Van Winkle

American Cocker Spaniel [See My DogsterPlus Photo Book]
Picture of Van Winkle, a male American Cocker Spaniel

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Home:San Francisco, a  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Find the Winkster!

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"Find the Winkster!"

You meet all kinds of doggies at Fort Fun!

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"You meet all kinds of doggies at Fort Fun!"

Off-leash at the dog park!  WhooooHOOOOO!!!

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"Off-leash at the dog park! WhooooHOOOOO!!!"

I figure, the more you look like the ball the easier it is to catch it!

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"I figure, the more you look like the ball the easier it is to catch it!"

Got it!

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"Got it!"

My favfurite ball!

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"My favfurite ball!"

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After a nice walk in the rain!

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"After a nice walk in the rain!"

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Special Gift Box:
The family of Charlie, Abbie, Teddy, Maggie, Sam and more!
 Sandy (aka Thumper)


Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-deaf -dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
February 25th 2012

April 14th 2008

Running off-leash. meeting other dogs

Getting brushed, being left behind

Favorite Toy:
His big stuffed dog that looks like him and squeaks, also small balls

Favorite Food:
Sliced apples

Favorite Walk:
As long as he's outside, he's happy

Arrival Story:
Winkie is a shelter dog. We're fairly certain he's purebred. He had already been neutered when he was turned in to the shelter. But for some reason he had been abandoned or neglected for some time. His fur was so badly matted that he was virtually mummified and unable to move. He was emaciated. His ears were so badly infected they had to be surgically removed (the inner ears), and he had also lost the sight in one eye due to infection. He was fostered by a wonderful family for almost a year, and his surgeries and care were provided through Oakland Animal Services. We don't really know his age, but judging by his teeth 2008 seems a likely birth year.

We first saw Winkie's story on the TV news, when he became available for adoption. It wasn't the first heart-rending dog story I had seen, of course, but this one touched my heart. Maybe because he overcame such terrible odds. Maybe because I could see his "inner cocker spaniel." Anyway, after much prayer and discussion with my husband, I called to apply for his adoption. A week later we all (me, my husband and our dog Hershey) went to meet him and his family at the shelter. We weren't the only applicants, in fact we were the last, but his foster mom chose us on the spot.

Forums Motto:
Call Me Winkie!

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Winkie's Groups

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I've Been On Dogster Since:
February 19th 2012 More than 4 years!

Rosettes Given In The Past Month:

Stars Given In The Past Month:
Freddie CSD

Special Gifts Given In The Past Month:
♥Lizzie - CGC♥
Sadie Jo Forever in our hearts
Droopy, Forever in my heart
Miss Beasley O'Hair
Little Man Mickey
Chief Majestix the Impeccable
Angel Petey- In Loving Memory
♥Daisy~in loving memory
Pinto Paint
 Angel Sassy Foxie
 ♦ Hansome Jack ♦
Sir Tucker Peebody Freckles
♥Bandit - CGC♥
Abby - Forever Loved
Dogster Dog
Gizmo... we love you
 Cedar Angel
Salad -  AKA Sally

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:

for 3097 days

Meet my family

Meet my Pup Pals
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Winkie's World

I'm Eight!!

April 14th 2016 9:42 am
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Happy Barkday to ME!!! Mommy and daddy say this is my Barkday, because it's the day my new life began after I was found and turned in to the animal shelter. Eight is a guess, but I don't care!

When I woke up this morning, I found pressies on my Dogster page!! Thank you to:
Bailey and the PDPC Group! They named me Royal Member of the Day, and made a spawcial photo!!

My furiends at PTLF gave me this photo made by Flicka's mum!

Cooper and his fambly sent me a photo, too!

Lookit the photo I got from my pal Freckles!!

rosco and his fambly-- Today is rosco's Barkday, too! Happy Barkday, rosco!!!

Peek-a-Boo and the Turner fambly
Charlie, Abbie and their fambly
Tessa and Fitzcairn
Hershey, Kaci and their fambly
Romeo Beau
Sandy (AKA Thumper), Kramer and their fambly
Angel Boy Walker, Molly and their fambly
Dino, Angel Buddy and their fambly
Emma, Freddie and their fambly
Ringo, Webbie, Bear and their fambly
Chloe and Cinnamon
Abby and Buddy
Abby and Lucian and the kitties
Rubio, Blaze and their fambly
Angels Austin and Doo
George and his fambly
Maizy and her fambly
Buddy and his fambly

Mommy took us fur a walk to the doggie store and let me pick out some new squeakies!! Then when daddy got home I got this humongous Barkday cookie!!!

