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Little hot dogs: Dachshund races coming to Monroe
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To enter races

To enter darling or demanding dachshunds in the Monroe Wiener Race on Sept. 20, an entry fee of $5 per dachshund or dachshund mix is required (make checks payable to Guerin Chiropractic). Rules and registration can be found at Pre-registration is preferred in order to accommodate all competitors and guarantee a spot. On-site registration will be 11 to 11:45 a.m. T-shirts will also be available for sale with proceeds also going to the Pet Food Pantry and Green County YMCA Youth Football Program.

Updates will be posted to the Facebook page "Monroe Wiener Dog Races."

MONROE - Dachshunds have none of the makings of a race hound, but they have an average running speed of 15 to 20 mph.

To verify that fact or just for entertainment, plant yourself at the Green County Family YMCA football field at noon Sept. 20 for the Monroe Wiener Dog Races.

The event, scheduled during Cheese Days 2014, will feature purebred and crossed-bred dachshunds - with their long bodies, floppy ears, stubby legs and large, paddle-shaped front paws - as they dash for the finish line. Five dachsies will compete in each heat for 30 yards, and the races will continue until a "Top Dog" comes out of the pack.

This just-for-fun competition is sponsored by Dr. Lance Guerin and his wife Diana, of Guerin Chiropractic in Monroe, to raise funds for the Pet Food Pantry and YMCA youth football program. The Guerins have owned dachshunds for years, and some of their dogs have even received chiropractic care.

Agile, athletic and playful, dachshunds are an important member of dog race competitions because of their prominent running speed. Some dachshunds are even trained to compete in races such as the Wiener Nationals, the Wiener 100 and the Dachshund Dash.

The standard dachshund was bred to scent, chase and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the miniature dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey, such as rabbits.

While dachshund owners adore them, but they may also find them a little stubborn and hard to train, with a persistent ability to follow trained commands about 50 percent of the time and a persistent demand to eat whatever you're having about 100 percent of the time.

The writer E.B. White, an owner of dachshunds, once wrote, "When I address Fred, I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do."

But bred to hunt and to chase just about anything with great ferocity and determination, the dachshund's running ability can never be ignored.