Polish dog owners celebrate their love for Dachshunds in bizarre fancy dress parade
While a parade of costumed-sausage dogs through a city centre is a spectacle in itself – one little participant stood out from the rest for his extra effort.
The handicapped dog, who appeared to have three legs, walked with a prosthesis in the form of a wheeled contraption through the streets of Krakow in Poland for the annual Dachshund Parade – determined to take part.
Owners dressed their little pets in a range of amusing outfits for the unique event which celebrates the Poland”s love for the breed and is now its eighteenth year.
The cute dog wears a bow and feathers on its head as it takes part in the annual parade with the help of a prosthesis
One Dachshund is styled in Mexican attire for the unique event now in is 18th year
The diminutive pooches and their owners struttedthrough the streets of the Old Town, with hundreds of residents and touristslining the route.
The theme of the event was “Dachshund the traveller” which ensure plenty of bright and bizzare traditional outfits from across the world, as well as Poland.
Dachshunds from across the country joined in the with the parade from the city”s Barbican to the market square, organised by Radio Krakow.
Among the best was a Mexican-style pet trotting along in a poncho, sombrero and guitar and a cool-looking Dachshund in a hat and plaits who looked well-used to the colouful affair, hanging out of an owners handbag.
A relaxed-looking dog adorned in a hat, plaits and jumper peeps out of a leather satchel carried by its owner, left, while another looks ready to dance in a salsa-style outfit complete with a flower garland
One little black pup shows he is a real sausage dog after his owner squeezes him between a baguette costume
A pair in matching astronaut outfits were a crowd-pleaser but lost out on the best fancy dress award
A brown participant appear to be wearing a traditional Polish dress with a red trimmed outfit and decorated hat
“They are individualists. They reign overtheir owners and the whole house,” said one parade participant.
Two would-be astronauts and a hot dog were amongthe crowd favourites, but they were upstaged by a little four-legged Mexicanwho took the top prize in the fancy dress competition.
Another appeared to have a big grin across his face as he took his place in the parade with frilly ankle decorations and flower garland wrapped around its neck.
The event also acts as a way to promote dog health and safety, with local police on hand to offer advice on reporting cruelty.