So you may or may not know that there is a such thing as dog racing. To be honest, I’m not really a fan. Horses have long legs and are born to run, but dogs – especially small ones with short legs? I’m sorry, but I just don’t think it’s right.
Dachshund racing in particular really bothers me. Dachshunds are known to have short legs and according to the AKC website, Dachshunds sometimes struggle with health issues such as, “diabetes, joint problems, decreased stamina and possibly, problems with the back” (akc.org). Now if you ask me, it doesn’t seem like the best idea to have dogs with these sorts of health issues running as fast as they possibly can!
I looked up the dangers of Dachshund racing and came across an article written a few years back on the Peta website. It stated,
When concerned citizens alerted PETA that Ohio State University was recruiting dachshunds to compete in a race on the ice rink during halftime at a hockey game, we immediately called school officials to let them know that dachshunds are prone to back, hip, and leg injuries and that running them on slippery surfaces could exacerbate their conditions. Once presented with this information, officials quickly canceled the event.
Clearly, Dachshund racing isn’t the best idea. I’ve seen pictures of the poor dogs with makeshift dog wheelchairs. Why do we do this? Why do people take their dogs – especially a dog breed that is known to have leg problems, to run in a dog race? Sure, it’s probably cute to watch them running around, but isn’t too big of a risk? Isn’t your dog’s safety more important than receiving a prize or hearing people say things like, “Aww, how cute?”. If you ask me, it is!
Sorry about my rant. I’ve just heard of people signing their dogs up for such things and I can’t comprehend it. If you love your dog so much and you want it to have a healthy life, how can you have it participate in such an event? It may seem harmless, but dog breeds susceptible to leg injury really shouldn’t be racing in my opinion.
Please take the time to consider the best choice – not necessarily for you, but for your pet. Is it better to let your dog run and maybe have it get hurt in a race or is it better to spend time with it at your own home or park in a safe way? Please remember that sometimes the cutest thing isn’t always the safest. Animals are important too and so are their lives. They deserve to be happy and healthy!