Reston Pet of the Week: Melchi

Our Reston Pet of the Week is Melchi, a rescue dog who likes hiking, swimming and ice cream cones.

Here is what his owner Cary has to say about him:

Melchi is a 3 1/2-year-old black lab/pit bull mix, rescued by Operation Paws for Homes, who brought him up to NoVa from a rural shelter in North Carolina. Melchi my first dog, and he is the literal love and light of my life.

Melchi was adopted as a puppy and started going to the Reston Dog Park when he was just four months old. The first few weeks he went, he was so scared he wouldn’t even leave the safety of “home base”– his mom’s legs. After a while, the friendly, awesome and kind people and dogs of the dog park helped to pull him out of his shell and build his confidence. Now Melchi is a dog park regular with many friends from the park who we get together with for hikes, dog parties and play dates.

Melchi is a very active dog when activities are planned, but will be a couch potato when home. His favorite things to do are go off-leash hiking in the woods, swim in rivers and lakes (oceans are too scary for him), and play fetch by having his dad hit him Chuck-It balls with a whiffle ball bat — either on land or in the water. If you throw it, he will not go after it. And if you throw any other ball but the Chuck-It, forget it. But if it’s “his” ball and it’s hit, he will go until he drops.

Melchi also loves to spend time with all of his dog park friends and especially his brother, Richie, who his mom’s aunt adopted at the same time from the same litter. They are true BFFs. Lastly, Melchi will do just about anything for an ice cream cone or a frozen marrow bone.

Melchi would love to suggest a few favorite spots for his fellow canine pals to hit up: Seneca Tract Park for hiking/swimming; The Dairy Godmother for an ice cream cone or one of their “puppy pops;” the Reston Dog Park to play with some awesome doggie friends; and Matapeake Dog Beach for a true “beach” experience on the bay!

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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