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by ARLnow.com — August 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Tucker, who enjoys nibbling on envelopes, grocery bags and clothes.

Here’s what Tucker’s owner, Amanda, had to say about him:

Tucker is a very handsome gentleman born near Charlottesville. He was adopted from a shelter when he was nine months old and has been an Arlingtonian ever since!

Tucker lives with his mom, dad, human-sister, Alice, and fur-brother, Brody. He spends his days napping, chasing his brother, begging for water from the bathroom faucet, and swatting at himself in the mirror. He’s a very healthy boy in spite of his minor case of cat pica. Tucker enjoys, in particular, eating the envelopes from the mail, plastic grocery bags, mom and dad’s clothing, and string. His house is kept very tidy due to his occasional appetite for non-food material!

Tucker loves living in Arlington and hopes that more families will adopt furry friends like him from local shelters. He brings great joy to his family and they are thankful for him 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 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 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Cooper, a young Goldendoodle.

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek story about Cooper, who apparently turns trash into organic compost:

Arlington County continues to develop new and innovative ways to deal with trash and recycling. Cooper, a one year old Goldendoodle resident of Arlington County, spearheaded a new program that launched last fall. “I like to focus on small pieces of trash like cigarette butts and pieces of plastic” said Cooper. “Small pieces of trash end up in our storm drains and ultimately in the river.”

On a typical day, Cooper collects upwards of three pounds of trash. Not only does Cooper collect trash, but he also turns it into organic compost to fertilize Arlington lawns. Cooper’s mom, Jess, is thrilled that he has taken such an interest in the environment. “I’m so proud of my little boy” said Jess. In addition to helping the environment, Jess said that “Cooper’s recycling efforts make our walks so much more enjoyable.” Cooper hopes to continue this program for years to come.

Disclaimer to all pet lovers: No, Jess does not actually let Cooper eat trash and fertilize lawns! This was just a different take on ARLnow’s Pet of the Week as Arlington is extremely environmentally conscious and dog friendly. Like any puppy, Cooper had his challenges. In the beginning, much like a baby, he picked up small objects with his mouth. Luckily, Jess is very attentive and quickly removed the objects and corrected Cooper. He is doing so much better now.

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 — August 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rusty, who is a loving cat, despite his health problems.

Here’s what Rusty’s owner, Gabby, had to say about him:

Rusty came to us as an add-on. We were adopting a 10-year-old tabby from a family whose daughter had severe, debilitating allergies and they asked us if we would also be interested in the 7-month-old kitten they had adopted two months prior. He was very sweet but skittish. They really loved him but figured they would have to send him back to the shelter. I sent his picture to my husband – a skinny, orange kitty with a belly licked bald from his stress at the shelter. We were in love.

Rusty and Toby the tabby came home with us the next week. While Toby was a mature adult about the entire process and quickly acclimated to his new home — Rusty was a wreck. His first family had only had two months to work with him on his trust issues and he seemed to regress — hiding under every surface, cowering if we wanted to touch him, always
licking away at his poor little belly — not a trace of fur. Within a month of adopting him he got very sick with a respiratory infection. Curiously, his previous owners had told us he had been on antibiotics for the same thing quite recently. Then he got another one. And another one. After six months of repeat illnesses and thousands of dollars, we were beside ourselves trying to figure out what was wrong with him. Turns out Rusty had asthma, and weakened lungs prone to infections, most likely caused by whatever terrible circumstances he endured before finding his way to a shelter.

We’ve now had Rusty six years and all of his fur has returned. He get an asthma inhaler administered twice a day and we have reduced his lung infections to about 4 times a year. He will always be a special cat prone to sickness but he is worth every penny. He meets me and my husband at the door every evening, is happiest when he is in one of our faces demanding to be loved, is addicted to catnip and sleeps on our bed every night without fail. Our tabby Toby died of cancer last Thanksgiving and Rusty has helped pull us through the other side of our sadness. I can’t even think about what would have happened to him if he had gone back to a shelter.

