Arlington Pet of the Week

by ARLnow.com February 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm 49 Comments

Our Arlington Pet of the Week this week is Kona, a 6-year-old brindle American Pit Bull Terrier.

Kona resides in the Arlington Village neighborhood with owners Hilary and Ryan. Here’s what the couple had to say about their pooch.

Each day she gets so excited for her walks around the neighborhood, likes to go down to the creek that runs through an area with a nature trail and is always happy to see her friendly neighbor dogs! She enjoys laying out on the deck in the sun and loves the local dog park. Originally from Texas, she was the runt of her litter who has stayed true to her roots, she weighs in at only 50 pounds and hates rain and snow.

While at home, Kona enjoys playing hockey with her dad and has an extensive toy collection to choose from. Kona is a loyal friend, a super cuddler, a big kisser and most of all, our best friend. Despite judgment on her breed, she’s always been the happiest dog and makes friends with anyone that comes her way.

The Arlington Pet of the Week is sponsored by Dogma Bakery, which has locations at The Village at Shirlington (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) and the Lee Harrison Shopping Center (2445 N. Harrison Street).

Want your pet to be considered to be the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] Each week’s winner receives either a $25 Dogma gift card or a prize from another pet-related business.

  • Hee-Haw

    good choice for Dog of the Week…

  • DCBuff

    The raccoon is not the pet of the week?

  • Aaron

    She appears to be a *brindle* APBT, not a bindle.

  • bobo

    Dog looks seriously depressed in those photos

  • Dog Lover

    Delicious with Kona Kona sauce… 50 pounds goes a long way!

  • Beth J

    Aw, she’s adorable. Tell me more about this dog playing hockey…

    • Ryan

      I will pass a tennis ball to her with my hockey stick and she goes wild! She watches me stick handle it back and forth and chases it and always brings it back!

  • Neighbor

    Which of the three photos will be used in an article after she maims a child? This is one breed that needs to cease being bred.

    • ShirliMan

      I wouldn’t want you for my neighbor.

      • Tuffnd

        They wouldnt want you for a neighbor either i am sure….. so I would keep your ignorance to yourself.

      • tuffnd

        apologies….dint see who you were responding too

      • seconded. i love that arlington village has so many dogs of so many breeds, my 10 pound dog loves all of her pitty friends! kona is such a beautiful dog.

    • Beth J

      Aaaand there’s the token knee-jerk reaction post…

    • Dog Owner

      Ignorant…this is one human that needs to cease being reproduced.

    • Tuffnd

      Why would she maim a child? Because she is a Pit Bull? Why dont you educate yourself on the facts, let them set in, think, then speak. Your ignorance is is no ones bliss.

    • Ashley DeWitt

      You are ignorant.

    • KathyInArlington

      Dear NEIGHBOR, methinks you assume too much. Not all pit bulls maim children, adults, pets, or anyone or anything else. I will take her owners’ word that she is a lovely dog.

  • Ralph

    Neighbor, that is sad and completely false. The misinformation about this breed is tremendous. It is a shame where human prejudice and human ignorance exterminates animals. Read the Truth about Pit Bulls. http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-articles/the-truth-about-pit-bulls

    • Arlingtoon

      Thank you for posting that link. Our son moved home from college with his adopted Pit Bull, and having heard all the talk about the breed I was somewhat apprehensive. The pup turned out to be a very sweet dog, and now that he’s back in college we all (well, at least I) miss him a lot.

    • Sarah Palin

      Awww it’s just like a hockey mom without the lipstick. So cute!

  • JoAnne

    Personally knowing Kona, she is a perfect example of how her breed should be represented. She was trained properly as any breed should be and has a very high intelligence in knowing what is expected from her. Having Kona in our lives has made the quality of our lives that muchy more enjoyable.

    • Steph

      Kona’s friendly disposition was exactly why she was chosen as Pet of the Week. As an animal lover, I know the bad rep this breed gets and I hoped sharing Kona’s story would help those who had adopted the belief that they were dangerous pets , consider otherwise.

  • novasteve

    There’s a clear bias against non dog pets. I can’t believe my cat didn’t win.

    • Hee-Haw

      I guess you didn’t get the memo, this feature has been changed to “Dog of the Week”.

  • AVPikeRes

    Neighbor, negative opinions shouldn’t be posted here- please refer to the facts when posting on this ‘news’ blog. This article should educate people about this breed, not misinform them.

  • joyce

    I am a dog walker in 22205 and have a couple of pit bull clients. They are sweet and gentle. One if them was attacked by a Great Dane and did not fight back.

  • BullyLover

    Neighbor, it makes me truly sad that people continue to have such negative and such misinformed views about this breed. Did you know that these dogs used to be called “nanny dogs” in England because they make such loyal and loving family dogs? I, myself, am the proud mother of a rescued APBT mix and he is the light of my life. He’s never shown even the hint of aggressive behavior. He is charming, happy, friendly, cuddly, and just a tremendous joy to be around. I have several friends who have also rescued APBT mixes and not one of them has been anything but precious. You should really educate yourself about this breed. Talk to any responsible parent of an APBT and you’ll find that they really are very special and very loving dogs indeed.

  • Springfield

    Our bully mix does the same thing with her ears (especially in photographs) we call it her “Dobby” look after the character in the Harry Potter books/films

  • Kathryn

    Pitties are the best! We adopted a pit mix two and a half years ago,and we have fostered several pit mixes since then, and they are such loving, cuddly, happy, smart, friendly dogs. Neighbor’s comment is unfair and hurtful, and sadly proves how ignorant so many people still are about pit bulls. Every pit mix I’ve known has loved children and the only “danger” present is excessive licking/kisses! Yay for pit bulls, and go Kona!!!

