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by ARLnow.com — April 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Duchess, a hound mix who’s a total daddy’s girl and the scourge of rabbits everywhere.

Duchess knows that her grand-dog-parents are total pushovers when it comes to table scraps and has some refined tastes when it comes to wineries and vacation destinations.

Here’s was adoptive dog mom Andrea had to say about her.

Duchess (Dutch for short) is a 7-year-old hound mix who is a sweet, talkative, and cuddly lady from Dublin, VA. Her dad — and favorite of her two parents — Devin stopped by a local shelter one day while visiting his family and couldn’t help but take her home after she sat on his foot and gave him a look that said, “let’s hit the road.” Devin and Dutch moved to Arlington in 2014 where they met Andrea (me!) and we’ve been living the Three’s Company life ever since.

Dutch misses the country life but stays in touch with her roots by chasing after the Arlington bunnies (don’t worry, she’s too slow to catch them.) She loves long walks, but seems to think she’s in charge and is determined to walk aimlessly around Arlington for hours. Usually this ends in a tug-of-war between her and whoever is on the other side of her leash making it look like Duchess is trying to run away and find new owners, but we’re working on it. I promise.

Like any dog, Duchess loves treats and scraps. She gets more than enough of both from her grandparents, who spoil her rotten. She is also a big fan of road trips (aka sitting on my lap in the car until my legs go numb) and wineries (good news, we do too!) She’d do anything to stay outdoors and lay in the sunshine (she’s also a total beach bum) and convincing her to leave our sunny patio is always an epic contest of wills.

Dutch is the highlight of our days and we are usually the highlight of hers (it depends on how good the treats were on any given day.) If you see me being dragged down the street by this adorable, one ear up/one ear down gentle lady, feel free to say hello and fall in love with her as quickly as we did.

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 — April 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Chase, who’s part Husky and entirely lovable.

Chase was rescued from doggy death row in Kentucky and is now a true Arlingtonian. He even takes a weekly agility class and frequents the local farmers market.

Here’s what Val, Chase’s owner, had to say about him.

Chase (aka. Chaser, Piggly Wiggly, Big Baby) is a 2-year-old Husky-mix that was scheduled to be euthanized in a Kentucky shelter. Wolf Spirit Sled Dog rescue got him out of there and transported him to southern VA where his new parents met him and immediately fell in love. This was about 9 months ago and he’s still breaking hearts where ever he goes.

Everyone who meets him has to admit, he’s quite the character. He loves vocalizing his thoughts to others and if you don’t understand him, well he’ll just keep trying. I wish ARLnow allowed audio clips because the dog who says, “mama” got nothing on him.

Chase can be found going on long, neighborhood runs with his parents (he keeps us in shape), hanging out at the Westover Farmer’s Market (by the Three Puppies Treats stand of course), and romping around at Benjamin Banneker Dog Park.

He loves going to his weekly Agility class at Woofs where he’s an exemplary student… except when he gets impatient and throws a husky tantrum because he has to wait his turn. His favorite things are riding in the truck, frolicking with his BFF Ripley (pictured), harassing the neighborhood kids with sloppy dog kisses, playing frisbee and tug-of-war (occasionally at the same time), and waking his parents up for morning cuddles.

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 — April 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lambeau, a mutt with a love of bowties and the Green Bay Packers.

Here’s what dog mom (and dog bowtie seller) Megan had to say about him:

Lambeau lives in Arlington, VA, is 3 years old and is a mutt.

Lambeau was rescued in Louisville, KY where he lived for a year. He moved to Milwaukee, WI for a year before moving to Arlington, VA in December. He was very happy he moved to the DC area in time for Snowzilla since he is a big fan of the snow. He is named after Lambeau field where the Green Bay Packers play so maybe cold weather is in his blood.

Lambeau loves exploring. He enjoys walking down to the national mall along with going on trails along the Potomac River. He also likes how many of the stores in Arlington are dog friendly but he now expects to be able to go into any store he wants.

Lambeau is always wearing a bowtie. His mom, grandmom and aunt sell dog bowties (Brugg’s Bowties) on Etsy. Lambeau likes to pick out which bowtie he will wear for the 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 — March 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Isabella Rose, better known as Bella, a cat who’s absolutely thrilled to have earned the title.

