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by ARLnow.com October 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bruce Wayne, a former street cat.

Here is what his owner Maggie had to say:

Bruce Wayne was found on the streets of Arlington in October 2011, when he was about six months old. A kind stranger brought him to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington where he was adopted in almost no time at all.

Despite appearing innocent and quiet, Bruce would lead a mysterious life during the darkest hours of the night. As a kitten, I returned home to a disheveled bathroom including shredded paper and claw prints up the side of the tub. It was then he earned his name.

For six years, Bruce has entertained anyone he encounters. He oscillates between wanting love and wanting to play, with claws out! Very cuddly, he often gets compared to a dog. He’ll greet you at the door, follow you around and almost knows how to fetch. This is all very endearing, except when it’s the middle of the night.

Bruce’s hobbies include chasing his favorite sparkly toy, affectionately know as “Mr. Fish,” and running back and forth between windows to try to catch leaves through glass. A fruitless, but very entertaining, hobby.

He refuses treats but loves when fresh dry food is put out. He hates the vacuum but tolerates it because he loves a clean home. Bruce is currently an only child but wouldn’t mind having a little puppy around, if Dad would ever agree to it.

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.

by ARLnow.com October 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Reddington, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Here is what the pup had to say:

My name is Reddington, and I am a 5-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi! While my colors and markings make me look different, I like that they make me unique!

I was born to a family on a farm in PA. My dog mom and dad were chicken and cow herders! For my first 8-weeks of life, I shared a stall with a horse and my 7 brothers and sisters!

One day, my new parents came to get me and I couldn’t be happier! I learned how to pee outside in just 3 days and slept through the night right away because I get so tired out from playing!

I love to play with my parents and best friend, Bailey, a golden retriever mix! While I hate baths, I love to chase my ball, chew on bully sticks, nap in funny positions, and run around with my stuffed cow and pig, Lady Moo Moo and Sir Piggie!

Even though I’m young, I must say I am really happy and sure like to show it with my big smile!

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.

by ARLnow.com September 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Kibble, a black Labrador and a seeing eye dog in training.

Here is what he had to say about his life so far:

My name is Kibble and I’m a Guiding Eyes For The Blind puppy in training. Last August when I was only 10 weeks old, I came all the way from New York and moved in with my new daddy John, a volunteer puppy raiser in Shirlington.

Over the past year, I’ve been taught lots of obedience skills and house manners, and socialized in variety of environments. That’s because service dogs must learn to work around different people, places and distractions.

I get to go with my dad to stores, restaurants, offices and even ride the Metro. I especially enjoy my weekly training class where I practice my skills alongside the other guide dog puppies in my region.

But it hasn’t been all work and no play for me. I love to jog, hike, swim, fetch, tug, chew, cuddle and eat kibble! Dad keeps adding new things to my bucket list, but so far my favorite outings have been to the National Zoo and Nationals Park.

I became so smitten with my foster cat Betty that I convinced dad to adopt her. He calls us Kibble and Betts, and we’re in a relationship.

Now that I’m a big boy at 16 months, I’ll travel back to the guide dog school in October for a test that will determine my future career path. I could be selected for formal guide dog training, the breeding colony, or an alternative career such as a detection or autism companion dog.

But if I decide that I just want to be regular dog, I get to go home with my dad and help him train his next puppy. Wish me luck!

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.

by ARLnow.com September 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Sophie, a black Labrador mix.

Here is what she had to say about her life so far:

Hi everyone! My name is Sophie, and I’m a black lab mix. I was born in South Carolina, but my mom and dad adopted me from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue when I was about one year old.

I was underweight, stinky and sick with heart worm, but after a few months I felt much better. I have lots of doggy cousins, and my best friends are Petey and Louie. I don’t have a fur sibling yet, but I’m keeping my paws crossed that I’ll get one soon!

I have a ton of energy and lots of hobbies. Here are some of my favorite things to do: swim, run, jump, get tummy rubs, play with tennis balls, obsessively lick stuff, stalk squirrels, bark at strangers and watch Bravo with mom.

I also enjoy dirty socks, clean socks, pup-sicles, sleeping in the sunshine, and listening to my parents make up songs about me.

Because I had a hard life before I was adopted, some things still scare me. I hate loud noises, cardboard boxes, guitars, golf clubs, Roomba, thunderstorms, maintenance people, and men wearing hats. My mom and dad always comfort me when I’m scared though– that’s one of the reasons I love them.

All in all, I have a great life, and I’m looking forward to a lifetime of trips to the dog park, cuddles, and walks!

