2018 Wiener Nationals

About 8,500 people (!) came out to watch the 2018 Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals on July 21st, 2018. It was an electrifying atmosphere, and my first time experiencing a huge event to watch little Dachshunds compete for the title of "Fastest Wiener in the West."

It's also a fun family-friendly event with lots of adults and children alike enjoying the race

But not only is the competition for glory, pride, prestige, bragging rights, fame, and entertainment -- it's also a huge fundraising event for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Over the years, the Wiener Nationals have raised over $260,000 for the Care Center.

It was a gorgeous summer evening at the Los Alamitos Race Track.

It was a gorgeous summer evening at the Los Alamitos Race Track.

If you looked closely at the photographs above, this trial race looked like it was a competition between two Dachschunds, but then #6 came out of nowhere to take the W.

Now then. Let's meet some of our fierce competitors!

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Lots of beautiful little faces! 105 Dachschunds showed up to race. I didn't capture them all, but hopefully you'll get a glimpse of all the little legs that came.

There were 11 Wiener Dog Races that day. Here's some photographs on the race track:

Dora

This little one coming up is Dora, and I want to give her a special spotlight here. She's the oldest racer of the bunch, and the all-time record holder for most appearances in the Wiener Nationals. 

"Dora might not finish first, but she always finishes the race," according to the race program. 

What a sweet face! We love you, Dora!

 

In the following set of photographs, you may notice some dogs don't look exactly like Dachshunds. That's because there was an Invitational for non-Dachshund owners to show off their own racing dogs! 

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For some races, as soon as the gate opened, the contestants just decided to greet each other:

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While others didn't know exactly what to do:

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Oh! I forgot to show you the grand prize for the winner! It's the big Wienerschnitzel dog house there!

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This dog above, Meow Meow, is the first ever Canadian wiener dog to participate.

 

MILA AND EZRI

Sometimes, you don't recognize when you're in the presence of celebrities. When I met Mila and Ezri, I had no idea I would get to meet a couple of movie stars with impressive resumes. They've been in three movies, several modeling and commercial gigs, many dachshund races, and are extremely well-trained with nearly two pages worth of tricks and stunts, and they also fight crime on the weekends. You can learn more about them here at www.milamiesner.com, and Mila's IMDB page.

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Okay, it's getting dark, so let's head back to the race track.

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

We're finally here! The championship race! The race for the gold. 

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Perhaps you noticed there was one speedy Dachshund who quickly pulled ahead of everyone else!

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That young athlete is Baby Bo, and the now two-time, defending champion of the 2018 Wiener Nationals!

He's only two-years-old, and won the 2017 Wiener Nationals coming from behind. In the photograph above, you can see him on the right side just way ahead of the finish line and already slowed down to a casual trot, while the others were barely crossing.

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"He's still a frisbee fanatic," his owner, Katherine, said.

After the race, I made a beeline to get some portraits of the Winner of the 2018 Wiener Nationals!

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Baby Bo's entourage insisted I get a photo of Baby Bo with a photo of Baby Bo.

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And there's the rest of the winning circle! All contestants who made it to the final race got to be in the final photo of the day. Congratulations, everyone!

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And there's me with the Winner of the 2018 Wiener Nationals, Baby Bo! 
Photo credit: to my wife, Leanna Lee.

This event was so much fun, and I hope I was able to share the experience with you to make it feel like you were there. If you want to participate in the next event, you can find more information about the races here.

If you enjoyed this blog post, you can show me your appreciation by telling your friends! Share this link on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or whatever medium you enjoy.

As some of you already know, I volunteer my photography experience for the dogs at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center to help them get adopted. This whole event was to benefit this one and only non-kill animal shelter in Orange County. If you're looking for a furever furriend to join your family, consider the beautiful faces there. You can visit their website at www.sbacc.org

If you're a dog-parent, and want to take your iPhone dog photos to the next level, I created a free Email Course just for you, How to Take Better Pictures of Your Dog on Your iPhone: An Email Course in 7 Lessons

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Cheers,

Steamer Lee
Dog Photographer

LA • Orange County • Southern California

p.s. If you're the proud owner of any of these contestants, and are interested in purchasing prints of your little athletes, get in touch -- Email me at steamer@steamerlee.com

So Cal Corgi Beach Day - Spring 2018

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As a Dog Photographer here in Orange County, sunny Southern California, I'm sincerely grateful to live close to the beach.