Bella is a Himalayan by breed and clearly a party animal by night. Here’s what she had to say about herself, as translated by cat mom Joni.

My name is Isabella Rose and although I might appear to be a really cute and innocent “Himmie” I am anything but. My days are spent chasing my brother Nelson around and hiding behind corners ready to jump out at my unsuspecting sister Etta Vera.

I come from very humble origins, for you see I am a rescue from Prince William County. I spent the first half of my life in an icky cage in a basement until I found my forever home. Now my life is filled with being a very happy cat and not taking one day for granted. Bless the rescue people who found me a wonderful 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 — March 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Murphy, an English bulldog who’s described as a “slow motion love machine” with “large, doleful, brown eyes and saggy jowls.”

Here’s owner Caroline’s literary treatise on her loyal and low-key companion.

Murphy is my five-year old English Bulldog. He’s big and white like Moby Dick, but unlike that sea-shouldering murderous beast, Murphy is a dreamer and slow motion love machine. He slowly wakes to each new day, savoring the transition from dreams of the impossible — visions of his stubby legged form running with gray hounds or leaping eight foot fences with Dobermans.

A soft yawn is all he can manage as he lounges in bed waiting for me, his mom, to rouse him fully

Then he’s up with a stretch and a shake, and we take a leisurely walk around his apartment building. On the sidewalk he looks up with large, doleful, brown eyes and saggy jowls at passersby He knows what that look will do to the hearts of those good sweet people hustling off to a day of tedious, tiring work. His eyes catch theirs, and then he stops and stands patiently as if he were a passenger waiting to board a love train. The passersby stop as well then, and smile, and ask me his name. “Murphy,” I say, and that makes them laugh: “Of course!” they chortle. “Mr. Murphy.” Then they bend low and extend a hand. Murphy stands at attention, stolid and dignified as Sir Winston Churchill. The hand strokes his head. His eyes go limpid and liquid. He turns his head to the left, begging a scratch behind his right ear. He breathes a little faster. “Big boy,” the neighbor or stranger says, “Such a good big boy.” Something in the way his hind end wags the tiniest wag tells me Murphy knows this is true

The effort of the morning works up a fierce appetite. We go back to the apartment, tired and content. A bowl of food to restore his energy, a long nap on his chaise lounge in the sun to pursue his dreams and the day passes to evening.

The people of the evening are always in a hurry — “Home, home,” their rapid pace declares, “I must get home.” But then they see Murphy and me, out for our evening constitutional along Columbia Pike.

They have no chance against the request of his bulldog eyes and delap face.

We walk back to the apartment and a meal. His is taken from a bowl on the floor, mine from the kitchen table. After dinner Murphy and I unwind on the couch. Around 9 pm, as soon as I sit down to watch a show or read a book after a long day of work, Murphy will usually experience a burst of energy! A game of tug-of-war with his green rubber ball is his favorite way to cap off the night.

He sleeps the sleep of the righteous, dreams the dreams of a bulldog, and a new day will dawn.

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 — March 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is a studious French Bulldog named after the great city of New Orleans.

Nola is a happy two-year-old pup who isn’t afraid to put small yard critters and other dogs in their rightful place in nature’s pecking order. Here’s what owner Mary had to say about her Frenchie.

Je m’appelle Nola. I am a 2 year old French Bulldog. I am named after New Orleans for many reasons, 1. I’m a French Bulldog, 2. My biological mom’s name is Las Vegas, keeping with the U.S. city theme, and 3. My new mommy got me around her 30th bday which she celebrated in New Orleans!

My hobbies are chasing squirrels and rabbits, one day I will catch one! I also like playing chase with the neighborhood dogs!

I often forget that I’m a small dog because I’m used to bossing around 2 bull terriers when I visit my second home Pittsburgh. I grew up with them so I really don’t know any better.

Other than that you can find me cuddling with just about any human at home and saying hi to just about every human I meet on the streets of Arlington! I am very spoiled with attention! I won’t lie, I am the apple of my mommy’s eye and I work that to my advantage :) Au revoir!

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 — March 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

This week’s Pet of the Week is named after a brunch dish.

