How can you not love a dachshund? They’re the shortest, longest, pointiest dogs, they come in two sizes (miniature and standard, but still short) and because they’re wiener dogs, you can name them things like JimmieDean, Vienna and Chorizo. They also come in very handy when you want to dress up your dog for Halloween – who doesn’t love a dog dressed like a hot dog or a Twix bar or your favorite kind of pill? Bonus: These dogs were originally bred to hunt badgers underground (hence their long, low bodies, perfect for digging into narrow burrows), so they’re known to be little badasses. Celebrate the versatility of the dachshund today at Wienerfest, an event to benefit Florida Dachshund Rescue, a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates and rehomes unwanted dachshunds (but come on – who would not want their dachshund!?). More than 4,000 people attend this annual event, which features wiener dog races, a costume contest, a photo booth, food trucks and more. You and your leashed dog are welcome to attend – even if your dog is of one of the inferior non-dachshund varieties.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 | Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St. | fldrwienerfest.com
| free to attend, $5 to park