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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.

by ARLnow.com June 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Betty, a Lost Dog rescue pup that’s a mix of Corgi and Jack Russell.

Here is what her owner, Krista, had to say about her:

This sweet girl was adopted from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in November. Although Betty originally hails from St. Croix, this island girl is happy to now be an Arlington pup!

Betty’s favorite place is the Shirlington Dog Park. She loves making friends with dogs of all sizes, but always seems to seek out the biggest dog at the park to play with! Betty also loves playing fetch, especially with her squeaky raccoon toy.

Much to her human’s dismay, the squeaky raccoon also must accompany Betty to bed each night (aka the human’s bed). She also enjoys car rides, belly rubs, people-watching from the window, moving shoes to different locations all around her house and scrambled eggs.

This snuggle monster’s unique look always manages to bring a smile to the face of strangers she meets in her apartment building or on her walks. Betty would love if you said hi to her if you see her 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 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 June 21, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

This week’s pet of the week is Charlie, a dog who was so excited at the prospect of being Pet of the Week, he decided to write his own biography.

Here is what Charlie had to say about life in Arlington:

Hi Arlington!

My name is Charlie and I’m almost 2 years old. My mommee adopted me in November 2016 from the Vieques Humane Society. Since my adoption, I have really embraced Arlington life! My mommee was worried I would be cold when I first got here, so she went a little overboard and bought me seven or eight sweaters to keep me warm. I don’t really care too much about the sweaters.

My favorite thing is my stuffed lizard that my nana got me. One of my favorite games is when someone throws the lizard into the living room and I jump off the bed and go get him. I bring him with me everywhere and my mommee thinks it’s the silliest thing because he’s almost as big as me!

Speaking of, I’m a mix of unknown descent, but my mommee and nana say that I’m a “Boxhund” because I look like a mix between a Boxer and a Dachshund. I guess that’s good because I’m only 23 pounds or, “apartment size.” Mommee says I have a “bum wheel” because when I was little I got hurt in Puerto Rico and my left hind leg healed badly, so I just don’t use it. It doesn’t bother me though, I’m just as hyper and happy as I can be!

Mommee says I fake the discomfort because when I see a squirrel I dig down with all four legs – but what does she know anyway? I have lots of nicknames too: Squish, Bubbies, Little Metronome, Charleston Chew, Chargon and Young Charles (YC). I like Chargon best because I like to think I’m tough like the dragon babies from Game of Thrones.

Mommee and I go to the dog park all the time. Have you been? It’s so fun there! I like to visit with all the dogs, but the big ones are my favorite. I’m not scared at all (except when there are lots of big dogs who all want to play at once – then I ask my mommee to pick me up).

Sometimes, we go down to the river and check out the rocks. I like to rub my face on them. Mommee just laughs at me, but I like the way they scratch my cheek. I’m too scared to go in the water right now but mommee says that when we go to Vermont in the summer, she’ll get me a life jacket and teach me how to swim in the lake!

I’m a good boy most of the time but when I get anxious sometimes I take it out on mommee’s stuff. A couple of months ago, mommee went to the grocery store and while she was gone, I ate her bedroom door. She wasn’t too mad though since I was just little and I scared. She got me a nice crate and put a really comfortable bed in it with all my toys and treats!

Sometimes I try to tear the bed but mommee always sews it back together for me. I love everyone though, so if I see you when I’m walking with my mommee I’ll always come up 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 June 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pets of the Week are Zoey and Rue, two mixed rescues who enjoy picking up litter and causing mischief together.

Here is what their owner, Amy, had to say about them:

Meet Zoey and Rue. First came nine month old Zoey, who we adopted through Lost Dog & Cat Rescue. Zoey is a sweet mix who befriends every dog and human she comes across. It’s her personal mission to keep Potomac Yards free of trash (especially water bottles). She insists on picking up and carrying home any litter she comes across

With Zoey’s urging, we decided she needed a sister. We began attending various adoption events to find the right match when Zoey met Rue, a ten week old rescue through Operation Paws for Homes. Now a family of four, Zoey’s helping Rue to learn the ropes including how to sit on the back of the couch (which will get interesting for us as Rue grows to around 60 lbs), that all rawhide belongs to Zoey (which will get interesting for Zoey as Rue quickly outweighs her), and that the funnest way to cool your paws is by standing directly in your water dish.

Both girls are looking forward to spending the summer together and taking on new adventures. Their next stop is camping at Assateague Island, for where they’re already plotting how to befriend a horse and sneak him 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 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 June 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Noodle, a dog that emmigrated all the way from Korea.

Here is what her owner, Sunnie, had to say about her:

Noodle is probably Arlington’s most well-traveled pup!

We picked Noodle up from Dulles airport when she was just 6 months old after a 16 hour flight from Korea. Noodle was rescued by an amazing group called Hope for Donghae Paws. The group rescues dogs from rural Korea, many of whom come from the meat trade market, abusive situations and overall neglect.

Noodle has come a long way since her dog travel days and has warmed up to living in the States quickly!

Noodle loves her dog friends above all else; you can find her romping around the backyard of Potomac Towers with her friends, getting covered in sand at the Clarendon Dog Park or kickin’ at doggy daycare.

In addition, she enjoys loungin’ on the couch, throwing socks around, sleeping like a human and overall just being a happy pup! She also recently played a critical role in asking her mom to marry her dad! Although she looks mildly upset, we think she was just exhausted from keeping the secret for so long!

