|Out of my way, muchachos!|
Doesn't exactly instill fear, does it? How about if one of those pint-sized critters is in a pint-sized tank? How about that? Bet your knees are shaking now, huh? (Pssst, better watch your ankles ...)
As part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Kansas City, Missouri held its first annual chihuahua parade this past weekend. Well, actually, in spite of its title, this hairy event was open to all breeds, because the intended purpose was to set a new Guinness Book record for the most dogs in costume. Yeah, that's right. In costume. (I mean, who knew such a record even existed?)
About five hundred dogs showed up, (with their owners, of course) falling short of the record by almost two hundred, but the sponsors are determined to give it another go next year. Best news? The event raised a bunch of moola for the local animal shelter. For that reason alone, this event deserves two paws up.
In the category of strange rules, Guinness required a veterinarian to be on hand to verify that all of the dogs were, uh, actually alive. Weird, huh? I'm pleased to report that every dog in this particular parade was indeed breathing in and out, but I can't help but wonder ... do you reckon dead dog participation has been a big problem in the past?
But, oh, the indignities! Some of the pups I saw in a video include a mighty Great Dane sporting leis around her neck and a hula skirt around her poochy posterior; a muscular pit bull decked in cheerleader garb; a black mutt in a frilly black tutu; and a mammoth white dog in a man's bright Hawaiian shirt. Here, instead of me telling you, how's about if I show you a few pics?
|My tongue, she longs for a margarita.|
|Obviously, a taco belle, right?|
|These Mardi Gras beads gotta go. Where's my guitar???|
|Beats me. A bouquet, maybe?|
|This dog smells a little like ...|
Okay, so a pot-bellied pig hogged a bit of the attention, but at least no dead dogs showed up, right?
About 80% of the dogs, the LIVE dogs, at this event were chihuahuas. And at one point, the crowd was asked to hold those tiny beasts aloft. Musta been quite a sight, huh?
|Imagine. A virtual sea of ... the wee.|
So, have you ever humiliated your pets by putting them into cutesy little costumes? Worst I ever did was let the groomer give our dog a lion cut. All it took was one look at him for my kids and I to completely lose it. Poor ol' Buck was so embarrassed, he went into hiding when we got home. Taught me to never do THAT again!
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
|It's time for me to take Chico for a swim.|