Sausage dog sprint a suc­cess


While the elec­tion race was in its fi­nal leg, an­other race was heat­ing up in Auck­land on Satur­day.

A col­lec­tion of dachshunds lined up at the start line of the Fly­ing Moa Pub’s sec­ond an­nual Wiener Dog Derby. But only two dogs came out on top.

The races were open to all sausage dogs and saw minia­ture and stan­dard-sized dogs racing sep­a­rately at the Mount Welling­ton venue.

The short-legged, long-bod­ied dachshunds was of Ger­man ori­gin, orig­i­nally be­ing bred to bur­row into holes to catch badgers and foxes.

Own­ers loved the hounds for hav­ing an in­de­pen­dent, even stub­born, char­ac­ter.

Or­gan­iser Sarah-Lee Rash­leigh, who is also the pub owner and had a minia­ture dachshund named Chorizo, first or­gan­ised the race af­ter see­ing a sim­u­lar event held in Mel­bourne.

Af­ter a series of heats, quar­ter and semi­fi­nals, minia­ture dachshunds Brody and Mar­low took out third and sec­ond place, while Ruby beat the other stubby-legged rac­ers and took out first place.

Stan­dard-sized sausage dog Franken­stein beat out the other com­peti­tors to take first in his cat­e­gory.

Other rac­ers in­cluded Chorizo, Frank, Pluto, Ernie and Sausage McMuf­fin.

Dress­ing up was also an op­tion with long-, short- and wire-haired pups parad­ing and mas­querad­ing as ev­ery­thing from a bee to a pi­rate and a hot dog.

A sausage siz­zle was also put on – but don’t worry, no sausage dogs were harmed.


Minia­ture podium fin­ish­ers, from left: Ruby, Mar­low and Brody.

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