Last weekend hundreds of wiener dogs descended on Vegas for the 7th Annual Hallo-Wiener. The Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dachshund Club and Rescue hosts this annual fundraiser to bring monies in to support the rescue of this funny little breed. As you may have seen on the national news Las Vegas is ground zero for home foreclosures and in turn the rescue community has seen a massive rise in abandoned, surrendered, and neglected dogs. So it’s with this in mind that rescue fundraisers take on a more serious note than ever before. It’s a simply equation, the more monies raised the more dogs will be helped.
Our company Vegas Rock Dog “adopted” this rescue as one of our main causes. For the past three years we have participated as a vendor and I have been a judge also of their legendary costume, belly rub, and kissing contests. This past year we’ve been heavily involved in signing up vendors, securing raffle and silent auction prizes, and getting the word out to the community. Clearly all the work of the rescue staff, club members, friends, and volunteers paid off on this day as the attendance was spectacular.
The weather as always is perfect in the month of October and that’s why Vegas become saturated with pet related events. I believe that Hallo-Wiener is the most fun with many elements to it. As I mentioned earlier I’ve been a judge for the contests and each year the judging gets more and more difficult as the costumes get more and more creative. The belly rub contest is always cute to watch and judging which dog is the most in heaven from the belly rub and attention is a hard one to judge. Similar to the belly rub the kissing contest can get pretty wild as those little sausage dogs lick away at their owners faces. I wonder if they know if they’re competing for a prize?
One element of the day is wiener racing. It has to be the one thing that these little dogs absolutely love to participate in. Now don’t think for one minute that those little legs can’t run because not only to they run but they become airborne as they see a familiar face cheering them on at the finish line. You’ll see many techniques at the wiener races adopted by the owners to get their dog to run down the lane to that finish line, there’s a lot of screaming, squealing, toys squeaking, and treats being waved.
The Hallo-Wiener event has it all, races, contests, auction, raffle, food, and vendors and I suggest you put it on your calendar for next year….you wiener dog will thank you for it.