“Wiener” puns abounded at Golden Gate Fields in West Berkeley this afternoon, where enthusiasts of adorable animals engaging in comically inappropriate activities gathered for the Bay Area’s first ever Dachshund Derby.  Dozens of dachshunds participated in a series of races.  We would report the wiener winners, but we’re pretty sure people were too busy cooing, melting amidst almost unbearable degrees of preciousness, or drunkenly yelling things like “don’t stroke your wiener too hard before the race!” to actually keep track.

Beginning at noon, fans enjoyed a full eight heats of dachshund trotting, culminating in a final “championship” heat.  Between rounds of the main attraction, there were actual horse races (Golden Gate Fields is a horse racing track, after all), which served as an ideal opportunity for the dachshund-oriented crowd to wander off, observe disinterestedly, or lose money.  The event was modeled after an annual dachshund derby in Franklin, Indiana, which people apparently take really seriously.  The Clog sends its sympathy to the contestants; those short, stubby legs were not built for speed.

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Nick said:
Apr 6, 2009 at 10:37 am

What proof do you have for your claim that this was the Bay Area’s first ever Dachshund Derby?

panda said:
Apr 6, 2009 at 11:25 pm

lol. yea, where’s your proof? You better get your facts straight about Dachshund Derbys or the Daschund Derby Association is gonna fine you.

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