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by ARLnow.com — May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by ARLnow.com — May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

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

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

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

I truly love my Duke!

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

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

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

by ARLnow.com — May 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Conner, a playful black cat who loves hunting for fake mice. Here is what his owner, Len, had to say about him:

Conner is a 5-year-old domestic cat weighing about 10 pounds. I adopted him and his sister Cali when they were 10 weeks. Conner is an all-black male with a small patch of white on his chest (he looks like a black bear cub!). As a young kitten, he grew up in a home with 7 cats. He became aggressive at an early age, pouncing on the tails of much larger cats because it was fun and really irritated them. He is a long-haired cat so I groom him often to keep down the development of hairballs.

Conner is entertaining to watch and is sometimes aloof. He derives great pleasure from going into the smallest spaces possible where he knows he’s not supposed to be. He is an instinctive hunter but because he’s kept indoors, I often bring out fake mice and other toys for him to chase which gives him satisfaction that he is protecting Arlington from vermin. Once his hunting instincts kick in, I sit back and let him entertain me while he jumps in the air and plays with any movable object on the floor. Despite his curious nature and hunting instincts, he is the sweetest cat I have ever been around. He never bites or claws at me and he purrs loudly and often.

Despite being a black cat, Conner is very photogenic as his expression changes greatly from picture to picture. His favorite activities are sneaking up and chasing his sister Cali, staring and meowing at walls, pawing at sliding closet doors until they open (this can be annoying), hiding and timing his leap and exit when I open the front door, diving under throw rugs and hiding, and randomly running around and bucking like a yearling thoroughbred.

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

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

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

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Stella, a little dog full of love. Here is what he owner, Ruth, had to say about her:

Stella was adopted from Homeward Trails in Arlington, VA. She was supposed to stay for the weekend, while her foster mom was away. But this 7 pound ball of black fluff found a permanent place at the table within 5 minutes. No one knows the complete story of the then 10-year-old toy poodle, but it was clear she wanted to be loved. 24/7 loved. On your lap all the time loved. In your arms held like a baby loved. Sleeping under your neck at night loved. It was easy to give it to her and I never looked back. My kids joke that she took the pressure off of them to give me grandchildren yet. (If they are reading this — NOT TRUE!) But, she is my current baby and for that I am grateful.

Stella is happiest in my arms, and I forget sometimes she is a dog, and rock her while I stand, to the amusement of others on the elevator! But that’s okay, we find our way out and about together because that makes us happy. I am hopefully making up for some possible rough years she experienced before she came to me — she has no teeth left and other signs that her life wasn’t one big bowl of puppy chow.

She is known for her incredible bouncing and dancing when she wants to be picked up, her pokey way outside just doing the bare minimum so she can return inside, her love for peanut butter and for making my life much more delightful these past 5 years. We are two mature ladies aging  up with a sense of humor — and loving every minute of it. We say grey is the new blonde, and softer bellies are so much more comfortable!

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 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Harper, a Redskins and Nationals fan who loves Shirlington. Here is what her owner, Jamie, had to say about her:

Harper is a 2.5 year old toy poodle. My husband and I got her last Christmas and she turned out to be the only gift that mattered. Every day since she has brightened our lives and those around us with her playful and sweet nature. She has a lot of energy and is always eager to play fetch, go for a swim, take a romp in the snow or play with other dogs. However, when she’s ready to settle down, she enjoys belly rubs and snuggles.

She is definitely a dog of the community. As a big DC sports fan, she tolerates wearing Redskins and Nats jerseys on game days. On nice days, she loves to walk around the Shirlington Village (so many other dogs and kids for her entertainment!). She also loves trips to the dog park and though she may be small, she runs circles around the other dogs there. We’re so glad we “rescued” her from Maryland and made her a Virginian. Harper is loving life in Arlington (and so are her parents!).

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 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Shiro, a cat who loves playing fetch. This is what her owner, Carletta, had to say about her:

Shiro was adopted from the amazing Homeward Trails Rescue organization just over two years ago. Originally we thought we were maybe just going to foster her but after two days we knew that there was no way possible we were giving her away!

She is impossibly sweet, loves to play fetch and will chase a laser light until your arm is about to fall off. She also is a big fan of sleeping under blankets and love, love, loves to rip up paper! I know that you can’t compare pets to people but she’s my baby and I’m a better human being because she came into my life. She is calming, funny and everything I didn’t know I needed in a pet until we got 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 — April 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Sesame, a social pup who loves people and dogs alike. Here is what his owner, Bethany had to say about him:

Sesame is a half Dachshund, half Pomeranian who lives in Arlington, VA.