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.

by ARLnow.com September 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Scarlett, a senior cat and proven hunter.

Here is what her owner Pat had to say about her:

Scarlett got a second chance at a normal life four years ago after finding her forever home when she was 11 years old. She immediately found her spot with her new family, and quickly claimed her territory between her owners on the couch and on the bed.

Her big bright eyes and sweet demeanor are what first attracted us to Scarlett. If you inspect her a little closer, you will discover her special markings: black spots on her paw pads, a brown patch (her “nougat”) on her otherwise white belly, and a white-tipped tail.

Despite her domestic and indoor lifestyle, Scarlett is a proven hunter. She has caught cockroaches and a mouse, and diligently stands guard waiting for the next intruder.

Also a scavenger, Scarlett is undeterred when trying to steal chicken, cheese, popcorn, crackers, or tortilla chips from anyone who lets their guard down. She is very chatty, and demands treats whenever someone enters the apartment or picks up their keys to leave.

Last October, Scarlett skeptically welcomed a baby girl into our home. She was the perfect furry buddy during the pregnancy and our first months at home with the baby.

She expertly stays just out of arm’s reach, and found that baby gear can offer a great place for a catnap. We are so happy that we adopted this senior cat, and hope that more people consider adopting older cats to give them a good home for their golden years.

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.

by ARLnow.com September 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Pixel, a Tibetan Terrier.

Here is what her owner Raquel had to say about her:

We love our pet, her name is Pixel. She is a Tibetan Terrier and is a 16 week-old puppy. Pixel is very playful, loves to jump, run and fetch balls. When she sees children, she gets very excited.

How she came into our lives is very special. It was December 19, 2016 and our beloved 17-year-old Shitzu Chicho had not been doing OK. His hips were displaced and he was under lots of pain. Unfortunately, we had to put him down. We were all sad, especially, my son, Nathan who would not stop crying. I decided to write about our beloved Chicho on Facebook.

The following morning, December 20, it was Nathan’s 8th birthday and a friend of mine who had seen my post of my deceased dog called me to say that she had a puppy for Nathan.

Her Tibetan Terrier had given birth to five puppies a few weeks prior and one of the people wanting one of the puppies had changed her mind. We rushed to my friend’s place and fell in love with the puppy-her. My son named her Pixel. He says he got the name from the Lego Ninjago movies; a lady robot.

Pixel loves walking at Bluebonnet park every day. She has this beautiful gait; walks with her neck long and straight and her legs seem to slide. We are planning to enroll Pixel in obedience classes so she can hopefully participate in a dog competition in the future.

What’s more important, Pixel is filling the void that Chicho left with her happiness and playfulness. She can play morning, afternoon and evening. Her excitement is contagious. We hope she lives with us for many years just like our beloved Shitzu.

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.

by ARLnow.com August 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bear, a 5-year-old Siamese mix cat.

Here is what her owner Linglu had to say about her:

Bear is a 5-year-old Siamese mix. She had a very humble beginning of life. When she was only a few weeks old, she was found in a drainpipe covered with fleas and she almost died. The nice volunteers at Madison-Greene Humane Society rescued her and nursed her back to health. She was then adopted by her human parents, an Arlington couple who were newlyweds at the time of her adoption.

Bear has a very strong personality. Her hobbies include getting high on catnip, chasing invisible ghosts around the house, trying to fit into the smallest box possible, sleeping on her daddy’s lap when he plays video games, stealing pastries from the kitchen counter, and nibbling her mommy’s leg when she prepares Bear’s meals.

Bear is a highly intelligent cat. She is very good at the Mad Scientist game (a toy where cats spin tubes to get treats). Her daddy even trained her to do tricks, such as sit, stay, come, shake hands, and high five. No wonder Bear’s parents love her dearly despite of all her quirkiness!

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.

by ARLnow.com August 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Nelson, a cat who lives in Douglas Park.

Here is what he had to say about his life so far:

I live in Douglas Park Arlington with my mom Joni and dad Tom. Someone found me on the streets of Arlington and dropped me off at the animal shelter in Arlington when I was just 6 weeks old and it wasn’t long before I found my “forever home.”

I live with my cat sisters, Etta and Isabella Rose and enjoy chasing stuffed mice and enjoying a little birdwatching from our dining room.

I am also and avid gardener and love shopping days at Costco because there is sure to be a new “cardboard condo” for us to play in.

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.

by ARLnow.com August 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Jude, a half Chihuahua, half Pomeranian, Boxer and Chinese Crested dog.

