If you watch one sporting event a year, it needs to be the 2016 Wiener Nationals.
Football fans have the SuperBowl and baseball enthusiasts have the World Series. The whole world is gearing up for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but dog lovers look forward to a very different kind of sporting event. The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals is the epitome of all things good in the world.
On July 16th, 90 Dachshunds competed for the chance to be named the fastest wiener dog in the land. The dogs and their handlers gathered in Los Alamitos, California where 11 races were contested in between a live horse racing program.
A wide range of canine talent could be seen down on the track. Spectators watched in amusement as rookies left the gate at more of a slow meander than a run. But there were also competitors that kept their eyes on the prize. They sprinted as fast as their tiny little legs could go.
In the end, however, there was only enough room in the winner's circle for one speedy wiener dog. Defending champion, Finn, came in second to a four-legged rocket named Darcy and her owner Julie Woods.
Darcy may have taken home the trophy for 2016, but it's safe to say that when wiener dogs race, the real winners are the humans that get to watch. The 2016 Wiener Nationals included a professional announcer, TV interviews, refreshments, and a meet and greet with the competitors.
It was great fun for canines and humans alike, and a portion of the proceeds went to the non-kill animal shelter, Seal Beach Animal Care Center. The 2017 Wiener Nationals are already in the books. Is your doxie ready to take on the challenge?