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Arlington Pet of the Week: Emma

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This week’s Pet of the Week is an Australian Shepherd mix who has taken to rock climbing.

Here’s what Emma’s owner, Elizabeth, had to say about her adventurous Aussie:

Emma is our rascally 1-and-a-half-year-old Aussie-Shepherd mix. My husband and adopted her as a puppy from Lost Dog Rescue in December 2012, and our lives have been forever changed!

Emma is a very unique-looking dog. With a grey-spotted coat and ears that stand erect, people often confuse her for a wolf or hyena. It’s not uncommon for us to be stopped four or five times during a walk around the neighborhood to be asked if she’s part African wild dog!

Always an active pup, Emma loves the outdoors — she often accompanies us on rock-climbing excursions, and is quite good at scrambling over boulders (we keep meaning to buy her a dog climbing harness). Though she loves to play in the water, she hasn’t quite figured out how to swim. With the weather this winter, she’s discovered a new favorite activity – burrowing and sliding in the snow.

We often joke that Emma has two speeds — on and off. Despite filthy floors and almost weekly baths (she’s a dog that just loves to get dirty), Emma always knows how to make us laugh. We couldn’t have asked for a more lovable companion.

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 $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.”

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