Here is what his owner, Vanessa, had to say about him:

Hi everyone! Meet Jude – he’s a sweet boy who thinks he is half Chihuahua, half human. Originally from Montana, Jude made his way to us in December 2016, when he was just four months old.

He’s now a full time Arlington resident, but enjoys visiting with his grandparents in Bethesda. An adventure is already in the works to go back to Montana to visit with his original human – Jude might be the best traveled dog in Arlington!

Jude’s ideal day is sitting in his human’s lap while he eats a cheese bone. He takes multiple walks around the courtyard each day – he loves to people watch and chase the birds. Don’t let his cute face fool you – he’s very picky about who he lets into her inner circle. But once you’re in, you’re in for good.

If you’re trying to win over Jude’s heart, the best way is to hold him and give him belly rubs. Once you’re a part of his clan, he’ll sit on your lap and snuggle up to you for countless hours each day.

Some of Jude’s other favorite pastimes include taking car rides, playing with his sushi plush toy, rooting for the Capitals and strutting down the Arlington sidewalk like it’s a runway. He frequents the Clarendon dog park, but prefers to watch the bigger dogs play while he observes from the comfort of his human’s lap.

Jude has made it very clear that it is absolutely out of the question for him to sleep anywhere other than in bed with his humans. As soon as the lights go off, Jude squirms his way under the covers and to the foot of the bed. By the time the sun rises, his head is resting on his human’s pillow, with half his body still under the covers. We’re quickly learning that this is Jude’s world, and we’re just living in it.

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.

by ARLnow.com August 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is a tabby cat named Pippin from the Westover-Madison Manor area.

Here is what his owner, Erin, had to say about him:

Pippin isn’t just a “friend” or a “companion,” he is my best friend and my closest confidant. As soon as we met at the Animal Welfare League, I knew that Pippin was special. His brown tabby coat with its stripes and spots and his bright green eyes with massive pupils seemed to speak to me. His paws were massive, even at the age of just 8 weeks. He reached out and stretched them right in my face as if to say: “Look at how big I will be one day, don’t you want to see me grow?”

Nowadays, his paws don’t seem so big. He is no longer the kitten I met a little less than a year ago. He is now a true “tom cat” with an absurd amount of swagger and confidence. That table in the photo? Yeah, he can jump on it. That door in the photo? Yeah, he can open it. That cup of pens in the photo? Yeah, he can knock it over. This confidence is well founded; I’ve never seen him fail.

Of course, it’s impossible to speak of Pippin without talking about Henry, the Boston Terrier-Dachsund mix who, like me, immediately took to Pippin. The two were fast friends but they have an odd way of expressing this. Henry can be seen multiple times a day dragging Pippin by his scruff from one side of the house to the other. Often times, guests are put off by how frisky the pair seem to be but their play is innocent and mutual.

As soon as Henry steps away, Pippin will reach his paws out and tap Henry and the fun will begin again. Pippin is also always getting Henry into trouble by knocking things on the floor for Henry to eat. When Henry is found mid-feast, chewing a hat or a pen, he always gets the blame, not Pippin. What can I say? Pippin is just too charming for anyone to ever be mad at him!

Everyone who has met Pippin has loved him, even the self-proclaimed “cat haters.”  Whoever thinks that dogs are the only social animal hasn’t met Pippin. He is more than happy to hang out with anyone he meets and will hop right into their lap. He loves to cuddle, play, and will eat anything you give him.

He is curious yet loyal. Most nights, he sleeps right by my side with his head resting on my arm. The one time he was able to escape into the great outdoors he simply sat outside and waited to be let back in. He provided me with constant emotional support through my final year of high school and I’m not sure what life will be like without him next year. Pippin may only be ArlNow’s “Pet of the Week,” but, for me, he is the pet of a lifetime.

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.

by ARLnow.com August 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Ginger, a Chihuahua mix from Dominion Hills.

Here is what her owner Julie had to say about her:

Ginger is a spirited Chihuahua mix whose claim to fame is that she came in dead last in the local Running of the Chihuahuas race for two years in a row.

Regardless of her lack of a need for speed, Ginger is well loved by her family and she reciprocates this affection the best way she knows how — by providing puppy kisses, especially to the unsuspecting.

At nearly 7 years old and still seemingly unaware of her small size, Ginger has proven to be an effective watch dog. She zealously guards the house in an ongoing fight against the paper invasion- otherwise known as the mail delivery.

Starting out as a young pup, Ginger was eager to earn her keep in the house so she quickly took  up the role of kitchen floor sweeper, meaning that any time something remotely edible touches the kitchen floor, she sweeps it into her mouth. Just like with her home security efforts, Ginger has attempted to raise the bar with her kitchen duties.

