Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Travel
  3. International Travel

Dachsunds to have their day, New Years Eve, in Key West

See also

If every dog has its day, for dachshunds in Key West that "day" is New Year's Eve. About 200 of the short-legged, long-bodied dogs and their owners are to stroll through the island's picturesque downtown during the ninth annual Key West Dachshund Walk.

Set for noon Tuesday, Dec. 31, the smile-inducing event provides an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year's Eve revelry. Dachshunds, their human companions and fans are scheduled to gather at the corner of Whitehead and Fleming streets to begin the canine celebration.

Many dogs typically wear offbeat costumes or accessories. Standouts in last year's parade included dachshunds dressed as wieners in oversized fabric buns, a duo portraying rival NFL cheerleaders, a bride and groom garbed in formal wedding attire and a four-legged ballerina sporting a purple tutu.

The walking route, deliberately kept brief to cater to the dachshunds' short legs, is to encompass the 400 block of Fleming Street, 500 block of legendary Duval Street and entire one-block length of Appelrouth Lane. Old or sedentary participants can ride along in wagons or strollers.

A supply wagon is to carry water for thirsty walkers and plastic bags for quick cleanup of any accidents — as well as providing transport for dogs that get tired along the way.

Parading pooches are expected to include miniature and standard dachshunds ranging from shorthaired to wirehaired to longhaired. In addition, each year a few canines from other breeds manage to take part, becoming honorary dachshunds for the day.

There is no cost to participate, but donations of dog and cat food are requested for the community pet-food pantry operated by St. Mary Star of the Sea Outreach Mission.

Spectators can watch the pooch parade and meet the participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.

Event information: keywestdachshundwalk@gmail.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Social: Facebook • Twitter • YouTube

Advertisement

Leisure

  • Cashew dip
    Tasty cashew dip: You wouldn't think something so healthy could be so tasty
    Video
    Cashew Dip
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul, Turkey has been named the number one travel destination by Trip Advisor
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Pasta Salad
    Pasta salad recipe: Easy and healthy pasta salad with delicious pasta dressing
    Pasta Salad
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Nail art
    Use this Coachella sunset nail art tutorial with RCM nail polish to create gorgeous nails
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Video
    Recipe 101

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!