The 10th Annual Wiener Dog Nationals to determine the fastest Dachshund in the United States will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the W.W. Knight Preserve on River Road in Perrysburg Township.
The event will highlight the annual Mutt Strut, the biggest fundraiser for the Wood County Humane Society.
“We are really excited to have them because they are such a large organization and they have a very strong following so we are definitely excited to have all these race fans out to support our event as well,” said Jessica McClure, humane society spokesperson.
“The races are a wildly popular annual event and are expected to attract Dachshund lovers from three states,” McClure said. “It’s a national event that people from the area can register their dog to compete in races to see who wins the prize of the fastest Wiener dog.”
Dachshunds compete in a drag race style run where winners advance for a chance to win the coveted Wiener Dog National’s Trophy. The deadline for registration is Thursday Sept. 19th. There is a $6 registration fee per dog and all of the proceeds go directly to the Wood County Human Society.
Any Dachshund can be entered along with one human per dog to coax them to the finish line. Minors may participate however they will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for check-in.
“Everyone has to meet the check-in time from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Races start at 10 a m. All dogs will get to run a minimum of two races in the first round,” McClure said. “The Weiner dogs are placed in the starting gates by their owners then the owners take their places at the finish line. They may possess bells, whistles, toys and anything other than food to coax their pooches to the finish line when the gates are opened. Preliminary races will be run from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. with the finals starting at 2:25 p.m.”
Strap on your walking shoes, grab your pooch and come strut your mutt at the Mutt Strut. The day will also feature fun-filled family activities like a walk-a-thon for the shelter, the Beauty PAWgent, unicycling/juggling by Andrew Schuman, the Blue Booth photo booth by Jeff Beach Photo and vendors for shopping.
Also, Ruby the Red-Eyed Tree Frog from WTOL will be there and Max and Erma’s mascots. There will be free dog advice from K-9 Solutions and other games. Best Friends Forever Rescue will be out there with some of their adoptable dogs and the Humane Society will bring some of their adoptable dogs out there are well for anyone who is interested.
“There will also be the Mutt Strut Beauty PAWgent that will start at 11 a.m. where we crown a King and Queen. It is one of our most popular events,” McClure said. “Anybody and everybody can sign up for the pageant the day of the event. There is no fee.”
There is a $15 registration fee for everyone participating in the Mutt Strut. There will be prizes for the Top Pup which is the largest amount raised by someone 14 years old or younger. As well as prizes for the Top Dog which is largest amount raised y anyone 15 years of age or older.
“Our goal this year is to earn $15,000,” McClure said. “With the Wiener Dog Nationals and the nice weather we are supposed to have this weekend we’re hoping for a good turn out and that all the animal lovers in the area will come and support us. In the past we have had over 200 people there and we are expecting to have much more this year.”