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Puppy Modeling

In All About Me, Dog Model, Photo album, Shelley Widhalm on October 30, 2011 at 7:00 am


Zoey the Mechanic stands proud for a good job done.

I am a contestant in the PetSmart Halloween costume contest and am certain that I will win. I entered the cute costume category, and as you all know, I am very, extremely, extraordinarily cute.

Shelley, my pet parent, first dressed me up in a witch’s outfit, but it hung way too low, because I am ultra thin and fit.

She got her friend, Tim, to help with the second costume, the mechanics outfit I wore last year, plus a frilly bow on my ear. He held me while Shelley took super model puppy photos of me. I admit that the use of treats helped with my turning my head just so and standing on my hind legs.

Yep, I like food, and I can keep my puppy-ish figure too.

Here’s a few of the photos in my photo album, except for the one entered in the contest:

Zoey in her witch's outfit.


Zoey the Mechanic can fix almost anything, especially broken treats!


Zoey’s Take on Be You

In Pet me, Play time, Seeking attention, Shelley Widhalm on October 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

The idea of “Be You” is easy for a dog. I bark when I hear a sound I don’t like. I beg when I see food I want. And I play when I want to play.

I am who I am without trying to fit in or being someone or something else. I don’t have to be what a job or a classroom tells me to be, doing what is required for a paycheck or a grade. I can just do.


But my Be You-ness is dependent on others. I am a social, and an exceptionally cute, dachshund who needs pets, attention and playtime. So I Be Sad when I don’t get my needs met. I need to be connected to others, both dogs and people, for games of chase, tug-of-war and make-believe band from squeaking my toys to make music.

I certainly am not going to chase my tail or squeak my bunny or duck-y if no one is there to watch me be cute.

I need observers and to know that I belong.

I can’t sit at home all day, pretending that it’s okay for my pet parent to be working. I want her there with me. I can be my Be You when I am Being With Others. I can Be Me when I have you Being You being with me, because I am bred to be your pet.

I Be Cute!

Puppy Dancing

In Discoveries, Puppies, Running on October 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

Zoey is taking a nap in a bit of comforter comfort.

Zoey’s sick this week, so I thought I would share a poem I wrote after seeing a nine-week-old mixed breed puppy during one of my interviews for work. I had trouble concentrating on my notes when Lucy, who is the size of my 9-pound dachshund, sped across the floor, chasing balls, noises and anything that stirred the air around her.

Though she’s almost three, my dog Zoey has retained her puppy side: she loves to play chase and tug-of-war, but she doesn’t prance. She loves to run around the yard, but she pants. And she loves to be naughty, but she stops when she hears “no,” at least for a few seconds. And then she’s off being her cute puppy self.

Here’s the poem:       

Puppy Dance/ By Shelley Widhalm

Puppies have a magic dance

Tumbling over paws

Too big

Their eyes like sun-glazed

Pebbles in a stream

Crazed with too much

New –

A noise,


What’s that?

Losing attention

To skip over

To the next maze

Ending with splay- pawed


Paws on Modeling

In Clothes for dogs?, Dog Model on October 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

I am wearing my costume for Halloween 2010. Aren't I just about 100 percent adorable?

My pet owner, Shelley, is entering me in a cute dog contest hosted by Pet Smart. She’s submitting my photo (not yet taken) in the cute costume category in the Monster Cute Photo Contest.

If I win (I should because I am ultra, super duper cute), I will be named Pet Smart’s next pet model and will be in a Pet Smart commercial.

It’s fitting that I should model. Shelley won a contract with a casting agency after entering an American Mall Model Search.

Like her, I know how to run the walkway and do a 180 turn when I find something to chase. I know how to show off my clothes on my thin, 9-pound puppy body. And I know how to pose for the camera.

I wore a mechanics outfit for my costume last year, but I want to do something a little more girly this year, especially since I need to look extra cute.

Shelley and I are trying to figure out my costume that she’ll probably make or embellish.

I want to be a princess, but that’s so blasé for Halloween. There are so many princesses, plus I’m a princess the other 364 days of the year. The point of Halloween is to be something you’re not.

I want to be a fairy, but I don’t do well with wings because I already fly when I run.

I want to be Little Red Riding Hood, but I’m afraid my loud bark would scare the wolf.

I guess that means a trip to Pet Smart to look for costume ideas.

And no, I will not be a hotdog, even if my breed is dachshund.