Benedict Eggs Burns — Beni Burns for short — is a teacup poodle who apparently loves carrying around leaves in his mouth and is most certainly the apple of his mother’s eye.

Here’s what dog mom Mallory had to say about her little guy.

I am writing to you to submit my beloved little angel teacup poodle, Beni Burns (Short for Benedict Eggs Burns ;)) to Arlington Pet of the Week! I don’t even know where to start with Beni, but I will say that when a dog comes into your life, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. changes. I was always told it’s going to be suchhhh a life change Mal, you don’t need a dog right now, you can’t go to happy hours after work right away anymore, you are going to pay so much. I could go on. What I wasn’t told, was the happiness that a tiny, four-legged, 2 lb., best friend would bring. The tiny paw prints that have already marked their place in my heart are something you cannot anticipate for. You can anticipate the money, the schedule change, the responsibility – but my heavens!! You cannot anticipate the love. The joy. He has changed my world in such a beautiful way. He has become my best friend, my precious little son!!

Beni is now 5 months old, pushing 2 pounds :) He is supposed to be 2.5-3LB total. Follow him on instagram at @Kingbeni_ :)

He doesn’t yap, he goes potty outside, he sleeps under my neck, he is the epitome of a good dog and I am so blessed and so grateful that he is in my life.

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 — March 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

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

Once a stray in wild and wonderful West Virginia, Chase is now living the high life in Clarendon, romping around award-winning million-dollar dog parks and engaging in recreational bird watching.

Here’s what Chase’s owner, Bennett, had to say about him.

Chase is a 4-year-old Brittany spaniel. He was placed in a rescue shelter as a stray in West Virginia and then moved to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. After one visit with Chase I knew he would make a great addition to my home and life. He has certainly contributed great joy to the Arlington community; enjoying the James Hunter Dog Park, watching the birds and squirrels run around, and walking around Clarendon smiling and saying hello to anyone who will stop to greet him,

Chase was previously a bird-hunting dog and therefore, birds come first. He still has quite the hunting personality and will sniff and point his way around Arlington when given the chance. He enjoys running and playing with other dogs, chewing on his bones, and sleeping on his back with one of his front legs stretched out.

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 — February 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Walter, a pug puppy with a penchant for chasing squirrels and barking at cats.

Walter is apparently a Cleveland Browns fan, but his life is not otherwise full of disappointment and existential despair. He also enjoys trips to see family elsewhere in Virginia and jaunts to the Shirlington dog park.

Here’s what Walter’s owner, Jeffrey, had to say about him.

Walter is a curious 7 month old fawn pug who loves to sleep and eat! He’s never met a leaf, pole or pair of socks he doesn’t love! Walter enjoys going on adventures, never letting his stub nose stop him from running wild. He enjoys chasing squirrels, but always gets confused when they disappear up a tree. He recently experienced snow for the first time; he was confused at first, but he slowly came around and became and snow pug. Walter has recently started a strict training regiment, including twice a day work outs and plenty of protein shakes to one day reach his goal being the first pug on American Gladiators. He is a ferocious watch dog, always protecting his humans from the evils of Arlington such as the shower, the neighborhood cats, and the dreaded mail man.

Walter was born in Northern Pennsylvania, but has been happily living in Arlington since early September. Quite the world traveler, Walter has already visited Cleveland, OH to see his beloved Browns play, as well as Richmond and Roanoke to see his grandparents. His next trip will be to San Diego to meet his pug cousin, Barry. His favorite places include the Shirlington Dog Park, his grandparents’ backyard, and a warm blanket. If you see him roaming the streets of Arlington, don’t be fooled by his tough demeanor and rugged exterior, he’s a gentle giant who loves a good belly rub!

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 — February 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bingsu, who is apparently named after a Korean dessert.

Bingsu’s favorite place to sleep is on top of a human. He’s new to Arlington, having been adopted in January, but he has settled in nicely to his Courthouse-area home.

Here’s what Bingsu’s owner, Amy, had to say about him.

