Every Dog Has Its Day

Every Dog Has Its Day
Rescued Dachshunds Hope to Be Adopted
Kevin Machak Reports
For Week of 05/20/11 – 05/27/11

Hundreds of Dachshunds and their owners had a dog-gone good time at the 3rd annual “Cross Town Bark Around.”

“My mom told me it was about abused dogs and I like to help out dogs and also [my dog] Hershey wanted to come,” said Lombard resident, Ivan Deckert.

Other doggies participated in contests such as Doxie-owner look alike, best costume and best trick. But the most popular event was this year’s newest addition, the wiener races.

“When you have a dachshund, you have to do wiener races it’s just part and parcel of the breed,” said Lori Biesboer, President of Midwest Dachshund Rescue, Inc.

But among all the fun, Midwest Dachshund Rescue raised money for a serious cause. Since starting in 2003, the group has rescued more than a 1,000 Dachshunds, including more than 60 dogs this year that have yet to find a home. This event is the group’s largest fundraiser, raising not only money but also awareness.

“They’re so many existing dogs out there that need a loving home,” said Biesboer. “So we’re just trying to get the word out there to go through a rescue instead of from a pet store, which buys from puppy mills anyway.”

Naperville resident Anne Zimmerman treated her dog to the event for the first time. She adopted Sophie from Midwest Dachshund Rescue a couple years ago and encourages others to do the same.

“She’s a lot of fun and she makes you feel like she’s the center of your universe and she’s the center of our universe too,” said Zimmerman.

The Dachshund – which is German for “Badger Dog”, is more commonly known as a “Wiener Dog” because of its hot dog-like shape. And while there are different sizes and colors of the breed, the people that rescue wiener dogs hope that every dog has its day and finds a loving home.

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