy catching flies at home, and I’m really good at it. I like hangin outside Trader Joe’s while dad is shopping, get to meet some cool peeps that way.

I’m not too crazy about most foods or treats as I’m really watching my figure (gotta look good for the park), but I love watermelon, it is my fave. I also like bacon or whatever meat pops is making.

Well, gotta go, time to head to the park. See ya there!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 Sponsor — May 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm 949 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Xander, a dog who can convincingly disguise himself as a lion — but who’s more of a lamb when it comes time for a hot bath.

Here’s what Xander had to say about himself:

Hello — my name is Xander. Actually, it’s Alexander Solon Gyungshin Min, but I only get the full name treatment if I chew on a particularly sassy pair of pumps. I came to my new home when I was only 4 months old, and quickly taught my best friend not to be too hung up on material things — especially nice Persian rugs and antique knick knacks. Oh yeah — and sassy pair of pumps, them especially.

I loooove going to the dog park, and looooove Great Falls. I also like going to work, which is like my second home really, because everyone loves me there. At work, I sit by the window in my plushie where it’s really sunny, and stare – and I mean, really stare – at my best friend for hours and hours, until she walks me around the block a couple o’times a day. We then go to the dog park, or walk, and play ball, or fetch, and run around some more.

Oh, and I just absolutely love taking a hot bath after a good run around the park. I sit in the bath, and just zen out. My best friend thinks that’s just the funniest thing; I don’t know why b/c it’s just so warm in that water. I also like looking out the window. When I see my friends walking outside, I make sure to let my best friend know so that we can hurry on outside to greet them. I bark and bark until she gets the leash. It’s sometimes a lot of work, but we all have to do what we gotta do, right?

There are so many things I love to eat — cucumbers, sticks, yogurt, sticks, apples, sticks, sweet potatoes, and more sticks! Did I tell you? I love eating sticks. And I love my best friend — she’s the best friend in the whole wide world!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm 1,150 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Ahri, a feisty but adorable Shiba Inu puppy who resides in Pentagon City.

Here’s what Ahri’s owner, Jane, had to say about her:

Ahri is a 13 week old Shiba Inu, although we’re pretty sure she’s actually just a fox. She was born in Salisbury, NC, the hometown of Cheerwine. She brought with her a lot of cheer and even more whine. Since moving into the apartment, Ahri has taken claim of the living room, forcing her cat brother, Abner, to slink around the room to his food.  There have been a few close encounters, but Abner has picked up some stealth moves.

What we love most about Ahri is her outgoing personality and how she dives head first into everything, literally. Ahri loves peanut butter and meeting new people, preferably both at the same time. Her absolute favorite spot is a shelf on the coffee table. The day she grows too big to fit there will probably be the worst day of her life.

Ahri enjoys an active Arlington lifestyle including long walks on the RiverHouse trail, attending a local running group (although it’s hard to call what she does running), and playing with her two best friends, London and Hazel. One of her many accolades includes being featured in a local political campaign where she did her best to live up to her doge predecessors. In her spare time she tweets @WhatDoesAhriSay.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 13, 2015 at 11:30 am 728 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Riley the Rogue, who has mastered the art of stealing food from his owner’s counters.

Here’s what his owner had to say about him:

Hey ARLnow, I’m Riley the Rogue! I was adopted one year ago this very month from Homeward Trails. My folks didn’t realize that the phrase “shepherd/collie” was not a Rin Tin Tin and Lassie combo. I’m half-Australian Shepherd and half-Border Collie. Hah! I’m a one-and-a-half-year-old teenager living with two older girl dogs, Dakota (12) and Katie (9). Thanks to my incredibly exuberant nature, I’ve put them both into their second puppyhoods now. No need to thank me.

While I showed how smart I am by taking first place in obedience training last August, my best talent is mastering the art of counter-surfing. I have long legs so I can reach all of that counter, babe! Yessirree … I share my prizes with my girls too. They adore me. My parents, however, seem a little put out about it.

My best theft yet was a full third of the uncooked stuffing in the pan this past Thanksgiving Day! I consider it my best as I had just figured out silence in thieving is golden. But they love me. How could they not? I’m a handsome cream puff of a dude! And when I roll over and give you those big baby brown eyes, you’ll melt. Trust me. Just trust me!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week?[email protected] 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 — May 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm 933 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Nico, a “spunky” boxer mix who weighs 70 pounds and goes by “Little Man.”