Bingsu is a five month old terrier mix who came to Arlington earlier in January… and Wilson Boulevard has never been the same! He was adopted from Lucky Dog Rescue, and life has been on the up and up since then! Bingsu loves chewing on his toys, playing fetch, eating peanut butter, and sleeping on top of anyone who will let him. The only thing Bingsu hates is his crate, but he’s working on it. He hears VERY well with those big mouse ears, and is such a well behaved boy. His owner, a former cat lover, has quickly became obsessed with him. He loves his friends at Clarendon Animal Care, even though he woke up from surgery last week with something important missing. Bingsu loves to say hi, so if you see him around Courthouse, please look down and say hello!

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 — February 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Hank, a nine- or 10-year-old dog who likes chasing motorcycles.

Originally from Georgia, Hank now lives in Clarendon with his owner, Patty.

Hank has been a resident of Arlington for a little over a year. He’s adapted well enough to apartment life. He had two houses in Georgia before moving here … one in the city and one on a lake. (Lucky dog!) He had been rescued from the side of I-40 in Nashville by friends Andy and Melanie, who fostered him for a couple of weeks before my husband and I adopted him.

Andy and Melanie saw him trotting down the shoulder of the road, with skinny flanks and bright green chewing gum stuck onto his hind end. During their two weeks fostering him, they discovered he was a lovable, athletic and curious little guy. Given they’re from Nashville, they named him Hank Williams; I renamed him Highway Hank.

He has a problem with motorcycles, we learned a few months after adopting him: he chases them. We figure that’s how he made his way onto I-40. He probably chased one onto the freeway entrance ramp and it outran him.

Now he is a mellow old dude of maybe nine or ten. Very chill. Not a big fan of other medium-size to large male dogs, so the dog park is out of the question. Instead, Hank prefers people, and especially little children. And food. As a once-homeless young pup, he must have forever been on the hunt for chow. He still snorts around every corner of every door front and bus stop on our walks around Clarendon, hoping against hope for chicken bones or goldfish that have spilled out of kids’ strollers.

Expressive eyes and a happy spirit make him a target of many kind smiles and sweet comments and ear rubs.The snow is a joy for him. He happily bounces into it and across it and eats it. The salt on the sidewalks is quite another story. It is abrasive to his gnarly old pads. He’s quite happy with his socks and boots on, though … which always elicit the sweetest comments, especially from kids and old people.

I work from home and don’t know what I would do without him.

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 — February 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week, Corbin, had likely not seen snow in his former home of South Carolina, so the Snowzilla blizzard was an especially exciting time for him.

In addition to romp in the snow, Corbin is learning yoga with his owner Rachel, who’s an aspiring instructor. Here’s what Rachel had to say about Corbin, who’s not to be confused by a Bruce Willis character with a similar-sounding name.

Corbin is 3 year old (we think) Australian Shepherd who was rescued about 4 months ago by his owners and now best friends. Before his owners rescued him, he was living in South Carolina and had to swim to safety in Arlington due to the flooding of the southern region. He actually took a bus, but he likes to tell a more dramatic tale.

Corbin has settled in nicely in Arlington. Being from South Carolina, he had never seen snow until Snowzilla 2016 hit. He was in for quite a treat, and while skeptical at first, he eventually warmed up to the idea of romping and tunneling through all of the white stuff — even though in some parts the snow was higher than him!

One of Corbin’s favorite activities is hanging out with his owners whether is be laying on the couch with them or sleeping directly in between them at night. He also enjoys playing with his toys, eating treats, and learning new tricks such as shake which he hasn’t seemed to pick up on quite yet… a work in progress. He also loves spending time with his best doggie friend, Lou, another Australian Shepherd, owned by Corbin’s human grandparents. As his owner, Rachel, works towards becoming a yoga teacher, Corbin has been a wonderful student practicing his downward facing and upward facing dogs along side 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 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 — January 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

This week’s Pets of the Week are a pair of adopted guinea pigs.

What makes this “odd couple” so special? Is it their polar-opposite personalities? Their insatiable love of cilantro and food in general? We’ll let owner Sheryl explain.

Meet Chester and Button, two male guinea pigs adopted from the Arlington Animal Shelter. If Felix Unger and Oscar Madison were reincarnated as guinea pigs, they’d be these two. They live together in a giant cage we built, with a separator in between so that they don’t kill each other. (They really like each other in principle.) Chester is neat and tidy, and Button? Well, behind that sweet face lies the heart of a bulldozer.

