The thirteenth annual Wiener Dog Race was held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Saturday night, and all their seats were sold out. The place was brimming with people who came there to see the Dachshunds walk and waddle across the ice.
More than ten-thousand people attended the event that helped in raising over $6500 for a Dachshund specific rescue called the Dakota Dachshund Rescue. The game has been drawing sold-out crowds for the last five years.
The Dachshund focussed competition has surpassed the expectations of Jim Olander, who came up with the idea of racing Dachshunds fourteen years ago. The event that now hosts 40 dogs running across the ice has been able to attract national attention.
The competition also made two Canadian nationals to drive from Ontario to reach Sioux so that they could make their five-year-old Dachshund named Beanz participate in the race. An Australian friend of the Canadian couple, Michael Young and Kimberley DesBrisay, had sent the two a video of the Wiener Dog Race that was held last year and invited them to attend the event.
DesBrisay had made up her mind to be at the contest, so the couple got Beanz registered in the event. Jim personally invited the couple to be a part of the occasion.
The couple left for Sioux Falls on Friday and drove non-stop and finally made it to the event just hours before the race.
DesBrisay said that Beanz was like a child to her, and it was an excellent opportunity for the dog to compete, have fun and mingle with other dogs.
DesBrisay added that all that mattered was that they could spend some fun time as a family.
Although Beanz did well, he could not win the competition.
DesBrisay said that even though her dog could not win, she thoroughly enjoyed being at the race because it was an opportunity to support a cause which she cared about.
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