Arlington, VA

Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week is Steven, an igneous rock that was rescued from a gravel mine.

Here is what Steven’s owner had to say on his behalf:

Hello! My name is Steven and I’m an igneous rock (part quartz and feldspar) rescued from a high-crush gravel mine! I’m a sprightly 570 million years old. While the first couple hundred million years of my life have been pretty rough and tumble, I’m living in Arlington now and taking nothing for granite! My favorite activities include sunbathing, skipping on smooth bodies of water, and holding down papers for my mom. I’m not that good at fetch, but I love being held in a warm, comfortable hand or occasional pocket. I’m learning a few new tricks but so far all I’ve mastered is “sit” and “stay.” I love music (rock, of course) and have been told I’m a great listener!

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 eight 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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Meet Bea, a 1 year old cat who’s favorite activities include birding and stealing hair ties.

Here is what Bea’s owner had to say about her life here in Arlington:

Christened after animal loving Golden Girl Bea Arthur, Bea is a 1 1/2 year old tortie, with all the spunk, smarts, and sweetness of her namesake. When her human roommates first met her at a local shelter, she immediately settled down on one of their laps and went right to sleep – and 30 minutes later, the paperwork was completed for her to come home with them! Bea’s love languages are physical touch and quality time. She loves helping her roommates get ready in the morning, following them around the kitchen (requesting snacks), greeting them at the door with tales of the day’s adventures, and generally being in the same room as one of them at all times. So, as you can imagine, she has absolutely loved her roommates working from home now and is happy to have them close by all day, every day!

Some of Bea’s favorite things are: birding, and racing to the windows to chirp at the crows that are bigger than her; jigsaw puzzles (she nests on the puzzle and guards the pieces when no one’s around); stealing hair ties from unsuspecting bathroom counters; morning sprint drills; and chasing after her favorite foam bouncy ball all over her apartment. And when tennis is on tv, she’ll happily chase after that ball, too, poking behind the tv to look for it when it bounces off the court.

Bea is a favorite among her human friends – so many people who claim to be “not a cat person” have gushed over Bea’s sweet nature and friendly personality, quickly becoming one of her fans and asking about her. Her roommates absolutely love her, and make sure she knows it at every opportunity. With her 1-year adoptiversary falling during this quarantine period, she’s getting the best gift she could dream of: all the love and cheek scratches, all the time – and lots of treats, just for being so darn cute.

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 eight 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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Meet this week’s Pet of the Week, Cooper, a 5 month old puppy recently rescued from Moldova.

Here is what Cooper’s owner had to say about his young life so far:

Though only 5 months old, Cooper is already an international world traveler with the passport stamps to prove it! The youngest of a litter of 7 puppies, Cooper and his siblings were born on the streets of Chisinau, Moldova in the middle of winter. Cooper and his siblings were strays, living outdoors in the middle of an extremely cold Eastern European winter. As luck would have it, Cooper and his siblings would be found by an animal lover right outside the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, who took in all the pups into her home! There they were cleaned, fed, trained, and most importantly loved for the first time ever in their lives. Once Cooper and his siblings were old enough to be vaccinated, they were flown to the United States and all adopted into forever homes on the East Coast.

My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to foster Cooper, but after just a few days with him we knew that he was ours! Even though Cooper is the runt of his litter, he has the biggest heart and the most playful personality. He is super adventurous, and completely fearless. He will explore every nook and cranny of whatever room he is in, and is never afraid to get his nose into things to discover new things! He is loving, and enjoys nothing more than to curl up with us on the couch or his new adopted sister, our 5 year old rescue Black lab, Tally! Cooper’s favorite room is the kitchen- during meal times you can always be sure to find him waiting patiently next to the counter for something to fall. We have yet to find a treat or toy that Cooper dislikes, simply because he loves them all.

Cooper is a one of a kind puppy, and we couldn’t be happier for him to be a part of our home!

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 eight 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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This week two rescue cats are Arlington’s Pet of the Week: Vila & Macchiato.

Here is what the felines’ owner has to say about their lives in Arlington:

Vila and Macchiato began life on the streets of Belgrade, Serbia.  Vila and her birth brother were in a parking garage; Mac was in a street.  Some kind people found them, bottle fed them, and those people’s cats helped raise the tiny kittens to be well-socialized bigger kittens, ready to go to a permanent home.  Their new Mom & Dad met them, fell in love, and adopted them, living first in Belgrade, where the humans were U.S. diplomats representing American interests to that country.  Eventually, the humans were transferred back to the U.S. and found their new home in Ballston, bringing the now-American kitties with them.

