Just as there are many ethnicities of human, there are many breeds of dog. Chihuahua dads, German shepherd moms, pound-puppy parents -- each will argue that their breed (or mixed breed) is best.
But dachshund lovers are in a class of their own. Fans of the hot dog tend to be more passionate than most, and locally, their tireless devotion culminates annually in the South Beach Dachshund Winterfest.
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Last weekend marked this year's incarnation of the event. There were dachshunds in sunglasses, dachshunds on wheels, dachshunds in dresses -- you name the incarnation of wiener dog, and it was onsite at the festival, alongside hundreds of humans. Who knew sausage-shaped dogs had so many groupies?
Dog races, dog fortunetelling, dog sniff stations -- even a grand march along Ocean Drive led by Zoo Miami's Ron Magill. It was all kinds of canine craziness. Best of all, funds were raised for an amazing cause: Dachshund Rescue of South Florida.
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