Dachshunds go beach walking
'‘Dachie Walks" would be among one of the more unusual walks along Orewa beach.
About 40 dachshund dogs were taken on a walk there last month and further outings are planned by the Auckland Dachshund Club which hosts them around Auckland about every two months.
Secretary Eunice Teskey says the one to two kilometre walks are popular and have enthusiastic regulars.
"We have some small dogs and younger dogs which cannot be expected to go too far," she says. "We also have some older members in their 80s who regularly participate. The walks are very relaxed and if any members are wanting to go further, they are welcome to do so. We sometimes incorporate a shared lunch."
She says the Orewa walk was their first in Rodney and some other breeds also joined in.
The walks are free and while club membership is encouraged, it's not compulsory.
"We are always looking for suggestions for walks, which are dog friendly, around the greater Auckland region. By moving our walks around we give local owners a chance to participate although we find that members travel long distances to join in.
"At Orewa we had members from Franklin, Eastern Beach and even Kerikeri. We have also had combined walks with other clubs such as the Hound Club of Auckland," she says.
The club publishes a magazine, Teckel Times, four or five times a year. Non-members are also welcome at ribbon parades and fun days. Spectators and those who just want to bring their ‘Dachies' along and chat, are welcome. The next fun day is December 1, with a venue to be confirmed.
Email euniceteskey@skye. net.nz for walk inquiries or dachshund information.