The Gentleman and I watched some races today. I’m still relegated to spectating due to my stress fracture, but I couldn’t have run in these races even if I’d been in peak form. Because in order to run in these races, I would have to be a certified 100% purebred Dachshund.
This was our third year attending the Buda Wiener Dog Races, and we’ve had a lot of fun every time. Everything takes place in a park in Buda, and in addition to the races they have a bunch of vendors selling paraphernalia for dogs (and body wraps…WTF?!), a moon bounce for kids, and a bunch of food carts. I’ve never been to a greyhound race but I know they can be pretty serious gambling venues (and can involve pretty serious animal welfare issues). As far as I know there’s no gambling at the Wiener Dog Races, though there are a lot of hot dogs and dachshunds dressed in silly outfits and (and dachshunds dressed as hot dogs).
Wiener dog racing basically involves loading the dogs into little wooden cages (not unlike missiles) while their owners/handlers stand at the other end of a very short track waving around like maniacs with the dogs’ favorite squeaky toys. The actual racing lasts approximately five seconds. Here’s a video I took of the final race:
The Gentleman was very, very amused by the fact that there was a dachshund named Oliver Reed running against a dachshund named Tequila. I didn’t get it until I read the Wikipedia page on Oliver Reed and now I too am very, very amused.
Although we aren’t dachshund owners (or owners of any type of dog– apartment living, erratic work hours, and a neurotic cat would make that hard right now), I stepped up my game prior to the races with some dachshund apparel:
Gold Medal Wiener Dog Socks (or, as I like to call them, dogs in Cosby sweaters)
Always Root for the Underdog shirt (locally printed in Austin, TX!)
It was a very fun and silly day. My only regrets are that I wore jeans (it was over 90 degrees outside– definitely shorts weather!) and that I yet again forgot about sunscreen. I don’t think we were there long enough for me to get burned but still…I have to remember sunscreen, especially if (fingers crossed) I’ll be doing some running outside again this spring!