Meet My Dog: Victoria!

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, inspiration for dogtrotting.net (?-2020)

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).

Kaitlynn (1999-2016)

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

Sally!

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.

Daisy!

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!

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.

Sasha being a dog in the 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Sasha!

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.

Tina Twinkle Bunny

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).

18 comments

  1. Jeff rosnick · · Reply

    Just read the post about Victor and I’m sorry to hear the news. Following your blog and his adventures was great. I’m sure his memory will sustain you in the future Even as you miss his companionship. The stories stay with us.

    1. Thank you. I have lots of travel memories with him.

  2. […] So, I did. PrintsField offered dogtrotting.net the opportunity to try out their service in exchange for an honest review. I chose an image of my cat Daisy and of course a pic of my cocker-cross dog Victor, star of our travel adventures. […]

  3. […] What a difference a week makes – we’ve been hearing that a lot. A week ago, I was going to work and scheduling posts about great places I’ve been to recently with my favourite side-kick, a clever little Cocker-cross named Victor. […]

  4. […] we all want to know more about our fur babies? Their histories (particularly rescues like my dog); their perceptions (we’ve visited pet psychics), or their physical health and […]

  5. Hi, Sherri. You had total 6 but right now you have 3, Sasha, Daisy, Sally? I’m really sad for the rest 3 as my cat also died. That’s very sad for me after my cat pushy died. I never forget Pushy. 🙁
    By the way, Glad to see your family.

  6. Hello Sherri. My name is Gabriela and we meet at the Travel Massive event this past week (I was with my baby and our dog Joe). Loved your blog! 🙂 Best, Gabriela
    http://gabynocanada.com

    1. Good to meet you and the family … and charming Joey. I’ll check out gabynocanada. Hope to see you at a Travel Massive event again.
      Thanks!

  7. Sheila · · Reply

    What a great site! I’ll be checking it frequently for events and travel tips this spring and summer. I also have a mini Schnoodle! Am hoping to train him for therapy work. Awesome little dogs.

    1. Thaanks!

  8. […] cat and soul mate of 17 years, Kaitlynn, is in the later stages of kidney disease and is essentially in palliative care. I’ve been […]

  9. Good points. I plan to evolve this blog significantly in the new year.

  10. Love your pet pictures. Need to expand on your dogtrotting blog. Vacations ideas with one’s extended fury family. Teaching your family pets social skills and house manners. Just some thoughts

  11. Adorable collection of family pets. Although they can be a handful at times, they always manage to make us smile and laugh when we seem to need it most
    🙂

    1. Yes, that page is a family photo album…

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