Hello Internet,FHSniffs

Frugal Hound here. Welcome to the latest installment of my exclusive interview series, Frugal Hound Sniffs. This week I had the opportunity to sniff the Barefoot Barker from the Barefoot Budgeter. He is a charming little fellow who looks quite dapper in his mini-mustache collar. He did get rather fresh in the final question, but, I am an attractive lady. As well as a serious journalist. And so without further ado, please welcome the Barefoot Barker!

1) Who are you? What are you? And who are your parent(s)?

I’m the world’s most handsome dachshund, the Barefoot Barker. I live with my parents and my dachshund little sister in the Dirty South. My mom blogs over at the Barefoot Budgeter, but she never writes about squirrels or bones so I don’t really read it too often.


2) What frugal tips and tricks does your human use in your pet care regime?

My parents aren’t great about saving money on us. My sister goes to the groomer 4-5 times a year and they leave us at the pet lodge when they go places we can’t go. Dad says that he wishes he could leave us with friends, but he wants to still have friends when they get back. I think this is some sort of dig at me, but I don’t care. Haters gonna hate.

We do eat normal food and water instead of the caviar and Dom Perignon that I feel I deserve, so I guess they save money that way. And I haven’t gotten a new bow tie or collar in years.This is a shame, because I look so good in them. Oh, and I don’t wear shoes. That really helps the bottom line.

3) Favorite treat?

I love Starburst Jelly Beans. I only get one a year when the Easter Bunny hops by and that is not nearly enough. I bring my parents so much love and joy and they show their appreciation by giving me one a year? It’s not right. My mommy does occasionally make me popsicles and those are pretty good, but they’d be better if they were made out of jelly beans.

I also like to take bites out of my sister from time to time.


4) Favorite toy?

I’m not really allowed to have toys anymore. I used to play a really fun game where I’d time myself to see how quickly I could destroy gifts from mom and dad. Those fools once spent $20 on an indestructible toy and I had it in shreds in 10 minutes. My little sister has some stuffed animals  that she sometimes lets me play with, but mostly I entertain myself by getting someone to chase me or by running laps around the house.

5) What’s the most expensive thing you’ve destroyed?

Oh, it’s so hard to pick just one. My list includes a computer cord, sunglasses, shoes, pants, a pair of dad’s cycling shorts, close to a million pairs of underwear, a bath mat, and most recently I chewed a small hole in the duvet cover. I think my parents might be some of those frugal types because they just flipped it over instead of buying a brand new one.

6) Most embarrassing moment?

First, let me say that I’m not embarrassed by this at all. My dad tells the story as the funniest thing I’ve ever done, so I think my mom is the only one embarrassed over it. A long, long time ago we lived in an apartment and had an old plaid couch. I got in trouble for something and I did not like that I got in trouble. I’m pretty sure I was probably innocent anyway. But to show my parents just how unhappy I was with them, I jumped on the back of the couch, locked eyes with Dad and peed all over the back of the couch. I won that fight.

7) How often do you get a bath and would you say it’s too often?

I cannot believe you would use the “b” word around me. Next question please.

8) What is your family’s financial plan or goals and how do you contribute?

Right now they are trying to get rid of something called student loan debt. I’m not sure what that is, but I know they spend a lot of money on that instead of buying me bones, so I know that they’re kind of dumb. After that they’ll try to reach financial independence so they can stay home with me and chase squirrels all day. That’s why people retire early, right?

I don’t have a lot of cash that I can contribute, but I give out unlimited cuddles. This helps with heating bills in the winter. Mom calls me her little space heater. I love to sit on her lap under the blanket and I don’t even charge her for it. That must be worth thousands, right?

9) What is your best skill?

That’s easy. Security. Nobody has ever broken into my house and kidnapped my parents. I’m so good we don’t even need ADT. Another way I save them money! Here’s a picture of my sister and me on Christmas Eve keeping an eye out for some fat guy with a beard that breaks into houses every year.


10) BONUS QUESTION–ask and answer any question of your choice!

I’m going to throw this question back to you, Frugal Hound. What’s your situation? You single, girl?

The End.

Thank you, Barefoot Barker. I am, in fact, single. However, I only have a penchant for other greyhounds as well as one dalmatian in our neighborhood. You are cute, Barefoot Barker, but I fear the height difference alone precludes romance. 

Mrs. Frugalwoods here: Thank you to Autumn, the Barefoot Barker’s mom (who writes the awesome Barefoot Budgeter), for relaying this very important interview!

Are you a pet?

Do you have something to share with the internet? If so, answer my Frugal Hound Sniffs: Exclusive Interview Questions and have your parents email them to my mommy: mrsfrugalwoods@gmail.com (I can’t believe they won’t give me my own email account) and you’ll be featured in an upcoming issue! While I know we are more than just our images, please do send photos too.


Frugal Hound

P.S. Join us on Twitter at #frugalpets, where our parents post ludicrously embarrassing photos for all the world to see.

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    1. He’s adorable for sure! Frugal Hound eats holes in her own blankies, but fortunately hasn’t discovered ours yet… It can’t taste good, right?!

  1. Oh man, I think this is my favourite off-topic series I’ve read in the PF community in a long time. And I have my post 75% written for you Mrs. FW 🙂

    As for thes dachshunds, man, so awesome! I cannot believe he peed all over the couch… and Frugal Hounds response is right. I am a tall lady (5’10) and I once tried to date a guy that was 5’6. No dice! I felt like a giant all the time.

    1. Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from your cats :). Best part is that he has no shame about the couch-pee incident! Oh these dogs.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing his interview! He’s a little embarrassed to be rejected in public, but he was out of line. Being turned down by attractive ladies he’s embarrassed about, peeing on couches not so much.

    And we no longer have that couch, but thank goodness for removable cushion covers and washing machines.

    I can’t wait for the next frugal hound sniff!

    1. Hahah, I was kind of wondering what happened to that couch… :). Please thank him again for his wonderful interview (such advanced writing for a dachshund!)

  3. Great interview! I will have to have my cats be interviewed on here sometime. This is hilarious, by the way, but also my worst nightmare -> “But to show my parents just how unhappy I was with them, I jumped on the back of the couch, locked eyes with Dad and peed all over the back of the couch”

    1. Oh I know! Nothing worse than couch pee! Your cats should definitely submit an interview–Frugal Hound would LOVE to sniff them 🙂

  4. Oh that is too funny! Sorry that Barefoot Barker was rejected in front of such a large internet audience- hope he has gotten over it. A bit like the bachelor – but with dog treats instead of roses.

    1. I think he’s doing OK, last I heard. He’s a pretty handsome guy, so I’m sure he’ll have no trouble :). Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. I know, right! Frugal Hound did eat a garbanzo bean the other day, so who knows with these dogs?!

  5. Barefoot Barker, you really represent your breed. Maybe I should introduce you to my grandog who is a sand wirehaired mini dachshund. She has chewed many pairs of underwear too. Sounds like you guys have a lot in common. She may be a bit older though. You don’t have a problem with cougar dachies do you? Well cougar may be stretching it. She’s 56 in dog years.

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