Beaches are my favorite places. The other night, some friends and I were talking about what rejuvenates each of us, and for me — it's the beach. 

To me, time slows down at the beach. It's the only place I know of where I feel like I'm having fun and time is flying...but I look at the watch, and only an hour has passed.

That's why when you bring dogs into the mix, it's a taste of heaven on earth for me.

Now, imagine if those dogs are short, stumpy, sturdy, balls of fur with the most ridiculous peach-shaped waggles. Welcome to So Cal Corgi Beach Day. 

You know there's a phenomenon happening when Corgi owners are flying from out-of-state and even from out-of-country to be part of this event with more than 1,000 guests in attendance.

This is my third So Cal Corgi Beach Day, and it’s by far my favorite yet. 

This time, my wife, Leanna, and our Westie, Maya, joined the fun. Maya was an "Honorary Corgi" for the day.

Kelly, Dan, and Mr. Pickles — the founders of So Cal Corgi Beach Day - continue to put on an extraordinary family-friendly event full of adorable Corgi contests, food trucks, shopping, tattoos for dogs, photo booths, a Corgi kissing booth, bacon-flavored bubbles, and celebrity Corgis with more Instagram followers than the population of several nations. But more importantly, the entire event is designed to educate humans and point them to Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue, a non-profit in Los Angeles determined to rescue Corgis from high-kill shelters, to rehabilitate and rehome them.

Mr. Pickles. The inspiration, founder, mascot, and brand ambassador of So Cal Corgi Beach Day.

Mr. Pickles. The inspiration, founder, mascot, and brand ambassador of So Cal Corgi Beach Day.

And, if all of the activities sound like too much for you, just bring your beach towels, sit back, and relax on the sand with your best furry friend. 

If you live in Southern California, you’re a dog lover, and you’ve never been — I hope you go at least once!  

Dogs + Beaches = Heaven on Earth.


Without further ado, here are 100 dog portaits from So Cal Corgi Beach Day, Spring 2018, at the world-famous Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, CA!

I'll title this collection of portraits,

Isle of Corgis

(Sidenote: If you’re a dog-lover, you’ll enjoy Wes Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs. From personal experience, I enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox more, but I still had a great time watching Isle of Dogs. Extra sidetone: if you say, “Isle of Dogs” out loud several times, you’ll hear yourself saying, “I Love Dogs.”)

This is Ingrid, a purebred Swedish Vallhund. She’s of an ancient breed as the Swedish Vallhund is believed to be the ancestor of the beloved Corgi breed.

This is Ingrid, a purebred Swedish Vallhund. She’s of an ancient breed as the Swedish Vallhund is believed to be the ancestor of the beloved Corgi breed.

This Corgi is Atticus, and he likes to arrive to the party in style. I was crossing the cross-walk, and this little guy and his human pulled up. Of course, I stopped (safely) in the middle of the street to document this moment. You can follow Atticus’ motorbike journey on Instagram  here . He's so cool!

This Corgi is Atticus, and he likes to arrive to the party in style. I was crossing the cross-walk, and this little guy and his human pulled up. Of course, I stopped (safely) in the middle of the street to document this moment. You can follow Atticus’ motorbike journey on Instagram here. He's so cool!

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"Full-speed, ahead, human!"

"Full-speed, ahead, human!"

An adorable girl with her Corgi.

An adorable girl with her Corgi.

Maya met Mr. Pickles! Of course, of all the dogs I photograph, I can't get my own to look at the camera when I ask her.

Maya met Mr. Pickles! Of course, of all the dogs I photograph, I can't get my own to look at the camera when I ask her.

"I'm kind of a big deal."

"I'm kind of a big deal."

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"Why, hello there!"

"Why, hello there!"

