Arlington Pet of the Week: Rusty

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rusty, a retired racing greyhound.

Here is what his owner Deanna had to say:

Rusty is a retired racing greyhound who made his way around five different racing tracks and raced in about 80 races before he was adopted out through our local greyhound rescue group, Greyhound Welfare.

He actually won a few races, but we think he is best suited to being a pet. The rescue group described him as a lovebug who is free with his kisses, and they could not have been more accurate. He approaches strangers and friends with the same warm excitement and wants to say hi to everyone we pass on our walks.

He is an expert snuggler and loves nothing more than cuddling up on the couch with his human family and friends. Although greyhounds are notoriously lazy, he loves going on runs if it is not too hot out and will do absolutely anything for a snack.

We love Rusty very much and hope his story will help encourage others to consider adopting a retired racing greyhound! You can find out more about Greyhound Welfare at

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 of 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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