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by ARLnow.com December 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Wilson, a 15-week-old goldendoodle puppy.

Here is what his owner Jennifer had to say:

My husband and I recently expanded our family to now include our mini goldendoodle puppy, Wilson.

Wilson is 15 weeks old and is a mix of a golden retriever and a mini poodle, although Wilson inherited more of the looks of his mom, with the straight golden retriever hair.

Wilson has been making his way around Arlington. He’s been to lots of bars/restaurants already – including his favorite, Whitlow’s on Wilson, where his mom and dad met (hence the name Wilson!)

Wilson’s favorite experience so far has been hiking in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve last week. He loved the water!

We love showing Wilson around our hometown of Arlington and have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of attention he gets when we go for walks!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

by ARLnow.com November 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Dixie, a retired therapy and crisis comfort dog.

Here is what she had to say about her life:

My name is Dixie and I am a small Goldendoodle. Yes, I look like a lion. Or Beyoncé. Before I retired, I was a therapy dog and a crisis comfort dog for eight years. I helped people cope, often during the most stressful times in their lives.

Now I spend my time deciding if it will be a dog day or a cat day. On my cat days, I boss my Mom around, telling her exactly where I want to go on my walks. She says I am a Diva.

On my dog days, I go where she wants me to go. My favorite places are Petco Unleashed and Starbucks.

Please stop and say hello if you see me on the streets. I am friendly and my Mom always has dog treats with her.

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 November 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Prickles, a hedgehog who got involved in one of the Arlington County Board’s recent policy debates.

Here is what his owner John had to say:

Cats and dogs are great, don’t get me wrong, but few have won recent legislation battles with Arlington County.

In an article this year, your website covered an exception for hedgehogs in the new exotic animal ban. My hedgehog, Prickles, was part of that fight.

After emailing the county on behalf of the Arlington hedgehog community, the county responded and reassured us that Prickles was A-OK in their books and that his voice was heard loud and clear throughout their offices.

So who is Prickles? Well, he is a 1-year-old African hedgehog who was born in the countryside of Winchester, Va. He spends most days curled up in a small fleece sleeping bag (we should all be so lucky).

At night is when the magic happens. Around 10 p.m. or so, he wanders out for water and a quick bit to eat (dry cat food).

Gold’s Gym is closed at this point, so instead he rotates between sessions of running on his wheel and powerwalks with toilet paper tubes on his head. Some of his favorite toys are ping pong balls, cat toys with bells and PVC tubes to run through.

Prickles isn’t much of a talker: just the occasional squeak or hiccup. He also doesn’t fetch, kill mice, roll over, or care about laser pointers; these things are beneath him.

While he certainly can be lazy, and he is most certainly grumpy when he wakes up; my finance and I love him, and hope you guys will consider a pet outside of the box, yet has recent relevance to Arlington, for your Pet of the Week.

PS: He thinks Sonic projects an unrealistic body image for all other hedgehogs. Just kidding, he loves him, but he does hate those pesky water levels.

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 November 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Sandy, a mixed breed from Alabama.

Here is what her owner Emily had to say:

Sandy is an energetic 1-year-old mixed breed who was rescued from the Humane Society after making the trip up here from Alabama. Sandy arrived just in time for Christmas this year, making her the best gift we have ever received!

She is incredibly friendly and loves getting attention from anyone who will look in her direction.

Sandy is always trying to entice us to play with her, often smacking us in the rear with a toy to try to get our attention. She has taken over a chair in our house and likes to sit in “her” chair keeping an eye on the neighborhood.

Her favorite activities are chasing squirrels, following her mom and dad around the house, spending time at the dog park playing with any and every dog, and cleaning food off of little kids faces. She has a loud snore after a day of play and always likes to have a toy within reach.

Luckily she is pretty cute and has a great personality which distracts us from her more naught habits of eating anything in site (including vitamins, hair brush, dust buster, you name it…) and her love of chewing on shoes and houseplants.

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 November 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Rusty, a retired racing greyhound.

Here is what his owner Deanna had to say:

Rusty is a retired racing greyhound who made his way around five different racing tracks and raced in about 80 races before he was adopted out through our local greyhound rescue group, Greyhound Welfare.

