Why did the cowboy go to the Bungendore Show? To get a long little doggy…..
On 31 January 2016, the Bungendore Show will be hosting the inaugural Werriwa Wiener Dash, the first – to our knowledge at least – Dachshund Race in the Southern Highlands. Entry will be open to all dachshunds whether long-haired, short-haired, wire haired, miniature, standard or somewhere in between size. Heats will be held throughout the day with finals held in the afternoon. We will also be hosting a Dapper Dachshund costume event for those sausages which like to dress up. We are also hoping to set a new world record for the most number of dachshunds in one place.
Have you ever been to a Dachshund race? If not, you really don’t know what you’re missing, think of the Melbourne Cup over a shorter distance with dachshunds instead of horses…
They’re not fierce competitors but they are certainly fun to watch. To look at a Dachshund, you wouldn’t think it would make a very good racer. They are compact and very low to the ground, with short legs. But just like some people who don’t know that they are smaller, these dogs give it their all. Well, some of them do. Others stand around sniffing each other, visiting people or running off into a field.
Entry to the race is by gold coins donation with all funds raised going to Dachshund Rescue Australia (DRA). DRA was started in 2009 to raise the profile of dachshunds needing rescue and rehoming across all States of Australia. DRA became an Incorporated Not for Profit Association and officially gained Charity status in April 2014. DRA are ‘Devoted to Dachshunds’ and have developed a reputation as an ethical breed specific organisation within the animal welfare community and continues to build positive relationships founded on open and respectful communication with shelters or pounds, other rescue groups, registered breeders and members of the Dachshund Community.
Even if you don’t have a dachshund, come along to the Bungendore Show to watch the races, learn more about the breed and pat a wiener.