Ayla (aka Ava or Layla) - a dachschund, chihuahua mix puppy, blew into our home last December. Having recently lost my best friend, it was a very challenging time for me personally and frankly, I just wasn't in the mood for a frisky puppy. The last thing I really needed was additional responsibility (potty accidents, chewing up the homework, the endless barking, or dealing with the S - K - P --a term Mags used for her mom's dog, Dexter, when he escaped...it was a Barney Fife line from an episode of Andy Griffith) ... all of those things seemingly took me away from wallowing in my grief. Sometimes others know what you need without consulting you though and this little creature bounced her way into my heart.
My mission soon turned to training. Not for the potty or sitting or rolling over (NEVER will I train her to speak, as I don't think we'll ever get her to shut up) .... but I observed that this little creature is fast as lightning. So I became determined to train her for the highest level of competition that she'll ever experience... the weiner dog races.
Yesterday I found out that the weiner dog races are Saturday & Sunday, July 14th & 15th at Ellis Park, Henderson, KY so I quickly entered her and she is IN THE RACE! Abby & I have given her a "horse name": Lady Dog-ga, and have begun a strict training regimen, which includes delicious grilled pork steak treats.
I'm pretty excited about race day for Lady Dog-ga and I wanna invite all my rowdy friends to come out & place their bets on our girl. In the past, the horse track gives all patrons who place a bet on a winning dog a super t-shirt instead of winning cash. We've collected many of these over the years & they are treasures.
She will be in the second heat - at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th. The winners of the heats will race in the championship race the following Saturday, July 21st.
I'd like to suggest this recipe for Pronto Pups - which is a sweeter, pancake batter-style corn dog--a favorite for Evansville's westside.
MY DOGGIE SONG LIST
How Much is that Doggie in the Window? - Patti Page
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Atomic Dog - George Clinton
Hair of the Dog - Nazareth
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers
Martha My Dear - The Beatles
Ol' Red - Blake Shelton
Dogs of War - Pink Floyd
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin