Mr. Winkle is real. Some call the
precocious pup the "Cutest Dog in the Universe," while other, more suspicious
types, call him a Hell-spawn, demon beast from the nether-region of Satan's
fiery kingdom. It's a tough call.
The facts are as follows: Mr. Winkle is an actual living, breathing,
full-grown dog owned by professional photographer and pet lover, Lara Jo Regan.
Mr. Winkle is not an actor. His tongue perpetually dangles from his mouth
because "it's either too big for his mouth, or perhaps his mouth is too small
for his tongue." His breed is unknown, for he was a rescued stray. His mission:
to help animals and children in need through a portion of the proceeds from his
Mr. Winkle posters and calendars.
Mr. Winkle first gained online fame when a short film of the eerily cute dog
was circulated as a popular email forward. A truncated
trailer to the original film can
be downloaded from the site for free, but the full eight minute version is
available for a modest price. C'mon, think of the children.