Wanagi is our official
"Office Dog." Many of my long-time clients will remember I used to have my
Schnauzer, Ayela, at the office on most days. Ayela passed away at 18
years of age in mid 1999 and it took me several months to get over her
passing as she was such a wonderful companion. Wanagi is a "pound puppy"
and is part Boxer and part Schnauzer. He is over seven years old now and
is forty pounds of pure love. :
day at the dog pound when I selected Wanagi my husband also selected
a Beagle and Bassett mix we call Roscoe. We like to say they are
identical twins but that would be stretching it a little bit as
Roscoe is almost twice Wanagi's size and spends most of his days at
home catching up on his sleep.
Wanagi is various shades of gray and has
a face my husband says is very similar to that of a baby gorilla. Of
course, we have not told Wanagi that because he doesn't know what a
gorilla is supposed to look like. It is very hard to describe what a
Boxer\ Schnauzer looks like so I hope the photographs give you a
good idea of his sturdiness and size. Wanagi is such a lovable
little dog I sometimes think he should be an AKC registered breed of
some kind. A girlfriend and I came up with the idea of Wanagi being
a "Lymon Baroche," or "Italian Boxer." We actually spent several
hours at a party one evening coming up with a complete background
for the breed. He is such a sturdy little container of love that he
deserves to have a rich and varied ancestry. Wanagi comes to work
with me most days and sits very patently in the outer office
greeting anyone who comes into the office. In true Boxer fashion his
lower jaw seems somewhat larger than his upper jaw so he shows
several of his lower teeth most of the time. It can be fairly
intimidating until you realize he is a very friendly dog. We call
this "smile" his "Von Snarl."
The name "Wanagi' comes from
Lakota Sioux for "soul" or "spirit."