Record number of Dachshunds gather at Roundhay Park for annual Christmas sausage dog walk

Nearly 400 Dachshunds and their owners gathered at Roundhay Park on Sunday for the annual Christmas sausage dog walk.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 6:00 am

The event was organised by the Yorkshire Dachshund Group, a Facebook group launched in 2011 by mother and son Dee and Christopher Campbell.

Each month, fellow Dachshund owners from all over the north of England meet up on group walks throughout Yorkshire.

The group offers a friendly and safe place for people to post pictures, gain advice and chat about Dachshund, as well as the monthly meet-ups.

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Nearly 400 Dachshunds joined the walk at Roundhay Park

On Sunday morning, a record number of members gathered at Roundhay Park to jin in the festive fun, with nearly 400 dogs and 700 people pop on their Christmas jumpers to meet up with old and new friends.

Member Melanie Nicholson, who helped to organise the Christmas walk, said: "I joined the group seven years ago, when my own daxie was just a few months old, and there were only 70 members.

"We now have nearly 6,000 members and I’ve met some amazing, friendly and supportive friends who regular meet up for walks all over Yorkshire.

"The group has made a real difference to my life and love of walking, inspiring me to organise and lead walks myself for fellow members.

Scarlett Hawksby ready for the walk with her dog

"Everyone in the group knows that a Dachshund walk can turn a grey day, into a great day!"