A day at the races: Wiener dog style

Yesterday I went out to Turfway Park, the local horse racing park, to watch the Wiener Dog races at the Polytrack Puppy Party and man was it entertaining!  The races were each setup very much like what you would expect for the horse races.  There were betting boxes for each of the wiener dogs entered and each corresponded to the gate location for each dog.  I placed a bet in the second race on wiener dog #2 and was not disappointed as you will see from the slide show.  That little dog was Wicked Fierce!  After each of the betting boxes closed, the wiener dogs were announced by name and gate location and the owners of each of the competitors ran them out to the start line.  The wiener dogs were either held or they stood at the line, nails to the edge, awaiting the gun!

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At the finish line a trainer for each of the competitors would yell and scream the dog’s name trying to get the dogs to run in their direction.  This strategy did not have much impact on most of the dogs as only a few actually made it to the finish line.  The mere presence of the competing dogs made it difficult for some of the dogs to focus on the task at hand and I kept thinking of the saying “like herding cats”.  The few competitors that did make it to the finish line ran with the poise and excitement seen only at the racetrack!

I applaud the efforts of all the Wiener dogs that competed and gave 110%, each were truly inspiring!  And thanks to the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP) for putting on a very entertaining event!

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