RIP Baron the Dachshund aka “the Muhammad Ali of wiener racing”

Baron the Dachshund and his coach yuck it up with Jay Leno

The Orange County Register has an obituary for Baron:

He was one of his town’s most famous canine residents, an undefeated racer who had been nicknamed “the Muhammad Ali of wiener racing.”

Baron, a brown, standard dachshund who made numerous television appearances during his racing career – including two on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – died at home last week.

He was just a month shy of his 18th birthday, or as his owner Rob Rowland likes to point out, 125 in dog years.

Even with winning the 1997 Wiener Nationals, 1998 Champion of Champions, and 1999 Ultimate Challenge at the Los Alamitos Race Course, Rowland said he will remember his dog’s greatest accomplishment as being a wonderful pet and companion.

Visit the website Rowland set up for Baron to see videos of the speedy wiener in action both on the track and on the Tonight Show back in 1997. Baron was also featured in the dogumentary, Wiener Takes All.

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