Arlington, VA

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Mooch. True to his name, Mooch sits around at home all day and does nothing productive for society.

Here’s what Arlington Forest residents Sylvie and Paul had to say about their doggy slacker.

Mooch is a Golden Retriever who lives at home and is unemployed.

He turned four on February 3rd, which makes him 28 in human years, a little too old to be hanging out in his parents’ place, but he is often forgiven because he is so sweet.  Mooch absolutely lives up to his name, as he is a total mooch for affection. He also mooches for food, but not as much as he does for love. Mooch loves belly rubs and full body massages. He mostly eats Blue Buffalo’s chicken and rice but has a couple other favorite treats as well, including anything that falls off the dining room table, apple cores, bananas, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, and any food item he encounters on the street when walking outside.

When Mooch was just eight months old he attended Dogtober Day at Lacey Woods Park on Washington Boulevard. Mooch won the category of Best Costumewearing an airplane suit, and was dubbed Mooch Airways. He was then automatically entered into the running for Best in Show, and came very close to winning by applause-meter in what remains a highly contested decision. Mooch is a mellow guy though, so he doesn’t lose any sleep over it.

Mooch can often be found in Lubber Run Park sporting his most recent bad haircut, done by his owner. Fortunately he doesn’t embarrass easily.

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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