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Truro golden retriever chosen to grace 2018 PetValu calendar

The photo chosen to represent July 2018 in the Pet Valu calendar  shows Winnie as a two-month-old pup.
The photo chosen to represent July 2018 in the Pet Valu calendar shows Winnie as a two-month-old pup.

TRURO, N.S. - Winnie… It’s oh, so appropriate. The name suggests a winning smile and who could argue? 

Winnie’s won over many people with her charm and that charisma recently earned her a spot on the 2018 PetValu calendar.

The golden retriever was a year old in May, but the image – a baby picture, really – that will grace the calendar’s month of July was taken when she was about two months. The photo, taken by “Dad” Ryan Anderson, shows a pup enjoying an outing at Caribou-Munroe’s Island Provincial Park.

“The 13 winners are chosen by a large panel of judges, but I think it’s fair to say Winnie’s happy, smiling face was her claim to fame,” said Rose Ferrante, senior director of marketing for PetValu Canada. “It’s just a great photo of a puppy clearly enjoying a day at the beach with her favourite people.”

Winnie’s human family members say it often looks like the dog is smiling, and Ryan has captured the look in many photos, including the calendar shot. They share many of the images on the ‘east_coast_winnie’ Instagram account ( ).

“She’s very photogenic,” said Anderson. “We sent a summer and winter picture to the contest for fun, not really thinking they’d win.

“Everybody believes their dog is beautiful, and it’s true.”

Winnie was looking festive and alert while watching the Pride Parade in Truro.

Winnie was a little timid as a puppy but has now visited so many places and taken part in so many events. she’s more comfortable with new endeavours. She loves meeting people and travelling. She watched the Pride Parade this year and will be taking part in 2018. She went to Lunenburg to join in the Gathering of the Golden Retrievers, which involves a dog parade, in July.

“After a long day at work it’s wonderful to come home and get a greeting from her,” said Anderson. “She’s always so happy to see us.”

PetValu started the calendar casting call contest six years ago. In 2014 the company began offering the calendar for a give-what-you-can donation to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, who are the business’s national charity partner. Since then, the calendar has raised more than $500,000. Calendars will be available at PetValu locations later this year.

Other animals from Atlantic Canada to be included in the 2018 calendar are Violet, a cat from Fall River; Bell, a gerbil from Moncton; and Bo and Kitty, a dog and cat pair from Conception Bay South. All the photos can be seen at

Winnie also made it into Kayak Angler magazine.

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