Arlington, VA

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 His show dog struts have been replaced by long frolics through the neighborhood and afternoon naps.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 [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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