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Offbeat The long and the short: Hong Kong sausage dogs go walkies

14:57  03 february  2018
14:57  03 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

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In a city that likes to dress up its dogs , 50 dachshunds gather in Hong Kong wearing everything from patterned winter jumpers to dapper tweed.

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The event was Hong Kong's first © Provided by AFP The event was Hong Kong's first "sausage walk", emulating popular mass dachshund get-togethers in Britain In a city that likes to dress up its dogs, 50 dachshunds gathered in Hong Kong Saturday wearing everything from patterned winter jumpers to dapper tweed.

It was Hong Kong's first "sausage walk", emulating popular mass dachshund get-togethers in Britain.

The band of excitable dogs and their owners carved a path through the heart of the city on a chilly morning, taking in footbridges, seafood markets and roadside temples en route.

Organiser Mat Gallagher said he had been inspired to get owners and dogs together after adopting 10-year-old rescue dachshund Jai Jai six months ago.

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Dachshunds and their owners take part in the city’s first “ Sausage Walk” in Hong Kong on February 3, 2018. In a city that likes to dress up its dogs , 50 dachshunds gathered in Hong Kong on February 3 wearing everything from patterned winter jumpers to dapper tweed.

" Hong Kong is not a dog -friendly city," said Ivan Lo, who had brought dachshunds Kaka and CC for the walk. "But they are good friends for us, for humans, so we still want to own He likes to go to sleep on his blanket and he's really soft," she said, adding that she hoped he would make new friends Saturday.

The band of excitable dogs and their owners carved a path through the heart of Hong Kong on a chilly morning© Provided by AFP The band of excitable dogs and their owners carved a path through the heart of Hong Kong on a chilly morning "They're very cool dogs, very chilled out. He's very relaxed and likes to be with people," Gallagher said, holding Jai Jai, who was sporting a fleece-lined grey tweed hoodie with leather buckles.

The group congregated first at one of the city's few dog parks, on its famous harbour front.

As they embarked on their walk, they ran the gamut of delivery drivers, loaded trolleys and Saturday shoppers on the streets of the busy Sheung Wan neighbourhood.

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Hong Kong : In a city that likes to dress up its dogs , 50 dachshunds gathered in Hong Kong Saturday wearing everything from patterned winter jumpers to dapper tweed. Dachshunds and their owners pose for a photo during the city's first " Sausage Walk" in Hong Kong on February 3, 2018.

HONG KONG , Feb 3 — In a city that likes to dress up its dogs , 50 dachshunds gathered in Hong Kong today wearing everything from patterned winter jumpers to dapper tweed. An owner (centre) pats dachshunds while taking part in the city's first ‘ Sausage Walk’ in Hong Kong on February 3, 2018.

"Hong Kong is not a dog-friendly city," said Ivan Lo, who had brought dachshunds Kaka and CC for the walk.

"But they are good friends for us, for humans, so we still want to own one."

The long and the short: Hong Kong sausage dogs go walkies© Provided by AFP The long and the short: Hong Kong sausage dogs go walkies Gallagher said he hoped 2018 would see improvements in Hong Kong's canine landscape -- the walk ended in a dog-friendly cafe.

For Isabella Redmayne, six, who came with dog Boris, the pleasures of owning a dachshund were simple.

"He's six-years-old like I am and he licks me on my face. He likes to go to sleep on his blanket and he's really soft," she said, adding that she hoped he would make new friends Saturday.

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