Shelter Picks: Winnie

By Sammy Johnson

Winnie is a 2-year-old female hound that has been at Animal Aid since August. She loves to run around with toys and play. She also has a cute habit of putting her front paws up on your lap when you sit down; she stands on you in this really gentle and quiet way to say hello. Winnie came to Animal Aid from a kill shelter, but how she got to that kill shelter is a mystery. Winnie is mostly calm, especially for how young she is, but she still has a little bit of puppy in her so she probably needs a bit of training. To me, she looks mostly looks like a tall beagle because of her black, white and brown colors and her sweet brown eyes that remind me of my dog at home. She is 39 pounds and really skinny, which is why the clever volunteers at Animal Aid have nicknamed her "Skinny Winnie." Skinny Winnie would really enjoy a home with people who would play around with her in a backyard and feed her so she gets fatter and needs a new nickname - and just give her a lot of love too.

For information on Winnie and other animals at Animal Aid, call (757) 865-0511, go to, or visit the shelter at 80 Butler Farm Rd. in Hampton.

Shelter Picks is an occasional series of blurbs and photos by Sammy Johnson, a local 12-year-old animal lover and aspiring photographer. The blurbs will focus on family-friendly dogs and cats at area shelters that need homes. Contact Sammy at

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