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These two are Moose and Koda. I've been following them on Instagram for months now, and as soon as I saw Koda I immediately recognized a sweet, familiar face.  They go on gorgeous outdoor adventures together, and I love that they have done one of my favorites - the Bridge to Nowhere Hike in Azusa Canyon. You can follow their adventures on Instagram  here .

These two are Moose and Koda. I've been following them on Instagram for months now, and as soon as I saw Koda I immediately recognized a sweet, familiar face.  They go on gorgeous outdoor adventures together, and I love that they have done one of my favorites - the Bridge to Nowhere Hike in Azusa Canyon. You can follow their adventures on Instagram here.

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That's our Maya photo-bombing in the back there.

That's our Maya photo-bombing in the back there.

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Jax and Dallas are back! I’ve been photographing these two since the first time I met them at Corgi Beach Day last summer. And now they’re back in matching Hawaiian shirts.

Jax and Dallas are back! I’ve been photographing these two since the first time I met them at Corgi Beach Day last summer. And now they’re back in matching Hawaiian shirts.

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You can follow Jax and Dallas' Instagram  here .

You can follow Jax and Dallas' Instagram here.

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This is PB! A Dorgi -- which I just learned yesterday is a Dachshund-Corgi Mix. You can follow the adventures of PB  here .

This is PB! A Dorgi -- which I just learned yesterday is a Dachshund-Corgi Mix. You can follow the adventures of PB here.

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This one's Barley! I've also seen Barley and her partner-in-crime, Bubbles, every time I’ve been to Corgi Beach Day. They never fail to surprise us with their elaborate costumes! They were posing for pictures and selfies with the public all day, but here I got Barley taking a break in the 'Green Room' for a moment. You can follow Barley and Bubbles on Instagram  here .

This one's Barley! I've also seen Barley and her partner-in-crime, Bubbles, every time I’ve been to Corgi Beach Day. They never fail to surprise us with their elaborate costumes! They were posing for pictures and selfies with the public all day, but here I got Barley taking a break in the 'Green Room' for a moment. You can follow Barley and Bubbles on Instagram here.

And here's the famous Corgi "Momo" Contest. I learned “Momo” is the Japanese word for peach, which is what the Corgi’s backside looks like. I missed the “Best Momo” contest, but here’s one for fun. Mr. Pickles, is that you?

And here's the famous Corgi "Momo" Contest. I learned “Momo” is the Japanese word for peach, which is what the Corgi’s backside looks like. I missed the “Best Momo” contest, but here’s one for fun. Mr. Pickles, is that you?

But, I did catch the pie-eating contest! Here’s  Shortstack the Corgi  getting ready to devour some pie-prey. Cue BBC narrator.

But, I did catch the pie-eating contest! Here’s Shortstack the Corgi getting ready to devour some pie-prey. Cue BBC narrator.

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Mr. Pickles showed no mercy to this pie.

Mr. Pickles showed no mercy to this pie.

After Corgi Beach Day, we met this little one at In-N-Out. 

After Corgi Beach Day, we met this little one at In-N-Out. 

One of my favorites! A Corgi digging.

One of my favorites! A Corgi digging.

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This one's human has taken her to herd goats at a ranch here in Southern California. Corgis are natural herding dogs, and her human said, “I thought she wouldn't go for it. But then I saw her instinct just kick in. It’s amazing to watch.”

This one's human has taken her to herd goats at a ranch here in Southern California. Corgis are natural herding dogs, and her human said, “I thought she wouldn't go for it. But then I saw her instinct just kick in. It’s amazing to watch.”

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"Why, hello there human!"

"Why, hello there human!"

"What do you have over there?"

"What do you have over there?"

"Treat? Toy?"

"Treat? Toy?"

"Oh, it's a camera!"

"Oh, it's a camera!"

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"Does anybody know how to get water out of your ears?"

"Does anybody know how to get water out of your ears?"

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"What's that sound?"

"What's that sound?"

"Is he taking pictures of me?"

"Is he taking pictures of me?"

"I guess I better smile!"

"I guess I better smile!"

"This is my big smile!"

"This is my big smile!"

