This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Xander, a dog who can convincingly disguise himself as a lion — but who’s more of a lamb when it comes time for a hot bath.
Here’s what Xander had to say about himself:
Hello — my name is Xander. Actually, it’s Alexander Solon Gyungshin Min, but I only get the full name treatment if I chew on a particularly sassy pair of pumps. I came to my new home when I was only 4 months old, and quickly taught my best friend not to be too hung up on material things — especially nice Persian rugs and antique knick knacks. Oh yeah — and sassy pair of pumps, them especially.
I loooove going to the dog park, and looooove Great Falls. I also like going to work, which is like my second home really, because everyone loves me there. At work, I sit by the window in my plushie where it’s really sunny, and stare – and I mean, really stare – at my best friend for hours and hours, until she walks me around the block a couple o’times a day. We then go to the dog park, or walk, and play ball, or fetch, and run around some more.
Oh, and I just absolutely love taking a hot bath after a good run around the park. I sit in the bath, and just zen out. My best friend thinks that’s just the funniest thing; I don’t know why b/c it’s just so warm in that water. I also like looking out the window. When I see my friends walking outside, I make sure to let my best friend know so that we can hurry on outside to greet them. I bark and bark until she gets the leash. It’s sometimes a lot of work, but we all have to do what we gotta do, right?
There are so many things I love to eat — cucumbers, sticks, yogurt, sticks, apples, sticks, sweet potatoes, and more sticks! Did I tell you? I love eating sticks. And I love my best friend — she’s the best friend in the whole wide world!
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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The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
Valentine gifts for someone special or for yourself are here at George Mason University from noon -4pm on February 14, 2023. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kingsbury Chocolates, find a handmade bag from Karina Gaull, pick up treats from Village