One spectator drove down from Beverly Hills to see the race, said race
organizer Inge McKellop.
While 30 canines competed, each owner cheered on their pooch, but only
Bruno got to stand in the winners circle.
Newport Beach resident Poppy Nichols was ecstatic when her little
wiener dog won the race.
Bruno was the first dog to make it to the end of the 25-yard track.
Some theater buffs were rooting for Clarice and Hannibal, the two
dachshunds named after the main characters in the film "The Silence of
Dog owners stood at the end of the track and did whatever they could
to try and get their best friend's attention. Some tried to entice the
dachshunds with food; one owner had a cheeseburger ready for his pooch.
Others waved stuffed toys, such as the floppy bird one owner waved --
another woman simply called out her dogs named and waved.
Even though Bruno was the true champion none of the dogs left the race
empty handed, McKellop said.
"Nobody goes away without some kind of prize," she said.
And anyone who thinks that these dogs are mistreated, she added, is
"These dogs are very pampered," McKellop said, "They love to run."
The next dachshund race will be held on July 14. Anyone wishing to
enter their dachshund should call Inge McKellop at (714) 898-5111 for more information.