The Dachshund Races and Rescued Dog Reunion are coming to Abilene on Thursday, July 19.
The 5th annual Dachshund Races will be kicked off by Princess, a three legged dachshund. Princess will act as the "pace car." She is said to have flashy speed, despite having a deformed front leg.
There is no fee to have your furry friend race. You can register online at rescuetheanimals.org or at the gate on race day. In 2011, over 100 dachshunds participated in the races.
The races officially begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Festival Gardens across from the Abilene Zoo. Admission is free. Gates open for registration at 5 p.m. All participating dogs must be current on shots and be on a leash at all times except when racing. Each dog must have two humans to compete - once at the starting line and one at the finish line.
Rescue the Animals will be on hand to give pet vaccinations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. They will cost only $19.99.
There is also a Rescued Dog Reunion that begins at 6:30 p.m. The reunion is open to all breeds of dogs, and all rescues, regardless of where the animal was rescued.
The Rescued Dog Reunion also features a contest similar to a doggy pageant. Awards will be given for: Homecoming King and Queen, Smallest Dog, Tallest Dog, Fat Dog of the Year, Youngest Dog, Oldest Dog, Best Costume, and Mr. and Miss Congeniality. There will also be an Owner and Dog Look-a-Like Couple of the Year.
For more information, or to register, visit rescuetheanimals.org