Hi everybody !
This was a long post to prepare as there were many photos to edit, but I’m finally posting it and I’m happy to present you my little Winny.
His name is Winston but I rarely call him that, I prefer Winny. He’s a Shetland Sheep Dog and has just turned four years old last December. When he arrived home four years ago it was Valentine’s day, just like today. I can’t think of a better day to welcome a puppy and of a better gift ! He was my sweet Valentine’s puppy !
Meeting Winny for the first time. He was five weeks old.
Often when you go to choose a dog, one of them will come along and make a gesture towards you more than the others. I believe it is a sign that the dog has chosen you. The day I met Winny I had seen other puppies and none of them made any significant move as I was petting them. My little Winny was the one who made the move. As my boyfriend was holding him Winny gave him a kiss and he did the same when I held him. Isn’t it cute ? What a sweet puppy !
Winny (to the right) with his brother Porto and their breeder. Say Awwwwwww…. !
Chantal, the breeder, wouldn’t let us go with Winny until she was sure we were going to treat him well. She raises puppies underhand and asks many questions before completing a sale. Winny is a high-spirited, full of energy and playful dog. We call him the little firefly. He adores playing outside with a ball, taking long walks in the woods and one sport he really enjoys is wrestling…
He has a girlfriend, Maya, a two years old Cocker Spaniel I care for on week days.
Winny has a thick coat and every two months I back-comb him (I hope you understand what I mean, I couldn’t find a better word for “rebrousse-poil”) to make sure his hair hasn’t matted and to also verify if he has minor injuries or skin problems. It takes me four to five hours to comb him.
Like most Shetland he is very vocal and when he wants something he will ask and “speak” in his own language. It is so funny to hear his plaintive sighs and vocalise, he can be so exuberant !
The funniest thing about Winny is his love of toes. He just loves them ! Whenever he can, he will pull your socks off, even to visitors ! Each night at dinner he comes under the dining table and pulls at our socks. He also really enjoys chewing our toes ! I just adore him !
If you love puppy stories, David Patterson’s blog has a lot of fun posts about his new puppy Oliver, a Golden Retriever. Since his arrival in their family last November, David has regularly posted photos of the cute Oliver. And while you’re there take a look at his earlier posts, he is a great photographer and has many wonderful photos of Acadia National Park and other beautiful places in Maine. Click here to go to his blog.
I hope you will have a beautiful week-end. I can’t believe it’s already mid-February, it’s going too fast, I have a lot of photos I still want to take this winter. I’m afraid I won’t have enough time !
I’m joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday