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GH’s John J. York Reveals How He Fell in Love With Winnie and Belle (EXCLUSIVE)

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“They’re the cutest things in the whole world,” GENERAL HOSPITAL‘s John J. York (Mac) said of his four-legged family members, Winnie and Belle. “And they’re the best doorbells! Whenever anybody’s coming up to the door, they bark.”

And for the record, Winnie and Belle are always right. “If they’re barking, something’s going on,” York said. “A few weeks ago, they started barking, and it was right around the time my wife gets home. I looked out the front window and her car wasn’t in the driveway, but they were barking and animated, looking and wagging their tails. Literally, within 15 seconds, my wife’s car pulled into the driveway. They knew she was a couple of blocks away. It was crazy. “I just love them to death,” he added, “and I didn’t even want them!”

It’s not that York’s not a dog guy. “We’ve had four or five dogs over the years, and it’s just the hardest thing when you lose a pet,” he sighed. “And who’s the one who usually has to take them to the vet and goes through that whole process? It’s me! I’m also the one who handles the dog food: I go to the store, buy the dog food, bring it home, take it out of the package, the dogs eat it and take it out to the yard, and then I go out to the yard to pick up that food that’s been processed and take it to the garbage. It’s me from beginning to end! So after the last one passed away, I just didn’t want to do it again.”

York’s wife, Vicki, however, had other ideas. “This was about two years ago. She was out of town, but she kept looking at dogs at this rescue place,” he recounted. “She saw a couple of puppies and called me and told me I had to go look at them.

“We were only going to get one… but they brought out two,” he continued. “They were literally as big as the palm of my hand, and they told us they were sisters. I was like, ‘They have to be together.’ They were tiny puppies, and I ended up getting both of them.” Now “they do everything together and they’re crazy and fantastic. They’re just the best dogs ever!”

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This story originally appeared in our print magazine

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