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Celebri-dog Dixicupcup has tail wagging good time at Grapevine festival

Bob Ankrum and his therapy dog DixiCupcup.
Bob Ankrum and his therapy dog DixiCupcup.

People and even critters recently tapped into fun at Grapevine’s 32nd Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience.

The festival had an attendance of 178,672, an increase of 16 percent over the previous year. But no one stood out like one four-footed guest.

A favorite festival-goer was Bob Ankrum, who was carrying his 11-year-old brindle dachshund — a celebri-dog who is a popular attraction at area venues that include Texas Rangers games, children and other hospitals, retirement villages, rehabilitation centers and parades ranging from St. Patrick’s to Christmas.

Dixicupcup, a therapy dog who has her own Facebook page, was decked out in her Rangers regalia, complete with matching sunglasses.

“She has more clothes than Madonna,” said Ankrum, a retired educator.

The dog lover who does not charge for appearances with his “ambassador of smiles,” said Dixicupcup’s docile nature has made her a popular public attraction, as well as gotten him off three blood pressure medicines.

“Dixicupcup and I spread the message of fighting animal cruelty and the importance of pets in our lives,” the Mesquite man said.

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367