This kind of news is why I enjoy writing this column, folks. In case you missed it: a Wiener Walk took place in the heart of Towson last month.
Knollwood resident Pat France, Jennifer Balzano of Towson, Cheryl Boone of Lutherville, and Laura Schein of Baltimore, made up the four-person committee behind the event. Their love for dachshunds (a breed often nicknamed “wiener dogs” because of their long, narrow build) inspired them to create an area meet up with a goal of getting together as many dachshunds as they could for a walk at Patriot Plaza in Towson. They promoted the event on their Facebook page, “Wiener Walk Towson,” and spread the word.
Oct. 17 was blustery but beautiful day for a Wiener Walk. The inaugural event drew about 26 dachsunds (aka “doxies”). “It was delightful!” France beams. “They and their loyal humans came and walked the ⅓ mile around the courthouses and then socialized. We had a great time with the little doxies running around. They all played nicely. What a fun event!”
France was also excited to see the variety of wiener dogs present. “There were several cream-color longhaired doxies, two dapple, and several smooth-hair chocolate and tan and black and tan. Most people only see the smooth black and tan or chocolate and tan doxies walking around, but there are 20 different colors and three coat types: longhaired, wirehaired and smooth.”
“Siggy and I had a great time at the Wiener Walk,” said participant Ann Oppenheim. “We both met and made new friends and can’t wait to do it again.”
Larry and Mary Homsher drove from Manchester, Pennsylvania, to attend the event with their pups, Ziggy and Gretchen. “We had a great time meeting other dachshunds and owners! It took us an hour to get there, but worth the trip. Our Zigmund is a Little Paws Dachshund Rescue alum. As soon as I read it was to help Little Paws, we knew we had to be there! We are very much looking forward to next year, and possibly other events!”
Professional photographer Lev Bar-Av, owner of National Photo in Pikesville (www.nationalphoto.net), documented (or can I say doxie-mented?) the gathering. “He took 178 photos — great shots! We will display them at our next event,” says France.
All attendees donated to Little Paws Dachshund Rescue (www.littlepawsdr.org), which serves the entire East Coast and operates out of College Park, Maryland. It is a cause dear to the participants’ hearts. “A few adopted their dogs from Little Paws Dachshund Rescue, and all had good things to say about the organization. We ended up with $345 [in] cash donations (and counting),” says France. Per the LPDR website: “Every donation goes directly to help abandoned or surrendered dachshunds. Little Paws helps lives, four paws at a time.”
Another Wiener Walk is already being planned for 2022. Follow “Wiener Walk Towson” on Facebook to stay up-to-date, or contact the group by email at email@example.com.