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Howl-o-Weenie 2012! Ooowww!

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 by Lisa Ricard Claro   No Comments Yet | Posted in dachshund · dogs · dream · Howl-O-Weenie · rescue

This past Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of the Atlanta Howl-o-Weenie festival, sponsored by the DREAM (Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness and Mentoring) organization, an all volunteer army of Dachshund lovers who rescue Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes from high-kill shelters here in Georgia. The rescued pups, old and young, are fostered by volunteers with the ultimate goal of finding these dogs forever, loving homes.

In celebration of the breed, and to raise awareness and much needing funding for rescue activities, the Howl-o-Weenie festival is a day of family fun with costumes and lots of contests—the howling contest, face licking contest, weenie races, and dunking for wieners, just to name a few of the highlights. The best part, of course, is seeing the Dachshunds all dressed up. They don’t seem to mind humoring their humans.  Here are some photo highlights from Howl-o-Weenie 2012.

No photos, please . . .I’m undercover!
One sits quietly while the other yawns . . . another long day on the Rock.
The Tin Man is camera shy . . . or hiding from the flying monkeys.
No one had the heart to tell him he missed the auditions for “Oklahoma!”
Gooood Eeevvenning . . . May I escort you to your fold-up chair?
Rockin’ the green.
Really? You dressed me as a squirrel? My backyard rival? Is this a joke? ‘Cuz this feels like a joke.
So apparently I’m stuffed crab. Ha! It beats being dressed like a squirrel!
Party like I’m in New Orleans or act dignified? Which?  I feel so conflicted!
You kidding? I love this costume. Bones, bones, bones. Yeah, baby!
Watch the ball . . . watch the ball . . . watch the ball . . .
Howling for the win! (The family gathered on the contest field and sang the Happy Birthday song in order to coax their Dachshund to howl . . . and it worked!)

Last but not least, three of my grand-dogs (the pooch in the back is just an onlooker). From right, the black and tan doxie is Special Agent McGee; the red doxie is Federal Agent Chutsky (a former DREAM rescue pup); and Lola, the chocolate Lab, was rescued from a high kill shelter last year.

The DREAM organization, like so many independent rescue groups, is a non-profit, all volunteer, labor of love. This is an amazing collection of caring people who have made a difference in the lives of thousands of dogs, and by extension, thousands of families whose lives have been enriched by adopting canine companions. 

Not a Dachshund fan? Other breeds are championed by rescue groups, too. All you have to do is Google or Bing to find a rescue organization in your area. Before you hunt down a breeder, please check out one of the rescue groups. You will be amazed at the number of purebred dogs in need of a loving home.

That’s it for now. If you’d like to revisit previous years’ Howl-o-Weenie posts, just click HERE and scroll all the way down.

See you next week for the naked truth about . . . ?

Have a great week!
Lisa


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