Wiener Dog Racing

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Chester (left) and Zoey (right) on race day.
Chester (left) and Zoey (right) on race day.
Chester's stroll, taking time to appreciate the crowd.
Chester's stroll, taking time to appreciate the crowd.
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Such a funny boy!
Such a funny boy! | Source


It was a few days after Christmas when my son and I made the mistake of walking into the pet store at the mall. The mistake turned out to be genius because we got Chester. I know there are some of you with mouth agape at the horror that we bought a dog at the pet store. For you, all I can say is this, we didn't mean to, but he hooked us with those eyes and we've never looked back. Chester is this maniac Dachshund who is so cuddly and adorable that he steals the show from our other two dogs (that we rescued). He is a lover!! We enjoy his every personality quirk and antic. So, imagine our excitement, when we heard that there is such a thing as Wiener Dog Racing. Our friend Dani races her dog Zoey and gave us the hot tip on the next race in our area. It was with unbelievable anticipation, better than Christmas morning that we packed up the car and headed to Old World Village in Huntington Beach, California for the best day ever.

Ok, so maybe Chester didn't see it that way. First of all he doesn't like car rides. And, then there's the fact that he's more of a one-on-one dog. He knows how to wield his personality to get any human or animal to pay attention to him. I just don't think he feels the same personal power in a group situation. He looked a little bug-eyed when we first arrived but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm. We registered him and got his racing number. After sizing up the competition, we headed to the track. Other people were familiarizing their dogs with the racecourse so we figured we'd better do the same. Either Chester didn't understand that he was supposed to go from one end to the other or he didn't care. Knowing him, it was probably the latter. The crowd started building. The anticipation was palpable in the air. There it was, over the megaphone, "And in lane 2 we have Chester." OMG!!! Our turn. We went to the starting gate and put him in the slot. The other dog looked like a bull waiting for the gate to open. The gate went up, the other dog darted forward and...Chester started his Sunday stroll. He gingerly made his way to the other end, glancing on each side at the crowd almost as if he knew they were there just to enjoy the sight of him. Thank goodness for double elimination. We would be racing against a dog that lost the other race. Maybe then, we'd have a shot. Not so. Although Chester picked up his speed and looked pleased with his performance, this may not be the sport for him.

Zoey on the other hand was a fierce competitor. Not only did she win the first and second heat, she almost took out her competition, literally. She ran so fast down that lane and then made a sharp turn around the gate and up the next lane, angry that it was a somewhat close race. She was not happy with that other dog. All and all, she had a great showing although she didn't place in the top three.

Some of these dogs and their owners take this wiener dog racing very seriously. I can only imagine what their training regimen looks like. For Chester, he's decided to take the slow path in life and enjoy long afternoons in the sun. We support him wholeheartedly.

A Very Funny Wiener Dog Video

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I really loved that first picture. I have never heard of this. Chester is my kind of dog. Great hub!


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

It was one of the funnier things I've ever done in my life. Thanks for reading!


Mare 5 years ago

I clicked "funny and useful." Funny, because you wrote it well and Chester is a piece of work. Useful because it has warned me never to be around "such people".....not you, Jen. Good Job!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Chester is so cute! When I saw the title to this hub, I knew I was going to love it. Thanks for sharing! Cute photos, too!


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks Jeannie! When I heard about Wiener Dog Racing I almost dies thinking about how funny it was. These dogs have so much personality. Thanks for stopping by!


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Nature by Dawn 5 years ago

That is super cute! I've never heard of weiner dog racing. I will have to tell my aunt who has three. :0)


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks Dawn! I'm sure she'll love it!


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

My wife and I had a wiener dog until she was soold and sick that the vet had to put her to sleep. She was great fun and a joy to have around. Great story about racing. The people in the video seemed to take the race very seriously.


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks for reading Hubert. The race video reminds me of that movie Best in Show with it's crazy off-beat humor. I'm sorry about your dog. We had to put our 2 dogs down after 17 years. It's one of the saddest times in life.


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

Indeed it is.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

I have never heard of "wiener dog racing" until two days ago and now I am hearing about it again - strange. I was watching a t.v. show called "Saved" the other night (I think on Animal Planet) and there was a man waiting for a kidney transplant for years and his wiener dog "made" him get out of bed to run and play, lifting his spirits. After he got his transplant he began to take his dog to wiener races,(in California like you, I think). Chester is adorable. I can't resist a dog with floppy ears!


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks for reading ktrapp! That's a great story. I guess his dog lived up to being man's best friend. Animals give us an opportunity to have so much joy in our lives and to give back love unconditionally. On a separate note, I've been wanting to ask you how you get those thin keylines between your capsules like you have on your passport hub. I love the way you do the layout!


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TheMagician 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

Chester is cute! He's a daschund you say? He looks pretty tall!


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you! He doesn't have those really short legs but he has a long doxie body.


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Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

I do my own Wiener race almost every day. I have a few rescued Wieners/Wiener Mixes. They are so funny to watch. And when somebody gets 'ants in the pants' and starts running, everybody follows. Makes for a good laugh and some relaxing time after a hard day of work!


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

That sounds like the best way to unwind after work. They're the funniest dogs, aren't they!


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Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

And a melting pot of personalities. Somebody does need to tell them that they are little; mine keep forgetting that! grin


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The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

I have three mini weiners, out of all the family dogs we have had with 5 kids and 35 years, these three are my favorite. Smart, loveable and like a heating pad on a cold night!


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles Author

I agree about the heating pad comment. Our Chester is definitely a "hot" dog. You sound like you've been very blessed with your family.


HoppyGirl 5 years ago

Who would have known! Looks like it was a 'red carpet' moment for Chester - soaking in the cheers!!

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