The featured animal in this weekend’s edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap now has an official title.
I have heard her announced by this title as she enters a room. She is “The North American Dog of the Year 2018.”
Her call name is Wendy. Her actual name is Wednesday Louise Wagstaff Arden.
My funspouse, Martha, just this past week revealed to the household that Wendy has been named “The North American Dog of the Year 2018.” And she says while that first photo is her Official NADOTY 2018 Portrait, this second is what happens when a dog thinks a portrait session is simply taking too long.
Yes, it was Martha who announced, as Wendy jumped from the floor, over a cat, into Martha's lap. “Ladies and gentlemen, The North American Dog of the Year 2018.”
“How did that happen?” I asked. “Secret ballot,” Martha replied, then added, “No Russians voted.”
What were the requirements? “She’s very devoted,” Martha began. And, that is true. She will sit next to me on the couch and lay all of her weight -- maybe 45 or 50 pounds -- onto me. She’s not really a lap dog -- she’s more of a tribute to the great recording artist Bill Weathers. You know, “Lean on Me.” [Click HERE for musical accompaniment as you read on.]
Continuing with the qualifications to hold the title, Martha explained that Wendy’s demeanor was a plus in the balloting. “She just tries very hard to mind.” (Here she is enjoying a nap with Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson.)
We’ve had her for most of her six or seven years -- let me check the calendar. Holy smoke, see that third photo? It's of Annie the Heeler Mix (now pushing FIFTEEN!) on the couch with Wendy. That‘s from Thanksgiving 2009. More than six or seven years ago, I guess. But Wendy's still energetic like the puppy who came to stay.
We got her in late summer or early autumn that year. She was still a growing puppy. It was a rescue. Martha saw her trying to keep up with a couple of young people walking on Polk near Highway 67. They didn’t really want her with them. Martha pulled over and, to summarize nicely, my SternRescueSpouse Martha sweetly said she be happy to take the dog. We still have the dog.Time flies. We called her a “foster” for about a year. Hard to give away someone you love. So we didn’t. (That's her first Sleeping Dog photo -- the tip of her muzzle peeking around the furnitue!)
As I explained back in 2009, “You can tell when Wendy thinks I’m about to do something interesting. She leaps to her paws and races somewhere – she doesn’t care where, just somewhere else. This time, assuming what I was doing wasn't interesting, she and Annie stayed flat out on the couch and went back to sleep.”
So, Wendy has spent a lifetime earning the title “North American Dog of the Year.” Plus, as my dimpledspouse Martha smiles and explains, “She’s the only mammal who’s ever come into the house who didn’t gain weight.”
Here’s the LINK to that 2009 Thanksgiving edition.
That was one of the few meals Wendy slept through. She’s never really been food-motivated -- prefers affection and attention.
So, what is Wednesday Louis Wagstaff Arden like? Imagine an angel with boundaries and a bark. Same bark she uses when the letter carrier arrives. In the entire time the North American Dog of the Year 2018 has lived with us, a letter carrier has never crossed the invisible boundary between front walk and living room -- it’s called a picture window, Wendy on one side, the passing world on the other. The irony is Wendy’s big bark is simply a warning that you may be about to get licked silly by an adorable dog. And, I love hugging her and she loves flopping over on me as I go "OOOF." That's a stylized photo of me and Wendy on the couch a couple of years ago -- I don't know what we were watching, but we were definitely on the brink of napping!
And there's a photo of Martha and the North American Dog of the Year 2018 enjoying a moment of Christmas together.
Who knew such a great personality was running free next to a busy city street the day Martha pulled over and performed a roadside adoption. Everybody needs a Wendy Dog to help their hearts beat.
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