You may have seen Sesame around the Penrose neighborhood — where many refer to him as “The Mayor of Penrose” because of his vicarious nature, ubiquitous presence and quickness to roll on his back for belly rubs and get love from other dogs. His mom calls him the dog whisperer, as dogs fall in love with him the moment they meet. Other owners will stand in amazement, saying their dog is normally unfriendly with or scared of other dogs. One of his favorite things to do is sit outside on William Jeffrey’s patio and people watch, hoping they will stop and say hello (he’s a bit of a ham!).

For such a small guy, Sesame has no fear when it comes to other dogs — running to them with vigor. The bigger the dog, the more Sesame wants to play! He often gets on his hind legs to be able to reach up and give them kisses.

The only time Sesame is afraid is when his mom leaves him — so she’s nicknamed him “Sesame Chicken”. Otherwise he loves to visit dog parks and being the fastest runner there — often starting a large running train with several dogs following! Other dog parents love seeing Sesame because they know their dogs will be worn out by the time they leave.

Lastly, Sesame currently has 3 girlfriends, including a puppy in his building, a full grown Golden Doodle and a mixed breed who looks to him to lead her around the dog park.

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 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Tanner, a golden retriever/cavalier King Charles mix with a huge heart. Here is what his owner, Tania, had to say about him:

I am writing to brag about my adorable little pup, Tanner! Anyone who knows me well knows that I could talk about this boy for hours. Tanner is the first dog I have ever had, and he has been the biggest joy. I had always begged my parents for one growing up, and when I lost my father very unexpectedly on Christmas Eve 2014, I couldn’t think of a better way to help me overcome the indescribable pain. He’s been a shoulder to cry on, partner in crime and best buddy. He has extremely fluffy ears, he is ALWAYS smiling and always smells like oranges. I think it’s funny how dogs can’t understand you, can’t speak, sniff you, make weird faces, lick/bite you but become the very best friends you will ever have (think about that with humans). Can’t imagine my life without this little guy.

Tanner is a golden retriever/cavalier king Charles spaniel mix, so I wasn’t really sure how he was going to look or how big he would become! He will be two on March 4, and weighs about 30 pounds, still small enough to where I can pick him up when I want to force him to cuddle 🙂

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

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

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

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Honey, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who loves March Madness.

Here is what Honey told us, through owner, Satya:

Hi ArlNow readers! My name is Honey – my person gave me that name after meeting me at Homeward Trails on a “just looking” visit (I won him over right away). The name describes both my coat and personality!

I’m a one-year-old living in the Cherrydale neighborhood. The shelter called me a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but we think I’m part Beagle, maybe with some Pointer in there too. Either way, I’m ALL NOSE and love to root out anything around the house that smells like my person.

Other than visits to the office on weekdays and the dog park on weekends, lately we’ve been spending time rooting on our favorite Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA tournament – you can see I love rocking my favorite team’s hoodie.

My dad also says I’m a great example of the many wonderful shelter animals available. It’s something he’s very passionate about (he even worked on a documentary about 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 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 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Mandrake, an active dog who also loves to snuggle. Here is what Caren, Mandrake’s owner, has to say about him:

Mandrake is a 3-year-old goofy Coon mix who loves to run, jump, chase his tail, go on hikes, bark at nothing and then snuggle with his humans on their laps. He is an alum of Woof’s Training, but he doesn’t always put his degree to use…

Mandrake was born to a teen mom who was rescued from a kill shelter in North Carolina. His dad, alas, was never in the picture, so mom was fostered with her newborn 9 puppies here in North Arlington. When the puppies were ready, they were put up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. But not as fast as Mandrake fell into our arms!

Mandrake’s morning routine involves a morning hike with lots of treats to keep him focused, then coming home to unmake the bed and sleep until his next episode!

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 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bruno, a young-at-heart dog whose nickname is “Wonderpup.” Here is what his owner, Shira, had to say about him:

Is this a dog, Ewok or Gremlin? The answer is (kind of) all three. Bruno is an 11-year-old Pekingese from California.

Bruno might be in his golden years, but is the epitome of “age is just a number.” Everyone who meets Bruno does not believe he is 11! He has the energy level of a much younger dog. He loves belly rubs, Brussel sprouts, bell peppers and playing his version of fetch (which is his owner throwing the ball, Bruno running to get it but never bringing it back).