There was one particular time when Ginger decided her kitchen cleaning efforts would be more productive if she bypassed waiting for food to fall to the floor. This was the day that she managed to jump up on a chair by the kitchen table and proceeded to eat half of a pound cake on the center of the table before the rest of the family could intervene.

When she’s not guarding the front door or acting as a canine kitchen Roomba, Ginger likes to curl up with her favorite blanket on the living room couch. If you see Ginger during one of her walks in the Dominion Hills neighborhood, feel free to come over and say hi!

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.

by ARLnow.com July 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Max, a year-and-a-half-old yellow labrador.

Here is what his owner Erin had to say about him:

Max is the most amazing year-and-a-half-old yellow lab. My grandmother passed away when I was 7 and one of my greatest memories of her was helping her with her house chores on Saturdays. Our last chore of the day always was making the bed, lining up all of the pillows, and putting her favorite stuffed animal – a floppy eared dog named Max – on the bed.

Since I was a child, I told my Mom that when I grew up, I was going to get my own dog. He was going to be a yellow lab and named Max after my grandma’s favorite stuffed dog.  It took me a while, but in January 2016, I brought home the best friend anyone could ask for!

Max loves other dogs and to carry stuffed animals around the house.  He’s known for trying to steal laundry, especially socks, and for dragging whoever is walking him to the local Unleashed store in Arlington.

He likes to swim and snuggle and is quite convinced that everyone walking down the streets of Arlington are friends who might have a treat for him! It’s all of those awesome qualities that are why I nominate Max for Arlington pet of the week.

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.

by ARLnow.com July 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Cooper, a Mali Uromastyx lizard.

Here is what his owner Ted had to say about his scaly friend:

Many families in Arlington enjoy the company of dogs or cats, but our family cuddles up with Cooper, our Mali Uromastyx lizard. Cooper joined our family in the summer of 2010 as our fourth lizard of two bearded dragons and two uromastyx.

Initially, my father had reservations about adopting another lizard but was persuaded when we let him name him. Cooper was named for Cooper Union, my father’s alma mater, and has been a member of the family ever since.

Cooper didn’t start out on the best of terms with the family as within days of adopting him, we almost lost him; literally. We took him in the car for a ride one day only to have him squirm out of our hands and quickly scoot underneath the car seat.

We tried baiting him out with blueberries (one of his favorite foods) but he wouldn’t budge! He was too far under the seat for us to grab him so my brother eventually rescued him by taking the entire seat out of the car! We scooped him up before he could run under another and thus Cooper was saved.

These days Cooper leads a mostly sedentary life (as many uromastyx do) hidden in his rock cave. He doesn’t venture out often but when he does he is either basking under his heat lamp or eating meals (consisting of kibble, greens, and occasional treats such as dandelions). When he’s out we take the opportunity to bathe him, play with him and give him our adoring love.

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.

by ARLnow.com July 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Reuben, a recently adopted Beagle mix.

Here is what Reuben had to say about his life as an Arlington puppy so far:

My name is Reuben and I was adopted on June 10 from NOVA Pets Alive. I am two and a half months old and love to play tug of war, play with my toys in mom and dad’s lap, and waking up with my dad every morning at 4 a.m.

I’m from Southwest Virginia just like my new mom and was rescued with my sister. She went home to a family with young children and I am looking forward to our puppy play dates.

I think I am a Beagle mix, but I am certain I am the absolute cutest. At only 10 weeks, I already love my crate and am trying to walk on my leash like a good boy, but that leash is a perfect tug of war toy.

My new mom and dad thought they were going to get an adult rescue dog, but when they saw me, they couldn’t resist. I love being an Arlington dog because the streets are super fun to cross (when we get the signal) and there are so many dogs to meet and play with and new smells.

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.

by ARLnow.com July 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Cooper, a shepherd-labrador mix from Fairlington.

Here is what his owner, Duncan, had to say about him:

Cooper is a friendly Shepherd-Lab mix. Cooper is a mutt; part labrador, shepherd and greyhound. He was raised in Fairlington and loves playing in the Four Mile Run dog park. When he’s not chasing squirrels you can catch him in the front window people-watching. He loves carrots and showing affection with lots of kisses.

He is a ball of energy. His favorite things to do are make new friends at the dog park and run around. He is an avid visitor to the Four Mile Run dog park, the only body of water he will get it in (He hates baths).

Recently he’s been making friends at the Clarendon dog park. He is very out going and social, he tried to kiss almost anyone he comes in contact with. His favorite spot to sleep or nap in is the leather couch in my room.

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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