Dog people always say cats don’t love — that you could never form a bond with one like you could with a dog — but to that I say that’s only if you’ve never given a cat a fair chance.

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 — August 3, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Ranger, whose full name is Park Ranger Jackson.

Here’s what Ranger’s owner, Katie, had to say about this adventurous pup:

Hi! My name is Park Ranger Jackson (or “Ranger” as my mom likes to call me). I’m a 12-week old Aussie puppy who just recently moved from Asheville, NC to Arlington, VA and who loves to be outside. Even though I’ve only been living here for a few weeks, I already love it — my new neighbors are great! I’ve met so many new people in the area, including a really cool veterinarian who gave me my awesome blue bandana and lots of yummy treats! When I take walks with my mom, everyone I meet stops and stares at my eyes. I think they look kinda silly, what with one being blue and the other being brown, but my mom tells me I’m adorable!

When I’m not busy chasing the neighborhood bunnies and squirrels, I like to go hiking! I’ve already gone to Great Falls Park and have walked through a lot of the area parks! Who knew Arlington would have such great trails?! This coming weekend we are going to check out Theodore Roosevelt Island and might even go kayaking in Georgetown — I just love playing outside! If you want to follow more of my adventures (including an upcoming tour of the US National Parks) be sure to look up my hashtag #ParkRangerJackson on Instagram!

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 — July 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Nami, who is from Tanzania.

Here’s what Nami’s owner, Teri, had to say about her:

Some people say she looks like a taller version of a wiener dog, some people say she looks like an exotic wild African Lion Dog, and some people think she looks like Santa’s Little Helper from The Simpsons. I just think she looks like my sweet little girl. Nami grows on people. The more you’re with her, the more you start noticing her beautiful brown eyes that match her coat, her white tip of her tail like a paint brush, and her expressive bouncy ears. She’s really a gorgeous animal, and more importantly, such a loving companion.

I met Nami as a puppy when I was in the Peace Corps in Tanzania back in 2008. Check out her puppy picture- Adorable, right?! I could not resist keeping her! And it has been the best decision for the past 7 years. I brought her home in a taxi all the way into my village, where cars did not come through often. Culturally, people thought I was crazy, not only for having a dog as a single woman, but the way I babied her so much was clinically insane. Of course, she eventually grew on everyone though. (Except when she was chasing their chickens around town!) She followed me everywhere I went. “Nami” actually means “with me” in Swahili. We went on adventure after adventure together. I used to just whistle at my front door and she would run all the way home from a mile away. She warmed my heart and woke me up every morning climbing in bed and kissing me, ready to play. She kept me company in a village that could sometimes feel very lonely so far from home.

As difficult and expensive it was to bring Nami back to America with me, it was a very easy decision. She stayed with her grandparents for part of the time and grew on them too. To their disappointment, she eventually moved with me to Arlington! She still follows me around from room to room at home, and at the dog park she still runs right back at my whistle. While she’s a little older now and appreciates her afternoon nap more than in her younger years, her presence is still so huge. I work from home and run my own interior design business, NAFASI Interiors. Without co-workers, Nami keeps me company and gives me an excuse to pull myself away, get outside, and fit in some play time. She snores next to us all night now, and she wags her whole bottom so excited to see us whenever we get home. She still is — and always will be — my little baby. We grew up together side by side and around the world. She lights up my life, and I am so happy she’s always there with me.

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 — July 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Catsby, who’s as great as the literary character she’s named after.

Here’s what Catsby’s owner, Steve, had to say about her:

Born in Falls Church, the Great Catsby moved to Arlington when she was six weeks old.  Although her name evokes gin fizz-soaked Jazz Age parties and gregarious flappers, in fact Catsby is quite shy.  It took her a while to feel comfortable with people.  While she can be skittish around those she doesn’t know, usually she hops up to sit with her family and neighbors.  She especially loves her human brother’s girlfriend, who is studying to be a vet.

She likes chicken and rice cat food, playing with laser pointers, and settling down on newspaper.  She can sit on the top of the armchair in the sun room and watch birds for hours.  Most of all she enjoys long naps on the bed in the master bedroom.  If a laundry bin is left on the floor, sometimes she pees in it, but we can’t be perfect.

