This week’s Reston Pet of the Week is Bailey, an senior dog with youthful vigor. Here is what his owner, Bart, has to say about him:

Bailey is 13 ½ years old now, but you’d never know it. He still lives to catch the ball or Frisbee, which we do every morning at the Baron Cameron Dog Park, rain, shine, snow, or sleet.

He’s a bit slower now, he’s lost his hearing, and his eye/mouth coordination is not what it used to be. He was the centerfielder, able to catch a ball thrown to him from 40 yards away. And smart? We stopped counting the number of words he understood after it went over 200. But he also understands categories, not just names of toys (e.g. a bone is not a toy).

He can also be a grump, as the morning dog park people will attest to, telling all those little pups to stay away. No time for play, he’s got work to do!

He does manage to relax at home some by keenly watching TV. His favorite show is golf, but he also loves horseracing. When he could hear, he would go to the TV when he heard his favorite commercial jingle (especially the Nasonex bee).

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

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, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.


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