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DREAM for the Weenies!

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 Comments | Posted in Chutsky · dachshund · dogs · hot dog · Howl-O-Weenie · mcgee · pet rescue
 Special Agent McGee, Party Animal

Last Saturday my family and I spent the day at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia, home of the 2010 Howl-O-Weenie Festival, sponsored by DREAM (Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness and Mentoring).

The park was overrun by Dachshunds, most in full costume to celebrate Halloween and raise awareness (and money) for pet rescue. My grand-dog Special Agent McGee dressed up as a Party Animal, complete with Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt. The skirt embarrassed him until he saw other Dachshunds dressed as pirates, peacocks, Spanish dancers, Robin Hood. . .the list is endless. One trio of doxies made up Gone With the Weiners, a tribute to Scarlett and her pals. Another sported Skippy’s Hot Dog stand, a lightweight contraption attached to his doggy wheelchair so he could participate in the festivities, and the old fella basked in the attention. Take a look:

Skippy’s Hot Dog Stand — he trotted around on two legs and two wheels like he owned the place!

Lady Dog-Ga, I believe.
Dachshund Hood, ready to fight the Sheriff of Doggingham

Prince Charminghound
Gone With the Wieners (well, 2 of them anyway. Rhett must be away charming some little doxie…)

Anybody seen my castanets?

And lunch—need you ask?  Hot dogs, of course!

Doxies are an interesting breed.  Consider that the Dachshund was bred to hunt badgers.  Badgers are stocky, fierce omnivores related to weasels and otters. When a badger retreats to his den he backs in, facing out.  Dachshunds plow into the hole and nab the sharp-toothed badger by the snout and drag him out.  According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) they were bred to “fight to the death” with the troublesome badgers. That takes some serious strength and courage, and little Dachshunds have both.  Not that you would believe it after seeing those photos from the Howl-O-Weenie Festival.

Contests on festival day included best costume, face licking, weenie races, and howling, among others. The Dachshunds were game and their families played along. It was a fun time.

During the course of the day we met a lovable fella rescued by DREAM from a terrible animal hoarding situation.  Two of his paws are deformed and he bears scars from mistreatment.  Surprisingly, his temperament is calm and affectionate, and he made fast friends with our Special Agent McGee. Stay tuned for a future update on the miniature red doxie my daughter dubbed Chutsky (if you’re a fan of the Dexter books, you’ll get the connection).  Here’s a pic of McGee and Chutsky.  Pretty handsome pair, huh?

If you think you might want to rescue a dog, keep in mind that there are many organizations available to pair you with a purebred should that be your preference. DREAM is one of these, if a lovable Dachshund is your choice, but consider also Collie Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue, Labrador Retriever Rescue, and many others.  And please don’t overlook mixed breeds.  All these furry kids need good homes, so please keep them in mind if you are ready to love and be loved by a precious pooch.

Happy Howl-O-Weenie month!

21 Responses to "DREAM for the Weenies!"

  1. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    October 6, 2010 at 7:20 am  

    The pictures of dachshunds dressed up reminded me of my childhood friend, who had a doxie named Hans. One Halloween we took a loaf of french bread and tied/rubber-banded the top and bottom onto him, so he was a hot dog. (This was 40 years ago, when there weren't racks and racks of clothes for dogs.)Rescuing a dog saves a life. Every dog deserves a second chance at happiness. I am a volunteer and board member for Love a Golden, a St. Louis rescue group and although the shelters and rescues can't save all the dogs, they can make a difference, one dog at a time.

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 6, 2010 at 7:41 am  

    This looks like so much fun, and they are all so cute. I like the hula boy. We had a Paws for Fun this weekend in our town. My friend has a dachsy named Oscar Mayer, and he's the cutest little weiner.

  3. Comment by Carrie
    October 6, 2010 at 8:03 am  

    Love It! Thanks for sharing this Lisa:-)

  4. Comment by Tammy
    October 6, 2010 at 10:34 am  

    What a riot!! Bet it was a great time!

  5. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    October 6, 2010 at 11:26 am  

    Lisa,How fun! Those are wonderful pictures and what an original and helpful festival to have. Lots of humor and originality; I love it.So are you saying that you guys adopted Chutsky? My sister-in-law had a doxie named Buster for 15 years and he was awesome. I have always enjoyed doxies. When we were young, our friends had one named Fritz, and he was a hypochondriac. One time he ran into a parked car and played dead. LOL

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm  

    Hi Sioiux – It sounds like Hans was ahead of his time, costume-wise! As a volunteer with a rescue organization I bet you've seen your share of horror stories. God bless you and your organization for the work you do to save these animals in need.

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm  

    Hi Linda – I'm a recent convert to the Dachshund breed. Prior to my daughter adopting McGee, I had no experience with doxies. I'm learning that they are fiercely loyal and super smart, with a dollop of "clown" thrown in!

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm  

    Hi Carrie – Your Bisquick is a rescue girl. And what would you do without her? She's a furry blessing. πŸ™‚

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm  

    Hi Tammy – It was a riot, for sure. There was a lot of butt sniffing going on, but no growls or grumbles. Some serious tail wagging, too!

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm  

    Hey Kathy! Fritz sounds like a real character. I pictured the scenario you described and it cracked me up. My husband and I have two rescue pups and two cats already in our household. McGee belongs to my daughter Stephanie, and she lives in her own place. She is in the process of adopting Chutsky. If all goes as planned, she'll pick him up a week from Friday!

  11. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm  

    Hahahahaha! Gone With the Weniers! But Special Agent McGee looked quite the,er, dashing dachshund. Still, he was probably Lady Dog-ga's type. πŸ™‚

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm  

    You're right about McGee. He is quite dashing. He dashes here, there and everywhere! The little guy has a permanent "on" button, I think. πŸ™‚

  13. Comment by K9friend
    October 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm  

    Rescue is definitely the way to go! Glad you all had a good time!Patwww.critter

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm  

    Hi Pat – Thanks, we really did. It was a lot of laughs. So many funny dogs vying for attention. They seemed to know the day was all about them!

  15. Comment by BECKY
    October 8, 2010 at 10:33 am  

    I'm with Tammy….looks like a riot! And hey…I've been to Dunwoody!! When one of my adult niece's lived there years ago, she said it was "Funwoody". πŸ˜€

  16. Comment by BECKY
    October 8, 2010 at 10:34 am  

    PS I forgot to say that my "baby" Tiger is a rescue animal and what a lovable, wonderful dog she has always been! A true lovable mutt!

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 8, 2010 at 11:30 am  

    Hi Becky – It really was "Funwoody" last Saturday. LOL I've not heard it called that before. Your Tiger is such a cutie pie. I love the pics you post of him. It is easy to see he is a happy boy!

  18. Comment by Lynn
    October 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm  

    Nice post. I'll check out DREAM. Cute little weenie dogs!

  19. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm  

    Hi Lynn – I've yet to see a weenie dog who isn't cute, even without the costumes!

  20. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    October 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm  

    One of my best friends had a miniature dachshund. She also had chickens, which "Stretch" must have mistaken for badgers because she could kill a hen and eat the whole thing, then sleep for three days, digesting.Kay, Alberta

  21. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm  

    Hi Kay – Stretch sounds like a hoot! And part anaconda, perhaps! Funny story.

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