Mr. Winkle, self-professed "funny-looking" dog, has become the star of
photographic books, calendars and television. He's appeared on Today
The Rosie O'Donnell Show
and Sx and the City.
His newest book is
A Winkle in Time
WHO: Photographer Lara Jo Regan and her dog, Mr. Winkle, the subject
of three books and an upcoming film.
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 4847 E. Ray Road, Phoenix. No pets allowed in
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday.
DETAILS: (480) 940-7136.
His "mom" is Lara Jo Regan, a Los Angeles photographer who has published
serious work in such magazines as Time, Newsweek and Life.
Regan is finishing production on an hourlong movie starring Mr. Winkle that
could air on HBO or Nickelodeon.
Mr. Winkle, a tiny mutt who some say resembles an alien creature, is coming to
the Ahwatukee Barnes & Noble bookstore Tuesday. Regan says the endearing canine
is especially popular in the Phoenix area, generating numerous orders for books
and other merchandise from the Web site
This reporter's dog, Bunny Yost, a mutt rescued six years ago from Phoenix
Animal Control, agreed to interview Mr. Winkle.
BUNNY: Like me, you come from humble beginnings. How did your mother
happen to adopt you?
MR. WINKLE: Six years ago, someone dumped me out of a car on the
side of the road near Bakersfield (Calif.). I had infections in my ears and my
mouth. I had a limp in my leg and a chip in my skull. It was 11 p.m., and my mom
was lost. The glow of her headlights caught me, and I went limping toward her. I
think we were waiting for each other.
B: It must be wonderful being famous. Do you feel like a changed dog?
MR. W: I'll always remember that day on the street. Fame never goes to my
head. It doesn't matter how big a star you are, what matters is what you choose
to shine your light on. We support animal causes whenever we can. But I do live
in Hollywood, so I've shaved a few years off my age.
B: I've heard modeling is a dog-eat-dog business. How do you cope?
MR. W: I love modeling. Most doggies love to fetch sticks. I don't like
to fetch. Modeling is my job. I just love making people happy. My reward is a
piece of fresh chicken.
B: What was it like being on that naughty TV show Sx and the City?
Did you have to take your clothes off?
MR. W: Mom had it written into my contract - no nude scenes. I'm a real
lady's man, and the ladies were really nice to me. What more does a girl need
than an adoring creature staring at them with his tongue hanging out?
B: What's the most interesting thing you've ever rolled in?
MR. W: In my new movie, Big Top Winkle, I got to roll inside some
cotton candy. It was like rolling in a big pink cloud.
B: Who's your favorite dog hero?
MR. W: My dream is to be an ambassador for all creatures, not just dogs.
. . . Animals sense and feel things that humans can't. My mom thinks I represent
whatever is magical about animals.
B: Your Web site features a bachelorette gallery. Do you date all those
MR. W: I've dated a couple of them. But I have commitment issues. Because
of my schedule, I can't make a commitment. And when I date a lady, I'm a total
B: I'm a 6-year-old terrier mix. Do I have a chance with you?
MR. W: You're an age-appropriate lady. But whomever I end up with has to
have a philanthropic streak. You're definitely date-worthy.