Q&A with Bud & Becky Ostendorf

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Bud & Becky Ostendorf and Their Famous Dog, Winnie-the-Pooh Pass The Time On The Rockers Outside Barnes & Noble

by Melissa LaScaleia

Introduce me to your family.

There’s myself and Bud and Winnie, our Peekapoo. So we say she’s a Winnie-the-Pooh. She’s the star of our family.

Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?

We knew the second time we came down here that we wanted to live here. My husband retired in February 2010, and we moved to Queen’s Harbor in March.

Where are all the places you came from?

I was born in West Virginia, but spent my whole life in Canton, Ohio. Bud lived everywhere— he is from Pittsburg.

Do you have a favorite place in the Market Common?

Sitting on the rockers in front of Barnes & Noble, so Winnie can people watch.

What are your favorite things about visiting the Market Common?

We love to walk around the lake, and Winnie likes to look for squirrels. We love how pet-friendly it is. Winnie knows every store she can go into to get a treat. And she and Charlie are such good friends. She has a wonderful veterinarian (Meadowlawn) and groomer (Market Common Grooming). She likes to stop and see them both on her walk.

How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?

The weather is nice so we can get out more, so we’re always walking or going out somewhere, at the Boardwalk getting ice cream at Iggy’s, or the beach.

Do you find people friendlier or more at ease?

People are friendlier. I like the respect that people have down here, especially for the military.

Can you share one quirky fact with us about your family?

Winnie has been in the newspaper six times, including the Sun News. People take her picture all the time— especially people from different countries. She has a bunch of different hats that she wears— of the Steelers, Pelicans, and Coastal Carolina teams, and she wears them during those seasons. You don’t realize how many Steelers fans there are until you walk down the street with her. She’s our fun and our entertainment.

Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in the Market Common?

A small drugstore, and a snack place where you can get a light summer drink.

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