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January 8th 2013 8:53 pm
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I'm feeling much better. In fact I'm feeling furrific! But four sleeps ago, I hurt! It hurt when I walked. It hurt when I tried to look up at my mommy. It even hurt when daddy tried to pet me! I went YELP!!

So we went to the dogtor. This wasn't the same dogtor we usually see. It was a bigger office, and there were lots of dogtors and nurses there. Daddy was carrying me. Then he put me down and someone took me through a door. I couldn't see my pawrents or Hershey! The dogtor put me on a table and started feeling my back. YELP!!!

Then they took me to another place, and they made me lay this way, and they made me stand that way, and they smelled strange and I didn't like it. Then they stuck me with a needle and put me in a cage. And I was in there fur a l-o-o-o-n-g time. I felt some better, but I wondered where my fambly was. Was I moving AGAIN?!

After three of four hours or months or something, I smelled mommy and daddy and Hershey. They walked right by where I was! But they didn't see me. They just kept going, so I started YOWLING!! "I'M OVFUR H-E-E-E-R-E!!" ARRRROOOOOOOOOOWOWOWOOW!!!

Finally they came back, and soon someone came and let me out of the cage and the next thing I knew we were on our way HOME! *whew!*

I feel great now! I'm getting extra cheesy bites twice a day! (Hershey is jealous!) Mommy and daddy are carrying me up and down the stairs when I want to go there, and lifting me on and off the couch if they're quick enough to catch me!

+ Winkie's mom here. There are two possible diagnoses: either degenerative disc disease--which could require surgery down the line; or some disc extrusion--which might be relieved and even reversed with rest and anti-inflamation meds. He's getting pain meds. We're going back Sunday to talk to the vet again about courses of treatment going forward. We'll also bring our regular vet into the loop. (We went to Banfield, at PetSmart. Why do doggie emergencies always happen after the normal vet hours???) +



December 29th 2012 9:47 pm
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My brofur Hershey has barked all about the howlidays in his diary, but I have a few things to bark, too. This was my furst Christmas in my furevfur home! I already knew that hoomans bring trees inside the house at Christmas. My foster fambly did that. In this house, it meant my bed got moved! In fact a lot of furniture got moved. It was furry confoosing.

Even getting the tree was an adventure. We all got in the car, so of course I went right to sleep. When I woke up, we were in a forest, and we went on a hike! And we sniffed and looked at the trees one by one. And then we came to one we all liked, and since daddy had a saw he cut it down! That turned out to be the tree that went into our house!

Another adventure we went on was to a castle! That was a car trip, too. We stopped on the way fur cookies and to get some attention at a nice place with a lot of grapevines all around. But then we went on to the castle. I've nevfur seen anything like that befure! It was big, and all made out of stones! It had been raining, so we had to splash through some parts. There were stairs to climb up, and something called turrets, and stone passageways that led to big and small rooms, and stairs to go down again, and lots of people who really like little furry doggies with waggly tails! We even saw a ginormous rainbow in the sky!

One night mommy filled up our dining room table with cheese and MEATZ™. Then people I've nevfur smelled befure started coming inside, and eating it all up! They all wanted to pet us, but no one was sharing their food with us. I got pretty tired, but couldn't find my bed at all. There were chairs and people where it was supposed to be. I was glad when they all went away, BOL!

Another day we went downtown. When we got there we did a lot of walking. We saw lots and lots of people and got lots and lots of petting. There were lights, and the smells were amazing! Especially when we went through the Chinese part of town! After that comes the Italian part, and that smells delicious, too! Hershey and I got bullies and some spawcial Christmas treats while mommy and daddy ate at a sidewalk cafe. We were furry tired by the time we got back to the car and home again!

The next day was Christmas! Mommy and daddy opened lots of gifts, then mommy's brother and his wife came ovfur and they all opened more gifts. After they left, Hershey and I got to open gifts, too! We got new toys that squeak! I fell asleep with one in my mouth!

Since then we've mostly been resting and sticking close to home. Howlidays take a lot out of a pup!



October 26th 2012 8:13 am
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My brofur Hershey tells me that back in the Olden Dayz on Dogster, pups used to Tag each othfur in their diaries. It was a way to get better acquainted and make pals with your pals' pals and stuff.

Nobody's evfur tagged me, but my pal Lola (who is a Daily Diary Pick today!) got tagged by one of HER pals, and she said we could copy the questions into our own diaries and answer them!

