September 8, 2009

Dachshunds gather in Poland

Organizers of the annual Dachshund March in Poland said dozens of wiener dogs and their human companions participated in this year's event.

The Krakow parade, which marked its 15th year Sunday, featured a dachshund costume contest and competitions for humans creating dachshund-inspired art and literature, the Krakow Post reported Tuesday.

This year's costume prize went to a dog dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh, with runners-up including dogs dressed as police officers, doctors and sports stars. Special recognition was given to an aging dachshund who has participated in all 15 years of the march.

The event's art award went to Agata Stachowicz, who created a pair of dachshund earrings, and writer Witold Witkowski took the literary prize with an ode he composed to dachshunds.