This past weekend, we participated in the 8th Annual Weiner Dog Races at Oktoberfest in Southlake. After having such a good time last year, we just HAD to go again, plus we were hoping Polo would pull out a win this year! We got to the races around 10:15 to check in and waited as all the weiner dogs started to arrive. We were also able to practice in the lanes and get Polo warmed up. (which was needed because it was chilly out there!!) Nanny and Serena also joined us and were able to get a good seat to watch the races. It is a lot of fun to watch all the dogs show up. We saw red ones, black ones, fat ones, skinny ones and believe it or not a HOT PINK one! Yes, one poor dog was spray painted pink for the races. No wonder she didn’t want to run. :)
The races got started around 11am. They give you all a number and you race in groups of six. It was finally our turn and we were ready to go! I was at one end of the lane with Polo and Bobby was at the other end ready to catch her. Before the race began he would show Polo a cookie and her bone and then walk to the other end. Once this happened, Polo was REALLY ready to go. In fact, she got so wiggly, she slipped from my hands and had a false start. Oops! Then it was “1, 2, 3, GO” and off Polo went – and SHE WON! So this meant she would move onto the Semi-finals. After a few more races, the semi-finals started. Again, Polo was raring to go and ran really fast. She was neck and neck with another dog and the finish was a hard determination. A couple of the judges had to talk it out and they determined that the other dog won and Polo was second. BOOO! She literally lost by a whisker! Ha.
We were still proud of our Polo-girl! In fact, our neighbor stopped by the next day with a copy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and to our surprise, there was a picture of our Polo running hard in the race! (We remembered a guy that said he took a pic of her and he got our names, but we didn’t know he was with the Ft Worth paper!) She was also on the website along with some other pics from the event. Check them out.,, http://www.star-telegram.com/photos/gallery/1676452.html#
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