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Petco Fun! – My First Costume Contest!

Over the weekend, I went to Petco for their annual Halloween Costume Contest! Jess tries to get me out as much as she can and this was a perfect opportunity. Our Petco isn’t in a big city like most so we usually don’t have a big turnout for events like this. Fortunately, a couple other doggies showed up for the event and there were enough of us to place 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

Now, on to the costumes, if you follow us on Instagram you can probably guess what mine was. I went dressed as an Old Western Sheriff! I had Jess as my Deputy and Amanda as my PRISONER!

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

Can you guess what happened when the first person saw me? They thought I was adorable and loved my outfit! There were the typical “awws” and “too cute” expressions. This is before I even got in the store! And of course, it continued once I was in the store.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

My deputy, prisoner and I, hung around while we waited for the other doggies to show up for the contest and once they did, we all got acquainted while the judges got ready. The doggies names were Buttercup and Wendy. Buttercup and her human were both dressed as Angels and Wendy had a last minute costume as a character from the movie Frozen.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

We then paraded through the store in our costumes for all the customers to see. When we got back over to the area from were we began, it was time for the judging to begin!

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

 

We thought Buttercup and her human had a great costume and we weren’t sure who was going to win! *Drum roll* In third place we have… Wendy! *Applause*  And, our second place winner is………Buttercup!! *Applause* Alright, and our grand prize winner is Mini!! *Applause*

Dogs at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

After the awards were handed out, I practice my tricks and while I did, there were people stopping and saying how cute I was. There were so many things to sniff and listen to, I didn’t do my tricks too well, everyone still loved them though! I think their favorites were “bang” (which I only did part way ;) ) and “Beg”.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Doing tricks -Down.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Doing tricks - Beg.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

Exploring while the humans talked.

After it was all over, I think the best part was making all the people laugh and smile.

Dachshund dog at Petco's annual Halloween Costume Contest. Cowboy western sheriff costume.

I am also enjoying the prizes I won :D I got a handkerchief, a small bag of moist treats, a small bag of dry treats and a gift card! And with the gift card, I got a new glass bowl for me! I also love the 1st place ribbon that I get to add to my collection!

Dachshund won 1st place ribbon from Petco's Halloween Costume Contest!

We had an absolute blast!

Training in Town

On our most recent trip to town, I did some training with Jess. I practiced “heel” and “stay” in town off-leash. There was a busy road to the left and birds making a lot of noise in the parking lot. After we were done training, I wanted to chase those birds’ shadows so Jess put me on a leash to keep me safe.

Here’s a short video of how I did. My tail had an itch while I was heeling and distracted me some, but then I went right back to heeling like I was supposed to.

 

 

Spring and Dairy Queen!

We had a great first day of spring. Dairy Queen was having a special free ice cream cone day to celebrate the first day of spring. Now, just who would pass up free ice cream! Not us! I am always looking for a chance to go for a ride somewhere and Dairy Queen was no exception. Now, we could have gotten the free ice cream first, but we decided to get some “real” food to eat before the ice cream. Dairy Queen has a pet friendly patio so Barbarella and I got to wait under the table while everyone ate.

Chili Cheese fries and steak finger baskets from Dairy Queen.

Mmm… Chili cheese fries and a steak finger basket.

 

Dachshunds at dairy queen on dog friendly patio.

Our view of the place. It was a really nice wood patio.

Dachshund dogs at Dairy Queen in Texas. Dog friendly patio.

Every now and then, we got a YUMMY SUPER DELIC… ahem, a snack or two passed to us under the table :P

Dachshund, Mini and dairy queen steak finger. Dog friendly patio.

No, I didn’t get to eat the whole thing. Too bad though ;(

 

It’s always a good idea to be extra cute when food is around.

Dachshund, Mini wanting some diary queen food.

And then, a chili cheese fry went overboard! And, anything that goes overboard is instantly ours!

It was so so good!!

Dachshunds eating dairy queen chili cheese fry on dog friendly patio.

Up for some pets.

And now it was on to the ice cream!

It’s not good for us to have too much ice cream, so we got to lick the last bit out of  the bottom of the cone.

