My name is Gibbs!

Beagle/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Gibbs
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Gibbs

  • Breed: Beagle/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10825471

Gibbs lived in the same home for 7 years as part of a family, but after they had a new baby, they no longer had time for him. He found himself suddenly tied up in the backyard, and when it rained, kept in a car in the garage while his family was away at work. Poor Gibbs became anxious being left all alone with little interaction from family, and was given no daily exercise or playtime. 

Thankfully, Gibbs is in a better place now. His family contacted DDB before turning him into the shelter, and he is now being fostered with 4 other dogs and a 5 year old boy he adores. He’s great with all the pups in his new pack,  a playmate to the younger dogs and respectful to the older, small dogs in the home. It took him about 3 to 4  days to fully settle in, and now he cuddles, naps, and plays with his pack. Gibbs will ONLY be adopted to a home with another dog. 

Gibbs has excellent house manners, and already knows his basic commands - sit, shake, down, and stay. He’s potty trained and will let you know when he needs to go outside, or it’s food time.  He’s pretty calm inside the home, and loves to snuggle on the couch, or chew on his favorite bone, but he’s also playful and enjoys wrestling with the other dogs, or an active walk with his family.  Gibbs is  great in the car, and has been practicing his leash walking skills. He’ll still pull a little at first when he’s excited, but quickly responds to No, and is leaning.

His foster moms says that he's super sweet, and loves to be loved on.  Gibbs is going to make some family and excellent companion. He’s be a great pal for your current dog and kids too. 

APPROXIMATE AGE: 8 to 9 years
COAT TYPE:  Medium
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/hw negative
LOCATION: Arlington, VA


FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.