LaMesa, the Swedish Minion


This past weekend the pups and I took part in an annual tradition in the dog circle in Central Kentucky–the Woodford Humane Society‘s Canine Olympics. It’s an afternoon spent with dogs barking, playing, running, mostly-canine-related vendors, and many different events you can enter your dog in to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals. It’s one of the humane society’s largest fundraisers, and it’s always a good time.

There are a lot of different events you can enter your dog in: hot dog splash (how fast your dog can bob for a hot dog in the water), straight line dash, agility course, best trick, dress your dog dash, frisbee catch, outfield catch, etc. They also had Halloween costume contests, one for different sizes and then one for most creative/homemade costume. For a long while I’ve talked about dressing LaMesa like a Minion from Despicable Me because I felt she was like my own personal Minion.

So with the extra time I’ve had on my hands recently, I decided to try my hand at making her costume. The result earned us the bronze medal in the Most Creative/Homemade Costume:

LaMesa the Swedish Minion

LaMesa the Swedish Minion

It was a lot of fun, and I was actually quite impressed with my creativity on how to create the costume. She actually didn’t mind wearing the costume, which can be difficult for some dogs.

One of my friends, Merinda, is a very creative person when it comes to things like dog costumes. She’s made her Corgi, Porter, into Lady Gag (wearing a meat dress), a skunk, and a dinosaur. But this year, she went all out with her two dogs, and channeled the recent controversy of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance at the VMAs:

Complete with a Corgi-sized foam finger.

Complete with a Corgi-sized foam finger.

Priceless, huh? It was hilarious! I was so impressed with her craftsmanship!

Overall, the Stump Kids came home with 5 medals out of 8 events: Dally won a gold medal in the Dress Your Dog Dash Under 10″ and silver medal in the Cookie Toss Under 10″; LaMesa won a gold medal in the Dress Your Dog Dash Over 10″, silver in the Agility, and bronze in the Most Creative/Homemade Costume.

Bringing home the gold...and silver...and bronze.

Bringing home the gold…and silver…and bronze.

Dally didn’t have a real costume for the competition, but I did make her a funny t-shirt that fit her Corgi attitude, it said “I’m with stupid” and an arrow that could be pointed in any direction.

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I’ll probably have LaMesa wear her costume on Halloween to help with the trick or treaters–they’ll get a kick out of it.

Your turn: Do you have plans to dress up for Halloween? How about your pet(s)? Children? Share your costumes!

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