Sunday, September 11, 2011

The BIG little Race

Kenny Little B and Barb.... they were pickin on Little B
Ever heard of The Wiener Nationals? Its a dachshund (dog) race held annually and I found one similar called the Desert Dash hound race!  I have only seen the races on TV, but thought it would be a lot of fun to have Toby participate! Sure he is a little 'plump', but it is not always about speed with these type of races but just getting your animal to run in the right direction... more on that later : )

We asked Barb, Brian and the boys to come with us and cheer Toby on. The race was held in doors at the AZ State Fair Grounds at the Pet Expo and the registration was only $15 (and went to a local animal charity). The Pet Expo was really fun to check out too. There were tons of vendors handing out free goodies like T-shirts, dog treats, toys etc. They had lots of products geared toward pet inhibited homes. Brian and I loaded up on freebies while Kenny and Barb slowly browsed the booths and the kids and Toby just bounced back and forth between us.

The boys got to check out a mini petting zoo... Check our Little Brian's face in the picture.

And what is an event these days without a bounce house?

Just before the race we watched the Pet Splash event which was pretty entertaining. They had a large above ground pool set up next to a large deck and the object was to get the dog to jump the furthest off the deck. If I could be in the pool I might be able to get Shelby to that!

Finally it was time for the Desert Dash Hound Race !! We geared up and decided that I would be the caller at the finish line and Kenny would be the one to hold and release Toby... since Toby is super attached to me ; ) There were a total of 4 dogs in the first heat that Toby ran in and he came in 2nd place! Doesn't sound that impressive, but I was SO proud and that got him into the 'finals'!!

Kenny, Toby and I 

Kenny getting ready to release Toby 

and there he goes 

Me, Kenny and Toby 

Little B celebrating the win 

Barb congratulating her grandpup  

Toby and Kenny 
We waited around and everyone was excited for the last race. My brother wanted to be the caller for the second race because he was certain Toby would listen to him better ... if only Toby cared what this was all about lol Right before the race began the two dogs adjacent to Toby started to fight and Toby was staring at them when the race began... so instead of racing to the line he kept a safe distance and just moseied his way to the finish line... Needless to say he wasn't the big winner.
Jacob on the way home... Rock n Roll Rock n Roll

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