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 May 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Charlie, a 9-year-old cockapoo and terrier mix.

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

Hi! My name is Charlie. My veterinarian thinks I’m a mix of a Cockapoo and Terrier, but a lot of people mistake me for a Goldendoodle. I was born nine years ago in Jackson, Mississippi, but then, something happened and I wound up in an animal shelter there when I was three. I wish I could tell them what happened, because my mom and dad have always wondered how such a sweet dog could be abandoned with a chain attached to a cable tie around my neck.  When they saw a picture of me on Facebook, they called the shelter and drove down to meet me and take me to my new forever home in Arlington.

I really like living here. I love walks and meeting new furry friends. I especially like the squirrels and bunnies. My mom and dad say we have to add another 15 minutes to our walks in the spring and summer, because I stop, stare and stalk for a very long time when I see one.

My dad is a filmmaker. One day he thought, because I’m so calm and laid back, that I should be in one of his movies. Besides being Chief of Security and barking at the mail and FedEx delivery people, acting is one of my favorite things. Some say I do it for the art, others say it’s for the little cubes of cheese. I’ll never tell. Fyi, keep the cheese coming! Being in the movies is great, except for the pup-arazzi! Sometimes I have to wear my Ray-Ban’s.  You can watch the trailer for our movie that was shot in Arlington online.

I hope to see you and your furry family members 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 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 May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pets of the Week are Beowulf and Grendel, two bulldogs who enjoy playing together.

Here is what their owner, Matthew, had to say about them:

Beowulf and his brother from a different mother, Grendel are English Bulldogs aged 7 years and 9 months, respectively. Despite what their names suggest, they are not Anglo-Saxon epic enemies and enjoy playing, wrestling and lounging in the sun together. They are as loving and loyal to one another as they are to their human family. In fact, Beowulf likely owes his life to his younger brother.

As you might be able to tell from his picture, Beowulf suffers from a non-contagious skin condition called Calcinosis Cutis, caused by heavy doses of prednisone previously taken to combat a life-threatening autoimmune disease, IMHA that attacks his red blood cells.

Beowulf’s resulting anemia required multiple blood transfusions and additional medications to save his life. Despite these medications and medical interventions, Beowulf’s condition never truly stabilized. That all changed when we brought his baby brother, Grendel home.

Grendel’s puppy energy, curiosity and mischievousness was contagious and Beowulf’s condition not only stabilized, he has regained his former energy and vitality. Beowulf has wholeheartedly taken on his responsibility as a big brother and does his best to teach Grendel the social pecking order (which he thinks goes him, Robin, Matt, then Grendel) and what should and should not be chewed into little pieces.

As our teeth marked sofa, carpet and shoes can attest, Grendel still has a lot of learning to do. All that really matters is that Beowulf and Grendel love each other as much as they love their human family and we love them too.

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 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 May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Tim Riggins, a long-haired and talkative cat.

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

Tim Riggins is a handsome long-haired cat who loves eating treats, hiding in small dark places, collecting hair ties, and watching squirrels from the window. He was adopted a year and a half ago from the Arlington Animal Welfare League when we were in the middle of a Friday Night Lights marathon.

Like his namesake from the show, Tim is a laid-back bad boy with a heart of gold. Soon after his adoption, he managed to jump out of a second floor window and live in the woods for a couple days! Luckily someone saw our missing cat flyer and called at midnight to inform us Tim was lounging by the community pool. After an hour long chase through the woods, we finally got him back and he’s been living the good life ever since!

Tim is a very talkative cat. He’s always making chirping noises as he walks around the house and will chirp back at you if you call his name. He doesn’t like to cuddle often, but he will follow us around to whatever room we’re in and hang out. And if someone is using the sink, Tim likes to stick his head under the running water. His other favorite water game is dipping his paws into unattended glasses of water when he thinks we aren’t looking.

Other than that, Tim loves lounging on his favorite couch cushion and grooming his beautiful gray fur. He is the best cat we have ever met and the most low maintenance! We really lucked out with Tim; he was the very first cat we met at the shelter and we knew right away we needed to bring him 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 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 May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Duke, a black labrador retriever with bags of energy. Here is what his owner, TeChera, had to say about him:

Duke is a 9-week-old puppy who was originally fostered before being adopted from the Wolftrap Animal Rescue in Northern Virginia. Bursting with loads of energy, he is part labrador retriever, part Superman, as he loves to leap and fly across the living room, always accompanied by his trusty knitted blanket. Although my little caped crusader lacks the baby blues of a Christopher Reeve or Henry Cavill, Duke’s large coal colored eyes are my own form of kryptonite — especially when begging for doggie treats!

Duke is a happy little guy who’s thankful for his “new leash on life” (and still chooses to love me despite my bad puppy puns). Thanks to wonderful organizations such as Wolftrap Animal Rescue, Duke was rescued from an overwhelmed animal shelter that would have euthanized him and 50 other puppies, despite his or their cute little faces. To show mommy his eternal gratitude, Duke limits his teething habits to his own toys rather than chomping away on my shoes. Even at 9 weeks, Duke likes to race me home, sprinting with the secret desires to be a Greyhound, but still not quite fast enough to catch his own tail.

I truly love my Duke!

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 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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