Contributed by Animal Welfare League of Arlington
I got lost. And no one came looking for me. Well if they did, they didn't find me. And that's hard. But I'm only two, so I've decided to focus on the long life I have ahead and not spend time missing the past. To that end, I'm working on being my best self, so that I get picked.
Was that too subtle? To be clear, I really want someone wonderful to choose me. I've tried to be my absolute cutest for all of my pictures. And I've been working hard with Sam, the behavior associate at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. She tells me I'm an "absolute sweetheart" and she says she is very proud of my progress. I'm great on a leash, which is good, because I'm about 100 delicious pounds. They refer to me here as a bit of a "bull in a china shop." I guess that's fair. I've still got a bit of puppy in me and I'm a little clumsy. But I'm finding my feet better more and more each day.
The shelter has many kind people and I love them all, especially when they give me treats. I have them well trained. I'm very gentle when I take yummy snacks. That, of course, is to encourage them to give me more. But the staff is very busy and there's a lot of commotion here. And that stresses me out. What I wouldn't give for a quiet place with a soft couch and at least one special person who is all mine.
If you ask me, I'd love any home that has nice people who will want to cuddle with me and take me on long walks. But the experts here recommend that my new family be one without small children and other pets. Sam, who knows me best, says "I adore Diego and know that once he gets settled into a new home, he is going to be a great dog and someone's best friend!"
I'm ready. I'm waiting. And you can find me on the Animal Welfare League of Arlington's website. I can't wait to meet you.
If you are interested in adding a cat, dog or small animal pet to your household, here are a few local rescue organizations who might be able to help you find your perfect match:
Interested in Adopting?
If you are interested in adding a cat, dog or small animal pet to your household, and Diego isn't right for you, here are a few local rescue organizations who might be able to help you find your perfect match:
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Wolf Trap Animal Rescue
ArPets is a weekly feature for highlighting the well-loved pets of Arlington as well as animals who are available for adoption. If you or your dog, cat, iguana, bunny, rat or any other pet, has an interesting pet story to tell, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan is an award-winning Connection Newspapers columnist and local photographer specializing in pets, children and families and contemporary business portraits.