PHOTOS: A day for pint-sized pooches
THE sausage dogs of the southwest sizzled up a storm on Saturday, with Roma's infamous Dachshund Day kicking off for its fourth year.
"A few years ago, some of us decided to bring our dachshunds to the campdraft arena and let them run around and play," organiser Natalie Golder said.
"It seemed like more and more people wanted to join in, so we decided that we really need to bring this idea of having a day for dachshunds to the public and it just snowballed from there."
The low-bellied pooches and their owners took over Bassett Park to compete in races and novelty events such as longest, fattest, oldest, who travelled the farthest, fastest eater, best coat and more.
The highly anticipated Running of the Wieners race yet again stole the show, with Lindsay Reardon and Dudley taking out the race for the second year in a row.
"Dudley is always chasing the rabbits in our backyard, so he's learnt to be quick to be able to catch them and will then bring one to the house for us as a pleasant surprise," he said.
"I've always had dachshunds and wouldn't consider getting another breed. They're just such quirky dogs and make for great companions."
Mrs Golder said the event had a great turnout and always attracts dachshund lovers from near and far, with this year a family travelling from as far as Melbourne to attend.
"No one could care less if their dog came first or last, it's a day about getting together and celebrating all things dachshund," she said.
Fellow organiser Amanda Weyman-Jones had tears in her eyes when it was announced that the $670 raised on the day will go towards her miracle treatment in Russia to try and stop her 34-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
"I'm just so lucky, it makes you realise how kind people can be," she said.
"You don't think you're worthy of people being so generous because there's so many others out there going through worse things then you so I feel truly blessed.
"I nearly didn't come today because it's not easy for me to get to events like this, but I'm so glad I found the energy to make it."