Victoria is named in honour of Victor, the forever inspiration of dogtrotting.net and forever in my heart.
Born September 22, 2020, Victoria is the first baby anything I’ve had the opportunity to raise, and she’s teaching me more than I can fit into a single blog post. She’s also the my first fur baby I actively sought out.
Victoria was born to a pure-bred American Springer Spaniel mother named Bailey, and her father was a pure-bread American Cocker Spaniel, so Victoria is a Sprocker! (Yes, she’s also a pandemic puppy). Victoria currently shares her new home with three feline friends: Sally, Daisy and Henry. (See below).
In Memory of Victor: The inspiration for dogtrotting.net
Victor was a 16-year-old terrier – cocker spaniel, Jack Russell, poodle cross – who thought he was king of the pack. I got him by accident – as I have all my pets (except Victoria) including my beloved 17-year-old domestic short-haired cat, Kaitlynn (who unfortunately passed away in my arms on June 30, 2016. She is deeply missed).
My sister could not care for Victor and my nephews were very attached to him, so I took him to keep him ‘in the family’ more than eight years ago. Best impulse decision ever.
He became my star travel companion, valued member of my family and inspiration for dogtrotting.net. Prior to living with my sister, Victor lived in two other homes and was surrendered to the Human Society twice … yes, twice. (He could see the dog control truck coming a mile away). He ended his days in my arms and is forever in my heart.
Unfortunately, Victor passed away July 14, 2020. He was my heart, soul and reason for starting this site. He will forever be my heart dog and lifelong angel guide.
Victoria’s Cat Companions: Sally, Daisy and Henry
Victoria’s household companion is Sally, a young cat rescued from a hoarding situation who found her way to our home through my Vet. She has severe food allergies, which will be an ongoing challenge, but is sweet as a button and even cuter.
Victoria, however, steers clear of Daisy, a three-year-old muted calico cat who came to us through Ladybird Animal Sanctuary. She also has food allergy issues, so should fit right in with Sally (or at least eat the same food).
Henry is a handsome and odd ginger cat who arrived at our doorstep late at night. Clearly, looking for a home for the night I took him in intending to find his family in the morning. Well, I did, thanks to a microchip. However, they had no interest in taking him back having left him behind after moving. (Horrible, but true). That’s when Henry found his forever home and new name. Henry wrestles with Victoria.
Another character you’ll likely meet on this blog is Sasha, born in March of 2013; she is a chocolate lab cross and was very much a Victor fan, who she revered as big brother and mentor. She has accompanied Victor on many dog-friendly trail and urban adventures, so her image appears often on dogtrotting.net.
And finally, the rabbit – Tina Twinkle Bunny – that I got because of Victor… but that is a story for another posting, and maybe another blog. (Editor’s note: Sadly, Tina passed away on July 21, 2015. She is deeply missed).