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.
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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