Breed laps up love
V8 SUPERCARS star Chaz Mostert, who has been dominating pole position since returning from a horror crash, has two secret weapons.
Helping to keep a smile on the face of 2014 Bathurst winner during five months of recovery after a brutal 200km/h crash at Mt Panorama last year, were his two dachshunds.
Mostert had both Bangers and Mash trackside on the Gold Coast on October 20, posting to Facebook: “Pretty cool to show the pups my race car.”
The Dachshund Rescue Australia ambassador, who will be racing in the Auckland SuperSprint on November 4-6 before the Sydney500 on December 2-4, says his two dachshunds are “always making me laugh”.
Mostert, who had jack russells growing up, was drawn to the dachshund because of their “loving and caring” nature.
“The passionate side of their nature appealed to me and I ended up getting two because I did not want the other one to be lonely,” he says. “They are dachshunds but they’ve got a little bit of foxy in them as well.
“Mash looks 100 per cent dachshund, while Bangers has a bit of a foxy look.
“They are both really long sausages – they are brothers but they are totally different.”
Dachshund Rescue Australia’s Ruth Salmine described dachshunds as smart, loyal and challenging.
Owners obsessed by this quirky breed hold regular meet-ups across Sydney, with preparations under way for the Dachshund Rescue Australia Christmas Party in Centennial Park on November 27.
Meet-ups are also held at Sydney Park and Tuggerah Oval on the Central Coast.
“Once you are owned by a dachshund, you will never look elsewhere,” Salmine says.
She is urging potential dachshund owners to research the breed and only purchase from registered breeders.
“Dachshund Rescue Australia is urging prospective owners to ensure their lifestyle and living circumstances will provide the dachshund with the love, attention and environment they deserve,” Salmine says.
ChazCh MostertM with Bangers and Mash as pups and (inset) trackside this month.