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by ARLnow.com — May 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by ARLnow.com — May 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by ARLnow.com — May 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Dolly, a Goldendoodle puppy who’s a Virginia native.

Dolly lives in Courthouse and loves chewing sticks and making new friends. Here is what this friendly pup had to say for herself, as relayed by dog mom Colleen.

Hi – I’m Dolly! I’m a 6.5 month old Goldendoodle from Staunton, Virginia – my mom thinks she picked me out but really I picked her. I kept jumping into my mom’s arms and howled when she put me down so she would know we belong together. I try to keep the howling to a minimum now – usually I just do it to get attention.

Now I live in Courthouse and I love going for long walks in Clarendon and Courthouse and finding sticks to chew on. When I meet a new friend outside I usually like to play a bit but really I want to sit in the grass and chew as many sticks as possible! I try to say hi to everyone on walks because of course they came outside just to play with me – my mom tries to stop me but I just love meeting new people!

I love to play with my toys but mom’s shoes are so much better – I usually don’t damage anything but it’s fun to steal them and run around the house. I’ll do just about anything for a treat and I’m getting trained right now so that means I get A LOT of treats for doing silly things like sitting and paying attention to her. When I’m not outside I love to snuggle up on the couch, get belly rubs or see what my mom is making in the kitchen and see if anything fell to the floor!

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 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

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

Casey is 6 years old — he’s in his 40s in dog years. He loves attention and is originally from Canada. But that’s where comparisons to former GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz end.

Anyhoo, here’s what Casey had to say about himself.

Hi there. My name is Casey and I want to be the Pet of the Week.

I moved to Arlington from Canada last July and have been really enjoying getting to know my new home.

I am 6 years old and was rescued by my loving owners when I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada back in 2012. I was living by the ocean for a few years and loved swimming in the big waves. Since I moved to Arlington I have been walking every day in all the really cool trails that are in my new neighborhood of Bellevue Forest. I especially enjoy the walk along the Gulf Branch trail creek. The other thing I really like about Arlington is all the dog friendly restaurants and stores. When my owners go shopping or go to eat, they can take me along – and usually I get a new toy or a treat :)

I have also lived in a town called Moose Jaw (yes…. Moose Jaw) which is in Saskatchewan, Canada. Pretty flat there, so all the hills in the Arlington area are pretty fun to walk up and down. Since I moved here I have gone swimming in the ocean at Nag’s Head, North Carolina and Melbourne Beach, Florida. The water there is way warmer than back in Canada.

You may have seen me walking around the area with my leash in my mouth. I like to carry my own leash as it is way easier for my owners to walk me that way. I am extremely obedient when it comes to walking on the sidewalks too. I like to sleep, sit in the sun, chew on bones, chase a ball once in a while, and I love attention – cannot get enough of it. Truck and car rides are way too much fun as well.

So if you see me walking around town, please stop and say hello — I will even shake a paw with you…

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 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.

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