OKT 18–21, 2018
HERE ARE THE RULES FOR THE DASH…COME PREPARED – IT’S A DOG EAT DOG EAT WEINER WORLD OUT THERE!
Registration for the costume parade, race and combo will end at 11:00 AM on Sunday. If you aren’t able to pre-register don’t howl in distress, simply show up but you MUST check-in by 1:00 PM at our judges stand, located at the Oktoberfest Olympic German and Other Games Arena at the end of the Osage Hauptstrasse (Main Sidewalk) near Das Glockenspiel. Basically, proceed to the Glock and turn right. It’s like the boarding door on an airplane – DOORS CLOSE at 1:00PM. PS: You do not need to buy a ticket for your dog. Yes, someone actually asked this question.
Types of dogs allowed: Okay, so we admire Greyhounds as much as the next guy, but fair is fair. Only genuine, low-to-the-ground Dachshunds or Mixed Breed Doxies will be allowed to race. And we reserve the right to determine which dogs are wieners, and which dogs are not. I guess that makes us the Wiener Judges. There is a gray area – Other small breeds can race; however, they must follow the same rules and not race with the dachshunds. They will compete separately in the, “Honorary Wanna Be a Doxie,” Category. The prize will be a photo of a real Dachshund. Good luck to you on that.
Small print: You must be the registered owner of your dog to race. Proof of ownership may be required. You must be 18 or over to participate, or a have a legal guardian present. A valid driver’s license may be required to show proof of age. You will need to show the veterinary shot records for all participating dogs at the registration table. We need to see them but do not need copies.
About the leashes: Dogs must be on a leash at all times except during race as we all concur it would hinder your dog’s ability to reach the finish line. Oh, and unfortunately due to health department regulations you cannot bring your dox into das Zelts (Tents).
Do I need to clean up after my dog? Uh, no. Remember, registration is FREE and doesn’t include a “clean-up fee.” Whilst the hardy volunteers of Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa will do anything at anytime for anyone…doo doo duty remains slightly outside of their job description. Owners must clean up after their dogs! Please bring along your own “clean-up” gear. (Do not use a Krug for your Doo).
Race Rules (in no specific order of importance):
Dogs names will be called twice before the race. Let’s just say if your dog is not at the gate at the time of the race, you forfeit the race. Two people must be available during the heat; one at the race gate, and one at the finish line.
Races are run in heats, with no more than six dogs racing a 80 foot long course. After the challenges and massive controversy surrounding last year’s race (front page news in the Dachshund Times), we have built a brand new starting gate. This will ensure all dogs start at the same time. Remember: making sure they face the right direction at the start is your responsibility (you’ll see what we mean when you get there). The three finishers advance to the next race, etc., until the finals. Top three dogs share in the Festival Money purse of $300 in Festival Money (1st – $150; 2nd – $100; 3rd – $50).
You may use a toy, ball or treat to entice the dog, but you must stay at each end until your dog comes to you! The toy or treat may not be thrown or tossed. You may bounce the ball but remember, bouncing is not throwing. No loud devices, drones, hot air balloons, leaf blowers, laser pointers or anything that may be distracting to other dogs/owners. You may NOT run along side the dog, but you MAY wear Trachten (traditional German clothing), a clown suit or that Ninja Mutant Ninja Turtle costume you bought for Halloween, if you think that will help.
Your dog may step out of bounds but must re-enter and completely cross the finish line, within the boundaries, without being grabbed. If the dog is touched by the handler before completely crossing the finish line, the dog will be disqualified.
We reserve the right to disqualify any pet/owner for behavior deemed inappropriate. Any dog that bites another dog, person or handler will not be permitted at the races. Dogs that appear to fly in the air from one end to the other will be checked carefully for drone support. Please leave drones at home.
It’s all about the fun
No scholarships to a prestigious doggy university or Major League sports contracts will be awarded today, unfortunately.
Remember: the folks that run this are all volunteers, so please be kind.
ALL JUDGE’S DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
You MUST have FUN