Arlington, VA

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Otis, a pug in Clarendon who isn’t particularly fond of other dogs but does love a good swim.

Here’s what his owner, Melissa, had to say:

Otis is a sweet, stately, seven-year-old pug gentleman rescued from Hagerstown, Md. He and his little pug sister, Tater Tots, live in Clarendon and are frequent visitors to the James Hunter Dog Park.

Otis prefers to tinkle on every wall, tree, and ParkMobile pay station under the sun rather than socialize with other dogs at the park, but always enjoys friendly scritches and “AWWW!”s from gaggles of Clarendonites who catch him and his sister out on their nightly walk on the town.

Otis, unlike most snorting, potato-shaped dogs, LOVES to swim! He bounds around in creeks, streams, rivers, and the occasional large brown dog park puddle. Otis has one favorite toy: a small squeaky tennis ball (as normal sized tennis balls are too big for his miniature maw) and loves to snuggle with his mama. Catch the continued adventures of Otis and Tater Tots on their instagram @cannedstarfish and see you at the park!

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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