Arlington, VA

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Gus, a West Highland white terrier who “gruffs” at jaywalkers.

Here’s what owner, Jim, had to say about his pale pooch:

We brought Angus (Gus for short) into our home in October of 2014 after a long trip back from Canton, Ohio, where Gus was born. Gus was the second-to-last puppy in his litter of West Highland white terriers to be sold, and after seeing some photos and videos, we knew we had to have him.

Naturally, he loves to watch football — especially his favorite team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. His favorite activity, though, is gruffing at jaywalkers from our high-rise window. When he’s not gruffing at the scofflaws, he can be found playing fetch, chewing on his mallard, or refusing to allow his owners to take out the trash without being able to tag along.

Gus has quickly made friends with the 70 doggie neighbors in our building, and as many young pups do, has taken to Instagram to wow the lady Westies of the Internet. Naturally a quiet dog — except for the gruffing — Gus will bark when it’s time to play fetch and throw himself on the ground with a hearty sigh if he is refused, which is rare.

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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