He actually won a few races, but we think he is best suited to being a pet. The rescue group described him as a lovebug who is free with his kisses, and they could not have been more accurate. He approaches strangers and friends with the same warm excitement and wants to say hi to everyone we pass on our walks.

He is an expert snuggler and loves nothing more than cuddling up on the couch with his human family and friends. Although greyhounds are notoriously lazy, he loves going on runs if it is not too hot out and will do absolutely anything for a snack.

We love Rusty very much and hope his story will help encourage others to consider adopting a retired racing greyhound! You can find out more about Greyhound Welfare at http://greyhoundwelfare.org/

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 November 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lucy, a 2-year-old Boxer.

Here is what her owner Lacey had to say:

Ms. Lucy is a super playful, affectionate, wiggle-butt 2-year-old Boxer. She was born in the great outdoors of Shenandoah Valley and now sleeps inside on a king-sized bed in Arlington. She still enjoys the outdoors, but also loves chasing squirrels, eating cookies, and peanut butter-filled Kong.

Lucy has a very expressive personality to say the least. She loves giving hugs and kisses, and can be quite emotional at times. If you are talking too loud or sitting in Lucy’s favorite spot on the sofa, she’ll look at you and let out a loud sigh.

An only child, Lucy also likes to be the center of attention and will try anything for acknowledgement–howling and whining, nudging you with her nose, or a slapping you on the wrist with her paw. In her teen years Lucy does not like to be left behind and has a serious case of FOMO.

As part of a working-class dog family, Lucy works patiently alongside her momma by day and leads a very active lifestyle by night. She especially enjoys walking her parents around the neighborhood and socializing at Towers Doggie Park.

On the weekdays, Lucy prefers later morning office hours and on weekends she likes to catch up on her beauty rest–don’t expect Lucy to wake up any earlier than 11am. Please say hello next time you see Lucy and be prepared for plenty of hugs and kisses!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

by ARLnow.com October 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lincoln, a black rabbit.

Here is what her owner Jaime had to say:

Lincoln the rabbit was adopted from the Southeastern PA-DE Chapter of the House Rabbit Society two years ago, and while she was originally a cruelty case, is now living the life of a princess.

We aren’t sure what condition she was rescued from but we think the former owners weren’t feeding her adequately. So when I first brought her home she went crazy for food, running across the floor and sliding into her food bowl like a puppy. Even though she’s nice and plump now, she still maintains that same appetite.

Lincoln loves car rides, raisins, lettuce, her fluffy beds and chewing the wood trim on the wall (ugh). Anytime you pet her on the head or comb her “mane” she grinds her teeth in happiness.

She loves to cuddle and her favorite times are spent wrapped up in a blanket, or “bunny burrito” and watching Netflix in bed. Lincoln is a great example of “Adopt Don’t Shop” and such a sweet little girl!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

by ARLnow.com October 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Willy Pep, a Boxer mutt.

Here is what his owner Sarah had to say:

Willy Pep is a sweet 11-year-old Boxer mutt who was rescued from an animal shelter seven years ago by my family, the Malks.

In the shelter, when all the other dogs would run forward to greet their potential new owners, Willy hung back and gazed lackadaisically into the distance, as if he couldn’t care less about the commotion around him. That’s when we knew he was the dog for us.

However, Willy Pep did surprise us with his endless energy and sunniness once he was home. There has not been one single visitor to our front door in the past seven years who has not felt the wrath of a million slobbery kisses at eye level — no matter their height.

Willy Pep was named for the World Featherweight boxing champion, Guglielmo Papaleo, or “Willie Pep,” who was known for his sprightly speed and optimistic attitude on life.

Our Willy Pep has been recently diagnosed with cancer, and we are making the days that we have left with him count. But, throughout all of his veterinarian appointments and pain, Willy Pep has remained the same glowingly spunky and exciting dog that he has always been.

We are so thankful for the pet, friend and family member that he has been to us these past seven years. We will miss our dear Willy Pep once his time is up, but, even though he’s no featherweight, he’ll always be a champion in our hearts.

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

Here is what his owner Maggie had to say:

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

Here is what the pup had to say:

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

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