Event Review & Photos: Wiener Dog Races @ Emerald Downs

Event Review & Photos: Wiener Dog Races @ Emerald Downs, 7/8/18
By Lisa Hagen Glynn

Wiener Dog Races @ Emerald Downs

Ears were flopping as dachshund athletes and “wiener wannabes” took to the track at Emerald Downs on July 8th.

The popular annual Wiener Dog and Wannabe Races feature multiple heats down a 50-yard stretch, followed by a riveting final race. Competitors run torpedo-like toward their family members at the finish line, at least in principle. In practice, the journey is often detoured by treat seeking, mutual sniffing, and wrong-way dashes. But when motivated, wiener dogs are surprisingly quick and decidedly earnest.

Both 2017 defending champions returned to win again this year. The Wiener Dog pack was led by Booker, a sleek and (relatively) long-legged chocolate dapple. After trial runs in the dog parks of San Francisco and nine consecutive dachshund-race victories, Booker will be retiring this year, said trainer Jaclyn Tucker of Seattle. The Wiener Wannabes category — small dogs other than purebred dachshunds — was won by Murphy, a smooth-coated tan dog trained by Marisa Clark of Seattle.

The champions and their families gathered in the “Wiener’s Circle” afterward to receive a gift certificate and a tall trophy topped with a dog figurine. The canine athletes celebrated with treats, snuggles, and naps.

Dachshund celebrity Anderson Pooper, who uses a rear cart decorated with disco-ball wheels, was an audience favorite. She finished strong with a slow-and-steady approach, bypassing some faster-starting hounds who sped off in the wrong direction. Pooper is trained by Brenda Sizer of Mountlake Terrace.

Horse races alternated with the Wiener Dog and Wannabe races. The Auburn Valley Humane Society was on site with adoptable dogs.

Wiener Dog Races @ Emerald Downs


Photos: Amy Shark @ Crocodile Café

Australian indie pop singer-songwriter Amy Shark recently played at the Crocodile Café. It was the third stop on her Love Monster Tour in support of her sophomore album by the same name and was her second headlining show in Seattle this year. LA-based Tyler Hilton opened.

Amy Shark

Tyler Hilton


Cool Cover: Jackie Greene’s The Modern Lives, Vol. 2 & Crazy Comes Easy

Cool Cover: Jackie Greene‘s “Crazy Comes Easy.”
Details: Americana singer-songwriter gets a cover illustration for The Modern Lives, Vol. 2 and the album’s first single, “Crazy Comes Easy” from artist Angie Pickman. You can get some of your own art from Pickman, whose work has appeared in places from Martha Stewart Living to Faction Magazine, over on her Etsy page.


Photos: Gary Numan @ the Neptune; Numan Returns Tues. Oct. 2 @ the Neptune

Gary Numan @ the Neptune – 11/22/17; Numan Returns Tues., Oct. 2 @ the Neptune

Gary Numan

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Gary Numan and Persia Numan

Gary Numan

As always, the Neptune has a handy place for you to get tickets in advance.


Show Preview: We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Neumos – Wed. 10/3

Show Preview: We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Neumos, Wed. 10/3

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Photo by Eleanor Petry

We Were Promised Jetpacks, the awesome Scottish indie quartet, will be at Neumos on Wednesday, October 3rd. After releasing three albums on Fat Cat Records, they’ve moved over to the Big Scary Monsters label (Cursive, Minus The Bear), where The More I Sleep The Less I Dream just came out in September 18. For their first album in four years, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream had Jonathan Law (Sufjan Stevens, The War on Drugs) as producer. I sure like that combo! Kindly, they’ve got the entire album for you to check out before you buy over on the label. Welcome back, WWPJ!!

Follow this link to buy tickets and get more show details.