1. What color is your collar? - My main one is red. I also have one from a winery that says Mumm on it. I ought to have black and orange Giants one like Hershey's, but mommy can't find one anywhere!

2. What kind of food do you eat? - We eat Eukanuba, because that's what Hershey's breeder fed him.

3. What are your favorite treats? I like apple slices and grass!

4. Do you have a Valentine or significant other? - No, mommy doesn't let us date.

5. Do you get table scraps? Never. My pawrents are stingy like that.

6. What is your favorite toy? My little ball that squeaks! I'll chase it all day long if someone will toss it!

7. When is your Birthday? - We don't really know, but mommy and daddy picked April 14.

8. How many times a day do you get to eat? - Twice

9. Do you have a favorite color? - not really

10. Do you hope all your pals put this in their diary? That would be way cool!!


On the Waterfront

October 6th 2012 5:31 pm
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Yesfurday we went on a home-town adventure. Mommy and daddy said we were going to see some blue angels! So we all got in the car, and we got out at the place where all the boats are tied up. There were a lot of people there! Sometimes there were furry loud noises! I could hear some of them, and some I could feel in my feets! The people kept looking Up, but I couldn't smell anything up there. I was nosing around looking fur dropped food, but there wasn't any. So I started to nap, and then the day got exciting! A little hooman (who had more sense than to keep looking at the sky) came ovfur to make friends! She was furry nice, and we liked each other a LOT. I wanted her to cuddle me, and I gave her lots of kissies. She didn't look blue to me, but I guess she was the angel!

Then her mommy came and we had to say bye-bye. We went back to our car, but we didn't go home. Hershey and I spent the evening at the Wag Hotel.



September 14th 2012 9:20 am
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I just got this pawmail frm my pal Sunny: (That's a link, you can click on it!)

"Hi Van Winkle,

"Your diary seems to get sooo much more attention than mine :( so mom was hoping that maybe you could post about my animal shelter who is in a really competitive contest right now. If any of our pals pawrents are on Facebook, could they vote for my shelter by clicking this link:
The Humane Society of Lackawanna County

"They sure could use the help!! Thanks so much.


So if you can, I hope you will go to that link and vote! And then pawlease go read Sunny's diary! She's really a furry nice doggie!!


Road Trip!

September 1st 2012 9:55 pm
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Three sleeps ago, mommy and daddy both got up early. They started taking things out of the house and putting them into the car. Then mommy gave us our brushing early, right after breakfast! The last time this happened, we all got in the car and got out in a whole different place. Sure enough, it happened again. I woke up a couple of times, and we'd be in a new place. So I peed and poohed and sniffed around, and then we'd get back in the car again. Finally we stopped fur real. Mommy and daddy took my bed and other stuff inside, so I knew this was our new home. I sniffed doggie biscuits! Mommy saw them furst, and put them up high out of my reach, but that didn't stop me from trying! I climbed right up on the bed, then on a table with my paws on the wall! But the biscuits were up on a high window sill, and mommy said Down! So loud, even I could hear her! I didn't try that again. We went fur another ride and came back. Then mommy and daddy sat outside and had some treats, and Hersey and I got to have our treats, too. YUM!! Then it was night-night time. I decided to sleep on the big bed instead of my little one.

The next morning we went fur another car ride, and after mommy and daddy ate their breakfast we met a lot of other people and a couple of other doggies, and we climbed some big stairs into a funny long room with two rows of big soft seats. Mommy called it a "train." We chose our seats, and pretty soon the whole room started moving! So I stretched out on my seat and took a snooze.

When I woke up we got off the train and we were in a forest and someone was burning MEATZ™! It all smelled furrific, but we didn't get any. We walked around and sniffed and peed and pooped, and then we got back on the train. This time there was no roof, and I had to sleep on a hard floor. When I woke up again, we were back where we started. So we walked around letting mommy shop fur awhile. Then mommy and daddy had dinner at a place that smelled like fishies. Hershey and I didn't get our din-din until we got back to our bed-place. And then we went night-night again. This time I slept in my own bed.

The next morning I saw two big doggies through our back door! (The door was made of glass, you could see right through it!) Mommy said they were deer, not doggies, and I could NOT go say Woof! Hershey nevfur even saw them, BOL!!

We got brushed and mommy and daddy packed up the car again. Then we went into town. Mommy and daddy had breakfast, then mommy went shopping some more. Mommy LOVES to shop. This was a nice town, they let doggies go into the shops! So there were lots of new smells to discover.