Here’s what owners Kelly and Ian had to say about their precocious pup:

Meet Nico, a spunky bundle of love that isn’t quite aware of his size or strength. He still likes to think of himself as a lap dog, much to the dismay of our laps. He loves his new little sister, Avery, who giggles every time he licks her toes. He also loves shoes, fleece blankets, and pacifiers! Some combination is probably in his stomach at this very moment. He hates trash trucks, our mailman, and most men with beards (except for David, his beloved dog walker).

Nico, or “Little Man,” as we often call him, was adopted from A Forever Home last April. He turned 1 in January. His mom was a boxer and dad is a mystery, although we are pretty sure there is some kind of hound in there (on account of the spots on his nose and the howl he makes when we leave him). He just recently weighed in at almost 70 pounds, and we’re thinking — OK hoping — he’s about done growing.

Nico is very talented. He sits, shakes, high fives, and retreats to his crate at the shake of a treat bag. He can also hide all of his toys under the couch, make the contents of a trash can disappear, and create a work of art with his dirty paws. His sad old man eyes always tell us that he is very very sorry. He will always be our first baby, and we love him!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? [email protected] 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 — April 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm 804 0

This week’s Arlington Pet(s) of the Week are Bo and Lane, two brothers rescued from under a bush in Pennsylvania.

Here’s what owners Matt and Liz had to say about their sibling pets:

Bowman (Bo) and Lane were found by Matt hiding under a bush alongside the road in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania. They were only 2-3 weeks old. Since being rescued that day, they have lived the posh, North Arlington lifestyle for nearly 4 years.

Bo has a sleek, grey coat and wing-tipped ears. He is a handsome devil, yet a total mama’s boy, drama king who thinks he is still a kitten. His favorite activities include pouncing on moving objects, leaping to tall heights, chewing on things he’s not supposed to, and meowing when people raise their voices. He also has a bottomless pit for a stomach and is not afraid to head-butt his parents while they are sleeping to let them know he’s hungry!

Lane has white, tuxedo fur on his chest and tummy that is softer than a cloud. He is constantly purring in between his inquisitive meows. Despite his sweet disposition, the hunter of the family also likes to leave gifts, whether a toy mouse or balled up socks, on the bedroom floor every morning in exchange for his breakfast. Other hobbies include running into the hallway to greet strangers, hiding from the vacuum cleaner, and beating up his brother when mom and dad aren’t home.

Each cat has his respective spot on the couch for watching “Law & Order: SVU” or the current season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Lane with mom and Bo with dad. And when it’s time for bed, they switch and Bo sleeps under mom’s arm while Lane keeps dad’s feet warm. It’s times like these that Matt and Liz wonder if they truly adopted these furry gentlemen or if it was the other way around!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? [email protected] 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 — April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm 897 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lane, a mixed-breed rescue dog who is afraid of floor lamps.

Here’s what owner Ryan had to say about his pup:

Lane is a 3-and-a-half-year-old mixed breed that I believe is a pitbull/whippet mix. Ryan, her owner, rescued her while he was getting his Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech, hence she’s named after the Hokie’s Lane Stadium.

Lane is a playful dog that loves having fun with other dogs and chasing after squirrels while going for walks on the Bluemont Junction trail behind her house. Lane’s favorite activity is going on hikes and running through the woods in the Blue Ridge Mountains while she is visiting her grandparents’ house during the holidays. She is a very quiet dog and hardly ever barks, unless it is at the mailman. The roommates in our house recently got several remote control helicopters and she enjoys watching them fly around and attempting to snag them when they fly too low.

For some reason, Lane’s biggest fear is floor lamps. She is always checking on them to make sure they haven’t moved. We spoil Lane by allowing her on the furniture, and she uses that privilege to its fullest extent. Unlike some other dogs, she is excellent in the car, she just curls up and enjoys the ride. Any time myself or any of my roommates come home from work, Lane gets extremely excited and always needs to pick up an item in her mouth while relentlessly wagging her tail.  The first item she usually picks up is her bone, and if that is not within sight, she will pick up some very unconventional items, such as blankets, shoes, or socks.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 — April 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm 848 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Eleanor Mittens, a tabby cat who “might be a ninja in training.”

