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Arlington Pet of the Week: Trouble

Becky's Pet Care

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Trouble, a Labrador/foxhound mix with “not insignificant ADHD” and a reputation as a “vicious snack-hound.”

Here’s what owner Clayton had to say about his pooch:

Yes — his name truly is Trouble. Honestly.

Trouble Dean was born on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2013. He is mostly black, with some white chest markings, and some not insignificant ADHD. He is incapable of walking a straight line without pouncing on something or stopping to pull over. Although it is rumored that he is a foxhound/Lab combination, our family secretly suspects Trouble was, in fact, born to a jackal/wolverine combination.

Verily, your readers should be warned that beneath those seemingly soft puppy eyes lurks the heart of a vicious snack-hound.  Over the course of the past year he has “saved” our family from such dangers as: socks, soccer balls, shin guards, panties, scarves, and in one particularly valorous feat: a pair of extra puffy ear muffs. If you are wondering where your missing sock is, chances are it’s in Trouble’s crate.

Over his 18 months on this Earth, Trouble has continued to distinguish himself with ever more impressive acts of out-and-out cowardice. He is scared of the water, scared of wrapped presents, scared of balloons and random boxes, and once had an unfortunate accident running from a bumblebee (though we suspect it was on purpose). As such, Trouble ensures that no one in our family is alone. Ever.

He is an excellent jumper — he probably won the Epsom Derby in a previous life. Trouble also is bilingual: he ignores commands in English as well as Spanish. We suspect he probably knows how to ignore more commands in other languages but don’t wish to shame or otherwise intimidate other ARLnow submitters.

In spite of all of this, and in spite of ourselves, we do truly love Trouble.

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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