The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 10, 2013

Dachshund Dash sign-up extended

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The deadline to register for the fourth annual Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash has been extended to July 22.

Those who register by Friday still can have their “racers” featured in a special Paws 4 the Cause tabloid, which will be in the July 21 issue of the Enid News & Eagle.

This year’s dash is set for July 27 at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Park Avenue Thrift, Security National Bank, Eagle Marketing and Chisholm Trail Expo Center will present this year’s Dachshund Dash.

“We are thrilled the community continues to respond to this family friendly event,” said April Danahy, of Security National Bank. “The dash is really a lot of fun, and with the community’s support, we’ve been able to reinvest proceeds into the community.”

There are three age brackets for racers: puppy, 4 months to 1 year; adult, 1 year to 8 years; and senior, 8 years and older.

A dachshund mixed breed race also has been added this year.

“We’ve got so many local racers and we’re getting really great racers from out of state and outside of the region,” Danahy said. “The word is getting out.”

The grand champion and reserve grand champion racer from the event are qualified to represent Enid at the National Dachshund Foundation races held in September in Findlay, Ohio.

Dachshunds will race against each other in separate heats on a 35-foot racing field inside Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Admission to the race is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $1 for non-racing dogs.

Pet owners are asked to keep dogs on leashes and be responsible pet owners, by cleaning up after their pet. Aggressive dogs will be asked to leave the Expo Center.

A special ceremony is planned before the races for retired Enid Police Department K-9 Thor, who retired Dec. 1, 2012, and his handler, Officer Justin Lamle.

“We will have a retirement ceremony for Thor, prior to the races, at 9:45 a.m.,” Danahy said. “We’ll honor him for his years of service.”

The proceeds from this year’s race will help the department purchase a new K-9 in the fall.

“We’re going to use the funds for a replacement K-9,” Chief Brian O’Rourke said. “It’s just a great event, and throughout the year, their causes have helped animal issues, including law enforcement and the animal shelter.”

O’Rourke said without the funds raised by Paws 4 the Cause, the Animal Control Shelter would not have been able to complete its outdoor adoption area project.

He said the department’s honor guard will be at the event and the K-9 Unit will be conducting demonstrations.

Enid Paws 4 the Cause Dachshund Dash is a National Dachshund Foundation-sanctioned event. There are some rules: The dogs do not have to be registered dachshunds, but they must look, act, run and be a dachshund; and the athletes must be current on their shots and cannot be aggressive.

Entry forms are available at The Groom Closet, 2005 W. Chestnut, or at www.enid paws4thecause.com.