Vila, whose name means “Fairy” in her native Serbian, is a wiry, spunky girl, which is helpful as her big brother sometimes picks on her.  She usually holds her own.  Macchiato doesn’t actually mean “coffee;” it means “stained,” like Mac’s silly spotted nose.  He is tall, limber, cuddly and gregarious — and a little jealous.  Both are smart, enabling them to work together to open cupboards and get into lots of trouble.  Although they will turn 8 this spring, they still play, racing up and down the stairs of their townhouse and wrestling.  Fortunately, they also still love each other and snuggle.  Vila is the ground athlete, excelling at crumpled paper soccer and hockey with unpopped popcorn kernels.  Mac is a graceful aerial athlete, catching and destroying wand toy lures with alarming hunting prowess.

They love visitors, but are strictly indoor cats, for the sake of their health and that of neighborhood fauna.  They were neutered as young as possible, to ensure they wouldn’t contribute to pet overpopulation in Serbia or here in the U.S.  They are very happy to be part of the greater Arlington family!

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 eight 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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Meet Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week, Fergus who is celebrating 10 years since being adopted.

Here is what Fergus’s owner has to say about life here in Arlington:

Fergus is a 10 year old diplodog who has lived in Jordan, the United Kingdom, and is moving to South Korea this summer.  When not making friends for the United States overseas, he calls Arlington home.

Fergus is happy dog who wears his heart on his collar — you never have to guess what he is feeling (hungry, usually hungry).  He loves hiking, swimming, traveling, eating, hiding bones from his cousin Samson, and eating.  He also likes to help around the house and is particularly adept at gardening (digging holes in the yard) and overseeing all food preparation and cleanup.  Dislikes include being woken up suddenly, skateboards/scooters, cats, and missed meals.

Fergus was adopted from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation 10 years ago this March.

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 eight 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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Louie

Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week is Louie, a 6 year old domestic short hair who always wears one of his many bow ties.

Here is what Louie’s owner had to say about his life here in Arlington:

Louie is a six-year-old domestic shorthair with distinct black spots (like a cow). Louie was once an outdoor cat and he was very bad at it. He craved the luxury of a warm bed and air conditioning, so now he lives in a large house with five girls who give him all the attention he properly deserves. Louie is a gentleman who is never seen without one of his many bow ties. You might still find some lingering “Lost Cat” signs in Arlington from when Louie went missing for a week last fall. A small army of humans desperately looked for him while he was lost just two blocks away from home! Did I mention he’s bad at being an outdoor cat?

While he might come off as a serious cat, Louie is sweet and kind, and he has a way of knowing when someone needs an extra cuddle–he will stand watch day and night if he knows you are sad or a under the weather. But he can be persnickety, like with his refusal to eat anything poultry-flavored, his demand for freshly poured water every morning, and his made-up rule that he can’t go to bed at night unless the lights are off… and he will stare at you until you turn them off.

Louie loves routine. Every morning, once the coffee is poured for his human, Louie goes out in the backyard to sunbathe, eat grass, and hunt. He is a great provider and has brought LIVE chipmunks, voles, and mice into the house, but he’s quite useless in helping his human catch them once they’re inside. When he is done outside, Louie comes inside for breakfast and a nap. On nice afternoons, you might spot Louie going for a car ride in the High View Park neighborhood. He sits on his human’s lap and sticks his head out the window while listening to music and turning heads at the unexpected sight of a cat riding in a car. Maybe one day you, too, will spot the spotted cat driving around town!

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 eight 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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Duke

Meet Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week, Duke, a 2 year old German Shepherd who loves to play in the snow.

Here is what Duke’s owner told ARLnow about their life together in Arlington:

Duke is a 2-year-old silver German Shepherd. Even though he weighs about 105 lbs, Duke is a big baby with a very caring heart. Sometimes, because of his size and breed, he gets mistaken as mean, aggressive, or dangerous. In reality, he loves all people and fellow doggos and all he really wants is affection, attention, and a few head scratches here and there.

Duke is originally from Mississippi, where he was born into an unexpectedly large litter and was unable to be cared for by his parent’s owners. At 5 weeks old I took him in and we have been inseparable ever since! Since moving to Arlington, he has adjusted to city life pretty well, however the only things he can’t seem to get used to are the subway grates. He approaches them very cautiously and refuses to walk over them – he doesn’t trust them. On the other hand, one thing he has learned to love since moving here is snow. In his eyes, the magical white dust that falls from the sky is magnificent and turns the whole city into a playground. To him, there is no downside of snow – he loves to roll around in it, burrow his face in it,  pounce into it (as if attempting to catch the ground by surprise), and lay quietly in it to enjoy the cold.

Duke’s favorite day-to-day activities are swimming, playing fetch, and napping – and he excels at each one! He enjoys splashing around in any body of water (except in the bathtub), no matter what the temperature is outside – whether it’s 33 degrees or 98, that’s where he wants to be. He would also play fetch until he passed out, if he were allowed. His favorite places to go around Arlington are the Shirlington Dog Park, James Hunter Dog Park, and the U.S Marine Corps Memorial next to the National Cemetery.

