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Arlington Pet of the Week: Hammy

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Hammy, a nearly two-year-old Lhasa Apso/Pomeranian mix, who is a small, but fierce, guard dog.

Here’s what his owner, Jessica, had to say about him:

Hammy is a 14.5 pound Lhasa Apso/Pomeranian mix who will be two in December! He guards the home with a fierce loyalty, a breed characteristic as the Lhasa Apsos were sentinel dogs for Buddhist monasteries in Tibet starting  around 800 B.C.. But at the same time he has an incredibly outgoing personality with other dogs (he’s been described as “Mr. Social”) and is a soft snuggly lapdog who loves to wake his 4 year-old human sister with kisses. They are excitedly planning joint Halloween costumes — his sister will be Princess Tiana and Hammy will be the Frog Prince!

Hammy is always ecstatic to run with his Mom and see his dog friends around the High View Park neighborhood. He leaps in the air when he hears his leash come out! He relaxes by watching sports with his Dad, whether it is golf, baseball, or football. We do not know whether he roots for the Washington teams or his Dad’s New York teams! He also loooves the fast food drive through – we think he likes McDonald’s the best, but he is not picky. He doesn’t get such things too often though and also loves healthy homemade treats and pupsicles from his sister and Mom. He is a pretty happy-go-lucky guy except he does not like the groomer’s clippers. Hammy is a great listener and cuddles up for bedtime stories with his sister. This year he’s gone camping twice and visited many dog cousins, and seen the ocean, where he enjoyed watching the wild ponies at Assateague Island and smelling the salt air.

Hammy is non-shedding (which his Mom appreciates), but not entirely hypo-allergenic we are told, which led to us adopting him at one year old from friends and neighbors. He was born in Colorado — literally outside in the snow — to a Lhasa Apso mother and a little Pomeranian father. And how did he get his name? His name was originally “Hammer,” but our neighbor’s daughter did not think that suited him and tried calling him Hamlet, but he would only answer to Hammy. We think “Hammy” fits him well, because he loves eating ham, plus he always “hams it up.”

We are so lucky to have this wonderful little guy as part of our family!

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

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of 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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Vida

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Vida, an adopted cat who comes to Courthouse from Pennsylvania.

Here’s what her owner, Samantha, had to say on her behalf:

Hi there, my name is Vida and I am 5 ½ years old.  I’m originally from Pennsylvania and was taken in as a stray by my mom when I was about 2 months old.  We made the journey to Arlington 4 years ago and have loved living in the Courthouse area in Arlington.

I love talking to my parents, especially to let them know when to feed me or when I want some attention.  My favorite toys are my stuffed “buddies”- in particular, I have a dog that I’ve had since I was a kitten and have pulled almost all the stuffing out of him.  When my mom’s boyfriend moved in with us last year, he bought me Yoda and Chewbacca mouse toys since he’s a Star Wars fan, which quickly won me over.  The best spots to sit around our apartment are on my humans’ laps or my blanket (stolen from my new dad) on top of the couch.

And like every typical cat, I love when there are spare boxes around for me to sit in.

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Bryce

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bryce, a collie living in Ballston with some impressive roots.

Here’s what his owner, Danny, had to say about him:

Hello Arlington! I know someone who is new in town… His name is Bryce Jordan. What’s three other things about him? Well he loves treats after his walks, pizza, and forced cuddles.

A ham in front of the camera, this 100 pound collie currently lives in Ballston with his Momma and Daddy. Bryce was born in North Carolina and his father was a prize winning show dog!

He isn’t without his quirks; refusing to go up wooden stairs, slow walker until he realizes he is going home, bullying people off his spot on the couch, and blocking the door when we are trying to leave.

His top five stranger comments during walks are.
1) It’s Lassie!
2) He’s so fluffy!
3) He’s so big!
4) Doesn’t he get hot?
5) OMG! He’s so pretty!

So if you see him walking don’t be afraid to say hi!

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

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

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

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Arlington Pet of the Week: Gatsby

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Gatsby, a golden retriever living in Ballston with quite the full name.

Here’s what his owner, Shira, had to say on his behalf:

Hi guys!!  My name is Gatsby the pup.  My official name is Gatsby Windsor Gottlieb Hampton, but I know that’s a mouthful (like when I try to carry a really big stick!).  I’m a 15-month-old golden retriever from Powhatan, VA, and I’ve lived in Arlington for just over a year now.  I love it here!

My favorite activities are going on long walks, meeting all the neighbors, playing fetch in my backyard, running in circles around the coffee table (my paw-rents call it zoomies!), exploring Ballston, and chewing sticks.  Sometimes I accidentally eat the sticks, and that makes my tummy upset.  My paw-rents say we’re working on that!

