Since this event originated, I've wanted to check it out. But, year after year, something has come up. At last, yesterday, I made it to the 6th annual Wiener Dog Derby. It was chilly and raining, but the races went on as scheduled -- one heat after another with dachshunds dashing lickety split -- as fast as their cute little legs would take them -- to the finish line. (Of course, occasionally, some of the little participants opted not to compete and either stopped or turned around and walked the other way.) This shot was taken during the final race --- for the crown, bragging rights, and I presume, a few doggie treats. Look at 'em go! Ears flopping…paws mid-air..staring down the finish line. So cute!
This is the grand champion -- Roxie. I'm told she's 5 years old, the returning Sarasota Wiener Dog Derby champion, and apparently, a national champ as well. She's was proudly holding court after her victory. Very sweet! In case you're wondering, this is not an actual sport. The Weiner Derby was one of many fun events going on at a pet friendly festival called the 'Celebration of Pets'. So glad I finally made it!