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Washington’s Adoptable Pets of the Week: April 24, 2015

Looking for a furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Ralphie (above) is a three-year-old Chihuahua and Feist mix. He is a happy and energetic dog. Ralphie loves playing with toys and fetching balls. He is an amazingly fast runner and also has an incredible vertical jump. He loves to play with other dogs or chase birds and squirrels in the backyard. Ralphie is at his best when he has had plenty of exercise. He has done very well with crate and house training. Ralphie is a very sensitive, affectionate, and smart boy, but is often fearful of new situations and people, keeping his distance and sometimes barking. He would not be a good fit for a home with small children. To find out more about Ralphie, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.

Apple is a very sweet hound-mix who we think is about six years old. She is a happy-go-lucky gal who loves to meet new people and new dogs. When you start petting her, she leans right in and will take as much petting as you have to offer. When Apple gets excited her tail doesn’t wag, rather rotates in a circle like a helicopter and she makes a noise that sounds like a cross between a purr and a chirp. Apple is laid back, walks well on a leash, and has excellent house manners. She comes when called, sits when asked, and knows the command, “go to bed”. To find out more about Apple, please visit the Rural Dog Rescue website.

Slurpee is a two-year-old, 102-pound bulldog. He was rescued by the Washington Humane Society on January 7, 2015 after he was found outside in freezing weather. Slurpee is not a dainty dude, but he loves to snuggle and will try his best to fit into your lap (spoiler alert: he won’t ever fit). Even though Slurpee is big and strong, he is great on a leash and loves to walk right next to his person. He knows many commands, too, like sit, down, paw, and roll over, and would love to learn some more. You can meet him at WHS’s Georgia Avenue Adoption Center.

Amelio is a super friendly Labrador-mix. He and his brother spent most of their first year chained to trees in rural Mississippi. Driven by boredom or a desire to be free, they wore down their lower canine teeth to nubs chewing on their chains. Fortunately, their lives took a turn for the better when they were rescued and transported to the Washington Animal Rescue League, where their damaged teeth were removed and they started learning about human kindness. Amelio’s brother has since been adopted, and now it’s Amelio’s turn. If you’re looking for a large, energetic, goofy guy who adores people (and likes some but not all dogs), Amelio could be the one for you. Stop by WARL and found out.

Confetti is a two-year-old Staffordshire terrier mix. He’s enthusiastic and energetic, and would love a human companion with similar qualities. His ideal day would be spent playing and going for runs, followed by some snuggle time on the couch. Confetti is selective about his canine friends—he enjoys playing with some but not others. When it comes to people, however, he seems to like everyone. Smart and food-motivated, Confetti has learned how to sit on command, is now working on down, and is eager to learn more tricks. Stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League and meet Confetti.

Nikita is a one-year-old black lab-mix. She weighs about 42 pounds and is a submissive, sweet girl. She is a little timid at first but warms up quickly and is great with other dogs. She is gentle, loving, and longing to be loved by a family that will never give her away again. She gets along great with cats too. Meet her through K-9 Lifesavers.
Lou is a 15-month-old hound-mix who weighs about 60 pounds. He is full of energy and affection. He would love an active home. He likes to go on walks and hikes, and would be a great companion for someone who likes to explore then head home to cuddle up on the sofa. Lou loves other dogs, though he has not yet met a cat. Lou would do best in a home with older children who know how to approach him. You can meet him through K-9 Lifesavers.
Jean is an eight-year-old, medium-sized, domestic shorthair. She is apparently patient and well behaved enough to wear a silly hat. She has big green eyes and a beautiful brown and white coat. Meet her at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
Susie Q’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a friend. Susie Q is 13 years old and would like to find a new home where she can relax and be pampered. Susie Q was surrendered when her owner passed away. She lived with another small dog and two cats, so she might make a good second pet. A home with no children or children 10 or older would be preferable, but families with younger children will also be considered if the kids are gentle and have previous experience with small, senior dogs. Meet Susie Q at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

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