Monday, 1 August 2011

My year in pictures

Hard to believe - but August 1 is my first anniversary.

A year ago today I was led out of my kennel at Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sanctuary in Lincolnshire and over to a blue car. I jumped in the boot and after a drive of about an hour I walked into this house - and lay straight down in the living room with a contented sigh.

I knew that after a long time, I was finally home.

So I thought I'd do a little review of the last 12 months in pictures. Those of you have been with me from the early days of my blog will recognise some of these pictures below. Forgive me for re-running my favourites. 

I'd also like to thank everyone who has read my ramblings and looked at my pictures here and on Facebook over the last year.I never thought anyone would (unless I forced them)

I had no idea I would make SO MANY good friends through blogging - and that I would meet the nicest dogs and people (yes...and CATS) in the world.

I love it when we make each other laugh and when we can raise awareness of the great work of charities and rescues across the globe. Thanks for all the help and advice and here's to the next 12 months of my happy-ever-after.

This is the picture that my new-family-to-be first saw on the Crossing Cottage, Retired Greyhound Trust website - and they say they fell a little bit in love with me on the spot. 

In July 2010, the family drove out to meet me and take me for a little walk. I was very sad in the kennels and John and Judith said I would really like to go to a home with no other dogs (and definitely no cats, I'm afraid). My family needed to make sure the Boy Of The House was OK with me as he's very nervous of dogs. Luckily we all hit it off from the start.

When they went away I was a bit sad again - but they were soon back to collect me and bring me home - where I was soon perfecting the art of relaxation.

But I do love my walks and we've been out in all weathers as the year has gone by.

I have added my own personal touch to the back garden and shown them how I used to run during my racing career.

Christmas was fun and I loved my presents

I improved my social skills at the Spring Fair that the LOTH organised in aid of the Retired Greyhound Trust where I met some more greyhounds and we showed people what great pets we make.

In May it was my 9th birthday and I got a special cake made from beef. A Beef-day Cake!

I have really enjoyed going to the parties that my new friends in Blogville organised

And now it is summer again - and the sun has been shining for my anniversary.

Thank you again for your friendship.

Love and licks, Winnie


bobo and meja said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day Winnie!!!

You sure look faster faster fast in that runnin picture!!!

Bobo and Meja

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Winnie. This was such a great post for us because we haven't known you all that long. We love that very first pic of you at the sanctuary - it is easy to see why your family fell in love with you. We are very happy we met you and look forward to many more posts.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Berts Blog said...

Hi Winnie, I am so glad you did a catch up for us on your last year, cause I have only known you for a month.

But I can see why they fell in love with you, just thru a picture.

So glad you got a wonderful home.

Here is wishin you many more years of happiness with your family


houndstooth said...

Winnie, it makes my tail wag every time I hear about another Greyhound finding a home! I love that your family is so in love with you that they cherish you the way all hounds should be. You deserve all the very best, and I hope that you celebrate many more August 1 anniversaries with your family!


Bouncing Bertie said...

Winnie, what a lovely post. Thank you so much for telling us all about your year. I think you certainly landed on your paws on Ist August 2010.
Toodle pip!

Bobby said...

How nice to go through the past year with you Winnie. I would think its been your best year ever.
Licks Bobby

Schnauzer Days said...

Aaaaw Winnie, our Momster has a tear in her eye, she loves a happy ending but they make her cry. You have such a wonderful loving home now, we are so glad you found such a wonderful family. We have to find your Facebook Page too so we can follow you there too. Dex and Lou xxx

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Happy Gotcha Day! You have had a most exciting year, and I'm sure you'll have many more!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Amber DaWeenie said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Winnie!! We really enjoyed looking at all the early pictures. We didn't see them before. You sure do look like one very happy pooch now! :o)

Momma Tea (also Ronnii and Uji whose open ids wont work) said...

Wot a loverly posty Winnie and wot a sooper year it has been fur yoo, mee wishes yoo many many many more amazing years wivs yor pawesome family


Sophie said...

Happy anniversary, Winnie! It looks like this home is the only home you'll ever need again. :)

Benny and Lily said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!
Benny & Lily

scotsmad said...

Oh Winnie, Happy Gotcha Day! We love all the early pictures. SHE identifies with the rain spotted specs....that's why we don't walk in rain.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

That Beefday cake looks a real treat.

Sue said...

Happy Gotcha Day winnie. What a lovely year you have had. I hope you have many more with your family.

Anonymous said...

Happy Gotcha Day! Winnie you sure picked a winner of a family :D Yay for happy homes! Celebrate with gusto!

Waggin at ya,

Mr. Pip said...

We love you, Winnie! We are so happy you found a wonderful home and are part of our fun blogging community. Here's to many more years! Cheers!

Your pal, Pip

Winnie @ The Other Winnie Cooper said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your family Winnie! You are one of my most favoritest blog friends! xoxo Winnie Cooper

Corbin said...

Oh, a very happy Gotcha Day to you, Winnie!!! I hope you had the most wonderful day to celebrate... you sure did have a wonderful year! And, congrats to your family for being blessed with such a wonderful dog!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Happy Gotchaversary, Winnie!

Hawk aka BrownDog said...

Happy Gotcha Anniversary Winnie!

How could your family not fallen in love with that sweet girl you were, curled like a baby with your toy...looking so helpless, lost and lonely? Of course your home was "meant to be".

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

tubby3pug said...

What a wonderful anniversary. We are so happy you found such a great forever home

road-dog-tales said...

Happy Anniversary Winnie! Looks like you found the perfect home. We loved looking at your year in pictures. Hope you got a nice yummy anniversary treat and we look forward to MORE Winnie :)

The Road Dogs

Pup Fan said...

Happy anniversary! :)

Two Greyhound Town said...


You have had a wonderful year! We are so glad that you have found your forever home!

Brenda said...

Oh, I've been off blogger most of this summer, but I'm so glad I came back in time to see this post. Happy Anniversary Winnie, I loved seeing your "year in pictures!" :)

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Happy gotcha day Winnie, may you have many more sweetheart! love seeing your year with the beautiful photo's.

Sarge said...

Hey Winnie!
Wow, what a great year you've had! Happy, happy anniversary to you! I think you've found the perfect forever home. Love your pix...and I bet that beef cake was yummers! Congrats.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Kristin G. said...

Happy anniversary Winnie! It's definitely worthy of a celebration. I enjoyed your photos and recap of the past year. It's good to know you, and I look forward to your future adventures too!! xo

Chicco said...

Happy gotcha day, Winnie!!!
You found a so sweet family.
Woof, woof,