Thursday, January 22, 2015

One Year With Winnie

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Winnie's Gotcha Day ... the day that she came here to be our dog forever.  It seems impossible that it's already been a year and, at the same time, it's hard to think of a time when she wasn't part of our family.  



She has changed so much in the past year ... gaining a bit of weight (which she needed), growing a thick, soft coat of fur, and blossoming into a very confident little dog.

This is the photo that started it all, taken at the animal shelter and shared by a friend on Facebook.


Her second day with us.


Toward the end of her first week.


One year later ... what a difference!


Not too happy about modeling her Christmas sweater in December.


She has fit into our family almost perfectly, learning exactly what is expected of her here, and has found that there is fun to be had, too.

You stay on your side, Dorothy, and I'll stay on mine.


But, Mom, I don't want to share my bed with Maggie.


Helping out around the house by making sure that Ruby's dish is perfectly clean.


Rolling in the grass on a sunny day.


Learning to share her mama's lap with the cats, and to not growl or try to bite them.


Sharing time with Ruby on the porch.


When people hear Winnie's story, I get all sorts of praise for adopting her, this elderly little critter who had been neglected and dumped.  Instead of thinking about what I did for Winnie (which is what any animal-loving person would do), I focus most on what Winnie has done for ME ... I can't accurately describe it, except to say that I love this little dog with my whole heart.

Proudly displaying her 'I am a Therapy Dog' tag.


Snuggled underneath a blanket ... as she almost always is.


Listening for intruders (the UPS man, in this case).


It's been an awesome year, Winnie!  Happy Gotcha Day.



20 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Winnie! It seems like she's always been with you and I hope she has many more comfortable and happy years with you!

    xo Kat

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  2. What a change in her she looks wonderful! I hope she has many years with you and her buddies!

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  3. Wow! What a difference a year makes. She looks great, happy and content!

    I know what you mean about what she did for you. I feel the same about LizzieBelle. Hers is another great rescue story but she has done more for me than I think I did for her. Just love her to pieces.

    Happy One year Winnie! You put a smile on my face when I see your cute photos :)

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  4. Winnie, I'm so glad you joined this family! I've been able to watch you grow and bloom and now you are giving back. Pets do save us don't they!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. ✻ღϠღ✻
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    `*.¸.*✻ღღHappy First Anniversary to you and Winnie! She is a true gem that may be small in size, but she certainly fills a big place in your heart and mine too! :-)

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  6. Oh I love that little face!
    I'm so glad you found each other.
    It reminds me of a sweatshirt that I've seen (and want!) that reads:
    Who rescued who?"
    Thank you for being there for her and I wish you many many more happy years together.
    :)

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  7. How quickly that year passed by! and what a lucky happenstance that you both found each other at the perfect time.

    Hugs to both of you!

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  8. I adore those big sweet eyes. I always smiled whenever I saw Winnie's photos on your posts. What a big difference one year of love made in Winnie. This is a lovely post, Connie.

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  9. Congratulations on one year! Here's to many, many more!

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  10. How wonderful!! She looks so contented... I know you don't like the praise, but well done!

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  11. thank you for making my day...you are both so very, very fortunate to have found one another.
    Carole

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  12. I haven't been blogging for a while and have been negligent in visiting. I'm so glad I stopped by today because you know I just adore that little Winnie. I just know she feels very special and will have a wonderful day. xo

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  13. What a delightful story; I love forever home stories. Made my day; give her a snuggle for me. Sweet pup!

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  14. A win win situation. Yah Winnie! Yah you!

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  15. What a happy end of day for me to share in Winnie's celebrant action.

    This makes me very happy and a bit tearful to read.

    Adopt a senior indeed!

    Xo J

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  16. First, I can't believe that it's been a year. A short time for us but it's seven years for her. Quite the big deal.

    Amazing to see the difference in her. She looks much healthier!

    Happy Anniversary, Winnie!

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  17. Happy re-birthday to Winnie, and to you too. That photo of here rolling on her back in the grass says it all.

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  18. What a lovely wee dog! Greetings from Scotland xxxx

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