What makes Catsby awesome is that she kept all of her family happy during the year her diplomat human dad spent in Iraq.  Whenever anyone in her human family felt lonely, Catsby jumped up next to them and kept them company.  Her human family loves her very much.

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 — July 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Jasmine, who’s a 9-year-old pug.

Here’s what Jasmine’s owner, Jessica, had to say about her.

Hi, my name is Jasmine the Pug (look for my hashtag on Instagram #jasminethepug) and I am 9 years. My birthday is August 1st and I will be the BIG 1-0. My mom took me in when I was 6 months old from a family that could no longer keep me. Mom and I both moved to the DC area 8 years ago and have been living in Arlington for the past 4 years.

Just over a year ago, my mom decided to take in my new brother, Wilson. He is WILD! I don’t know what she was thinking because I’m old and he exhausts me, but I love him nonetheless. I am actually his great aunt or something (we have the same bloodline), but I only claim him occasionally.

Things I enjoy include: eating (I would eat ALL the time if she’d let me), sunbathing, boat riding, laying on the couch, cuddling in my cuddlebed, and just being close to my mom. Occasionally mom will take us to the wineries out in Virginia and that’s always fun. Barrel Oak is my favorite! Mom also volunteers with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and will sometimes bring home another dog for the weekend. It’s okay as long as it keeps my brother, Wilson, entertained and lets me rest.

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 — July 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Mason, who’s Australian by breed and all American by bandana.

Here’s what Mason’s dog mom Laura had to say about him.

Mason is a 1-and-a-half-year old mutt. His mom is an Australian cattle dog mix and is responsible for his beautiful blue eyes. Mason doesn’t know much about his dad, but he guesses that he might have been part Basenji given his physique and coloring. Mason’s mother was pregnant in the streets of South Carolina. He and his brothers and sisters were placed in a high-kill shelter until being rescued and transferred up to Pennsylvania where he met his now parents. Mason’s parents drove from Arlington to Scranton to rescue him because they were so drawn by his piercing blue eyes. He is often stopped by Arlington residents while walking around town that can’t seem to resist them either.

Mason is a lover of hikes, camping, long walks, and warm sunshine, and can be easily persuaded to do pretty much anything when peanut butter or ice cubes are on the line. He also enjoys playing with his fellow pup friends in his apartment building. In the summers, Mason can sometimes be found swimming at the Shirlington Dog Park or on Theodore Roosevelt Island. He used to be spotted frequently running on the Custis Trail, but his recent diagnosis with a severe heart condition has lead to the end of his running career. Unsurprisingly, Mason is not overly fond of vacuums, power tools, and other loud devices. He has hopes that one day his parents will adopt his future brother named Dixon. Overall, Mason is a resilient pup who loves fellow dogs, humans, and a good adventure. If you see him in Arlington, make sure to stop 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 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 Sponsor — June 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Harper, a Golden Retriever mix rescued from North Carolina.

Harper, a playful pup, loves car rides, napping, walks, chasing squirrels and giving high-fives but hates the vacuum cleaner with a passion.

Here’s what Harper’s owner, Rachel, had to say about her.

Harper is a one-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever mix rescued from North Carolina.  Harper was a stray so she was very shy at first but has come a long way and is now a very playful, outgoing, happy Arlington pup.

Harper’s favorite activities involve car rides, napping, long walks, chasing squirrels, giving high-fives and trying to get all the peanut butter out of her Kong. Harper is also a huge fan of the water and is looking forward to the warmer weather, though she did have a lot of fun in the blizzard! When Harper isn’t busy chasing squirrels she loves to visit her patients; Harper is currently a Paw Pal with a local hospice care provider. Harper is a very sweet and calm around people so she is perfect for the job, not to mention she loves the attention too!

