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Arlington Pet of the Week: Duchess

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Duchess, a hound mix who’s a total daddy’s girl and the scourge of rabbits everywhere.

Duchess knows that her grand-dog-parents are total pushovers when it comes to table scraps and has some refined tastes when it comes to wineries and vacation destinations.

Here’s was adoptive dog mom Andrea had to say about her.

Duchess (Dutch for short) is a 7-year-old hound mix who is a sweet, talkative, and cuddly lady from Dublin, VA. Her dad — and favorite of her two parents — Devin stopped by a local shelter one day while visiting his family and couldn’t help but take her home after she sat on his foot and gave him a look that said, “let’s hit the road.” Devin and Dutch moved to Arlington in 2014 where they met Andrea (me!) and we’ve been living the Three’s Company life ever since.

Dutch misses the country life but stays in touch with her roots by chasing after the Arlington bunnies (don’t worry, she’s too slow to catch them.) She loves long walks, but seems to think she’s in charge and is determined to walk aimlessly around Arlington for hours. Usually this ends in a tug-of-war between her and whoever is on the other side of her leash making it look like Duchess is trying to run away and find new owners, but we’re working on it. I promise.

Like any dog, Duchess loves treats and scraps. She gets more than enough of both from her grandparents, who spoil her rotten. She is also a big fan of road trips (aka sitting on my lap in the car until my legs go numb) and wineries (good news, we do too!) She’d do anything to stay outdoors and lay in the sunshine (she’s also a total beach bum) and convincing her to leave our sunny patio is always an epic contest of wills.

Dutch is the highlight of our days and we are usually the highlight of hers (it depends on how good the treats were on any given day.) If you see me being dragged down the street by this adorable, one ear up/one ear down gentle lady, feel free to say hello and fall in love with her as quickly as we did.

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. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

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 is the winner six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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