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Tails Wag High at Dogtoberfest 2012

Suncoast Animal League's Dogtoberfest 2012 at Highlander Park featured a doggie costume contest, talent contest, running of the wieners and more on Saturday.

There was a whole lotta tail waggin' goin' on Saturday at Dogtoberfest.

Suncoast Animal League's fifth annual event was held Nov. 10 at Dunedin's Highlander Park. It featured a doggie costume contest, talent contest, running of the wieners and lots of pet adoptions.

"Our sponsors were incredible and to adopt out 53 animals at this event makes our six months of planning very worthwhile. We look forward to the same kind of success at our February 16, 2013, Mutt March," said Rick Chaboudy, executive director.

Here's a look at this year's Dogtoberfest success by the numbers:

  • 4,000 — estimated human attendance  
  • 52 — number of dogs adopted
  • 1 — cats adopted
  • 50 — number of rescue groups that attended
  • 91 — number of Dachshunds that competed in the annual Running of the Wieners
  • $23,000 — how much the King and Queen of Dogtoberfest fundraising competition raised

Some other highlights included:

Special guest Prince Lorenzo Borghese, featured on the "The Bachelor" in 2006, helped Suncoast Animal League staffers hold Dachshunds for the start of the race. Borghese is the founder and spokesperson of Royal Treatment Pet Products. First place Running of the Wieners finisher, Frankenfurter, dethroned defending champ Norman.  

A spunky Yorkie named Buster charmed the audience and judges to take the top prize in My Pet's Got Talent. Buster suffers from a heart murmer and has had surgery for the ailment. 

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Katie Dolac November 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Many thanks to Jeremiah Khokhar Photography and Stacy Mixon for sharing photos from the event! What fun! :)

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