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Mr. Winkle

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Mr. Winkle (born c. 1995) is the name of a very small dog of uncertain breed (possibly Pomeranian/Chihuahua) whose cute and comical appearance has made him a small marketing phenomenon and an international cult figure representing the beauty, charm and potential of homeless animals.

He was rescued as a stray by his current owner, Lara Jo Regan, a renowned magazine photographer, who has had numerous calendars, books and cards published featuring photos of Mr. Winkle in various settings, costumes and poses.

Mr. Winkle has been the subject of many national and international newspaper and magazine articles, and has appeared on various television shows, including an episode of Sex and the City (Sept. 1, 2002). The Mr. Winkle phenomenon was the most visible during Regan's book tours with Mr. Winkle from 2001 - 2005 which often drew over 500 fans at each location, inspiring the producer of Sex and the City to incorporate the unusual phenomenon into an episode where Mr. Winkle upstages the character Carrie Bradshaw at her first book signing.

Mr. Winkle appeared on the cover of many magazines including Pet Life, Animal Wellness and Time for Kids. Time also named Mr. Winkle "Best Internet Celebrity of 2002" in their online supplement,"On." By 2006, had garnered over 65 million hits and came to be known as the first animal celebrity meme, and one of the first celebrities in general, whose fame was sparked by viral internet culture. By 2009, Regan had created over 150 "What is Mr. Winkle" photographic characters as well as an extensive fine art series of her muse, collected in the form of published works and art prints. A major museum retrospective of Regan's Mr. Winkle photographs took place July 7, 2012 to October 7, 2012 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City.

Additional information

  • The Sacramento Bee, Cynthia Hubert, The Scene, Cover Story, July 13, 2001
  • USA Today, Marco della Cava, Feature, December 3, 2001
  • PetLife, Terry Wilson, Feature, Volume 7, No. 2, March/April 2001
  • Animal Wellness, "The Child of a Cloud, On Loan from Heaven," Volume 7, Issue 2 March 2005
  • Time for Kids, "Doggone Cute," Volume 6, Issue 12 December 15, 2000
  • On Magazine, "Best Internet Celebrity," Jan/Feb 2002 issue
  • 1,001 Reasons to Love Dogs, Mary Tiegreen, Stewart Tabori & Cheng,2006
  • Pro Photo Daily, David Schonauer, Spotlight: Mr. Winkle Still is Still a Star, July 5, 2012
  • The San Francisco Chronicle, Neva Chonin, Datebook, Cover Feature, July 23, 2003
  • The Chicago Sun Times, Misha Davenport, Feature, June 13, 2003
  • The San Diego Tribune, John Wilkens, Currents, Cover Story, September 5, 2002
  • The Today Show, NBC, Featured Guest Interview, June 12, 2002
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Karen Sandstrom, Arts and Life, Cover Story, June 3, 2002.
  • The Detroit Free Press, Feature, August 8, 2003
  • The New York Times, Julie Iovine, Feature, January 20, 2002
  • The Today Show, NBC, Feature Guest Interview, December 14, 2001
  • TVAsahi – Japan - Feature Story, December 17, 2001
  • The Denver Post, Elena A. Jefferson, The Scene, Cover Feature, August 5, 2003
  • New York Newsday, Denise Laim, Feature, August 30, 2001
  • The Saint Louis Post Dispatch, Sarah Casey Newman, Feature, September 6, 2003
  • CNN TV, Feature Story, February 2001
  • ABC Evening News, Feature Segment, January 2001
  • The Dallas Morning News, Michael Precker, Living, Cover Feature, October 24, 2000
  • The Los Angeles Times, Dennis Arp, Feature, September 22, 2000
  • References

    Mr. Winkle Wikipedia

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