Dachshunds eating Dairy Queen ice cream cone on dog friendly patio.

Yummy!!

We were very, very well behaved and deserved every treat we got that day. We stayed under the table totally relaxed while everyone ate and when Jess or Amanda needed to walk somewhere, we heeled very nicely even with other people walking by. And we stayed nice and quiet so not to disturb the other people there.

Now, on to the part where I tell about how we were complimented on how well behaved and how cute we were. Yep, we can’t go hardly anywhere without being adored. Jess and Amanda said this was our best time yet going somewhere on the account of how well behaved and relaxed we were. Of course, I’ve learned that the better you behave around food the more food you get.

Tractor Supply co. P.A.W. 2016

Mini:Barbarella:Mini: Last Saturday (the 17th), was the day Barbarella, Zachary and I got to go to Tractor Supply co. for Pet Appreciation Week!

Dachshunds, Mini and Barbarella at Tractor Supply #paw2016

Barbarella: Yay! Our trip to Tractor Supply co. for PAW was fun! And what was even more fun is that we got to show off a lot of our tricks to a very nice lady that worked there!

Mini: The first place we headed was to sign up for the raffle in hopes of winning. We also picked up some free balls at the table for each of us.

Barbarella: Once we were done with that, we headed straight to the treats and chew aisles and we got a beef hoof and some dental treats. Jess and Amanda said we already had a lot of treats at home so we didn’t need any more.

PAW at Tractor Supply co. 2016

Zachary is supposed to be posing for a picture with us.

Mini: We then headed on over to the food aisle to pick up some kibbles and ended up spending most of our time talking to a worker on that aisle and showing her all our tricks. Zachary even showed her his trick “sit” (he’s really good at it now). Some other people came to pet us and they said we were adorable and cute!

PAW at Tractor Supply co. 2016

How long do we have to sit here for a picture?

Barbarella: After running out of tricks to show her, she had to get back to work. After that, we had to go over to the hardware area and look at some (boring) things.

PAW at Tractor Supply co. 2016

Mini: Since it was quieter over there in the hardware area, I did some heel practice with Jess. 

PAW at Tractor Supply co. 2016

Barbarella: I sure hope we win the raffle so we can get lots and lots of food and treats!

PAW at Tractor Supply co. 2016

Zachy’s trying to eat the beef hoof in the basket.

Jess/Amanda: All in all Mini, Barbarella and Zachary did very well. This was Zachary’s first time going into a store and he did great with the exception of barking at some other dogs that passed by. Mini and Barbarella were relatively quiet the whole time we were there and only started barking a couple of the times when Zachary did. Although, this time Mini didn’t want many people to pet her (she started her heat cycle a couple days before, and has been a little moody). She did let one lady pet her along with the others with no fuss and actually enjoyed it. Good job Mini, Barbarella and Zachary! And thank you for performing your tricks in the store for us!

More Weave poles!

Mini:For a long time now, Barbarella and I have been practicing weaving 6 poles. Barbarella and I have gotten so good at it, that Jess and Amanda decided to make us some more!

 

Miniature Dachshunds do agility with DIY weave polesHomemade wood dog agility weave poles

Making weave poles consists of:

  1. Searching for sticks (as straight as you can find and of the right circumference)
  2. Carving spikes on the ends of each stick (so they will go in the ground easier)
  3. Painting and wrapping them with duct tape. (for visibility)

Homemade wood dog agility weave poles mini Dachshund

Well, at least that’s how we make our weave poles, most people go buy some PVC and make “real” nice ones. Since ours are made from wood fresh out of our woods, they are not perfectly straight, but they’ll do.

Homemade wood dog agility weave poles

Below are some videos of Barbarella and me weaving our new weave poles.

 

Jess is really happy with the way they turned out. We make sure that they are smooth and there are no sharp points on the part that we will be weaving though.

Homemade wood dog agility weave poles

A close up of the painted part.

 

They are pretty simple to make. The hardest part, is carving the spikes on the ends, which takes a while. Jess recommends a knife that is good at carving; some knives just don’t work on wood, making a choppy ( instead of smooth) job and tiring your arm before you’ve gotten any work done.