She also loves getting to meet new friends and play with other dogs at the nearby dog parks. Harper’s biggest fear is the vacuum cleaner. Nothing else is quite as scary, Harper enjoys pacing around it and barking, which makes vacuuming quite exciting. A unique thing about Harper is that she is very allergic to chicken. Harper has to have a special diet to ensure she is not consuming any chicken. Oh, and did we mention Harper was a little spoiled? She enjoys taking up the whole bed and making herself at home on all the furniture, as seen in her photos. :)

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 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bosley, a seven-month-old Goldendoodle who melts hearts and destroys beds.

Upon recently discovering a new thing called a “beach,” Bosley was smitten. As much as he loves Clarendon, Bosley craves more trips to the shore.

Here’s what Bosley’s beach chauffeur, Liz, had to say about him.

Hello! My name is Bosley, or Bosley Bear as my mom likes to call me, and I am a seven month old Goldendoodle. I was adopted from Staunton, Virginia at nine weeks and moved to Arlington in January. You have probably seen me walking around Clarendon, desperately trying to pull my mom and dad to meet every single person we walk by. Sometimes I get the hiccups because I’m so excited to meet everyone.

I may be small now, but I have a big personality and endless energy! I LOVE going to the Clarendon Dog Park and playing with my fellow Arlington doggies. Every time we leave our apartment and start walking in that direction I try my hardest to get us there faster. I’ve taken a couple trips to the beach already and have decided the beach life is for me! I’d also settle for splashing around in the creek behind my grandparent’s house.

I may have chewed up a couple beds and stolen a few dinners from my parents but they still love me! Follow me on Instagram at Bosley_the_dood to see more pictures of my adventures.

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 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Mooch. True to his name, Mooch sits around at home all day and does nothing productive for society.

Here’s what Arlington Forest residents Sylvie and Paul had to say about their doggy slacker.

Mooch is a Golden Retriever who lives at home and is unemployed.

He turned four on February 3rd, which makes him 28 in human years, a little too old to be hanging out in his parents’ place, but he is often forgiven because he is so sweet.  Mooch absolutely lives up to his name, as he is a total mooch for affection. He also mooches for food, but not as much as he does for love. Mooch loves belly rubs and full body massages. He mostly eats Blue Buffalo’s chicken and rice but has a couple other favorite treats as well, including anything that falls off the dining room table, apple cores, bananas, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, and any food item he encounters on the street when walking outside.

When Mooch was just eight months old he attended Dogtober Day at Lacey Woods Park on Washington Boulevard. Mooch won the category of Best Costumewearing an airplane suit, and was dubbed Mooch Airways. He was then automatically entered into the running for Best in Show, and came very close to winning by applause-meter in what remains a highly contested decision. Mooch is a mellow guy though, so he doesn’t lose any sleep over it.

Mooch can often be found in Lubber Run Park sporting his most recent bad haircut, done by his owner. Fortunately he doesn’t embarrass easily.

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 8, 2016 at 11:05 am 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Fauna, who’s training to be a service dog.

Fauna frequents the Village at Shirlington, Pacers 5K races and enjoys the occasional trip to the beach. Here’s more about her:

Please meet Fauna, a Guiding Eyes For The Blind “puppy with a purpose.” Last April, volunteer puppy raisers John and Kayla were matched with this petite 10 week old yellow lab puppy who couldn’t be cuter if she tried. Over the past year, Fauna has been taught basic obedience and house manners, and socialized in a variety of environments. Service dogs in training must learn to work around different people, places and distractions. She accompanies her raisers in stores, restaurants, offices, and even commutes on the Metro. Fauna is often seen training around Shirlington while working on her dog distractions. She especially enjoys her weekly training class where she learns new skills alongside the other puppies in our region.

But it hasn’t been all work and no play for Fauna. She loves to jog, hike, swim, fetch, tug, chew and cuddle with her raisers. She’s currently plowing through a bucket list of local outings, including a Nats game, a beach weekend in Ocean City, a Pacers 5K race, a Wolf Trap concert, the National Zoo, and much more. In between her daily training and play sessions, Fauna has helped to foster several rescue cats for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. She would love to find a forever home for her boyfriend Sylvester (https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34854789).

