Pet of the Month: Winston

Winston

Winston’s story starts with some sadness. His parents’ beloved dog, TJ—a Eurasier—had died unexpectedly in June of 2016. To heal a heavy heart, his mom started reaching out to find another Eurasier and knew that she would have to go on a waiting list or two. Shortly after, she got the call. A little male pup born on April 15th from the “L” litter was available unexpectedly (his original owners backed out). L should have stood for ‘love’ because he was just what they needed. His litter name was Link and he was in Halifax Nova Scotia. Yes, you read that right….Canada!

Winston’s parents flew to Boston, rented a car, and drove up to Halifax. From the moment they met the little monster, they knew he was meant to be theirs. They spent two days getting to know Winston, his Mom, and the rest of his siblings. Prior to leaving, the breeder asked for some lineage on TJ—Winston’s parents’ previous dog who had passed away. As it turned out, little Winston was related to TJ. TJ was his great-great Uncle on his maternal side—TJ’s Mom is Winston’s great grandmother. Chills… they got chills. It was meant to be!

Winston’s parents made the 30-hour trek back to Wisconsin with their little Winston and they couldn’t be more pleased. TJ was smiling down from heaven because their hearts were full once again. And fundamentally, isn’t that what all dogs truly want for their families?

Winston dressed as Hairy PawterWinston is an incredibly happy dog and has become the subdivision mascot. When he’s out for walks, you can hear kids from all over shouting “Winstonnnnn!” He gets visitors all the time and is great with people of all ages. At Halloween, he even dresses up just like the kids! This past year he was Hairy Pawter.

Winston, or Winnie, loves to be with people the most. His happy place is any store that is pet-friendly, so he can walk the aisles and greet people with his Eurasier smile, which makes them smile, too. Whenever he sees someone, he pins his ears down, flashes his ‘Sammy smile,” and gently walks toward them in hopes of an acknowledgement or a scratch on the ears. The neighbor kids spend a lot of time with Winston when he’s outside on his long leash. They’ll often come ring the doorbell asking if he can come out and play. It’s adorable! (Mom keeps a camera on him when she’s not out there for safety reasons but also to watch the cute interactions.)

The Eurasier breed is known for its friendly nature. It’s a mixed breed consisting of Chow, Keeshond (Wolf Spitz), and Samoyed. The original “Wolf-Chow” bred in the 60s was half Chow and half Keeshond and then finally mixed with the Samoyed to get today’s Eurasier. It’s a relatively young breed that is just starting to become popular in the US. Originating in Germany in 1972, the breed has gained popularity due to its easy-going temperaments and loyalty to family. Eurasiers are also great with other animals, which is wonderful for the queen of Winston’s household, JoJo (a now 14-year-old Maine Coon cat). They have become best buds!

Winston cooling downWinston loves traveling in the car and is super easy going. He gets a bit nervous in strange and unknown places, but as long as he’s with someone he knows, he’s fine. As he gets older, his parents are planning more and more road trips with him! After all, his first road trip was 30 hours from Nova Scotia and he was a total champ at only 16 weeks old!

The single worry that they have with Winston is that Eurasiers, due to the stature of their body, have a higher chance to get bloat, which is unfortunately what happened to TJ. Winston’s parents are managing his diet and exercise accordingly and being mindful of what he eats and drinks and how often. His parents are also having his stomach tacked when he undergoes his neuter surgery to lessen the chances that this will occur. They are hoping that this procedure, along with his diet, will help prevent future life-threatening scenarios for him.

Pewaukee Veterinary Service has been taking care of all of Winston’s family’s pets since they moved to Pewaukee back in 1992. Even after the move to Mukwonago, they still take their animals to PVS because of the quality of care. They think Dr. Jeff, Dr. Randy, and the entire staff have been amazing. Although they said it would be very difficult to select a favorite PVS employee, they would have to say that they are most impressed with the longevity and continuity of Jerry, Amanda B., and Tasha! Their smiling faces have been there a long time and it’s always great to see them! The fact they are still with PVS speaks volumes for the practice and the work environment, and is one of the reasons why Winston’s parents bring him there.

Follow Winston on Instagram: @winston_dog

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