Sea of stubby legs take over Steamboat Landing for annual Wienerfest

The 17th annual Wienerfest took place Sept. 11, featuring races, costume contests, and more
Mon, 09/12/2022 - 5:00pm

    BELFAST — Wiener dog, doxie, badger dog, sausage dog. All of these are used to describe the diminutive dachshund - recognized by all, loved by many. Worshipped by some. For dogs that spend the majority of their lives eight inches off the ground, they soar into the hearts of many each September, when PAWS Animal Shelter hosts the annual Wienerfest. 

    “The famously long, low silhouette, ever-alert expression, and bold, vivacious personality of the Dachshund have made them a superstar of the canine kingdom,” the American Kennel Club wrote of the “smart and vigilant,” dogs, [who also come] “with a big-dog bark, they make fine watchdogs. Bred to be an independent hunter of dangerous prey, they can be brave to the point of rashness, and a bit stubborn, but their endearing nature and unique look has won millions of hearts the world over.”

    With no shortage of doxies, there was also no shortage of entertaining personalities on display among the furry attendants of the festival. 

    Events of the day included a costume contest, derby, and parade, along with other activities for the doxie’s human companions. 

    With another successful Wienerfest in the books, it’s clear that what doxies lack in leg length, they more than make up for with their ebullience, and boundless capacity for love.

    Additional photos of the Doxie Derby.

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