Mom's birthday tradition is a regifting of Emma (for six of the past 7 years - the original birthday gift was in year one). This year's twist was the addition of a hot dog costume as the wrapping. Oh, the indignity of it all.....
Emma: Seriously, Mom? Is this what you really want for your birthday this year?
Emma: Well, ok, then. I don't really mind. It's going to be quite a warm winter coat for me this year, especially as it's a bit on the large side.
See? I can run in it and everything.
Emma: Sure, it's not so bad. Michael and Tania wanted Mom to have an opportunity to embarrass us on the blog. That's not a bad birthday gift, right?
Emma: Look! I can fetch sticks as a hot dog.
Emma: I bet Topper wants to try on my new costume.
Topper: I hope they don't try to put that thing on me.
Topper: What????? How did this happen??? One moment I'm running free as a jay bird, and the next I'm wrapped up like a wiener dog. No fair!
Topper: Ok, fun time is over. Please take this thing off of me.
Topper: Hey, I'm serious here. Please take this thing off of me. I have bunnies to chase now.
Topper: If you don't take this thing off of me right NOW! I'm going to be gnawing on some ankle bones very soon.
Luna: I really am not happy about this at all. Topper looks much, MUCH better than I do in this outfit. The beige clashes with my weimar-wiener coloring.
Steve: What big babies! I'll wear the costume and show you how it's done.
No comment, on the risk of getting in trouble....
(Sidebar: Steve has a philosophy that if you don't want your picture taken whilst doing something goofy, just refrain from doing it......)
Steve: Super HOT DOG man!
Luna and Topper: Let's wrestle! We need to get that costume out of our system now.
Luna, Emma, Topper: YAY! We got to go for a 3.5 mile hike after that costume ordeal. We like the Highbanks Metro Park pet trail. We met lots of interesting dogs today.