Honorary Corgis of the Day

From here on out, we'll be looking at Honorary Corgis of the Day. 

There's our little Maya enjoying the beach with everyone

There's our little Maya enjoying the beach with everyone

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Uh-oh! They've discovered Maya's cuteness! 

Uh-oh! They've discovered Maya's cuteness! 

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Did you know Maya also  has her own Instagram ?

Did you know Maya also has her own Instagram?

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Funny story: This dog is also named Maya. So when I was calling Maya to come to me, this other Maya immediately looked at me too.

Funny story: This dog is also named Maya. So when I was calling Maya to come to me, this other Maya immediately looked at me too.

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I thought this little Terrier was another Westie, so I snapped a lot of portraits. Watch this little face unfold to an adorable Terrier grin:

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CAUTION: The following images of this Basset Hound may result in the melting of the human heart.

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And that’s a wrap for So Cal Corgi Beach Day - Spring Edition 2018. 

Maya, Leanna, and I had such a great time petting all the Corgis!

I'm honored to once again document these beautiful, joyful, and silly animals we call our best friends.

As Dog-Parents, it's so important to capture every little fun and adorable moment of your fur-babies, and ultimately, build a collection of memories, and a legacy, that will last beyond their years.

If I can help you document your own best friend’s journey, please give me a call! I would love to meet with you for a complimentary Design Consultation. You can start by telling me more about you and your dog here.

I just did a Very Important Pet (VIP) pet portrait session for a sweet Beagle named Megan. You can read about her experience here.

Here’s what her dad said about the experience:

"I am not quite sure how much time my dog and I have left together, but I am so glad I contacted Steamer to capture some gorgeous photos of me and her together while she is still active!  For those on the fence about a photographer because of the cost, I would highly suggest to go for it! We only have limited time with these family members, and the end result of beautiful pictures makes it all worth it.  The saddest part of having a dog is the limited time we have with them, and I know these pictures will help keep these precious memories with me forever"

So don't wait too long! If you have a puppy, wouldn’t you want to remember those formative years? They grow up so fast. Every 3 months they’re going through another growth stage, until about 1 year old when they’re considered fully-grown adult dogs.

I've got room for only three in May. 
Let’s design your photographic experience together.

Cheers,
Steamer Lee
Dog Photography

LA • Orange County • Southern California

 

 

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Megan

Megan making paw prints in the sand at Huntington Beach Dog Beach, for her Orange County Dog Photography VIP (Very Important Pet) experience.

Megan making paw prints in the sand at Huntington Beach Dog Beach, for her Orange County Dog Photography VIP (Very Important Pet) experience.

If you grew up with Charlie Brown like I did, then you probably wanted a beagle growing up. That's why I was so excited to finally photograph a beagle.

But instead of the black-and-white look of Snoopy, Megan is a tri-colored beagle: black, white, and red. And instead of the attitude, Megan is "sweet, gentle, funny, friendly, and gluttonous," as her dad describes her.

Megan is only 15-years young, still active and healthy. But recently, Megan's been going through a journey of cancer treatments, and no matter what happens, Megan's dad is living life to the fullest with her, with a love that overcomes these obstacles.

“We just moved to California (from Florida). I have had professional photos taken of her before, but would love some additional pictures showcasing us at our new home. Also, she is 15 years old, and want to capture some photos of her while we she is still active and healthy.”

Megan's dad is a photographer himself, with his own DSLR camera, and like any proud father, he was in no way hesitant to show me all the photos of his fur-baby.

"She's a well-documented dog," he said.

Which is so awesome! And here's why: As Dog-Parents, we get to have these four-legged fur balls who inspire us to love unconditionally, to live in the present moment, and to be a better people -- and we get to document their beautiful lives everyday.

He showed me photos from her birthday of Megan with her uncle, Megan running toward the camera, and shared about how he just loves the way her ears flop around when she's running in the yard. 

And then, there's the trash can. If you've been having serious issues with four-legged residents raiding your trash can, Megan's dad can help you. He's researched and tried many iterations of "anti-dog" trash cans that keep her from sticking her nose in there.

