Guest writer Nomi Berger is interviewing and writing about some of the “pit bull heroes” in our community. Arlo is now a senior enjoying a well-earned retirement after being our go-to ambassadog for years. Sam and Arlo charmed audiences at countless events in HugABull’s early years, and we can’t count how many lives were changed for the better because of their influence.
The words are Samantha’s and Arlo is her beloved pit bull.
When Sam started her quest for the ideal dog to train for dog sports ten years ago, she never suspected that she would find the perfect match on HugABull’s website. An experienced dog owner, handler, and groomer, Sam found in Arlo everything she could have wanted. And more. Handsome, smart, and extremely sociable, Arlo was a photogenic brindle with white paws and a white tip to his constantly wagging tail.
It wasn’t long before this wonderful wizard of a dog learned over forty commands, perfected an entire solo act of tricks and mastered the many sports in which he competed. In fact, amazing Arlo — whose official name is Markeydas Arlo — has more initials after his name than your above-average PhD: CD CGN AGNJ RA RAMCL ADC SGDC.
And what do these impressive letters signify? The seven titles Arlo won during his successful career in competition: Companion Dog, Canine Good Neighbour, Agility Novice Jumpers, Rally-O, Rally Advanced Magna Come Laude, Agility Dog of Canada, and Starters Games Dog of Canada.
As for Arlo’s achievements off the field? He set the bar even higher as an ambitious and amiable ambassa-dog. With his sweet nature, infectious smile and friendly personality, he altered the perceptions of many. He charmed people and other dogs at public events, impressing everyone with his repertoire of tricks, showing just how tender and warm, loving and loyal bullies can be. He even appeared in print, being featured twice in Modern Dog magazine and in numerous positive news stories.
According to Sam, one of Arlo’s “greatest achievements in life was being a positive role model for the eight dogs we fostered over the years.” And his reward for all of this? A well-earned retirement. “We now spoil him rotten and let him do whatever he wants,” laughs Sam, “and that usually includes delivering cookies to him in bed. It is quite the role reversal!”
And what does this retired ambassa-dog love? “Swimming, hiking, hunting, white lacrosse balls and shredding things.”
What does he hate? “Baths, bees, waking up early and rain.”
“One of his favourite quirks is grumbling at me to tell me to be quiet if I’m talking after bedtime. He has a great sense of humour, loves wearing hats and getting dressed up. He loves nothing more than a good laugh.”
Suddenly, Sam grows serious, saying softly, “Arlo is truly a ten out of ten, perfect dog. My heart dog.”
You can’t get more amazing than that.
Written by Nomi Berger