Wink arrives at the county shelter after being beaten. At only three to four months old, It's likely that this is the first photo ever made of him.
Wink takes a "freedom ride" to TLC Veterinary Hospital in Semmes, Alabama. A violent blow to Wink's face caused his eye to burst and crushed his sinus passages.
Wink is shown kindness and compassion from the staff at TLC. He is a perfect patient.
Wink begins a long, painful recovery. He is unable to breathe through his nose due to broken bones and tissue growth.
Even during the hardest times, Wink musters up a smile. We could all learn a thing or two from this little guy.
After two months at TLC Vet Hospital, Wink arrives at Noah's Animal Refuge. He makes a new friend right away.
Our little guy enjoys the sunshine and fresh air in the play yard at the refuge.
This is the first picture I saw of Wink while searching PetFinder.com. It was love at first sight.
Me and my boys meeting Wink for the first time. We just knew he was "family."
A wink and a smile. Wink is one tough cookie.
Despite his circumstances, Wink shows determination and love for people.
I never imagined a little mixed-breed pup could inspire and challenge me so.
Wink gets BIG news! FOX 10, Mobile will feature him as their TOP news story of the night!
Wink is a natural on camera! Thank you WALA FOX 10 for loving Wink as much as we do.
FOX10 runs a second story on Wink during his last day at the refuge. He is basking in the attention.
Wink's is packed and ready for his trip to the MSU vet school. He will undergo a CT scan and a nasal scope.
"Team Wink" meets at the small animal clinic at MS State. Left to right: Jeanette Fore (Noah's volunteer), Jacki, and Christi (Wink's aunt).
Wink immediately makes himself at home in the waiting area at MSU. He is greeted by a reporter from the campus newspaper.
Since the day she saved Wink's life, Jacki (Noah's Animal Refuge) has dreamed of the day that Wink would begin his journey to recovery.
Wink receives a hero's welcome from the lady "Bulldawg" softball team. #dawgsfordogs
Wink makes a friend for life ... Kayla "Wink" Winkler.
And the welcome continues ... the lady "Bulldawg" basketball team provides Wink with loads of love and support.
Wink is DOG tired after a very busy day. A very good excuse to snuggle with mom.
Wink is in good hands with Eileen Balz, Wink's vet student, and Dr. Blake Webb, surgical intern at MSU.
Well, would you look at who made it on the cover of the MSU newspaper ... yep, it's our boy!
Wink jumps right in. He is traveling to his new home for the first time while plans are made for nasal surgery.
During the long ride, Wink dreams of his new home in Raymond, Mississippi.
Wink's forever home and family are ready and waiting for him.
Wink fits right in. What a blessing he is to our family.
Wink is a very curious boy. He gets his first look at his new back yard.
This formerly homeless dog quickly adapts to home life.
Wink and Cappie, our Boykin Spaniel, are fast friends.
A match made in dog heaven.
Look who's at it again. Wink makes the cover of the Starkville, Mississippi, Daily News.
Wink plays hard.
When he's tired, he's VERY tired.
Wink's dream of a home and family has finally come true. Life is good for all of us.
Support pours in for Wink's first surgery following his story on FOX10, Mobile. "Thank you" just isn't enough.
Wink has a way with the ladies. Team Wink now includes Hannah Roberts, Miss Mississippi.
Gotta love SEC teamwork! Wink's case has been transferred to specialists at Texas A&M. There's a new dog in town.
Wink enjoys the benefits of living in a small town.
Wink receives an encouraging letter from a supporter in Brandon, Mississippi.
Wink is "all smiles" despite his difficulties.
Wink poses for a Christmas picture with Cappie and his boys.
Here's Wink looking forward to a fresh start in 2016.
It's finally time for his first operation. Wink calls shotgun. He's ready to go to Texas!
Wink enjoys the day before surgery with his Texas family.
Wink's vet student prays for him in the waiting area at Texas A&M. Our brave boy doesn't hesitate as he walks back for surgery.
The surgical team at Texas A&M is able to create an opening through Wink's right nasal passage and insert a temporary stent.
Recovery will be difficult, but we hope and pray for better days.
Wink poses for a picture with his surgeon, Dr. Thieman (right), and Jenni, a vet student.
The days following surgery are hard, but Wink is a brave patient.
Wink receives special treatment at home while he recovers from major surgery. He dreams of life as a normal dog.
Guess who's in charge at the Smith house? Yep. Our boy, Wink.
Wink sends his love to his facebook friends on Valentine's Day.
Wink and his boy love to snuggle. (Continue to photo diary 2 ...)