The Abilene chapter of Rescue the Animals - along with help from the All Kind Animal Initiative Abilene Animal Shelter - recently hosted one of the most fun and largest dachshund races West Texas has ever seen. Approximately 140 of the over 150 registered dachshunds showed up to compete.

Dachshunds of every size, shape, age, and color came to be the top dog in the Lone Star State. Prior to the races beginning, Rescue the Animals hosted, for the first time ever, The Groomers' Parade and The Rescued Dog Reunion. Any animal could  participate in the different events. All were welcomed.

The Rescued Dog Reunion included awards for the Smallest Dog, Tallest Dog, Fat Dog of the Year, Youngest Dog, Oldest Dog, Owner and Dog Look-a-Like, Couple of the Year, Best Costume, Mr. and Mrs. Congeniality, and the Homecoming King and Queen. New for 2023 was the "All Kind Outstanding Shelter Dog Award" given to the one most outstanding dog adopted from the Abilene Animal Shelter this year.

I was honored to be Master of Ceremonies and track announcer for this year's Dachshund Races. Look through the photos carefully and note the happiness in each one of these fur babies' faces. Enjoy the pics, and I hope you'll join us next year.

Earlier this week founder of Rescue the Animals Paul Washburn informed me that they have just rescued several dogs from hoarding cases throughout Texas. Rescue the Animals is asking for donations to help care for these incoming dogs. To donate go to

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