This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Stella, a little dog full of love. Here is what he owner, Ruth, had to say about her:
Stella was adopted from Homeward Trails in Arlington, VA. She was supposed to stay for the weekend, while her foster mom was away. But this 7 pound ball of black fluff found a permanent place at the table within 5 minutes. No one knows the complete story of the then 10-year-old toy poodle, but it was clear she wanted to be loved. 24/7 loved. On your lap all the time loved. In your arms held like a baby loved. Sleeping under your neck at night loved. It was easy to give it to her and I never looked back. My kids joke that she took the pressure off of them to give me grandchildren yet. (If they are reading this — NOT TRUE!) But, she is my current baby and for that I am grateful.
Stella is happiest in my arms, and I forget sometimes she is a dog, and rock her while I stand, to the amusement of others on the elevator! But that’s okay, we find our way out and about together because that makes us happy. I am hopefully making up for some possible rough years she experienced before she came to me — she has no teeth left and other signs that her life wasn’t one big bowl of puppy chow.
She is known for her incredible bouncing and dancing when she wants to be picked up, her pokey way outside just doing the bare minimum so she can return inside, her love for peanut butter and for making my life much more delightful these past 5 years. We are two mature ladies aging up with a sense of humor — and loving every minute of it. We say grey is the new blonde, and softer bellies are so much more comfortable!
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.