Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Honey the Great Dane tagged us in a game in which we share stories of our dogs’ parents and/or how our pups came to live with us. I don’t know much about Winnie’s parents, so I’ll share the story about the latter :)

It started out a little over 2 years ago when my family decided to get our first dog. Well, technically our second. We used to have a dog when I was much younger (around 3 years of age?) but of course I don’t remember anything from back then.

Me as a child and our family's old dog, Joy. He was a smart little mutt, according to my parents! Sorry for the poor quality, the original picture was stuck in a frame so I had to take a picture of the picture!

So initially we found a wonderful, sweet little Chow mix named Winnie through Petfinder, but she ended up finding a better forever home more suited for her.

Things were starting to look dismal (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating) for us when on a Friday morning my mom decided to go on Radio Korea ’s website. She went to the pet section, where the Korean community (mostly from Southern California, I think?) posts random pet-related topics, including pets needing homes.

Lo and behold, that’s how we found Winnie, who was then named Coco. She was around 4.5 months old back then and living in Irvine with a young couple. Unfortunately, circumstances didn’t allow them to be taking care of a dog at the time, especially a young puppy.

A few days after we got her. Her unbearable cuteness has already allowed her to claim the couch! LOL

A Corgi had been on my list of “possible/ideal breeds”, so we gave them a call and claimed her, so to speak (apparently many others were interested in her). My mom and I drove to Irvine the next day and took her home with us, along with all her things (treats, toys, etc). During the entire car ride I tried to think of a better name (I certainly didn’t like Coco!) but could only think of Winnie, the name of the adopted dog that we had originally been interested in. So in the end she became Winnie!

Her love (or hate?) for squirrels has transitioned from stuffed ones to real ones...

Her previous owners told us she would be small because her parents were small, hence Winnie’s tiny size (a measly 18 lb). They had bought her from a pet store in Irvine. I didn’t know better back then- I obviously don’t support puppy mills and BYB now, but I wouldn’t trade Winnie for anything in the world. She is my first dog- my one and only heart dog! I’ve learned so much as a first time dog owner and I don’t regret getting her one bit. (In my own defense, I do plan to adopt my second dog in the future (which won’t happen anytime soon, but will happen!) ;)

High school graduation

So what’s your story?

We'll tag the following blog pups, but feel free to share even if you weren't tagged :)

The Corgi Girls
Lance and Vito
Mia the Chi
Gio and Romeo


Dozer and Coop said...

Morning Winnie! Mum has added you to our "must read" list of bloggy friends on our blog so we can catch-up on you every day. Mum said she will try and get our life stories together to blog in the next few days. We loved reading your story!

a corgi said...

hi; I just found your blog; Winnie is adorable!!! we have a tri redhead, Koda, who is a bit on the pudgy side (can't resist those eyes of his, but we're working on it)

I enjoyed reading all your entries; we're almost neighbors; I used to live in Laguna Niguel until we moved to Murrieta last year

I hope you have an awesome summer here before you/Winnie go back to school in August!