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Arlington Pet of the Week: Spencer Hammedatha

The latest Pet of the Week is Spencer Hammedatha — but you can just call him Spence. This ragdoll/suspected Maine Coon mix is currently looking for a job — preferably a wet cat food model.

Here’s what Spence’s mom had to say about his life in Arlington:

Spencer Hammedatha, more commonly known as Spence (also Fluff Nugget or Poopy Turd Muffin), hails from a Lady and the Tramp-esque background: His birth mother, a prestigious purebred, refused to go into heat with other ragdolls but quickly gave it up for the transient mutt who came calling one evening. His dad must have had some Maine Coon in him, as Spence sports a striped tail and impressive stature in addition to his pale blue eyes.

Spence is beautiful, and he knows it — which tends to mean he’s willfully ignorant when being berated for wrongdoing. He’s tired of his mom being on his case for still being a freeloader well into his 30s (5.5 cat years), so Spence is currently looking for work. He thinks his talents could best be put to use modeling cat food, especially for video/photo shoots in which the food must be eaten (so long as it’s not pâté — that mush is for plebs).

Spence was a playful kitten and still retains a lot of that same childish energy. More recently, he has directed it towards hikes with his mom and chasing squirrels. Still, age has calmed him some, and he now enjoys long naps in seemingly uncomfortable positions, belly rubs/pats and chewing on plastic grocery bags. While some of his hobbies may bring his intelligence into question, this gentle giant has figured out how to win the hearts of all who meet him.

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!

We are also looking for local pets who look like their owners or like celebrities. Email us photos of your pet and their doppelgänger, explaining the resemblance and whether it has been noticed in your neighborhood.

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