happy anniversary, Basil

by Kristina Sloggett

in Basil is a Young Sportsman, dachshund

Yesterday was our third anniversary of bringing Basil home. September 19, 2008 we adopted this sweetie through Oregon Dachshund Rescue.

He had been living with a foster family, and after a long week of application process, he was ours!

As Basil is known for his fun Halloween costumes, we celebrated with a new one. This year he will be a turtle.

Such a cute turtle.

Sometimes he loses his shell.

Do your pets have costumes or clothes? 


{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dorry September 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

hahhaaha – seriously hilarious/heart-breaking photos of that tiny face peeping through the turtle headpiece. I <3 him. Happiest 3 years of your life, right?? Happy Anniversary to Basil!


2 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 9:24 am

thanks, Dor – he loves you too! still uses your bowl every day! <3


3 Allie September 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

If that isn’t the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen–I don’t know what is.

I put my cat in a sweater once. I will never torture him in such ways again. But it was hilarious.


4 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

ha, Allie! you’re braver than I am for trying to dress a cat! 😉


5 katie September 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

Happy 3 years to the date where you brought him into your lives!

He is SO lucky to have good parents like you guys!

LOVE the turtle costume, lol! So cute!! I love that he doesn’t mind when you dress him up either!

Have a great day! xoxo <3


6 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

thank you, Katie! I think he’s lucky (and so are we!). He has some quirks (and the longer he is with us the less they are evident) that make me think he didn’t have a happy life before us. breaks my heart! I’m so happy we found him…


7 Chris September 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

Happy anniversary Basil! You are the cutest little turtle EVAH =D


8 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

*wag wag wag* thank you! 😉


9 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 20, 2011 at 9:21 am

Although I’ve never met Basil in person, I can tell he is just the sweetest boy!!! Oh my gosh his face just makes me melt.

That turtle costume is too much. My sister told me they have a great costume idea for their bulldog but she hasn’t told me yet. Either way he’ll look adorable.


10 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

oh, I can’t wait to hear about it – and hopefully see it? :) I must have told you before that my sister has a bulldog too – we always email pet costumes to each other, I’m not sure if she’s ever dressed Hemi in one…

and you’re right – Basil is just the sweetest, it really does show in his face, I guess!


11 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Just wanted to tell you that I came back to this post to look at Basil’s sweet face again :)


12 spabettie September 22, 2011 at 8:14 am

aw! I LOVE this, Holly! 😀


13 Dinner at Christina's September 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

J’s brother and SIL just adopted a tiny baby girl Doxie from a shelter in IL. Her name is Jumbo! I thought of you and Basil right away :)


14 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

aw, so sweet! Jumbo – I love it! you’ll have to share photos when you can, I’d love to see her!


15 Green Dog Wine September 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

Happy Anniversary you sweet sweet pupper! :) Such a doll, I could just eat him up! :)


16 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

I know – such a sweetie! 😀 thank you!


17 lindsay September 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

he is just too cute!! I love the look he’s giving you. Like “what the hell mom?!”


18 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

totally. I’m so used to the Basil Side Eye. 😉 he doesn’t run away when I pick up the costume, so to me that means he likes it. 😀 that’s what I’m rollin’ with, anyway.


19 Meg September 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

Ahhh! That IS a cute turtle! I try oh so desperately to squeeze my golden retriever into clothes. He has some Christmas shirts that say naughty, nice, santa’s little helper, and I’ve been good all year. Last year I found a skeleton costume at walmart. I loved it but he hated it!!

You can see his skeleton costume here: http://lifeisbetterthanfiction.blogspot.com/2010/09/happy-birthday-to-my-pup.html


20 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

ah – I love all of the photos – your dog is beautiful! cute skeleton, too! 😉


21 Theresa @ActiveEggplant.com September 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

Happy Basil Day! (That’s what I think we should call his anniversary from now on.)

And seriously, I don’t think he could look ANY cuter in that turtle costume! Basil is just ridiculously cute! I think Dottie would claw my eyes out if we tried to dress her up…we’re lucky we can get her into a jacket in the winter!


22 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Basil Day! yep, I think he would approve. sweet Dottie. Basil is just so patient, usually. 😉


23 Lisa September 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

What a good sport! He looks so happy in his costume!


24 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

hee! thanks, Lisa… he doesn’t SEEM to dislike it, I really hope that is the case…


25 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

Awww – happy anniversary. Too cute. There’s no way we could get ours into costumes! The closest was Maddie wearing a graduation cap/gown when she graduated from her obedience training.