Before our photo experience, I asked Megan's dad to tell me more about Megan, and the ideal portrait of Megan he'd like to see:

  • Her ears! He loves when her ears flop around when she's running
  • A photo that encompasses all of her: with all four of her legs and tail in the portrait
  • A California backdrop. He already has professional portraits of her in the lush, tropical environment of Florida. This time, he wanted to make portraits of Megan's retirement in California.

After listening to all of that, I knew I wanted to photograph Megan at the beach because nothing feels more "California" to me than being barefoot in the sand, with the gorgeous California sunset that you can only see on the West Coast.

But there was still one more thing. After thinking about it more, he emailed days after with one more thought,

“I would be very interested in a shot of the two of us playing in a non-posed / candid shot. That’s the type of shot I am unable to produce myself and would love something like that.”

I was so glad he shared this with me and it was my joy to be able to provide these shots for him. Take a look! 

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I'm a sucker for close-ups portraits of dogs. They instantly make me feel like I'm looking straight into their eyes, and I can hear the little *sniff-sniff-sniff-sniff* sound that dogs make when they curiously come up to you like this. Besides, beagles are known for their powerful noses.

I'm a sucker for close-ups portraits of dogs. They instantly make me feel like I'm looking straight into their eyes, and I can hear the little *sniff-sniff-sniff-sniff* sound that dogs make when they curiously come up to you like this. Besides, beagles are known for their powerful noses.

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The famous Tower 22, at Huntington Dog Beach. I love this moment because the backdrop of the palm trees, the birds, Huntington Beach Pier, the ocean -- they all speak "California" to me.

The famous Tower 22, at Huntington Dog Beach. I love this moment because the backdrop of the palm trees, the birds, Huntington Beach Pier, the ocean -- they all speak "California" to me.

When making this portrait, I felt like there were four subjects I wanted to incorporate: Megan, Megan’s dad, Megan’s reflection, and the California backdrop.

When making this portrait, I felt like there were four subjects I wanted to incorporate: Megan, Megan’s dad, Megan’s reflection, and the California backdrop.

Behind-the-Scenes: My wife, Leanna, came to assist. She took some amazing Behind-the-Scenes shots with her iPhone.

Behind-the-Scenes: My wife, Leanna, came to assist. She took some amazing Behind-the-Scenes shots with her iPhone.

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And there’s moments like this. Pure contentment. Sand on her nose. Her peaceful expression, and Megan’s dad is in pure joy.

And there’s moments like this. Pure contentment. Sand on her nose. Her peaceful expression, and Megan’s dad is in pure joy.

Megan and her reflection.

Megan and her reflection.

Another Behind-the-Scenes moment.

Another Behind-the-Scenes moment.

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Here in Southern California, there’s this strange phenomenon going around lately, that the local news reports are calling “rain.”

I love the rain! Though we had to re-schedule Megan's portrait experience because of it, what I do love are the clouds that remain after a generous downpour. 

Which leads me to my favorite portraits from our experience. I love the following images because you see the gorgeous West Coast sunset, the different hues of color floating among the clouds, and a small glimpse of Catalina Island in the back. And of course, little Megan modeling for us with her little paws making paw prints in the sand.

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Always looking for the treat I dropped.

Always looking for the treat I dropped.

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 When I photographed this final piece of artwork, I kept his request in the back of my mind:

“I would be very interested in a shot of the two of us playing in a non-posed / candid shot. That’s the type of shot I am unable to produce myself and would love something like that.”

As Dog-Parents with our own iPhones and DSLR cameras, we have the privilege to capture every little fun and adorable moment of our fur-babies, and ultimately, build a collection of memories, and a legacy, that will last beyond their years.

But, Megan's dad's request really stood out to me because, even as a photographer myself, there are shots that I cannot produce: the ones that I want to be in with my own dog.

This makes me so grateful that Megan's dad asked me to help preserve the legacy of Megan, capture her "sweet, gentle, funny, friendly, gluttonous self," and make works of art that document their relationship together.

Megan, Leanna and I are so happy to have met you! Especially Leanna, she thinks you're absolutely adorable.