little things... #2

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Miss Winnifred Leora Dixon-Black

Basking in morning sunlight in her favourite arm chair, the one in the upstairs hallway that sits by a big window, the sunniest spot in this house. She is a basker, she loves the sun and in the summer will often lay outside in a big patch of sunlight until her little black body is baked and warm to the touch, and I'll tell her that she's my little Mediterranean sun dog. I don't know how many times a day I look at her and think how lucky I am to have her ... how it was meant to be, she and I. When I adopted her, her name was Princess, which I didn't think suited her although I do still from time to time put Princess in front of the above proper full name. I'm not sure how I came up with Winnie but it suits her perfectly. The Dixon came from my memories of vacations in Florida and shopping at the big American grocery store chain Winn Dixie - I love American grocery stores, SO many things that we don't get here (and weird things like aerosol cheese spread). The Leora was added later, Carol, Winnie & Jake's Aunt and official legal guardian and who walks with us each morning at the beach, had an Aunt Leora who sniffed everything before she put it in her mouth - a habit Miss Dixon also has. Winnie is very fickle & fussy when it comes to accepting dog treats from anyone but me (it's almost like she thinks they might be trying to poison her, she definitely has a few trust issues) and she always has a big ol' snuff before deciding if she wants it and often turns her nose up at Carol's offerings Carol started calling her Leora, and it suits her as well. When she wades around in the ocean up to her belly and comes ashore with her fluffy, wiry black body and little skinny wet legs Carol calls her Wanda Cameron ... Winnie Dixon with her skinny lil' Wanda Cameron legs. I don't know Wanda Cameron myself, but I guess her legs are skinny.

more little things that make me happy....

- clementines
- dog breath
- flannel sheets
- talking with Michael (19 year old nephew) on Skype
- darkness
- the smell of paws
- my red Koh-I-Noor Rapidomatic mechanical pencil
- Christmas lights


  1. OMG I looooove Winnifred! And what a FABULOUS name! She is a BEAUTY... :)

    And you can bet your cute dog I have a pets section! It should be up mid-next week, right after the 'Indie Cousin!'

    Love to you and the lovely Win!

  2. Ahhh! So *that's* how she got her name! Every time I've read it, I thought of "Winn Dixie," but I thought it was the name of a movie, not a grocery store.

    "Because of Winn Dixie" is a really charming movie about a girl and her dog. Your Winnie even looks a little like the dog in the movie!

    She's adorable...and you two are lucky to have each other.

  3. I stumbled upon your blog through Design for Mankind - and was bemused to see we seem to share a surname and an occupation - but on opposite sides of the world!

  4. awww Winnie....such a sweet face you have ....

  5. hi susan - you are so right about talented women around the world - I'm inspired daily by the blogs I come across. Thanks for commenting on my PIF post - you will have to email your postal address to me at s


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