Arroooo! I mean, HELLO!
My name is Winks, but my friends call me Winky 😉 I am a wise older beagle gentleman who hails from Virginia originally, but I recently have relocated to the Chicago area.
As you may have guessed, I got my name from my cute permanent “wink”! My mom was volunteering at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA in Virginia back in 2007 when our eyes met! She hadn’t planned on adopting a dog because she was in grad school and living in a tiny studio apartment, but on Valentine’s Day 2007 I was the “dog of the day” and was set out in the shelter lobby to greet visitors. No one wanted to visit with me, though, because my eye had recently been removed (likely due to a hunting accident), so I still had stitches in it, which seemed to bother a lot of people- but not my mom!!! She found my unique look endearing and the rest is history!
The shelter said that I was brought in as a stray by animal control, so not much is known about my past since I haven’t yet mastered English, but based on my behavior it was obvious to my mom that someone wasn’t too nice to me previously- I was very nervous when people would reach to pet me and I scarfed down food like it was my last meal (still do- haha)- but I learned quickly that my life had been forever changed for the better!
I have had the pleasure of living in many different places and meeting many different friends thanks to my mom’s continued studies- we have lived in Virgina, Connecticut, Indiana, and I even got to spend some time in sunny Florida before we recently settled near Chicago. I have hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, walked the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, and even hobnobbed it in West Palm Beach on boat! So my life is awesome and I look forward to every day!! My favorite things to do include “rollie stretches” in the morning, after every nap, and in the sunshine outside, sunbathing, eating (especially dried sweet potatoes!), going for walks, and I LOVE car rides!
Nowadays I live with my mom, my feline brother Schnoz, and a recent foster addition, Barney the beagle. Schnoz also came from CASPCA- more on him in a later note, and Barney just came from the Chicago Animal Care and Control via Famous Fido Rescue and Adoption Alliance.
I am excited to join in on Daniel’s work and hope to offer some insight from a disabled senior hound’s perspective. I wholeheartedly hope that all states will soon end the use of gas chambers and opt for kinder methods of euthanasia, and my biggest wish is that all shelters and pounds work towards a no-kill nation so that other pets, such as myself and my brothers, will have a chance to know the love that I have been lucky enough to experience every day since February 14th 2007.
It was nice to meet you all and I look forward to our future conversations!!