Chester is a guinea pig who thinks he’s part cat and part dog. He purrs loudly when you pet him, and while he might protest if you try to pick him up, he likes nothing more than to curl up in the crook of your arm and snooze. When he’s not inhaling cilantro and romaine lettuce, he is most likely either chewing on the cage or running in circles through his little tunnel.

Button is a portly dude who likes his chow. He’s much shyer than Chester, squeaking and racing to hide when you attempt to even pet him. He thinks he is part rabbit, as he is known to hop around his part of the cage gleefully when he thinks no one is looking. (We are.) He wants nothing more than to snuggle up to Chester, but Chester is a people-pig and not so much a pig’s pig. Tragic.

The two love mealtime best of all. Chester whines and wheeeeeeeeeks! Button squeaks at such a high octave range. It sounds a bit like a dolphin harmonizing with a car alarm. But it is a happy time when the guys get their orchard grass, their vitamin C tablet, their pellets, and — if they behave — an occasional treat. They lose their tiny minds if a piece of apple is on offer. All they need to hear are clinking dishes or rustling plastic bags to assume it is time to dine. And then the wheeeeeeeeeeeeking is relentless.

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.

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, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by Jennifer Currier — January 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Pet of the Week is Beau, a seven-year-old mixed breed who first lived in Arlington as a stray. Now, he’s in a loving home where he likes to relax and cuddle with his owner.

Exercise might not be Beau’s favorite thing, but he enjoys exploring the streets of his neighborhood and making friends with dogs and other living creatures he meets.

Here’s what Beau’s mom had to say about the smart, curious dog:

Beau is a seven-year-old golden retriever/spaniel mix that was rescued as stray in Arlington. He is very laid back and enjoys most of his day relaxing on the bed or couch. Beau isn’t aware of his size and will find a comfy spot to lay on his owner’s lap.

After awaking from long naps, Beau enjoys playing with his treat-dispensing ball or a peanut butter filled Kong. If a toy is not readily available, Beau will gladly substitute his owner’s socks for a chew toy.

Beau can be bribed to go on walks with treats and instead of briskly walking, he likes to sniff the ground and find leftover food before his owner notices. Once he sees another dog on the street, he refuses to move until he gets to say hello by sniffing them for 10 minutes. He gets along with any living creature but is especially fascinated by squirrels and bunnies.

Once Beau notices his owner grab her keys, he knows that its time for a ride in the car. He loves car rides and sticking his head out the window. His favorite place to visit is his grandparents’ because they spoil him with extra treats and Beau gets to visit the three dogs who live there.

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.

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, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by Jennifer Currier — January 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Pet of the Week is Winston, another friendly frenchie who loves discovering all the adventures Arlington has to offer a small dog.

Winston is still a puppy and, like most puppies, enjoys exploring the outside world, especially around his Clarendon neighborhood. From picking up the best sticks on the block to visiting his favorite stores, Winston just wants to have fun and make new friends.

Here’s what Winston’s parents had to say about their snuggly, snorting pet:

Winston is a three-year-old French Bulldog clown who is convinced that he is part human. You may have seen him strutting the streets of Clarendon inspecting every tree patch, sitting on the corner people-watching, or stopping in the local stores just to say “hello” — and to see if there are treats on hand! If you are one of the many to stop and say hi, you will surely be greeted with a “frenchie” kiss.

Winston loves both his canine brethren and any human bearing treats or willing to give scratches. He’s a stick enthusiast and often asks to go outside just to circle back to that perfect stick he saw on his walk. He’ll make sure everyone sees how proud he is of his prize as he takes it all the way home, often carrying them for several blocks. Once inside, he loves to “zoomie” around the apartment. Despite a bit of stubbornness when he wants to stay put, you can’t help but smile at his face.

His nightly routine includes wrestling with his dad, Kris, and snuggling with his mom, Jennifer. In the morning, he asks to be picked up in the bed so he can get in a quality 30 minute snuggle before he starts his day.

Winston is truly a one-of-a-kind dog and we look forward to all the years he’ll be snorting and snoring with us. If you see him out be sure to say hello! He’ll love you — seriously — forever!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

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, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

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