Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wienerpalooza – yes really!

First let me congratulate my fellow chicks on their book releases this week. Join me in saluting (in alphabetical order)  the fabulous:

Ellery Adams Murder in the Paperback Parlour
Mary Kennedy Dream a Little Scream
Leann Sweeney The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret

What a great August crop of delicious cozies!

  I'm sure you're already reading them already.

And now to the park for a party. Drum roll please.

Pick up the pace!  We know we've arrived1

Here's a bit of background. The problem with wiener dogs is that they are small but addictive.  The little creatures are stubborn, funny, clownish, determined, cuddly and loyal.  They also prefer wiener dogs to all other creatures except maybe their ‘mom.'  Even though I like all dogs, I am hooked on them. It’s hard to stop with just one. You just have to have another. Life is fun every day with Daisy (12 years) and Lily (9 years). This is also why I had to include two rescued dachshunds in my five Charlotte Adams books.

Imagine the fun for all concerned when there’s a party for those wiener dogs! This year Daisy and Lily and MJ attended their third Wienerpalooza where a Saturday afternoon in late July is all about the dachshunds. Wienerpalooza is a fundraiser for Canadian Dachshund Rescue, an amazing and effective organization. By the way, there are terrific dachshund rescue organizations all over the United States.

I am sure that there were at least a hundred and twenty little hot dogs, but the park was spread out, so it was a bit hard to get shots of large numbers. I am sure you get the idea from these here and there shots.  Lots of little dogs less than knee high. 

There were wiener races and a costume parade.  The princesses declined to run in the dachshund races. 

No problem. They usually choose to go the wrong way and come in last or even later than last, like not at all.   Sometimes they just lie down in the field. Why not? Life is a nap and they aren't the only ones to do that.

Daisy and Lily didn't dress up this year. We were in a rush so missed the costume contest.  This is what they wore last year.

 I didn’t get a picture of the winner, but we understand it was a doxie  in a Timbits container who snagged the big prize.

If you don’t live in Canada, you need to know that Timbits are tiny doughnuts (those doughnut holes).  I figure that's funny on a number of levels.

And now on to the purpose of all this fun and games: rescuing dachshunds. It takes money to rescue, house and offer medical care to the poor little critters.

This little beauty was one of two little long-haired doxies wearing ADOPT ME scarves. 

 I hope they both find their perfect ‘forever home’.  It was all I could do to keep it to two.
We ran into old friends like the beautiful Coco and her ‘mom’, Mary Ann.  Coco is a lovely rescued girlie and Mary Ann rescued her through Canadian Dachshund Rescue. We’ve been friends for years.  

 We also saw Harmony and Haley in their costumes. Nice ruffles, Haley!

 Last year at a doxie event they won as a bride and groom. That white veil really took a beating as they raced around. This was all that was left of the veil by the time I got a photo!

It’s always fun to see these special little doggie buddies,  We even got to visti with Gogo, a tiny darling who was an Ottawa Therapy Dog for years. Like Daisy, she is now retired, but still adorable.

There are many dachshund-themed ‘shopportunities’ at Wienerpalooza and that is always fun. I also enjoyed the barbecue, but I stuck with the burger. Hot dogs seemed wrong somehow.

Now we have to wait until next year for this wild and crazy time again, although our local dachshund group arranges very amusing get-togethers too. 

What about you? Have you ever been to a dachshund party?  Do you do fun things with your pets?  Other silly things?  Go ahead: confess!