I’m guessing that Ralph Nader distracted the other dogs with Liva Snaps

Dan sent this article from the Omaha World Herald:

Runners take the low road at annual Wiener Dog Races

BY JOSH SWARTZLANDER
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – And down the stretch they came.

It was Oliver out front, with Sandy making a move on the outside.Oliver and Sandy. Oliver. Sandy.

And Oliver won by a nose!

Oliver’s owner, Kirstin Frecks-Edgman of Minden, picked him up at the finish line in celebration.

That’s right – no horses in this heat. The second annual Wiener Dog Races were held Sunday at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island’s Fonner Park.”

I just thought it would be fun to take the kids,” said Frecks-Edgman, who came with her husband, two sons and a nephew.Her older son, 12-year-old Dalton, wore a shirt that read, “Get low,” with a picture of a dachshund.

Others at Sunday’s event, attended by a few hundred people, wore shirts that read, “I love my wiener.”

Nearly 50 dogs participated in 10 heats, followed by semifinals and finals.

The overall wieners were Ginzzy of Valparaiso, who won the contest of dogs 4 years and younger, and George W. Bush of Lincoln, who won for older dogs.

The dogs, which came from cities across Nebraska including Omaha, Lincoln and North Platte, raced down 60-foot tracks delineated by Pepsi-cola crates.

Some of the dogs zipped down the tracks to their waiting owners, many of whom wielded treats and toys. Other dogs didn’t quite get the concept, leisurely turning around midrace and backtracking.

“Other dogs beat him, but they turned around and went back,” Butch Kersting of Kearney said of his 3-year-old dachshund, Junior. “It’s a blast.

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