Here’s what owners Sarah and Shaun had to say about their athletic animal:

This is Eleanor Mittens, our 2-year-old domestic short-hair tabby, though her small stature and playful nature have earned her the moniker “forever kitten.” She was adopted at PetSmart as a rescue kitten from Last Chance Animal Rescue in Waldorf, Md., and shares a birthday with her adoptive cat-dad.

Eleanor is tremendously athletic, racing around the house and building obstacle courses out of cat furniture, people furniture, laundry baskets, and whatever else she can think of to leap over or jump onto. She might be a ninja in training, as she is also quite adept at sneak attacks. Her all-time favorite toy has been with her since her kitten days — it is a stick with brown feathers at the end, which she will chase and carry around in her mouth like a dog. She is very affectionate and especially enjoys being cuddled in the kitchen.

As a truly modern kitty, Eleanor is also quite tech-savvy. She enjoys borrowing an iPad on occasion to play games (Cat Toys 3D in particular), watch videos with her people, or to snap the occasional selfie. Eleanor is a constant source of amusement to us, and we hope her photos and story bring a smile to your face as well.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 — April 8, 2015 at 11:30 am 787 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Puff, a transplant from Ohio who’s getting used to Arlington’s urban environment.

Here’s what owner Emily had to say:

Puff, a 4-year old “yorkipoo,” was born on a farm in Ohio. She was initially skeptical of urban living (we had to teach her to walk on surfaces other than grass), but she now embraces the city life. Puff enjoys the smells, sights, and sounds of Pentagon City, Clarendon, and Shirlington — a few of her favorite destinations.

Puff is often mistaken for a puppy due to her diminutive size, exuberant energy, and (sometimes) juvenile etiquette. But Puff approaches her job as watchdog with unmatched maturity. She loves to spend the day on a “throne” of pillows perched atop the sofa, where she has a perfect view of her front yard and street. No car, jogger, dog, or blowing leaf escapes her watchful eye, and she dutifully alerts us to every movement and sound. On her daily patrols of the neighborhood, she ensures that no squirrel goes unchased and no smell is overlooked.

After a hard day’s work, Puff enjoys cuddling up with her parents for some nice tummy scratches (and lots of treats).

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 — April 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm 2,700 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rufus, “the most adorable dog in the world” with a serious drinking problem.

Here’s what owner Ted had to say about his home’s inebriated inhabitant:

Rufus is the sweetest dog in the world. He loves running around our apartment and fetching tennis balls. Rufus is a quiet dog most of the time; he almost never barks and is perfectly house broken. Whenever one of us is having a terrible day, we cuddle up next to Rufus and take a quick nap on his warm belly. He loves to cuddle and will sleep outside my door if I don’t let him in the bed.

What I love most about Rufus is that he is the perfect dog for Arlington. He is low maintenance — you pretty much don’t even have to feed him — and you can leave him in the apartment for long stretches of time and not really worry too much about it.

Rufus, however, has a more mischievous side as well. He loves to play pranks on us. Some might say that he has a “drinking problem,” but we think it’s more just a phase. He has the cutest nightly ritual where he drinks copious amounts of hard liquor and passes out on the floor. Despite his many flaws and inability to move independently, we still love him like a member of the family. Please make Rufus, the most adorable dog in the world, Arlington’s Pet of the Week.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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 — March 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm 1,001 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rudy, a labradoodle transplant from Portland who ditched the “hipster lifestyle” to move to, according to one metric, the seventh-most hipster city in America.

Here’s what owner Noah had to say:

This here is Rudy. He’s a labradoodle from outside of Portland who decided that the west-coast “hipster lifestyle” wasn’t exactly for him (although he has been know to curl up in a flannel to read Hemingway every so often).

Named in part for the classic 1993 motivational football movie, Rudy is a natural athlete. He can be found at the Clarendon Dog Park running laps, or swimming in Four Mile Run, or just chasing bunnies in the yard. After a long day, however, Rudy is always down for a cuddle (so long as he gets three-quarters of the bed).

In the case that any eligible bachelorette pups are reading this, Rudy can be easily wooed with empty water bottles and salmon jerky. And while he is a mama’s boy, he definitely knows how to let loose and have fun.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] 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.

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