If Ollie’s any indication, someone’s going to have to start up disabled wiener dog races pretty soon.
The Wienerschnitzel Nationals — the Indianapolis 500 of wiener dog races or, for all you Euro readers, the Monaco Grand Prix — will take place Monday December 2http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif9th, with the winner appearing the next day at San Diego’s Holiday Bowl.
Poppy the Dachshund is one of the contenders:
Poppy, who is 13 inches long, 6 inches tall and weighs in at 9 pounds, is owned by Nancy LaVigne. The diminutive dog is an English cream, red long-haired dachshund and despite genetic setbacks, she has already proved she can win.
On a 50-foot track, Poppy was the big winner of the Tucson wiener dog race. She beat more than 48 other competitors in the regional Oct. 11 race to advance to the nationals in San Diego.
“I couldn’t believe it, I was shocked,” LaVigne said about Poppy’s victory and the all-expenses-paid trip to the national race. But the dog enjoys the exercise. “Since she was a puppy, she’s loved running,” LaVigne said.
You go girl!
Since it’s wiener dog racing season, the Daily Dachshund and Dog News thought you might want to read about a Doxie racing legend.
Allison Handley and her 1-year-old miniature dachshund, Minka, have been following a loose weekly training regimen in anticipation of the race. Minka has been running wind sprints with Frank Johnson, her in-laws’ dachshund, using a special race-only toy.
“It’s this little parrot that when you squeeze it, it makes this chirping sound,” Handley said.
Hopes for Minka are high but not unreasonably so.
“I feel she could do well if she stays focused,” Handley said. “I just don’t want her to take last; that’s my only concern.”
A kennel-based simulation will be added to the training this week, she said, to get Minka ready for the horse racing-style gate on the big day.
“We’re going to practice putting her in the kennel, and then opening it, but we mostly just hold them and my husband squeaks that toy, and we let her and Frank go, and they run down to him,” she said.
It’s the gates, McCormick explained, that make the race regulation and allows the winner to proceed to regionals. “It’s an official gate — any dog that runs out of that gate is qualified to run at nationals,” she said.
Good luck, Minka, from the Daily Doxie.
Meanwhile in Abilene, Texas, the SPCA’s “Rescue the Animals” is holding dachshund races to benefit homeless pets. Corgis and Bassets will also be racing. Who knew there were so many corgis in Abilene? Details here.
Sam won Charleston’s inaugural wiener dog race and now he’s preparing to hold on to his title. His owner, Andrea Cravens, told the local newspaper that her doxie cross trains on a treadmill and chasing rabbits. The day before the race Andrea’s grandpa broils chicken breasts for him all day so he gets his protein.
No wonder he’s not just a champion racer but a doggie Mr. September too.
We’ll be cheering for him.
Update: Unfortunately, Sam failed to retain his crown.
Breadwig.com has some great shots from the Wiener Dog National qualifying races this weekend. The little dog in this photo remains remarkably thin even though it’s hard to believe he’s on any kind of restricted diet. Not sure if he’s a racer or just a spectator with the thin doggy gene.
In any case, after looking at Breadwig’s photos, the Daily Dachshund thinks a lot of those Doxie owners could stand to join their wiener dogs on the track — or on a raw food diet.
Update: Turns out Breadwig has video too. At first things are orderly in these qualifying rounds, the stubborn Doxies come along at around the one-minute mark.
The Dachshund, who came second last year, tasted victory this past weekend. His owner told Fox News that Tyson trained by running uphill, a technique that gave him the winning edge. See video of the race.
There are lots of wiener dog races going on at the moment, which is probably why Jay Leno featured this one on his show and had Johnny Depp get in on the act.
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