Dashing dachshunds dazzle, delight at Victoria Livestock Show (w/video)
Feb. 22, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.
Bailee wiggled her short tail and yelped from one end of a long dirt track.
Next to her, Waylon - her competitor - was calm and collected as he waited.
The two dogs were going head to head for first place in the 2014 Wiener Dog Races at the Victoria Livestock Show on Saturday at the community center.
The race is sponsored by Moscatelli Veterinary Clinic in Victoria and has been part of the livestock show for five years, said chairwoman Kasha Smith.
Its purpose, she said, is to provide more family fun for the show.
Across the track, Bailee's mother, 13-year-old Jennifer Bischoff, of Bay City, brushed her strawberry blonde hair from her face and riled Bailee up by swaying the dog's leash and calling out to her.
"Come Bailee," she said.
This was the first year that the two competed in the competition, but that wasn't stopping them from giving it their all. As the announcer called off, "ready, set, go," Jennifer stepped back from the finish line - a tip she picked up from practicing - and rooted for her small, copper-brown dog.
By the tip of his nose, Waylon crossed the finish line first and into the awaiting arms of his father, Benson Shaffer, 38, of Victoria. But second place wasn't too shabby for Jennifer.
She said she was proud.
"We trained a lot," Jennifer said.
For extra luck, she wore an "I Love Dachshunds" T-shirt.
Jennifer, who already owns a lab and a German shepherd - both outdoor dogs - picked out Bailee about nine months ago.
"We decided we wanted to have a dog we could have inside," Jennifer's mother, Lisa Bischoff, 49, said.
After learning about the dog races from their extended family, Jennifer, her mother and sister all started training Bailee in commands such as sit, stay and come.
Jennifer said it took about a month to get the dog ready.
Other than the one time Bailee "slid across the floor and ran into a cabinet," Jennifer said the training went well.
Watching Bailee have fun was Jennifer's favorite part, she said.
"I can't wait to come back next year."