Weiner Dogs Race at Denver’s Oktoberfest

Dozens of dachshunds brought short legs, long ears and high hopes to Denver’s Oktoberfest on Sunday to participate in a weiner dog race, the first “Long Dog Derby.”

Pooches with names like “Daisy the destroyer,” “Lightning Lilly,” “Black Pearl” and “Frank the Tank,” sometimes dashed, and occasionally wandered in dazed confusion, across a fenced race track.

Daisy May, a 6-month-old brown dachshund with a sharp snout and gentle eyes, sped through her paces, in the “Little Links” event for puppies under one year.

The dog had never raced before, but she wasn’t thrown off by the crowd and hoopla, said Daisy May’s owner, Loreli Walker, 29, a Denver nurse. “They have such personality,” she said of the breed. “They think they are pretty big dogs when they’re not.”

More than 60 dogs were signed up for the races in six categories, including “hot dog carts” for handicapped dachshunds.

The event was part of Oktoberfest on Larimer Street, an annual festival that has welcomed the fall season in Denver since 1969. Proceeds from the $15 dog-race registration fee went to Colorado dachshund Rescue.

Two people accompanied each racer, one to release the dog at the starting line and one to encourage and catch the animal at the finish line.

The event included a costume contest, won by “Oscar Mayer Weiner,” a 6-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund, who was dressed as a skunk.

“He has been wearing it for Halloween for the last two or three years; he doesn’t object, he is a good sport,” said Tracy Alvarez, 46, Oscar’s owner.
Steve Ballas, owner of Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, a hot dog stand that was a race sponsor, said the event was so successful that next year it will be a stand-alone event. “We had no idea how many weiner dogs there are in Denver,” he added.

[Source: The Denver Post]

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Wonder Dog Banned From Jumping

Last year, Riley set a world record – 2.91metres – at the Casterton Kelpie Festival in Victoria.
In February, Ms O’Callaghan received a call from festival organisers who wanted to know if Riley would be competing.

“He’d already won the championship twice in a row,” she said. “They told me if he won a third time he’d no longer be eligible for competition, and could only appear as an exhibitor instead.
“As a trade-off they said they were creating a Kelpie Hall of Fame, and that if Riley won again he’d be inducted into it.”

On June 7, Riley tied at first place with another dog, Rosie – they both jumped 2.625metres – and thus was officially banned from competing there again.
But Ms O’Callaghan was not happy about Riley’s forced retirement.

“He should be allowed to keep on doing what he loves, until another dog comes along and takes the crown. In any sport there’s going to be a younger, fitter competitor coming up in the ranks … every dog has his day,” she said.

Shirley Foster, of the festival committee, said the decision to retire Riley was “all about keeping the event fresh”. She said the Casterton Kelpie Association was considering holding an event for the best jumpers in the country and Riley could compete in that.

[Source: SMH.com.au]

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Niles Dog Show in Fremont, CA

Niles Dog Show in Fremont, CA

For the last nine years, dog lovers have converged on Niles Community Park to celebrate canines, even if his or her lineage can’t be traced back further than a couple of alley mutts.

This year’s 10th annual show, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, includes a lot of the same attractions that have made the event such a hit in years past. There will be competitions for best costume, prettiest female, handsomest male, most unusual mix, hairiest dog and best performer, and Happiness Country Kennels will present a dog agility course.

The show has expanded from about 40 entries when it first started to about 150 last year, Caster said. While the main goal is to have some fun, organizers also do their best to get dog lovers to consider adopting rescued dogs. One of the contest categories is “Best Rescued,” in which dog owners tell how their dogs found their permanent homes.

Several purebred animal rescue groups will have booths at the show, and The Tri-City Animal Shelter’s mobile adoption center will be on site. Also, a portion of the show’s proceeds go to the Ohlone Humane Society.

In the costume competition, winners have included dogs dressed as gargoyles, unicorns and royalty. Caster couldn’t recall if the dogs dressed up in garter belts or leather fared well at past shows.

Contestants can be registered up to the start of the show. On-site registration cost $20; click here for online pre-registration, which costs $15. All registrants will get a free dog show tote bag.

[Source: The Argus]

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Portland’s Next Top Dog Model

Portland’s Next Top Dog Model

PORTLAND, June 17, 2008 – On June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 10 large and 10 small dog finalists will compete before a celebrity panel of judges to become Portland’s Next Top Dog Model. One small and one large dog will be chosen as Portland’s Next Top Dog Model. In its second year, Portland’s Next Top Dog Model Contest benefits the Oregon Humane Society and is presented by LexiDog and the Hotel Monaco.

97.1 FM’s Dr. Doug and Skippy will emcee the festivities and Portland LumberJax goalie and Community Relations Director Dallas Eliuk will be one of the celebrity judges.

A lifelong animal lover and owner of a toy fox terrier, Eliuk will be judging the event for the second consecutive year.

“Dogs are one of the greatest gifts to man and the Humane Society is one of the greatest gifts to dogs,” said Eliuk. “It’s always an honor to be allowed to work with an organization that gives back to those that give so much to us.”

All finalists receive a prize package worth over $100 and winners will each receive a prize pack worth over $750. The winning prize packs include: a year’s supply of food, a deluxe photo shoot, grooming spa treatments, massage, teeth cleaning and much more.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

[Source: Our Sports Central]

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