Oahu’s own, Deb McGuire Photography (aka hawaiipetphotos.com) just returned from the Second Annual Hawaii Wiener Derby. Deb was official photographer and a sponsor of this years event.
Sheree Revilla, Dachshund owner and enthusiast, is the Wiener Derby’s driving force. The Huntington Beach native had experienced the wildly popular races on the mainland, and she knew that doxie owners and lovers here would enjoy. So, Sheree found sponsors and a venue, and the event has exploded on the Hawaiian scene.
It’s absolutely hysterical fun!
As was true last year, the winner is not always the main focus. Especially in the puppy races and early heats for the adult dogs, the chaos at the starting gate is pure entertainment. When the dogs lose their focus (or never have focus), they run in no particular direction or not at all. This year, Sheree decided to allow a few practice runs for the entrants. The words “practice” and “run” barely describe those early heats, though. One dog in particular refused to leave the box. In fact, even with his owner standing directly in front of him, he was not coming out. In another heat, two dogs decided to wait for their owners together in the box of a third dog who left the track altogether.
This year featured a puppy competition with two heats and a final. The Puppy Champion for 2010 is “Winston.” The runner-up is “Kainula.”
In the adult category, there were eleven heats, two semi-finals and the final. The Second Annual Hawaii Wiener Derby 2010 Champion is “Lucian.” ”Dash” finished second and “Captain” took third.
Ron “Ace” Darby was on hand to block shots, jostle the photographer in mid-focus, wreak havoc, cause chaos, and otherwise get excellent footage for “The Pet Hui.” Ron interviewed the owners. He also wired a few as they yelled/pleaded with their doxies to run toward them at the finish line.
For the second year, the Wiener Derby was part of the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Canine Game Day. Besides Deb, “Pet’s Discount,” “Pacific Paws: Doggie Resort & Spa,” “Farmaesthetics: Fine Herbal Skincare from the Farm,” “Bark Ave.,” “Barking Dog Blankets: Handmade with Aloha,” and “Hormel” also contributed to the event.
Mahlon Moore lent his silky, toned voice as the announcer/Master of Ceremonies. Volunteers from the Mortar Board Honor Society of UH provided stellar support. Two of the Manoa scholars, Jay and Sharon, were particularly awesome in support of… you guessed it… Deb McGuire Photography. Auntie Gin-Gin pulled double duty as a booth-babe but also head honcho.