  • Neighbor

    All of you defenders of this dangerous breed are loons. Your dog is always the sweetest dog in the world, I’m sure. As someone who has personally been attacked by a dog, pardon me if I don’t buy into the propoganda. The dog that attacked me was a “sweetheart” who was nothing but “cuddly” and “well trained.” I knew the owner (who was a responsible person) and I’d been around the dog plenty of times. That didn’t keep me from having to have facial surgery to repair the wounds along with the nasty scar on my face to prove it. These attacks are not isolated incidents. Here’s a post from this summer on this news blog:


    • Tuffnd

      You said you were attacked by a dog, was it a pit bull? If it was, then you feel you should be afraid of all pit bulls? So under your mindset, if I was to be mugged by an asian man, should I then fear all asian men?

    • Beth J

      And I have a scar on my leg from what looked to be a cattle dog. I think our two anecdotes should cancel each other out.

      • Tabs

        ANY dog has the potential to turn violent.

    • Frank

      You probably didn’t do something right for the dog to attack your face – how tall IS that dog?

      I too was bitten, as a child, by a German Shepherd. Needed a lot of stitches and still have the scar. Mom and Dad said, “Next time, don’t get your face so close to someone else’s dog.”

      Responsibilty to avoid dog bites and “attacks” always rests with the human, whether the one with the face too close, or the owner, who should never be far from the animal and have complete control over it with a collar and leash or have the animal safely within the confines of their own yard or home.

      • Neighbor

        Do you blame rape victims for dressing too sexy, too? I know none of you will believe that your dog is capable of hurting another person but these bully breeds are unpredictable and have vice-like grips so when they do go off, the damage is severe. There wouldn’t need to be a whole cottage industry defending the breed if the breed wasn’t so dangerous. There is a reason why reputable home insurance agencies deny coverage all the time.


        • Frank

          Wow, are you troubled. Comparing rape by a human, who cognitively is able to make a decision about whether to do harm, to a dog, whose actions are reactionary to a situation under a human’s control is a very far reach.

          Your insurance example is also a far reach. Insurance companies base these on their risk, like what they have had to pay out, and what they think they will have to pay. It has nothing to do with if a dog is “dangerous” or not. If that was the case, no one should ever have a pool in their in their backyard because it seems they just reach out and pull people out of their homes and make them drown.

          • Neighbor

            You’re the one who asked me what I did to cause the attack (“You probably didn’t do something right for the dog to attack your face”) and I’m the troubled one? That’s rich. I was sitting on a couch minding my own business and the dog attacked me without any type of warning. I don’t know what it was doing. The owner doesn’t know what it was doing. I don’t know if it knew what it was doing. The owner had the dog destroyed, not at my insistence, but because he was a responsible owner and knew that an unpredictable dog is a dangerous dog.

            I understand that some owners like to think that they’re immune to the danger. You’re not. Yes, all dogs are capable of attacking someone. You have a better chance of not being killed if it’s a Pekingese lap dog.


    • KathyInArlington

      Why did you have your face so close to the dog’s face that he/she could bite it?

  • BullyLover

    Neighbor, there is no need for name calling. The fact of the matter is that every dog breed has the potential to become aggressive. They’re animals. The trainer that worked with my APBT has been bitten 9 times in the 20 years she’s been training dogs and all of those bites were from toy breeds. I’m very sorry to hear that you’ve had a bad experience but that does not justify your comments against the breed as a whole.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Very true.

  • KathyInArlington

    Kona has a pretty face and a beautifully colored coat and, from what her parents say, a lovely personality. She seems to have been a perfect choice to be chosen as Pet of the Week.

  • Suzanne

    Kona is absolutely darling! I love her! I especially loved the Christmas picture.

  • Kittygirl

    There’s my gorgeous niece! Congratulations Kona! We miss you! Enjoy your treats! Love, Auntie Em and Uncle Jake 🙂

  • hybridguy

    Well hopefully the owners are responsible and got its lock jaw removed

  • What a beautiful girl!! So happy to have moved to an area of the country which is so accepting of all types of dogs! I’ve been so thankful when going out in public with my pit bull type dogs that no one has attacked me for what they are. And Thank you to ARL for choosing a pit bull type dog as pet of the week! It’s a great way for people to see that these dogs are family dogs, and are owned by loving responsible people. My pit bull type dog is a therapy dog, we visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and he brings many smiles to those who need them. 🙂 Great choice, what a cutie!!! Oh and hybridguy, there’s no such thing as lockjaw, isn’t that great? Here’s a link to lots more myth busters on pitties: http://www.badrap.org/monster-myths

    • hybridguy

      Thats not true I heard on the news that all pig bulls have lock jaw

  • Kona is a beauty! I grew up very afraid of dogs but in the last 15 years I decided to give them the respect they require and not be scared. Dogs require special handling because they sense a person’s feelings right away and they respond to them.

    Now I walk down the street and dogs know I like them and they come to me for kisses and ear rubs. My attitude changed and the dogs did too.

    Dogs are amazing creatures – they give love unconditionally and know much more than we realize.

    I’m happy Kona has a loving home – I wish other animals were this lucky.

  • YTK

    As for pit bulls or ANY dog- please teach themthe basic commands from the very start (and the kids need to be in on this too) — the basics are Sit Stay Heel Leave It — and get them used to their crate. My nephew (living in another state) did NOT– he bought a 3 month old Pit Bull and despite friendly suggestions about teaching her the basic commands, did nothing — the dog grew up to be so disruptive that they ended up taking her to a shelter and God knows what happened to her. i still feel very bad for her.

  • KonaOwners

    Thanks to everyone for the support!! You cannot teach people not to be ignorant but you can teach dogs to be great!!


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