Rochesterfest hosts annual Small Dog Rescue Dachshund Dash

Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 5:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2022 at 7:36 PM CDT
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Dozens of our furry friends put their racing skills to the test at the annual Small Dog Rescue Dachshund Dash.

As a part of Rochesterfest, nonprofit Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota invited small dogs of all breeds and sizes to Soldiers Field park for a short race.

Owners paid 5 dollars to sign up for the race and all the proceeds go toward the shelter’s mission to find homes for small dogs.

There were races for dachshunds five and under, dachshunds six and up, mixed breeds of any age and all dogs under twenty pounds.

“They’re pinted-sized. You can bring them all over. They’'re worth it. I know there’s a big stigma about small dogs. How they’re annoying, maybe entitled. But if you love them right, it will all work out,” rescue owner Mallory Rustad said.

After the races were over, a little pup named Pip-squeak took a lap to the finish line. Pip-squeak is unable to use her back legs, but that doesn’t stop her from racing. Pip-squeak was rescued by Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota and is now at home with her forever foster Mallory.

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