The fastest hot dog in Burbank is not at any food stand.
No, the fastest wiener around is in our back yard, and her name is Gracie. This is not just an owner's boast; Gracie was the sole entrant from this circulation area in this year's Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The race, held on Saturday at the Orange County track, featured 80 dachshunds vying for the title of "Fastest Wiener in the West." Proceeds help the Seal Beach Animal Care Center find homes for stray animals.
I had no idea what was ahead when my wife Roberta declared in 2008, "We're now living in a house in the suburbs with a fenced backyard. We should have a dog." I asked if there was a particular breed she had in mind. Pausing, she offered, "Maybe a dachshund?"
And so it began. Our first was a black and tan rescue named Theo. A year later we got Gracie, an energetic auburn rescue (a "red" in doxie parlance) usually found scouring for food crumbs. In June we added Georgie, yet another rescue.