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02 June 2021
Edenhope is scheduled to become a stronghold for a unique breed of dog this month when the West Wimmera town celebrates World Dachshunds Day.
Edenhope is hosting its inaugural ‘Day of the Dackel’ during June 19 and 20 to celebrate the occasion, which places these ‘low-riding, short-legged’ stars of the dog world into the international spotlight.
Edenhope is the home of Now Dach’s a Gallery, the only dachshund museum in Australia and organisers expect enthusiasts and owners of the breed from across Victoria and interstate to gather for a variety of activities.
Dachshund Museum owner, graphic designer and artist Diana Lee Saville is hosting the event.
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Her pet dachshund ‘Neddy Von Noodle’, a love for all things dachshund and supporting Edenhope are primary inspirations for the event.
“My little sausage dog Neddy sits in the window of the museum, but the main reason we’re doing this is to promote Edenhope and encourage people to our town,” she said.
“It’s going to be an awesome event. Visitors will be busy during the weekend and can be sure of a very friendly welcome by locals and local shops in Edenhope.
“The community has embraced this unique event and we are looking forward to welcoming the dachshunds and their people to the small, rural town that loves to celebrate such a happy event.
“Locals and visitors will line the main street on Sunday afternoon for the ‘March of the Dackels’.
“We’re opening the door to all types of dachshunds and their owners and people who simply love this breed,” Ms Saville said.
“Dachsies have a cult following and whether they be ‘standards’, ‘miniatures’, long hairs, short hairs, wired hairs – they’re all welcome.”
Dachshund translates to ‘badger hound’ and dackel is the German name for the breed. Weekend activities planned include dress-up competitions, stalls selling a range of unique gifts and doggy treats, food vans, a barbecue at the event’s headquarters at Henley Park at Lake Wallace, a ‘Dackel Dinner’ at Lake Wallace Hotel on the Saturday night and an art exhibition at Red Tail Gallery with emphasis on dachshunds.
Registered dachshund breeders will also be at the event to provide insight into the breed.
Organisers believe The Dachshund Art Show will be the first of its kind in the world, with the show featuring a variety of entries including paintings, mosaics, photographs and other works.
Cash prizes are available with Edenhope district traders and individuals sponsoring the showcase.
Ms Saville, originally from Dandenong, has called Edenhope home for nine years and opened her museum in January 2019.
She had to close during the COVID-19 pandemics.
“As a cartoonist I’ve been absorbed by the character of my Neddy and the breed in general,” she said.
“It’s been great working with the Edenhope community and Edenhope Tourism.
“I’m just very excited and can’t wait.”
• Circumstances surrounding the state’s COVID-19 lockdown this week will determine the outcome of this and other events across the region.
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