Joey the 'Wonder Wiener Dog' returns to prove he can still cut the mustard amongst the best
With three consecutive trips to the wiener’s circle three years, Joey is back at it this weekend in the hopes of snagging a fourth title.
Joey, who is from North Vancouver, will be among a field of 64 dachshunds at the Hastings Racecourse on July 14 and 15 vying for 2,500 in prize money.
“Joey’s a year older but also a year wiser,” said his owner Nancy Green, in a press release. “He may have his flaws but he’s still fast on his paws.”
Under the strict supervision of Joey Gray, the wiener warden who is the official starter, the participating puppies must abide by some stringent rules. Gray will bark out these ground rules prior to each of the heats: “No fighting or biting during the parade to the post either by the dog or his/her owners; each competing short-legged, long-bodied, four-legged entry must be of dachshund descent; and the winner must reach the finish line all on his own without being touched by an over-zealous owner.”
There will be five Wiener Dog racing heats July 14 and three more on July 15, all leading up to the championship Top Dog Final later that afternoon.
Each qualifying winner receives $100. The eventual champion will win $1,000, the runner up $500 while the third-place finisher gets $200.