— Phoebe will race at 4 p.m. Sept. 14. They brought bacon to the finish line to get her attention last year, but will probably try one of her favorite toys this time around.
"She's got a big pig and a little pig. We'll probably bring little pig," Sensei said.
Other dachshund owners banded together to create a racing team this year. Laurel Wolfe of Wilkes-Barre, whose 4-year-old Zane competed last year, invited her friend Karen Brennan and her 6-year-old dachshund Abby to form Team ZAbby.
Brennan, of Wilkes-Barre, said Abby ran a race once when she was only about a year and a half.
"She didn't do very well, she kept looking for us on the sidelines, not realizing we were at the finish line," she said.
While Abby got "too chubby" to run for a few years, she went on a diet and is at a good running weight, Brennan said. They're ready to try again.
"I think if we practice, a little and if she sees her dad at the finish line, she will run like nobody's business. She can be very fast when she wants, needs to be," she said.