I think Barkdays are furrific!!


My Gotcha Day!

February 25th 2016 10:57 am
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My 4th Gotcha Day portrait

I have been living here now four whole years! We're not sure, but we figure that's about half my life!!

I got to have a grass feast this morning, and Hershey didn't even know! Mommy took me out the back door while he was sleeping, BOL!! Fur din-din we got leftover BBQ ribs mommy saved fur us the last time they went. Then we got frosted cookies from the doggie store! Mommy kept after me with her clicky black picture box, but that was okay. Now my belly is full and I'm a happy pup!

I also got this furrific photo from Mick, Cooper, Nina, & Forrest!

Thanks to all my pals fur their pressies and good wishes!
Angel Peek A Boo and her fambly
Sabrina and her fambly
Charlie and Abbie and their fambly
Hershey, Kaci and their fambly
Sandy (aka Thumper) and her fambly
Romeo Beau
The Binkley Bunch
Emma, Freddie and their fambly
Angel Buddy, Dino and their fambly
Milo Blue Eyes
Angel Abby and Buddy
Harley and Jazzi
Ringo, Webster, Bear and their fambly
Flicka, Lucas and Cleo
The fambly of Angel Max, Angel Jake, Lola, Perry and Hershey
Abby and Lucian
Austin and Angel Doo
George and his fambly
rosco and his fambly
Maizy, Pongo, Anabel and Sammy


I'm SEVEN!!! (-ish)

April 14th 2015 7:46 am
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Woof! WOOF!! AAAaaaaaRRROOOOOooooooo!!!! Today is my Barkday!! Well, at least it's the day mommy and daddy picked to celebrate my birth. It was acfurrily April 14, 2011 when a furry nice man found me by the side of the road and took me to the shelter in Oakland. Am I seven? Well, that's my vet's best guess.

So Happy Barkday to ME!!! Official Photo

I woke up to a whole pile of pressies from my Dogster pals! Even Dogster HQ sent me 25 bones!! And I am the Royal Member of the Day in the Princess Divas and Prince Charmings group!! I want to bark a Big Thank YOU to:
Flicka, Lucas and Cleo fur the crown on my page
Flicka and my pals at Pets That Love Fun fur this Barkday Piccie
Angel Droopy fur this Barkday Piccie
and Freckles fur this Barkday piccie
Hershey, Kaci, Angel Bosco and Angel Bailey fur the kite
Bailey fur the golden heart
Charlie, Abby, Teddy and fambly fur the choklit pupcake AND kite
Sandy, Kramer and fambly fur my flowers
Romeo Beau fur the yummy steak
Peek-a-Boo, Ursula, Crystal, Nicola and the Turner family fur the heart
Tinkerbelle and Natasha fur the cake and pawty hat
Emma, Freddie and fambly fur the baseball
Lola and fambly fur the pawty hat
Angel Buddy, Dino, Buddy B. and Cookie fur the pawty hat
Rosco and fambly fur the golden bone
Angel Abby and Buddy fur the heart
Chloe & Cinnamon fur the pawty hat
Krickete fur the pupcake
George and fambly fur the golden bone
Maizy and fambly fur the pupcake
Harley and Jazzi fur the pawty hat
Abby and Lucian fur the kite
Sarge, Cory Jo and all the other Jo's fur the steak
Austin, Angel Doo and Dee fur the golden bone
Angel Walker and fambly fur the baseball
Salad and fambly fur the flowers
Darby fur the steak
Milo and Maruko fur the pawty hat
Talker, Banners! and fambly fur the pupcake
Angel Sunny and Zane fur the ladybug
Molly and Angel Buttercup fur the golden heart

Three of my pals are celebrating their Barkdays today, too!! How cool is that??!! Happy Barkday Rosco, Jenny and Ian!!

At lunchtime mommy hooked us up on our two-dog leash! We know what that means: We're going to the doggie treat store!! It's a way longer walk that we usually take, but when we get there we get to sniff all the other doggie smells and toys and food and TREATS! Mommy filled up a whole bag fur me! I suppose I'll share some with Hershey, too. We were tired then, and the walk home took longer than the walk there! BOL!!

When it was time fur daddy to come home from work, he didn't. Instead, mommy put us in the car and we went to the Wag Hotel fur the evening. It was almost modnight when mommy and daddy picked us up, and we came home and went to bed. So we're having a fambly party a day late! Not bad, a two-day Barkday!!

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