Meet Winston

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[Winston's most recent modeling work]

Happy Birthday, Winston!
Our favorite Pug turns five on Sunday, and we’re celebrating by helping you get to know him a little better.

Eric and Susan adopted Winston from a farm near Latrobe, PA.
“We drove out to see him and it was love at first sight! We brought him home that night and he’s been a part of our family ever since,” Susan told me. “We got Winston in 2004, so ModCloth had already been around for a little while, but pretty quickly it became clear that he needed to be the mascot. He’s just so handsome, how could we resist? Honestly, I just really liked taking pictures of him, and I wanted to share the cuteness.”

I sat down with Winston, and here’s what he had to say.

Read my interview with Winston.


[He was a candid interviewee]

ModCloth: How does it feel to be 5? (If you don’t mind talking about your age)
Winston: I feel wiser. I’ve learned so much about how the world works over the past five years… how to sit for a treat, how to scratch at the door to make it open, how to find that perfect spot in the grass to do my business. As you can imagine, all of this learning has made me very, very tired, so I always make sure to take a nap every hour or so. That’s how I stay so handsome.

MC: Do you have any canine fashion advice for the blog readers?
Winston: Sometimes it’s hard for me to find clothes that fit because of my unique proportions, but I can say this: neck rolls & curly tails are in — in a big way!

MC: What is your favorite snack & why?
Winston: That’s easy! Whatever the person I’m staring at is eating. I want that, and I want it now.

MC: How does a celebrity like yourself stay grounded?
Winston: I try my best to remember where I came from and enjoy the little things in life. As long as I have a full stomach and a lap to sleep on, I’ll be happy.

MC: Describe your typical day for us.
Winston: I’m usually rudely awakened by my brother, Blue the Dachshund, at some horrible hour, maybe around 8a.m.? You wouldn’t believe it, but I can sometimes be a bit of a grump in the mornings! I try to stay asleep in bed as long as possible, but sometimes I just can’t block out the racket.

Once I’m up, I eat my first bowl of dog food and do my best to beg for a bit of real human breakfast, though I rarely get it. Then, I go for a walk around the neighborhood to inspect every tree, pole, and unusually long blade of grass.

After that, it’s right off to the office! I like to sit on Eric’s lap during the car ride to bark at people on the sidewalk. Once I arrive, I run around to say hello to everyone and see if they have any food for me. I spend the rest of my day in and out of meetings, generally following Eric and Susan around to make sure they’re safe. I’m a guard dog, did you know that?

As I mentioned earlier, I also take plenty of little naps throughout the day. In fact, if I’m at the office for 8 hours, I probably spend 6 of them asleep. Sometimes I wake up to model for a photoshoot. Those days are always fun because I get extra treats.

Once my work is done, I spend of a bit of time visiting with my other dog friends at ModCloth: Penelope, Buckles, Iggy, Rad, Keith Richards & Reese. We all have a good time together, but just between you and me, I prefer the company of humans. The end of the day is pretty typical. Another walk, more barking, more tree inspection, then back to sleep!

MC: Do you have any big plans for the coming year?
Winston: I’d like to expand my modeling career — my fans are always demanding more! I’m also planning a few trips to the off-leash section of the dog park that I’m really excited about.

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20 Responses to Meet Winston

  1. Natalie C. 04/23/2009 at 7:01 am #

    Happy BDay Winston! Hope you get to chase squirrels and eat losts of table scraps!

    Love,
    Natalie

  2. Joe 04/23/2009 at 7:06 am #

    The hardest working Pug in fashion!

    Happy Birthday little guy.

  3. Ashley B. 04/23/2009 at 7:15 am #

    Oh how I needed a big smile, and this sure gave it to me. :-D

    Happy birthday!!

  4. Marie 04/23/2009 at 8:04 am #

    You’re my favorite celebrity pug, winston! I’m one of your many fans dying for more photos. And might I add that you look quite slim in that bumblebee outfit.

  5. Chuck 04/23/2009 at 8:41 am #

    Winston, you are such a star, and yet so humble still! Love it!

    Happy Birthday! :)

  6. Katie Z. 04/23/2009 at 10:55 am #

    This is just about the best thing that’s happened to me today. So funny!

    What a well spoken young gentleman… er… gentledog! Happy birthday, Winston, and many happy returns!

  7. Josephine 04/23/2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Happy b-day then, Winston!

    I think you may have convinced me to get a pug and, to be edgy/cool, name it Churchill.

  8. nessa 04/23/2009 at 1:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday Winston :) :)
    you are truly the most adorable animal ever.
    and i’m normally a cat person!

  9. Katie 04/23/2009 at 2:01 pm #

    I must say…you are aging quite gracefully! You don’t look a day older than three! Happy, happy birthday Winston darling!

  10. Rose 04/23/2009 at 3:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Winston!!!

    That was a lovely interview, so down-to-earth! We can’t wait for more of your photoshoots!

  11. Ashley 04/23/2009 at 3:27 pm #

    You should definitely also include the picture of Winston in his tux – so debonair!

  12. Sarah 04/23/2009 at 6:18 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  13. Megan 04/23/2009 at 7:51 pm #

    Winston, if you can convince your room mates to put you on a t-shirt, I bet you’d be their biggest seller yet. I’m seeing you on the front of a pale blue tee with the modcloth mushrooms tiny on one sleeve.

    You really should! After all, 5 is a big birthday :)

  14. Angela 04/24/2009 at 4:39 am #

    Best pug ever. Winston, have you ever considered organizing a Pug Parade?

    Happy Birthday!

  15. Joe 04/24/2009 at 4:52 am #

    A pug parade would be AWESOME except after about half a block they’d scatter to nap and look for food.

  16. Sabina Rosu-Urdes 04/24/2009 at 7:20 am #

    Winston, you made my day!
    Happy Birthday, handsome! You look great – can’t wait to see you achieve your fashion dream…he he he!

  17. angela 04/24/2009 at 11:13 am #

    Im so jealous! I want a pug so bad! I MEAN BAAAD! He is adorable…Im freaking out right now he is so cute! haha

  18. Christina 04/26/2009 at 11:11 pm #

    I have two Pugs. I will always have Pugs. Percy will be 4 in two weeks and Riley in 3 months. Winston is adorable, obviously. If we lived near one another we could plan a Pug party!!! Can you imagine the world if Pugs had the ability to fly?

  19. Michelle 04/28/2009 at 5:46 pm #

    I love this story and all the fun. The photography is excellent. :) Cuuuute pug!

  20. Jennifer Ann Sneed 05/13/2010 at 3:10 pm #

    OMG! Winston, you are such a handsome little gentleman. I loved your interview. And my pug Maxwell also enjoyed it and agrees with the parts about eatting, sleeping, guarding, and being so darn cute. And yes curly tails are so in…always! We are loyal fans and Maxwell will soon be my mascot for a future business venture.
    Stay cute and sweet Winston! Kisses!

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