MAIFEST WIENER DOG RACES – Hermann, MO – Local Wiener Dog Wins BIG!
May 20, 2013 - 11:09pm — Kim Carr
Photo and Story by Kim Carr
In typical Missouri fashion we welcomed spring at the annual Maifest Celebration with summer like temperatures. The warm weather did not hold back a crowd from gathering at the Forge on Gutenburg and Third Street for Wiener Dog Races.
The day had started off with artists and craftsmen exhibiting their wares along Schiller Street, a puppet show and a very festive parade which drew large crowds celebrating the towns German heritage. All of this was just a warm up for the big Wiener Dog Races.
The number of dogs entered was down some due to the races being postponed from an earlier date, however there was no lack of enthusiasm from those who gathered to cheer on the spirited Dachshunds which came to town to run.
Several classes of completion was available to participants from Best Costume, Best Trick, Longest Dachshund, Shortest, Youngest, Oldest and special recognition to the Dachshund that traveled the farthest to participate in the days activities which heralded from Brighton, Illinois.
It was obvious these participants were well cared for family members. One contestant in the Best Trick category had a large carpet piece carried out to the middle of the show arena for him to perform his tricks on. It was easy to see these dogs loved playing it up for the crowd. Sitting up, speaking, playing dead, rolling over, they were cheered on by the animal loving crowd.
With the excitement building the announcer told the crowd there would be two classes of races, the Frankfurter for the younger dogs and the Ballpark for dogs 5 years and older.
Racers lined up at the start holding their dogs to prevent any false starts as a second handler took their place behind the finish line.
The flag lined course proved to be a fast track for those who finished. The problem with wiener dog racing is dachshunds are very sociable animals and in the first heat about half way across the track three of the racers stopped to visit and make friends with each other which caused a lot of laughter from the fun loving crowd.
It was an easy win for the first place dog however one of the other contestants did break from his new found friends long enough to run across the finish line bringing a cheer from the crowd.
After the top two racers from the Frankfurter and Ballpark divisions were given time to catch their breath and get pep talks from their handlers, the race was on for the Grand Champion and Reserve Champ. Within seconds of the announcer broadcasting, Ready, Set, Go…..little Trixie was declared the official winner of the big race.
Trixie is a little seven year old, black and tan doxie belonging to the Heying family from right here in Hermann, Mo. Her eight year old handler, Jordan Heying was ear to ear smiles as he proudly posed for pictures with his family and Trixie’s awards.
Coming in on a very close second was Lola a speedy little wiener dog who traveled from St. Louis with her family. The family was tickled to be bringing home not one, but two second place wins for this was Lola’s very first time to race and well worth the drive out to Hermann.
In preparation for the next race I’m sure most of the contestants will follow a strict regimin of squirrel chasing, plenty of treats and long naps in the couch.
The dachshund name is of German origin and means “badger dog” as they were widely used to hunt ground dwelling rodents. Due to their small muscular body size, narrow build, determination, ferocity and keen sense of smell they were developed as scent hounds and hunters. Today dachshunds are beloved pets available in two sizes, miniature and standard with three different coat types, smooth, long haired and wired. When I was a kid the most common colors were red and black & tan. Now there are many color variations to this sweet, lovable dog.
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