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MEET WINSTON

At first glance, Winston, a miniature long-haired piebald Dachshund, appears as soft as his glossy coat. But in fact, he’s 12 pounds of toughness. His person, Bend native Racheal Nordby, brought Winston home six years ago where he soon became a constant companion, even to the barn where Racheal rode horses as a competitive equestrian. Soon, belying his petite demeanor, Winston was soon called “Boss of the Barn” as he learned how to herd livestock. The easy way Winston made friends was a natural segue to his own Instagram account @wanderpupz where folks follow along a scrapbook of adventures. “It began as a way to connect with other dog owners,” says Racheal, but people responded to Winston’s ways, and now his recognition from photos serves as a real-world introduction at dog parks and around town. Most adventures for Winston are close to home—“He loves his people, and snuggling,” says Racheal. New puppy Copper, a 3 1/2- month-old Blue Heeler joined Racheal and her partner Tristen Guzaitis for the next stage in life as Rachael begins graduate school at Oregon State University, studying to be a clinical mental health counselor and Winston pursues his Good Canine Citizen Certification to spread joy as much in person as in his photos.  @wanderpupz

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