This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Riley, a rescue pit bull mix who was depressed and skinny when he was adopted, but now is a proud “mama’s boy.”
Here’s what his owner, Justin, had to say about his pup:
Riley is a 2 1/2 year old American bulldog/pit bull mix. His owners adopted him from a rescue organization called Mutts Matter when he was 1 1/2 years old after seeing their profile of him as the Rescue Profile of the week on The Falls Church Patch. He was raised with his bff, a Chihuahua, and they were both surrendered together. The Chihuahua was adopted quickly but Riley wasn’t, so he got really depressed, stopped eating and lost a bunch of weight. When his owners saw him, they knew he needed a good home.
Now he is in a loving home where his owners shower him with love and attention. His favorite activities involve sleeping on the couch, sleeping in his bed and sleeping on the hallway rug. You always know where he is because he snorts like a pig non-stop, but he hardly ever barks. He loves going for walks with his owners in the evenings after work to explore the neighborhood and areas like Great Falls on the weekend where he sniffs everything.
Riley is very intelligent and responds to all commands. He will go to his crate when told, although his owners leave him out of it all day. He loves playing with his mom’s two little cousins who are 5 and 7 years old and his dad’s friend’s daughters who are 2 1/2 and 1 year old, and running around his grandma’s backyard. He is a good project partner, providing tons of snoring noises while you do work as he sleeps next to you. He puts up with his mom dressing him in costumes and clothes because he is a mama’s boy and follows her everywhere.
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.