Wiener puppy Millie Jo is completely ready to run just before the race even starts off. Her minor legs scurry in put, digging at the floor in an effort and hard work to acquire off.
She’s held in place by Shannon Doise, her human “dad,” at the starting up line of Prairie Meadows Racetrack’s yearly wiener puppy race.
She’s been listed here prior to. Three occasions, in reality. And she’s received it every time —a threepeat champ.
Millie Jo has her eyes on her human “brother,” Braylen Loots, a 14-yr-old freshman at Roland-Tale Superior Faculty.
And she just can not wait around to get to him.
When the race formal calls for the start out of the race, Doise allows go. His occupation as “handler” in this race is finished. Now it is all up to Millie Jo.
She makes a beeline to Loots, whose task as “catcher” is to wait 30 yards away at the end line and really encourage his 15-pound puppy to arrive to him.
Some canines have stopped to look at other canine, some have operate into the group, some are nevertheless at their handlers’ feet and some are running towards their catchers.
Millie Jo is off like a rocket and crosses the complete line initial.
That’s why she’s thrice been topped the Prairie Meadows Wiener Dog Racing Champion — in 2018, 2019 and 2021. There was no race in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Millie Jo appreciates what she’s there for,” Doise says. “Even when we pulled into the parking ton this year, she understood wherever she was and what she was there to do.”
The fourth annual race was held June 20 at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack. Forty-eight wiener dogs showed up to contend, randomly selected from people who registered.
As the reigning champion, Millie Jo is instantly invited back each individual 12 months.
4 heats of a dozen pet dogs every operate to determine who will be in the remaining race. The initially-, next- and 3rd-position wiener pet dogs in each preliminary race go on to the remaining.
“Millie Jo is 4 yrs aged, and we have had her considering the fact that she was a newborn,” states the pooch’s human “mom,” Alyssa Loots.
Alyssa and Shannon live in Tale City and have 3 human little ones, Braylen, Adaline Doise, 5, and Korbin Doise, 4. They’re all associated with using care of Millie Jo, but she has a exclusive bond with Braylen.
“We really do not do any distinctive education to get her to operate,” Braylen Loots says. “She just enjoys to run. And she generally runs in a straight line — right to me.”
The winner of the final race receives a trophy and a $500 prize. There is no racetrack betting on the wiener doggy race.
“We need to go get her some new toys,” Alyssa Loots says. “We have explained to her she’s heading to get some new toys.”
Millie Jo enjoys to cuddle with her household associates and has her individual pillow and blanket on Braylen’s mattress. She loves to operate in the snow and participate in on the family’s trampoline.
“She’s a tiny spoiled,” Alyssa Loots suggests. “During the college calendar year, I perform at the elementary university. And each individual working day she goes to my mom’s — her grandma’s — to doggy daycare.”
“Grandma” Cheryl Eddy bakes rooster breasts for Millie Jo. Her family members retains the chicken in small baggage and feeds her some with every single food.
Millie Jo is a schweenie, which is a dachshund-shih tzu combine.
“Her mom was a teddy bear, which is a shih tzu-bichon mix. And her father was a crimson miniature dachshund,” Alyssa Loots says.
Millie Jo’s wins at Prairie Meadows brought about her to be picked to take part in a comparable race in Minnesota, but her family members decided to pass on that prospect this time.