June 18th 2012 1:17 pm
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I'm letting mommy write this entry fur me:
We saw Winkie's story on the news in February. My husband had been making noises about getting a second cocker for awhile. I was NOT sold on the idea. Where would I find time to brush two cocker spaniels every day? How do you even walk two dogs at once? Where would we feed another dog? Where would he sleep? And on and on. But when I saw this story, something in me would not rest until I had at least made the call: (click on) KTVU Story
I called on the last day that applications were being accepted. It was a Friday, we both work and couldn't get there, but the foster mom sensed something and prevailed on the shelter to extend the deadline until Sunday. On that day, we gathered up Hershey and the camera, and went across the bridge to meet Winkie. It was love at first sight.
We thought we were only submitting an application, and we knew we were were not the only applicants. But after chatting for awhile and letting the dogs get acquainted, the foster family and the shelter director excused themselves, and came back with adoption papers for us to sign. Winkie was ours! (click on) Adopted!
I had never had a "special needs" animal before. Winkie isn't totally deaf, but hard of hearing following ear canal ablation surgery to eradicate his severe ear infections. No one knows what happened to his eye. His jaws are not strong. He can't play tug. He prefers small balls, apple and banana slices and soft treats. He can't jump, but he's good at crawling up on the furniture. (He totally took over my big comfy reading chair. Now we have an "arrangement," like a timeshare!) He doesn't like being alone. If he awakens in a room by himself he has a howl that can rattle windows!
What had we gotten ourselves into? I was all over Dogster asking for guidance! The best advice we got was to take a breath, and treat him as a normal dog. We are careful not to come up from behind and startle him, something even humans who are hard-of-hearing can appreciate. He's learned hand signals for Sit and Stay. Of course, he has to be on leash if we're outdoors. For the most part, though, he doesn't realize anything is amiss!
He's very attached to his brofur Hershey, following him wherever he goes. He can hear Hershey bark, so he knows when the mail arrives or someone comes to the door. Like Hershey, the highlight of his day is when daddy comes home! He also loves to ride in the car. That was a must for us! We're introducing him to our favorite doggy destinations, like the beach and the wine country, and he's just had his first ferry boat ride. Oh, how he loved the wind in his fur! He's understandably nose-driven, interested in everything, and especially attracted to other dogs. We love taking him to fenced-in areas where he can safely run off-leash!
Now, we can't imagine our home without Winkie. We feel so grateful to the unknown person who found him, to Oakland Animal Services for the care they lavished on him, and to his foster family who loved him back to health for almost a year. We are just the recipients of all their good work. I'm still learning how to manage two curious cockers on two leashes, but Winkie is teaching us that nothing is impossible!
Love Winkie's story!
what a great story!! So glad that he has a furever home and a furbro to guide him around and two great parents to love on him!!!
You, Winkie, the peepoles who helped ya along and yur furmily RAWK!
Aroo to you and your wonderfur furmily, Winkie!
May you long enjoy and bask in the love of your furevfur home!
Thanks, everyfur! Life is furry good here!
WOO-HOO fur Winkie an' Hershey an' da bestest pawents a coupla' dorable Cocker spaniel brofurs fwum cood eber hab ♥X 100,000,000,000,000 gabillyun!
What a wonderfur story. We are so glad you you made it and have a great furever home and all of us pals!
What a beautiful story!!!
Poor Winkie! You have been through so much! So glad that you have found a wonderful family and brofur.
Aw Todd, not Poor Winkie, Lucky Winkie! And Lucky Todd, too!
What a great story!
Winkie.. we love your story .. good luck in the adoption contest !
Thanks, Whitley and Buttercuppy! I hope more furs will enter!