K&N Air and Oil Filters Transport Four-Legged Athlete to Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
Preparing the Los Alamitos for the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
Starting Gate at the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals
Charlie Brown Thanks His K&N Sponsors
Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals Pre-race Meditation for Charlie Brown
Giant Weiner Dog Mascot Stands Guard at Los Alamitos Race Coarse to Benefit Stray Animals
The Proud Family of Runner-up Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown Helped Raise Thousands of Dollars for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center
The 13th running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals was held in July 2008, at the Los Alamitos Race course in California. Record crowds watched ten heat races which featured eight competitive dachshunds per heat. The winner of each heat qualified for the final event. The event was held between horse races on the horse track itself. A total of 87 dachshunds battled it out for the prize money, a Wienerschnitzel dog house, and bragging rights as the "Fastest Wienerschnitzel in the West."
The Wiener Nationals are held each year to raise funds for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. The non-profit group dedicated to finding homes for stray animals in Orange County, California. In 2007 the event raised nearly $20,000 for the care center.
"My wife and I decided to sign up our dog Charlie Brown for the 2008 event, after we attended the 2007 Weiner Nationals," said owner and K&N Engineering employee Jeremy Templeman. "There were over 140 applicants and only 87 Doxies were admitted into the competition. Each application was judged on creativity. Once we received confirmation of Charlie's admission into the Wiener Nationals we began his training."
Charlie Brown was slotted for the tenth and final heat of the evening. Charlie was number four and wore yellow silks with a K&N Engineering decal. "This worked out great," said Irene Templeman. "To show our support for Charlie Brown I sewed together yellow & black shirts to look like the Peanuts character."
When it was time to line up, trainers Jeremy & Irene were both very nervous. Luckily though, this was no big deal for Charlie and he didn't show any signs of stress. >After holding Charlie into the air for the record crowd of more than 10,000 cheering fans, Templeman set him down and the two jogged to the starting gate. When the gate opened Charlie Brown took off like a little yellow and brown bolt of lightning. It was hard to tell how he was doing from either end of the track, but it looked like he was in first place. Charlie Brown seemed to hesitate as the finish line approached. This split second of hesitation cost him the win and another dog flew past him. Charlie finished in second place. Charlie's fan club said he was in the lead for about two-third's of the 50-yard distance.
"We were all so proud of Charlie," said Irene Templeman. "I was really unsure how he would react, but he did just as we trained him. He did exactly what we trained him to do"
Jeremy Templeman uses a K&N Air Filter (33-2306) and Oil Filter (HP-1002) in his 2006 Toyota Tacoma, which he uses to travel to races. "K&N filters are the best," said Templeman. "I've been using them since I was 16-years-old. The washable/reusable nature of a K&N air filter is great for the environment and the high-flow characteristics of K&N's filter media improved my gas mileage by nearly one- mile-per -gallon. I wouldn't use anything else."