If this chocolate sweetie looks familiar, that's because you recognize 'Riley,' the long dog who took the races this past March at the grand opening of a Pink's Hot Dog restaurant in California. Or maybe you recognize Riley's human, Brittany Hayes, who won an Olympic Silver Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for water polo. This smashing duo will now be competing at the 15th running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California. “I am competitive, of course,” Hayes says. “But Riley just loves to race. He’s a natural. People might think I’m a crazy dog lady. Well, I am a crazy dog lady but not one who goes crazy if my dog doesn’t win.”Read all about them at the Press-Telegram or the OC Register.
Lucy bolts from her practice starting box.
Now meet 'Lucy,' a red smooth from Spring Valley Lake, California, who will also be competing this weekend in Los Alamitos. And Lucy isn't just competing, she's also a poster gal for the Wienerschnitzel restaurants this year! “It seems like it’s really not about the one that’s the fastest, it’s the one that can maintain focus for the entire 13 seconds it takes to run the course,” Kevin Barda, Lucy’s owner, said with a laugh. Read all about Lucy at the Daily Press.
We don't know who to root for!
We've been anxiously awaiting for some great promo videos for this year's Los Alamitos races, but alas, they have yet to be found. This one from last year is worth a second look though....or even a third or a fourth.