Around lunchtime we all got back in the car. When I woke up again we were at a winery, and there were one, two, three, four, FIVE other doggies and lots of furry nice hoomans who kept giving me kissies. (Hoomans always want to give me kissies on my nosie!) Then we got back in the car again, and when I woke up we were home!

Today we all got up early again! Hershey and I got early brushings, and then we all got back in the car. But this time we only went as fur as the Wag Hotel. Hershey and I spent the whole day there, playing. Here's our Report Card:

"Hershey and Winkie had a great time in All Day Play! They stuck together most of the day, but made their own pals, too. Hershey really liked to share toys with Oscar the Havanese, while Winkie liked to wrestle with Sophie the poodle. They both enjoyed lounging about with Murphy and getting lots of TLC from staff!"

I wonder what tomorrow will bring!


I Won My Division!! OMD!!!

August 22nd 2012 9:22 am
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I just got a p-mail from my pal River, and he says I won the Special Needs Category in the 2012 Adopt/Rescue Contest!!! OMD, we're so excited!!! I want to thank the Academy...*oh wait, wrong speech* I want to thank all the judges! It must have been an impossible task, because mommy read me all the stories and she kept saying, "I'm glad I'm not a judge!"

I also want to condogulate the other winners! If you haven't read their stories, you should go to their pages and find them in their diaries. (Click on their names and it will take you to their pages.) Tell your mommy she'll want a big box of tissues. Maybe you can even help her shred them!

Grand Prize winner is our pal Todd!!!!

2nd prize goes to Idgie!!!

3rd Prize goes to Angel Captain!!

Conner won the Rainbow Angel division!

Houndy won the Senior division!

And Honorable Mentions went to Beanie, Natasha, Pogo, Risa and Zoey!!!

Acfurrily, after you read all the stories I think you'll agree that evfurry single contestant is a winner! Because we all have the bestest mommies and daddies and furevfur homes in the WHOLE WORLD!!!!


Uninvited guests!

July 30th 2012 6:02 pm
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We had a fun weekend! Two sleeps ago we went to a place even mommy and daddy have nevfur been to befure! Mommy called it a flea market. WHAT????!! Why would anyone want to buy fleas??! Furtunately, we nevfur found the flea stall, but there was a lot of Stuff there mommy and daddy had fun looking at. There were also lots of other doggies, and lots of hoomans who like doggies! So Hershey and I had a great time, too.

Yesfurday we just chilled and watched the Olympics, then we went to bed.

But then, way befure the sun was ready to come up, Hershey and I sniffed intruders!! BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK! Daddy kept saying HUSH! Daddy kept telling us what time it was. (4 a.m., like we cared!) NO!! We have intruders!! BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!

Finally mommy came downstairs and went where we told her, to the furnace vent. Our furnace sits sort of in the middle of the house, in a closet with a door on the kitchen side and a vent in the living room. And inside that closet, mommy figured there must be a raccoon! They have come in befure, Hershey says, through an outside vent that was supposed to have been fixed.

When it was time fur mommy and daddy to leave fur the office, the raccoon was still in there! I TOLD them so!! But they left anyway.

Then mommy came home, and called somebody, and FINALLY he came. He helped mommy move things out of the way and opened the furnace door and he showed mommy--not one, but TWO raccoons sitting there behind a grate looking scared. He said he was going to do this, and he said then he would do that, and when it gets dark and quiet tonight they should pack up and leave. I hope so!! Hershey has lost interest, but mommy can hear them wiggling around in there, right behind her chair! And I can smell them!! BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!BARK!


Do you eat grass?

July 17th 2012 8:19 am
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I do. Some days not at all, and some days just a nibble. But some days I NEED to go out and eat grass, and I need to do it RIGHT NOW!! I cough, I gag, I whine and howl, I pace! When mommy or daddy FINALLY get my leash on and open the door, I FLY out there and dive into the grass up to my topknot. Then I chompchompchompchompchompchompchompchomp!! And we move on down the street and I chompchompchompchompchomp some more, and so we go, all the way around the block. Daddy makes me "C'mon, Winkie!" Mommy looks at her watch. Hershey (who comes along because he will NOT be left behind!), just sits there and watches the neighborhood.

Finally I have enough, and we go back home. Most of the time I feel better. Sometimes I don't, and I pace around and can't get comfy, and I hackhackhack and finally urka my salad. THEN I'm fine.