Fauna is now 16 months old and getting ready for her big test in July that will determine which working career she is best suited for. She 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 she decides that she just misses her family too much, Fauna will be adopted by her raisers and serve as a surrogate mom for their new Guiding Eyes puppy in August.

Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Yorktown Heights, NY, Guiding Eyes for the Blind (www.guidingeyes.org) is an internationally accredited nonprofit guide dog school that has provided thousands of blind and visually impaired people with specially bred and trained dogs at no cost that grant them dignity, freedom and greater independence.

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 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rebel.

The photo above may make Rebel look like a beach bum, but he’s a hard worker who chases bunnies like a champ and is training to be a therapy dog.

Here’s what Amy had to say about her friendly, energetic canine companion.

Hi my name is Rebel! Everyone compliments my mom on my name but she can’t take credit, I had it when she adopted me. When I was leaving the shelter I jumped right into the driver’s seat, we were going home and there was no turning back!

I’m a 3.5 year old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix who used to be a country dog in Staunton, VA but moved to Northern Virginia 1.5 years ago. Making new friends is my favorite whether I’m barking at dogs across the street, running around the dog park, or letting little kids pet me; I want to meet everyone. Chasing all the bunnies in my backyard is fun too because they look just like my squeaky toys. When I’m really good I even get to tag along for happy hours and sneak some french fries from anyone willing to share.

My mom wanted a travel buddy so I go on lots of road trips with her. I’ve been all up and down the East Coast everywhere from Connecticut to Georgia but my favorite was my first trip to the beach in Charleston, SC.

People like to ask me lots of questions because I tilt my head every time I hear the words car, dog park, or Petsmart. I figure if I look cute enough they’ll take me to one of those places. This summer I hope to become a registered therapy dog to show off my sweet personality.

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 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bean, at mutt who’s originally from Texas and may have a bit of Cattle Dog in her heritage.

Here’s what Bean’s dog mom, Cynthia, had to say about her.

After being found as a stray in Texas, Bean came to Northern Virginia in November 2015, when her new mom instantly fell in love and adopted her. Bean is believed to be an 11-month-old mutt (possibly a Cattle Dog mix). Bean is an avid ball fetcher, tug player, and squirrel chaser. She absolutely LOVES going to daycare at WOOFS! Dog Training Center everyday and can’t get enough playtime with all of her friends. However, at the park the only thing Bean cares about is chasing her ball.

While shy at times, Bean almost always has to say hello to anyone she meets- she is especially fond of children. Bean recently completed a Puppy Basic Obedience class at WOOFS! and is currently taking a Nosework class. Bean and her mother hope to try out Agility in the future as well, and they can’t wait to see what Bean thinks of swimming! Bean’s favorite treats are peanut butter and Vienna sausages. When she is not busy playing, Bean loves to snuggle and take naps. Bean and her mom like to take long walks around the Ballston neighborhood — if you see them, please say hi (if she doesn’t first!)

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 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Jazzy, a cat who’s from the heartland, rocks some distinguished white hair and who has her sights set on the (small, furry) white house.

Here’s Jazzy’s stump speech, written by her campaign manager (and owner), Stacey.

Hello, my fellow Americans! My name is Jazzy. I’m originally from Kansas City and am named after the Jazz music district where I was found as a kitten. My family moved to Arlington last year so I could begin my political career. My dad also took a promotion to his DC office – helpful coincidence!

My hobbies include bird watching out our patio door, chasing the elusive red laser and trying to eat cheese off my parents’ plates. I also work really hard. My most frequent tasks include waking my parents before their alarms go off, running around my mom’s feet when she does workout DVDs, and patrolling the hallway to make sure all is well in our apartment building. All that work requires frequent naps, as well. My scientific studies determined the best sleep can be found in a basket of clean laundry!

Don’t let this fluffy face fool you – I can put my paw down when necessary. I’m the perfect combination of compassion and cattitude that is needed in a leader. You can learn more about my campaign and adventures on social media. I look forward to being your purrresident. Vote Jazzy! #jazzy2016

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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