December 2nd 2009 10:05 am
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Today is Winston's 6th Birthday!!! Woo hoo!!! He has been with us for 2 years now and what a joy it has been. We are so glad he has fit into our pack and family. He had some adjustments to make from NYC to California and a new family. He has a very vigilant demeanor and doesn't trust new people. It took about a year before he would allow us to pick him up or move him over without his protest. After all this time, we can finally hold him like a baby with his belly up for a belly rub ~ a real testament to trusting us!!! He even asks for his belly rubs now.
Winston is definately a barky boy. He was partially debarked by his former owner because he was living in an apartment in Manhattan. But he is strong willed and now he has a persistent loud bark, and boy does he have a lot to say! He was the only pet and he didn't have a back yard. Now he can run & run & bark & bark, chasing Finnegan & bark at everything! We worked with a top notch nationally known trainer and Winston is VERY smart. He was a bit stubborn at being trained but now he'll do what we want so he can get back to what he wants - chasing his ball! The trainer even said that if we don't ever want him, he will take Winston. Good luck Uncle Matty - he's ours furever!!!
Winston's obsession is chasing balls. He always has one nearby and always brings it to you "just in case". He runs like the wind and loves to chase Finnegan. In fact, sometimes we repeatedly ask him to chase Finnegan ~ to wear both of them out BOLBOL! He does think he is the boss of Finnegan although he's outweighed by about 8 lbs and a few inches. He has a strong little personality and knows how to use it to get what he wants.
Occasionally, Winston will chase squirrels. Usually he barks to tell Finnegan that there is another squirrel on our lawn. See how smart he is? He gets to bark and he gets to tell Finnegan to do the work! BOLBOL! One thing he does like to do is follow scents on the ground. One time he followed a scent right to a skunk - PEEYEW!!!
Winston did travel quite a bit with his first owner. The first time I brought out a sherpa dog carrier, he jumped inside and claimed it. Recently, as I was packing for a trip, Winston jumped into my suitcase and settled in. He was ready to go. We sometimes take family vacations with all of the dogs, and Winston is the first to get in the car. He is ready for anything.
All I can say, is our family is very lucky to have Winston. He's a joy and a comic. He's a reminder of how even a well loved dog who is rehomed can have issues. But with constant love and affection, good training and consistently being there for him, he has turned around to be a great member of the pack and our family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WINSTON!!! And may we enjoy many more with you. We love you!
Habby Birfday, Winston!! Yu nice guy!! Hab a GWATE day, dude!!
Happy Barkday, Winston you handsome guy!!! Hope you have a pawesome day filled with lots of extra attention, treats and pawresents.
Sending a big load of smoochies for your woofday Winston! We are so happy that you have settled in and now have a loving and happy furever home.
Happy Birthday Winston!
I too am a relocated New York Schnauzer!
Isn't California just a wonderful place?
Kisses to you.