By Sara Tischauser
Hockey was not the only entertainment at the Green Bay Gamblers game on Feb. 16.
Those in attendance at the Gamblers game also were able to watch a wiener dog race during the first intermission of the game.
Seymour residents Heather and Brad Ripp had a firsthand experience with the wiener dog race as their miniature dachshund Buckley was in the race.
This was Buckley’s second race. He first raced at a Timber Rattlers game last summer. Heather said Buckley really seemed to like his first race.
“Buckley had a blast playing with tons of other dogs that were his breed,” Heather said about Buckley’s first race at the Timber Rattlers game.
Heather said they have had Buckley since he was 8 weeks old and he is now 2 years old.
While some people who have dogs in the wiener dog races have spent a lot of time training their dogs, Heather said they haven’t spent a lot of time with training.
“We haven’t done training to the extreme that others have, however we do take him off the leash on the Seymour trails to teach him to walk without the leash,” Heather said. “For wiener dog racing this hasn’t helped, because he healed and stayed by my husband’s side, did not take off running. Many people play fetch with special treats and toys to get the dog to race to the other end.”
However, even without much training Buckley is still a fast runner.
“Buckley is very athletic and was fast for the Timber Rattler race,” Heather said.
The racing event is not only fun for the dogs but fun for the owners as well.
“All of the owners are great and we share the same interests,” Heather said. “Most of us have more than one dachshund. The dogs also get very excited and amped up.”
Heather said they are thankful for Seymour Vet Hospital who has taken great care of all their dogs including Buckley. She is also thankful to Lexi’s Dachshunds out of Eau Clair who the Ripps got Buckley from.
So far Buckley has raced at a Green Bay Gamblers and Timber Rattlers game and maybe will have more races in his future.
“We would like to race more in the future,” Heather said.