As you can see, Bruno resembles an Ewok, something that is slightly unappreciated by his owner because she has never seen Star Wars. People also think he looks like a Gremlin, especially when his hair is fully grown out.

Bruno loves his mama, but forgets about her when new people walk into the room. If he feels like you haven’t adequately petted him enough, he’ll let you know by using his head to lift your hand back to the top of his head. Bruno’s nickname is the Wonderpup because he is the wonderest pup there is!

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 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Lilly, a Wheaten terrier who loves playing in the water. Here is what Lilly’s owners had to say about her:

My husband, James, and I always had dogs growing up, so we expected that in the future we would have one of our own. When our name came up on a waiting list for a Wheaten terrier, we made the 5 hour drive to Holly Springs, NC to pick her up.

Her name is Lilly and she is now 8 months old. She lives in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington. We soon realized that even though we had dogs growing up, most of the care had fallen on our parents, so we are learning along with Lily. We learned that she loves her food but has to be carefully watched or she will supplement her diet with cigarette butts she finds outside of Four Courts. We learned that she is a casual walker who likes to stop after a few steps. She can be encouraged with chicken bits to move along. We learned that she is happiest when she is snuggled up against us and we’ve learned that dirty laundry is one of her favorite playthings. She loves the dog park, especially jumping in the pools and the water fountain.

It’s only been 6 months, but we cant imagine a day without her and we will continue to love and learn more about 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 — February 22, 2017 at 11:15 am 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Etta, a Persian rescue cat who lives with her rescue brother and sister. Here is what her owner, Joni, had to say about her:

Good Morning My Fellow Arlingtonians! As you can see, I am enjoying a glorious, sunny afternoon on the porch with mom and dad. I found my parents — although they like to say they found me — at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and I was quite the mess! My previous owner passed away and her heirs didn’t want me because I was not a “show quality” Persian. But one glorious day, I knew I found my forever caregivers. They came and went but voila, two days later, I packed up and off we went to my forever palace! First thing’s first, a trip to the vet for a “well baby check-up” and then a much needed trip to the groomers to get rid of my matted fur and raccoon eyes. Persians require a lot of grooming which includes a daily eye cleansing and brushing but as you can see, I am sporting my Lion Cut! I live with my brother Nelson and sister Isabella (they are rescues as well) whom I chase around and frolic with… I also love to test out my dads gourmet cooking and enjoy learning about the stock market each morning.

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 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Oliver, a playful mutt who loves to please everyone. Here is what his owner, Mark, had to say about him:

Oliver is a short-haired Collie/Retriever mix who came to us via the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation of Arlington when he was an 8-week-old pup. He is now a 3.5-years-old, healthy as can be, little “dudeman.” His mother was a rescue and Oliver was born in the shelter, so he has been cared for with love and affection his entire life. We were looking to adopt a pooch for several months before finally meeting Oliver at a PetSmart adoption event. It was love at first lick!

Oliver’s temperament and playful attitude towards humans and dogs alike is a true blessing. He is very submissive and is eager to please. When it’s time to play, he wants to play. When it’s time to watch a movie and relax, he wants to snuggle up close and take it easy. We could not have asked for a more perfect dog for us.

Some of Oliver’s favorite activities include playing with tennis balls and racquetballs, puppy play dates and going anywhere so long as he is with mom and dad. Oliver has been a wonderful addition to our family and there is never a dull moment with such a playful, loving mutty-mutt in the house. We’ve heard comparisons to the Target dog and Wishbone (if you don’t know, it was a TV show from the 90’s), but regardless of whom he might resemble, you have to admit, he is pretty darn cute!

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 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Kato, a husky who loves hiking and the outdoors. Here is what his owner, Ani, had to say about him:

This is Kato, a Siberian Husky and on October 20, he turned 3 years old. He really loves to travel. His home in Arlington, VA is the 4th one he’s lived in and by far his favorite. He plans on sticking around for a while.

Kato absolutely adores hiking. His mom is a teacher in Arlington and one of the subjects she teaches is social studies! Kato volunteers to climb mountains and hike trails all over Virginia so his mom can show her students pictures of him in the places they’re studying. He really likes to show off for all of the students and even has his own hiking backpack to carry his food and water. Kato has never met a trail he didn’t like. He’s even passed some bears and snakes, but knows to keep his distance!

Kato also loves making new friends — human and dog! He is always ready to share some puppy kisses or give a paw-five for a treat. His favorite things in the world are sweet potatoes and belly rubs. He’s really excited to be Arlington’s Pet of the Week, so make sure you say hello if you ever see him outside!

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

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

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

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