Duke’s favorite thing about living in Arlington is having so many new friends (human and canine) to make friends with every day! If you happen to spot Duke walking around Courthouse or Clarendon, feel free to say hello and give him some pets – it would make his day.

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 eight 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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Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week is Confetti, a 2 year old rescue cat who loves to sleep in the bathroom sink.

Here’s what Confetti’s owner told ARLnow about how the feline feels about life here in Arlington:

I was born outside in a barn without good food or water. Luckily, a nice Arlington cat rescuer named Lily helped me out. She took me to a foster home with other cats who had trouble. There was one, grey cat that scared me. Soon after, Lily took me and some of the other cats to a pet a shop to meet potential families to help us find our forever homes. The grey cat came along and I was scared. One little girl looked at me and saw that I was shaking. She put her hand inside the cage and pet me. It made me purr. She felt my motor and I knew that she loved me. The family took me home that very day.

When I got to my forever home, I was really scared but after a few days I was more comfortable. My belly hurt because of the bad barn water and the vet said I had giardia. My new family gave me medicine and healthy food and nursed me back to health. The name I was given is Confetti because I have lots of little spots. My new family calls me lots of new names too, like: Marbles, French Fry, Fuzz Face, FetFet and Caramel Toes. I love all my names! My favorite toy is the one that my little girl owner makes for me out of pipe cleaners. I like to play fetch up and down the stairs with her. Sometimes I like to sleep in the cool bathroom sink because it feels really good. I also like to drink glasses of water that my family leaves out, but they don’t like that so much.

I know that I am loved and cared for and I feel so lucky that there are people out there like Lily to help cats like me that need a second chance. I am only two but I feel like I’ve been with my forever family… forever!

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 eight 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

 

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Meet Layla, a 2 year old black goldendoodle that lives in Rosslyn and is this week’s Pet of the Week.

Here is what Layla wanted to tell us about her life here in Arlington:

My name is Layla, and I am a [not so golden] black goldendoodle living in Rosslyn! I have only been roaming this earth for two years, but my mom has taken me on all of her adventures from Amman, Jordan to Arlington, Virginia. In Jordan, I assisted my mom in organizing English classes and after school sports programs for Syrian refugee girls. When duty called, it was my honor to interact with the students and be a calming and therapeutic presence. After a year and a half, I moved to Arlington to help my mom with her international security degree at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Living in such a dog friendly city makes it easy for my mom to bring me everywhere. Barley Mac is my favorite restaurant, and when my mom and I walk by, I am always ready to walk onto the patio for a quick bite to eat. While taking our walks around Rosslyn, we cover the US Marine Corps War Memorial, Dark Star Park, and many people who smile as I pass by. Finding my place in the United States has been easy in Arlington where I feel so welcomed every day!

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 eight 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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Meet Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week, Bojangles, a 7 year old Australian Shepherd Corgi mix who loves to nap.

Here is what Bojangles’ owner has to say about his life here in Arlington:

Bojangles is a 7-year-old Australian Shepherd/Corgi mix! At only 15″ tall, Bojangles compensates for his stature in sheer fluff and bark volume. When he’s not napping on the couch or staring at his humans, he enjoys watching intently over the intersection of Fairfax Drive and N Monroe St from his window and performing the only two tricks he knows: shake and high five.

Despite his limited trick repertoire, Bojangles is a true intellectual, ever searching for the answers to life’s trickiest questions: What does the discarded pizza crust in Quincy Park taste like? Where do my humans go during the day? How many times must I bark at a scooter before it barks back?

Although he was adopted from a rural area SIX years ago now, he’s never gotten used to city life–trucks, children, bikes, joggers, other dogs and generally anything that moves is still quite offensive to Bojangles’ sensibilities. If you see Bojangles out and about (you’ll recognize him by the barking), please feel free to say hello! He’s loud and socially awkward but loves attention and will happily accept pets and cuddles. You can follow Bojangles’ updates via his mom’s IG: @poppymerrell!

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 eight 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

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Meet Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week Heidi,  an 8 year old Mastiff who loves getting her nails painted.

Here what Heidi’s owner had to say about her life here in Arlington:

Heidi is an 8 year old mastiff who hails from the beaches of Southern California. She misses swimming at the dog beach year round, but is very impressed by Westover’s squirrel population. When Heidi isn’t getting her nails painted her signature pink or grabbing a puppuccino from Starbucks, she can be found sleeping on her humans’ bed or sofa.

Heidi was 25 lbs overweight when she was rescued six years ago. The vet ran lots of tests, but ultimately diagnosed her as clinically fat and lazy. She loves belly rubs, and will eat anything that remotely resembles food. She currently holds the unofficial title of world’s largest lapdog.

If you see Heidi around town, please stop her and say hello. Heidi is the center of her humans’ world, but she has no sense of loyalty and will love you just as much as she loves them. Or more if you have treats.

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 eight 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

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