Meet Jackie and Her Aussie, Fanny!
Dogs have a way of seeing the best in all things and one-year-old Australian Shepherd Fanny manages to do that with just one eye. Fanny lost her eye as a result of a dogfight when she was just a pup. Not one to sit and mope, Fanny found a happy new life with Jackie and family and now enjoys things like naps, Instagram fame and the occasional taco… All with her signature wink.
Here’s what Fanny’s mom, Jackie, has to say about their friendship, and we think you’ll want to wink, too.
Tell us how you met Fanny.
For many years we were a two-dog household, until our eldest crossed the “rainbow bridge” of old age. For the next two years we quietly kept an eye out for the right dog to come along. Finally I received a photo via Facebook of a small 7-week-old puppy whose eye was sewn shut. She had come into their program the day prior after losing her eye to another dog. We knew nothing about her other than her age and medical history, but it didn’t matter. The second I saw her photo, she was our dog.
Describe Fanny in three words.
Spontaneous, joyful, dorky.
Describe a typical day with Fanny.
Aggressive fluffy snuggles, snacks and exploring the neighborhood. Oh, and naps.
Tell us a story about Fanny.
Fanny has forged a relationship with a local fast-food manager. Every Saturday night we stop by his drive-through window, pull her window up to his, roll it down and wait until he is done feeding her the dish du-jour has become so standard that Fanny is pretty sure that every drive-through anywhere equals taco salads.
Where’s your favorite place to go together?
The dog beach and the dog park.There is something very sweet about seeing her interact with strangers. She shuffles from one person to the next, extracts pets, plays chase with terriers, and always comes running when we call, eager to share the joy of the day with us.
How do you make the most of your time together?
Through constant interaction and acknowledgement that she is a life I get to take care of and we are best buds.
What’s the best thing about being a pet parent?
Having the opportunity to snuggle with and have a relationship with a carnivore of another species! Sometimes it bewilders me when I think about it-the emotion and the attachment I feel for her.
What daily rituals do you and your dogs share?
A poor imitation of grooming (more like keep-away), couch snuggles, rounds of fetch, making life difficult for local golfers by playing in the sand traps, and both wanting pizza, despite the fact that neither of us should really have it.
What tips or advice would you give people thinking about adopting a dog?
Pets require patience. Sometimes years of patience before you see dividends in terms of behavior, shared enjoyable habits, and that irreplaceable bond with man’s best friend.
Describe your Instagram journey to superstardom.
I started Fanny’s Instagram account to alleviate my Facebook friends from seeing photos of her every hour on the hour. She was so exciting to us that I couldn’t stop capturing adorable acts of adorableness. Eventually I noticed strangers commenting on these photos.
Do you have any particular methods or rules for your Instagram photos?
Our methods and rules hold true to how it began… I share moments that I personally want to save for the future: a simple walk, a dumb expression. It is just an added bonus that others are able to get a bit of joy out of Fanny’s natural antics as well. She is quite a character.
If you liked Fanny’s story of love, hope and pizza check out her Instagram for more snaps of her everyday antics.
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