Hatteberg's People - Annette Karr

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February 20th, 2011

On Hatteberg's People, McPherson resident Annette Karr found an unlikely friend who has become her hero. He is 'Wink' the one-eyed wonder dog, and his story his changing lives in McPherson. But his life on this planet was originally in doubt.

"He was not perfect. He had a deformed eye and eventually he would have been put down."

"You've been a good boy, yes!"

"Well, when I was younger, I'd see these old ladies with their dogs and I thought they were crazy. And now that's me. That's my time to be the crazy old lady."

Annette Karr is a massage therapist. But as she rubs down her clientele....it is the other occupant in the room who people remember.

"Wink, get into your next....good boy."

He is Wink, a little one-eyed poodle who has transformed Annette's life into a personal message of redemption.

"While he was once seen as a reject...."

"Let's go!"

"That he knows know he is not a reject, he has a special purpose, and we all do."

"Thank you!"

"You're very welcome. Thanks--Bye bye."

Wink was saved from a certain death because some felt a one-eyed dog didn't have a future. They were wrong. Wink has become a teacher.

"We can respond to Wink's message, particularly to children."

Through a book Annette recently published called 'Wink, the One-Eyed Wonder, he has become a symbol of acceptance.

"I sure am a lucky dog, because my life is filled with people, who let me know that I'm not a reject. That I have a special purpose in my life. I am to make people happy."

"And you can come up kiddos."

"And the message is....first, they are worthy.....just however we are."

"Say 'Wink'."

"But to then carry that over into accepting the imperfections of their friends and their classmates."

In McPherson, classrooms like Kindergarten teacher Kirsten Stewarts, Wink is an instant hit.

"Do you want him to stay at your house again? Do you want him to come over sometime?"

"Wink is basically an expression of love."

At an independent bookstore called the Bookshelf in Downtown McPherson, Wink's books are popular and his visit is always special.

"The last page, that is the crux of the book, where Wink says --'Momma's told me even though I'm not perfect, I'm worth a million bucks."

"The work that we are doing together is incredible and I feel honored that this little do is in my life."

"You did a good job baby, yes you did. You did a wonderful job."

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