My favorite season is fall and I can’t wait for the weather to cool off.  I love playing in the leaves, pumpkin patches, licking pumpkins (when I think no one is watching!), fall festivals, and evenings around the backyard fire-pit with my family.  I can’t wait for all the new restaurants that are coming to Ballston — I heard some of them will have outdoor patios so I can come too!  If you see me around town, feel free to say hi.  I just love meeting new people and pups!

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Hershey

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Hershey, a two-year-old lab mix who just moved to the county.

Here’s what his owner, Kaitlyn, had to say on his behalf:

Hi, everyone! I’m Hershey, a two-year-old labrador, beagle, and Staffordshire terrier mix who’s a recent transplant from Fairfax County! My Ma was taking a look at all the things going on in Arlington, when she saw the Pet of the Week spot! At first, she didn’t want to submit because sometimes she goes overboard with her affection, but I told her it’s okay.

A little bit about me: I can be a pretty shy guy, but once you get to know me, I’m really fantastic. There’s nothing more I love than seeing my Ma when she gets home — once I accidentally knocked the gate over, but I was just so excited! Once I wind down, though, you can always find me in one of my three beds: my dog bed, my crate, or on Ma’s bed. I also like to get Ma’s attention by laying on her. It’s pretty effective, if you want to try it at home. But if you need a shortcut to my heart, go through my stomach: I love, love, love my minnow treats the best, probably followed by the biscuits Ma hides in the apartment when she leaves — kind of like hide and seek! But, hide and…eat?

Since moving to Arlington, I’ve found a few favorite new things. From running in Shirlington Dog Park to picking up new treats at Dogma Bakery, there’s just so much for me to do here! I hope we stay for a long, long time.

You can follow all my adventures at @hershey_thelab!

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Sugar

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Sugar, a 20-year-old, cross-eyed cat who is a bit of a world traveler.

Here’s what her owner, Mallory, had to say:

Sugar hails from St. Croix in the U.S Virgin Islands and came to Arlington from Columbus, Ohio. This well travelled, 5 pound cutie is TWENTY years old.

Sugar is a passionate foodie. She loves taking inventory of the fridge whenever she get the chance and never lets her friends eat alone. She’s not above going on a hunger strike to demand variety in her diet. Even though she needs stairs to get up to her mom’s bed, she’s been known to make adrenaline fueled leaps up to the counter when mom cooks something that smells too tempting.

She loves to snuggle and supervise her mom’s work for law school. Her crossed eyes don’t hold her back from being a great proof reader.

Sugar is loving spending her retirement in Arlington.

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Theodore Ruffsevelt

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is the historically named Theodore Ruffsevelt, a 2-year-old survivor of Hurricane Irma living in Clarendon.

Here’s what his owner, Patrick, had to say:

“Scream loudly, and carry all of the sticks”- Theodore Ruffsevelt

Meet Theodore Ruffsevelt, Theo to his friends. Theodore is a 2 and a half year old Plott Hound/Dutch Shepherd/President mix. Theo was abandoned by his family in Florida in the face of Hurricane Irma. Although his story began sadly, Theo rebounded from this tragedy (much like his namesake) and has blossomed into the handsome young man you see here today.

Theo’s hobbies include being the resident 50 lb lapdog of his home, invading the personal space of anyone on any piece of furniture, pursuing rabbits through the streets of Clarendon (but utterly ignoring squirrels), playing with his best friends Jaxon, Moxie, and Sampson at the dog park, and playing fetch with his favorite light up squeaky toy.

Theo, much to his dismay, is still searching for love. His heart belongs to Rosie of Arlington, but her love only comes in the chill winter months and occasional cooler summer mornings. Much like his namesake, he very much enjoys composing lengthy letters of love to her and delivers them passionately in person… unfortunately his vocabulary is limited to a few choice howls of heartbreak and awooooos of adoration… She is often unreceptive. Rosie if you read this Theo says, “AAAWOOOOOOOOO”, your guess is as good as mine as to the meaning.

If you see Theo around town, don’t mind his aloof nature, he loves attention but is too stubborn to admit 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.

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Arlington Pet of the Week: Tally

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Tally, a 15-month-old beagle/lab mix in Clarendon, who is a bit stubborn and mischievous.

Here’s what his owner, Regina, had to say:

Haaaaaaaavvvvve you met, Tally? Tally is a 15 month Beagador (beagle/lab mix), and he is very handsome. He lives with his parents, Regina and Alec in Clarendon, and he is definitely a momma’s boy. He was born in Alabama, lived with a family in Silver Spring for a month or so, and then ended up with Regina and Alec in March!