26 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

SO awesome that they had a graduation ceremony!


27 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

Adorable! Basil makes a wonderful turtle. haha. My kitties don’t have costumes. I don’t think they’d handle it very well, though I do think they’d look kinda cute.


28 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

thank you 😉 I imagine kitties would be a much bigger challenge to get any clothing on – I had a cat in college and never even tried!


29 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Ohhhh, yes. There really is nothing better than a dog in a costume (although my two dogs might disagree). I need to hit up Target soon to pick up my dogs’ annual costumes!


30 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

that’s where the turtle is from! you’ll have to share photos, please! 😀


31 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

I loved the tag for this post! HA!


32 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I LOVE that you saw that! 😉 every now and then I sneak in a fun one…


33 Julia @ The Spotted Sparrow September 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

That last photo is killing me! The cuteness! Our cat would never allow us to put a costume on her. The closest I’ve gotten is putting her little catnip pillow on her head. 😉


34 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

isn’t he just so cute with the head of the costume only? 😀 I put that on him when Jason came home from work the other day – he ran outside with just the head and I was laughing… :)


35 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas September 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Awww Basil. He’s so lucky to have such a good family!


36 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

and we’re lucky to have him! 😀


37 Shiny Happy Vegan September 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Turtle Dog! SO darn cute. My dog had a little chicken costume one year. She had a little comb on her head and everything. It was adorable. :)


38 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

oh gosh – a chicken sounds so cute!! pretty fun stuff when they let us dress them up, right? 😀


39 Eden September 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I love him! Especially in pesto! 😉


40 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

mmm – me too.


41 Katrina September 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

This will be the first Halloween with our doggy, I just might have to get him a costume. Too cute that lil’ turtle.


42 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

oh, you should!! and if you do, I want to see! 😀


43 megan (the long-winded one) September 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

My dogs have two bins full of clothes under our bed, one for spring/summer and one for fall/winter…the spring/summer one also has all their random costumes. One year I made the two bigger guys into Christmas trees and the micro-schnauzer ended up being a present (complete with bow). I am proudly *that* dog owner. My husband is out of town this week and our dachshund concoction, Inca, has turned into Miss Pouty Pants…the only thing that snapper her out of her funk was the new shirt I bought her from Old Navy yesterday. She’s an 18-24 months and oh my goodness they have so much Hello Kitty right now for Halloween I just couldn’t resist.

Happy Anniversary to you and Basil! Furkids are incredible and I know your guy makes your life as awesome as my kids make mine =)


44 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Basil wants to come play! 😀 I love that you have seasonal clothes for them… and glad Inca was able to smile… I TOTALLY know how that is – when Jason goes out of town Basil is just beside himself. and we do not sleep.

yep – I know you know. Basil means SO much to us. they add so much to our days, I know you know that! :)


45 Lisa September 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Happy anniversary Basil!

I feel like Basil and I have a special connection :)

Love the costume…no pets here, so I can only dress up my nephew–he’s not as into it now that he’s almost 8!


46 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

you DO have a connection, most definitely! I love that! 😀 and don’t worry, give the nephew a few more years, he’ll probably be into it again? I know I LOVE to dress up on Halloween! 😀


47 janetha September 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

oh my stinking gosh, as my mom would say. I LOVE THESE PHOTOS! yahoo for basil, so glad you two found each other <3


48 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

oh, janetha, you don’t know how happy I am to have found him! he is absolutely the sweetest pup I’ve ever seen, and I’ve had quite a few sweet pups! 😀


49 Roz@weightingfor50 September 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hi Kristen, I’m late to the party, but had to say “Happy Adoptiversary Basil”!! Hilarious that he let you dress him up. Awww.


50 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

thank you Roz!! 😀 adoptiversary – I love it! <3


51 Pure2raw Twins September 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

love it!!! Happy anniversary to the adorable Basil! she has an amazing family!!! xoxo


52 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

thank you!!! 😀 XXO


53 Lauren @ www.cravingsgoneclean.com September 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

So adorable!!! Halloween is the best. What will you be?


54 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm

we have not decided yet!! we were talking about it the other day… have a couple ideas. how about you? 😀


55 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Happy Anniversary Basil. He is such a cutie 😀

We don’t have a pet – but looking at Basil in his Halloween costume, we want a pet. NOW 😀


56 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

aw – are you in a situation where you can get one? 😀 we sure love Basil – he adds so much to our days!


