A group of dachshunds didn’t let their short legs stop them from showing their speed at an annual Wiener Dog Race in California over the weekend.
Dozens of Doxies lined up at the start line at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday to compete in the 26th Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals.
The burly pups sprinted and sprinted around the course in a series of 10 50-yard trial runs to see who would be crowned this year’s “Fastest Wiener in the West.”
Beenie Von Weenie of Fullerton, California, took the championship title, beating out about 100 other short-legged competitors, including reigning champion Paisley.
“Beenie Vonweenie sped from number two on the grid quickly to a big lead, drifted out to bump Cannonball Charlie and Rowdy, then barked mid-run at Penny G before focusing on the finish line to take the wide margin Winning titles.” and tail,” race organizers said in a new press release.
The two-year-old, chocolate-colored dachshund completed the 50-yard sprint in 6.8 seconds in front of a crowd of around 7,000 Wiener Dog fans. He redeemed himself after narrowly losing the title last year – after stopping just before the finish line to turn and pass the competition, Cannonball Charlie and Rowdy.
“I’ve got the winner, Beenie Von Weenie!” the dog’s proud human, Nicolee Leonard said ABC7. “Fantastic! I come every year. And he did it. He won a kennel and $1,000. And the title of The Fastest Wienie in the West!”
The key to Vonweenie’s success? A pair of socks, said Leonard.
The owner lured him with her socks to run towards her at the finish line.
“My socks,” she said. “He loves my socks. Really exciting, I know.”
A wiener named Burr from Cypress, California finished second and took home $500, while three pups, Penny, Kirby QT Pie and Cannonball Charlie tied for third place.
The annual contest raises funds for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, a nonprofit group dedicated to finding homes for stray animals in the Orange County area. Since 1996, the event has helped raise approximately $300,000 through ticket and merchandise sales.