Before Tally ended up with Regina and Alec, he spent 2 weeks at a doggie boot camp in Jessup, MD. Here, he trained with a veteran who worked as an explosives dog handler in Afghanistan for five years. Tally was trained to focus on annoying puppy behaviors, basic commands, socialization, and loose leash walking. He is great with everything, except a few of the annoying puppy behaviors… he still jumps and play bites 🙂 Tally is also a Professional Counter Surfer, and he loves grabbing any sort of clothing or item he shouldn’t have and running under the bed. It’s a game for him, and he LOVES to win with his beagle stubborness.

Tally is not a morning person, mostly because he hates it when we go to work. When his dog walker, Greg (Tail Wagging Services), comes to get him in the afternoon, it is definitely his favorite time of day, UNTIL HIS PARENTS COME HOME. Every time his parents see him, it is like he hasn’t seen them in days. He loves to take toys out of his toy bin, leave them all over the apartment, and he loves eating the stuffing inside of any soft toy. Tally frequents James Hunter Dog Park where he loves to play chase, bark at other dogs, and kiss other dog owners on the lips. He is very lovey. Speaking of lovey, Tally has many nicknames: Lovey, Louie, Dinky, Stinky, and Bug. His parents are not sure where a lot of these names come from, but he usually answers to whatever they call him..

If you ever see him walking around Clarendon, stop him for a lick!

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Trixie

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Trixie, a 4-year-old cockapoo who is quite popular around the neighborhood.

Here’s what her owner, Lydia, had to say on her behalf:

Hi! My name is Trixie and I am a 4 year old cockapoo. I live with my mommy, my daddy, my sister, and my brother.  I have lots of doggy friends in my neighborhood that I love to have playdates with!

My hobbies include taking longs walks with my family, eating ice cubes, and chasing after bunnies that live in my yard. I’m also super sneaky. Sometime I try to steal socks… but I always seem to get caught!

My all-time favorite place to be is standing on the top of the chair next to the windowsill, so I can know the moment that mommy returns from work!

If you ever see me out on a walk, don’t hesitate to say hi! I love belly rubs, giving kisses, and making new friends!

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Bandit

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bandit, a social pup from South Carolina who celebrated his second birthday last month.

Here’s what Bandit’s owners, Melissa and Sam, had to say on his behalf:

Hi, my name is Bandit and I steal hearts! I’m an mutt from South Carolina who came to Virginia because I heard it’s for lovers. I love every person and dog I meet. I’m enthusiastic and wag my tail a lot. If you see me, I like to be pet, and everyone who pets me notices how remarkably soft my fur is. It is quite nice if I do say so myself!

On the weekend I like to go to local dog parks and on hikes. I hope to meet all of the puppers of Arlington one day. Perhaps I’ll see you and we can play. But, please don’t splash any water on me — I am decidedly not a water dog and think water dogs are crazy!

When I want something, I will sit quietly and look up at you making my signature I’m a good boy who needs a treat face. I am a rescue adopted from Operation Paws for Homes… This year I got an early birthday present — a sister from the same rescue organization, who is just as energetic and social as me. I’m living a great life and it’s great to have a friend always by my side.

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Lincoln

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lincoln, a Clarendon resident who is not a picky eater.

Here’s what Lincoln’s owner, Colleen, had to say about him.

Hi everyone! Meet Lincoln — he is a 10 lb shih tzu/bichon mix, and he’s almost two years old. He lives with his parents, Frank and Colleen, in Clarendon, VA. He is always smiling, and with his crooked teeth and underbite, he has everyone right where I want them… giving him all of the treats!

He likes to think of himself as a food connoisseur. He is obviously very focused on protein: shredded chicken, steak, hard boiled eggs, and cheese. He also enjoys watermelon, peanut butter, cucumber slices, and baby carrots. Although, if given the opportunity, he would definitely eat some tissues or pieces of mail, so I guess he’s not too picky.

His hobbies include eating, sleeping on his dad’s pillow, following his mom’s every move, visiting his friends at Orangetheory Fitness Clarendon, going for walks outside, and playing with all of his toys. In his spare time, he likes to go around his apartment and steal as many socks as he can. Clean or dirty, large or small, he loves them all! If you ever want to know how he’s feeling just look at his wagging tail — it’s his biggest tell — it’s almost always up high, and it wags faster as he gets excited. Attention is his favorite and he is a great cuddler. He also LOVES meeting new people, so come say hi if you see him walking around the neighborhood, or follow along with his daily adventures on Instagram @WhatsLincolnThinkin!

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Turkey

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Turkey, a 14-year-old Ballston resident and professional lounger.

Here’s what Turkey’s owner, Mike, had to say about her.

High atop Ballston, one cat maintains a watchful eye on her citizens, and the suspicious neighbor cat who is definitely up to no good!