Until next time.

I've always been like this, at least as fur as anyone knows. At my foster home I had my own yard, so I could graze whenevfur I wanted. I had a little privacy. Here, I have to be on leash every time I go out, so you know the hoomans are all into all my business.

Now mommy wants to know if there's something she can feed me so I won't need to eat grass. Because a grass feast takes a long time. And because it doesn't always stay down. And because Hershey and I are gonna be staying at the Wag Hotel fur a few nights in a month or a year or something, and there is NO GRASS there! That is not good. So if you or your pawrents have any ideas, we'd like to hear them!


They Call It Carmel

July 2nd 2012 7:24 pm
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I'm late writing this, but you'll understand.

It was three sleeps ago that we all woke up early. When we looked outside, the whole world had disappeared! Mommy says it was foggy, but I've seen foggy and this was way thicker. The world was gone, I tell you!

I guess that's why mommy and daddy decided to start packing the car, so we could go find the world again. They even packed my bed, and Hershey's whole crate! We got in the car and all buckled up, and I curled up fur a long ride. We stopped once, and mommy and daddy ate. We were getting closer to the world again. I could see boats and smell water. Then we drove and drove, and I dozed. When we stopped again, there was the world!

Only, it wasn't my world. It smelled a little like mine, but the sea smell was stronger, and there were LOTS more doggie smells! And food smells! Mommy and daddy took their stuff, and my bed and Hershey's crate, into a house that was way smaller than ours. In fact it wasn't a house at all, just a room and a bathroom. I figured we were moving.

Outside, this place had lots of shops. I know about shops. Mommy goes in, and daddy stays outside with us. Or sometimes daddy goes in. But in this town, ALL of us went in! Shops are wonderfur places!! They're full of Stuff, like shoes, and books, and things on hangers, and hats and baskets and boxes! Some of them are full of paintings on the walls, and you just walk around and sniff. And there are treats and water bowls evfurrywhere, and people to pet you and take your picture. And other doggies!! OMD, we saw doggies evfurrywhere! Big ones and little ones and all colors and breeds and mixes! We sniffed and sniffed!

The best shop of all is called Diggidy Dog. Have you evfur been to PetCo? Maybe PetSmart? You've nevfur seen a shop like this! They have the BEST TREATS in the WHOLE WORLD, and they put them out in big barrels where we can reach them and try them out and let mommy and daddy know what we like! They have so many toys I couldn't even pick one out! They have all the furry best collars and leashes and beds, and doggy things especially fur the pawrents. Doggy art. Doggy books. OMD, my nose got so tired, and my neck was sore from twisting around to look at evfurrything. Best of all, lots and lots of doggies to sniff! Daddy bought us a big bag of treats, and Hershey swiped a big, long bully on the way out! BOL!!

When it was time fur din-din, mommy and daddy picked a restaurant with table outside where they allow doggies. Hershey and I got our own water bowls, and daddy gave us furevfur treats to keep us busy. I was so tired, I let Hershey finish mine. Then we went to more of the picture places (mommy calls them "galleries"). Finally we went back to our room. We all climbed up on the big bed and I was out in a wink! BOL!!

In the morning mommy and daddy packed all our stuff back in the car. We all got in, but we only drove down the road a little bit to the beach. Even though it was early there were--guess what?--lots and lots of doggies there with their pawrents. Most of them got to be off-leash, including Hershey. I have to keep my leash on, but daddy took me, so we could run around and play a little and get our feets wet! We went all the way to one end, and back again! It was F-U-N!!!!

After all that, mommy still had some shopping in her, so we went back up into the town. Shop and shop and shop, and a gallery or two, and lots more doggies, and then it was lunch time. We went to a place where they have a patio and a whole separate menu just fur doggies!! Hershey and I each ordered a bowl of grilled chicken strips! Mommy and daddy got something, too, but we didn't care!

After lunch we got one more big drink, and then it was back in the car fur the ride back to our real house. I just slept.

And guess what? When we got home, our world was still all hidden in fog. But now I know, even if we can't see it, there is a whole bigger world out there, full of amazing things!

I could have slept fur a week. But guess what? The furry next morning, we all got back in the car again, and Hershey and I got dropped off at the Wag Hotel! We were in the All Day Play group, but to tell you the truth, we didn't do much, BOL!! When mommy and daddy picked us up and took us home, we just kept on napping.

And that's why I didn't write in my diary until tonight.

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