57 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I had a german shepard, but he died on my birthday when I was only 7 years old. It broke my heart, and ever since, I can’t see myself getting another pet. Heck, I get very uneasy around other pets. Guess that incident left a huge and deep scar, huh?! Anyhow, I am sure Basil brings loads of joy to anyone he surrounds 😀


58 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

oh, sweetie, I am so sorry! I know how that is, I have lost a few precious pets. big (( hugs )) to you, my friend! xo


59 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com September 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

So, so cute!!! I love Basil! Roosevelt has a new Halloween costume – and he hates it with ever doxie bone in his body! I have new pics of him in it on my blog. He’s a doxie-shark. :) When I put it on him, he freezes and won’t move until I take it off. Such a disappointment because he has a doxie Halloween party in October! He will just have to go as himself again this year I guess…But perhaps I’ll give it one more try and get him a turtle costume as well! :)


60 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm

shark!! did you get it from Target??! I saw that one, it was between this and that, really! oh, MY I would LOVE to go to that doxie party!!

Roosevelt is now part of my doxie page! 😀


61 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com September 21, 2011 at 1:37 am

Yes – it’s from Target! The doxie parties are hilarious! There are usually 30 – 40 doxies running around. I will try to post pics afterward (the party is Oct 16th) but it’s so hard to get good shots because they are all running around!

Roosevelt is sooo honored to have made the doxie page! You totally made our day! :)


62 spabettie September 22, 2011 at 8:27 am

oh, good! glad to have Roosevelt here! 😉

it’s funny to imagine THAT MANY doxies running around! my parents have two, and when we visit and bring Basil, having THREE running around is so funny… I would love to see photos of that party!


63 Amanda September 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I have a crush. That costume…oh my. HAPPY BASIL ANNIVERSARY! hug him tight!


64 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I am, right now! 😀 isn’t he the sweetest? I’m sure happy we found him. have you seen Raising Arizona? I always say to Jason “we got the best one” 😉


65 Jodie September 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I just wanted to say how much I love Doxies and how cute yours is! I live in a no-pet building for now, but I’m hoping I might be able to have one again someday. Peanut, my dear departed mini dachshund, hated any type of “clothing” but was awesome anyway. :-) I would have loved to dress him up like that!


66 spabettie September 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

aw, sweet Peanut! :) Basil is pretty patient with me – but I try to keep most of his clothes pretty functional. good to meet another doxie friend! :)


67 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

SO cute!! Lance would never be caught dead in a costume!! :) And Dave would never approve! :) Basil looks so sweet though!


68 Diane September 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

happy anniversary to your cute dog – and thank you for adopting rescues!


69 Kath (My Funny Little Life) September 21, 2011 at 2:50 am

I’m so happy Basil is with you now! Happy anniversary, Basil! *arooooo*

Love the turtle costume. 😀


70 spabettie September 22, 2011 at 8:26 am



71 Brittney September 21, 2011 at 3:32 am

I LOVE this costume! You guys always find the best ones for Basil! Happy Anniversary to you guys! Clyde sends love and kisses.


72 spabettie September 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

I just cannot help myself, Brittney. he doesn’t openly mind them, so that’s my green light to get new ones each year… kisses and wags back to you both! Basil says Hi Clyde! XO


73 Matt September 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

Basil is precious!


74 Barbara | Creative Culinary September 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

So very cute…my daughter has a dog from the pound. Who is visiting and laying at my feet. I just love this dog…I think often rescues are the most loyal dogs every. Being truly loved will do that!


75 spabettie September 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

I agree – Basil is so very sweet, and extremely loyal… I try not to think of his sad life (a few indications it was not good) before us – just breaks my heart! so happy we have him now.


76 Laura K September 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

OMG! <3 <3 pet him for me!


77 alison September 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

basil is the cutest, we had a weenie growing up they are the BEST doggies!!


78 hihorosie September 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

aw, so cute! Love that Basil is in a home where he is loved and cherished…and dressed up. 😉 I saw a pic of a chia pet dog costume. If I had a dog…


79 Sandra October 19, 2011 at 2:53 am

God, he is cute. what a sweet little thing. (does he like the costume?) :)


80 Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses November 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Best turtle EVER!!!!!! I don’t know how I missed this post! Thanks for directing me to it. Love my cute turtle {and Basil!} fix!


81 spabettie November 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

hee! so cute, right?? I love when he just has the head piece too – just … TOO cute for words.


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