From humble beginnings at the Charlottesville ASPCA, Turkey rose to infamy for stealing ribs and bacon and steak and salmon from the rich (her human) and giving to the poor (herself). This feline Robin Food went legit and served five years protecting the yard against chipmunks and sparrows. After retiring from guard duty and moving to Ballston, Turkey took up professional lounging and can often be found in baking pans (apropos), and cat tower donuts.

Having just celebrated her 14th birthday by stealing some Oreo McFlurry and napping in the sunbeam, Turkey settles in on the cool apartment floor to relax and contemplate what adventures the future holds for tomorrow(‘s dinner).

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Duke

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Duke, a 14-year-old beagle who has accompanied his owner through a host of life changes.

Here’s what Duke’s owner, Marissa, had to say about him:

This is Duke! Duke is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC. I adopted him from the Humane Society when he was around 8 weeks old and I was living by myself down there looking for a pet to keep me company. I never asked where he came from, but it looked like he had a rough life as a puppy; he was very sick and it looked like someone had cut one of his ears. He’s a small beagle, so my theory was he was the runt of the litter and dropped off at the shelter. Being from a beach town, you would think he likes the water but he actually hates it; he doesn’t even like to walk on wet sand.

Duke loves to play hide and seek, chase the neighborhood cats, sit by the baby’s high chair waiting for food to fall, sleep, eat, and snuggle in bed with me every night. One of my favorite memories is in one of the pics; he used to love snuggling against my pregnant belly. His ears are soft as velvet and he still has that new puppy smell, one of my favorite smells!

14 years later, Duke has now lived with me in 8 different houses and has been my best friend through many life changes: lots of moving, marriage and two children. He has some anxiety so he is like my shadow, following me from room to room, never wanting to be alone. He has lost some of his hearing but he is still super healthy! I always believe that everything happens for a reason and I definitely do think Duke and me meeting at that shelter was meant to be. Every year his birthday is a bittersweet celebration. It makes me sad knowing he is getting older, but I always feel blessed for having him in my life for so many 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.

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Arlington Pet of the Week: Dorian

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Dorian, an attention-loving cat approaching his tenth birthday.

Here’s what Dorian’s owner, Laura, had to say about him:

As Oscar Wilde wrote of his namesake, Dorian lives his life according to the motto: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” As with that famous fictional character, our own Dorian Gray has a commissioned portrait except his only captures his sweet expression rather than reflecting his life of debauchery (aka the obscene number of treats he can eat in a day).

Our dapper boy was adopted from the DC Humane Rescue Alliance in 2014 at the mature age of 5 ½ years old and made himself right at home leaving tufts of fur all over the apartment, claiming the couch as well as the highest level of the cat tower as his favorite spots, and playing hide and seek with his owner by mostly hiding on top of or inside the kitchen cabinets.

Now belonging to a couple and living large in the Courthouse area of Arlington, Dorian serenely looks forward to his 10th birthday in November. Having adopted his owner’s better half, Dorian has a new favorite human to headbutt, request chin and tummy scratches, and squawk at for attention. Due to his chill personality, Dorian is always a big hit at social functions where he can get all the attention he’s ever desired!

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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Arlington Pet of the Week: Hugo

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Hugo, a rescue who gives back as a certified therapy dog.

Here’s what Hugo’s owner, Tim, had to say about him:

This is Hugo! He is a 7-and-a-half-year-old American Bulldog/Terrier who loves to snuggle! He had quite a journey to get to Arlington but loves living here now! Originally from DC, he did not have the best start to life as he was mistreated and neglected. He arrived in the Humane Rescue Alliance shelter with ears so badly infected, they had to be removed. As a deaf, full-grown Pit Bull-type dog, his chances of adoption were low, but his incredible personality always shone through. He was rescued 5 and half years ago and moved to the Courthouse neighborhood where he loves to hang out and sniff in the Plaza but enjoys visiting Potomac Overlook and Gulf Branch trails every chance he gets! He also loves going to his Bay House where he sunbathes, kayaks, and occasionally thinks about swimming.

Today, Hugo loves to give back as a volunteer! As a PAL certified Therapy Dog, he visits the ASPAN Shelter and GWU Hospital weekly, and Arlington libraries twice a month where his big smile and sweet disposition bring comfort and a smile to everyone he meets. He was featured on the WUSA9 news for his Paws to Read work at Central Library and in Men’s Health Magazine last summer as an Ultimate Dog Finalist. He also has done a lot of fund raising for his old shelter, raising tens of thousands of dollars for HRA through Fashion for Paws, where he was a runway model, and other events so his fellow rescued dogs can have the same opportunity he had!

He brings joy to everyone he meets and I am lucky to have him in my life! Shout out to HRA and the staff and volunteers who saw something special in him and gave him a second 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 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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