Monday, November 5, 2007

Winnie Wins Pet Calendar Contest

Meet beautiful 'Winnie!' What a pretty girl, it's no wonder she received over 300 votes more than the 2nd place finisher to win the Longview, Texas, News-Journal's online Pet Star Calendar Contest. She will be featured on the calendar cover. 8-year-old Winnie, a rescue from All Texas Dachshund Rescue , lost the use of her hind legs in August, 10 days before her owner died. She now lives with Kathrine Linton, who inherited the dog from her grandmother. Excerpt from the Longview News Journal:
One morning in August, 10 days before her owner died, Winnie the dachshund lost the use of her hind legs.
Her owner, Janet Garlick, died Sept. 6 from complications of heart-bypass surgery. She never got to see how far Winnie would come.
The rehabilitation has been slow, her new owners say, but with the help of a special wheelchair for dachshunds, Winnie now can run up and down the sidewalk, stand tall for treats and even play in the grass of her front yard.
"It took her about a month to get used to it and realize how to get around," said Kathrine Linton, who inherited the dog from her grandmother. "But now she just rolls. She gets around."
Winnie is winning fans across East Texas. The 8-year-old wiener dog has wheeled herself to victory in the Longview News-Journal's second annual online Pet Star Calendar Contest. In fact, Winnie rolled over the competition, receiving 300 votes more than the second-place finisher, a mini-Australian shepherd named Red.
Winnie will be featured on the calendar's cover. Garlick, known as "Granny Jan," would have been proud, Linton said.
"She would just be tickled pink right now if she knew her baby won the contest," she said.
Read the rest at the Longview News-Journal.

Winnie waits for a treat Friday evening at her home.

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