Wiener Dog Nationals Movie Review

Welcome to my first-ever official ‘review post’. And to kick it off, I am reviewing the brand new movie, Wiener Dog Nationals.

Most of the time I’m the one in the movie, but in this blog post, I’m the critic (but it will still be mainly about me).

Crusoe the Movie Critic


wiener dog nationalsWiener Dog Nationals is about a small family with a single father. The young boy in the family (who has an awesome curly afro) adopts a little female dachshund named Shelly from a shelter as inspired by his since-deceased mother who used to race dachshunds as a child. The boy then enters Shelly in a local race (at first without the father knowing), and soon they work their way up to the nationals while battling the two-time reigning champion. This previous champion’s owner is quite devious in her ways and is out to prevent Shelly from winning at all costs. If you have not seen the movie yet, watch the trailer here.

The Viewing Experience

Firstly, before we even popped in the movie to watch it, Mum insisted that I put on my helmet. She knows how excited I get during my wiener dog races, so thought it best I wear a helmet in case I get too rowdy.


She should have also given me a jockstrap to wear, because oh boy – Shelly was one sexy lady wiener! The fact that she was lightening fast made her that much more attractive.

And get this! Shelly, whose real name is Gracie, is a longtime fan of mine on Facebook. So I know how to get in contact with her if I ever want a date ; )

Wiener Dog Nationals Shelly

Although I’m not sure how my ego would feel about me dating someone more famous than myself.

Anyway, having a cutie like that definitely helped the viewer experience.

But the truly exciting parts for me were watching the actual races. I am a (local) champion myself, so can relate well to the high-energy atmosphere of a wiener dog race. In fact, I got so excited rooting for Shelly, that I was barking and shuffling my paws whenever the dogs came out of the starter block!

I guess Mum was right to make me wear a helmet! If a movie gets you this engaged, it usually means it’s good!

My Take On It All

Wiener Dog Nationals is one of those TV movies, so it’s best you expect that from the start. It’s a very light-hearted and whimsical family feature. If you have a wiener dog, race wiener dogs, or are a wiener dog, I’m sure you’ll like it. Because I did, and I’m a wiener dog. My inkling would be that it might not be quite so easily consumed by someone who has no real attachment or interest in dachshunds.

However, for as light-hearted as it was, I found most of the (human) characters and their acting, not so bad. I wasn’t crazy about the father’s character, but the little afro kid, the loud little girl, and the older teenage brother made for an interesting trio. My favorite human was definitely the funny Judge Brown, as played by Bryan Batt, the same actor who plays the gay Sal Romano in Mad Men. He was the most entertaining to watch.

The best acting of them all though was definitely by Gracie and all the other wiener dogs. My only complaint was that we didn’t see enough of them! Here is a picture of all the dachshund actors walking down the the red (green for dogs) carpet at the movie premiere night!

wiener dog nationals red carpet

And here’s Gracie herself.

gracie wiener dog nationals

They are all quite the cuties!

The story itself was fine, and what you’d expect for this type of production, so no warranted complaints there. The only thing that really threw me off in the movie if I could provide one criticism, was a ‘goof’ that happened when Shelly injures her leg. She hurts her front-right paw in a little practice race, and the next day she has a little cast on her back-right leg.

But then again, Shelly pulled it off brilliantly. She was quite the star, and I especially liked her little tea part dress-up scene.

The Long & Short of It All

Overall, I’d give this movie 4 stars on the ‘family-approved’ scale. It was fun, made me smile, and had some pretty cute wiener dogs in it. I’d recommend it to all wiener dog fans!

And I’ll be seeing Shelly – er, Gracie, on Facebook ; )

But for now, I’m not sure I’m quite ready to give up my Oscar.

And the Dachshund of the Year Award Goes To...

Speaking of awards, I’ve recently been nominated for Best Active Living Pet Blog at the Petties! This is pretty cool, as I am quite an active little guy. I am an intrepid expedition leader, a world traveler, an avid kayaker, fisherman, and Captain, and am always working on maintaining my muscular figure.

Please vote for ‘Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund’ as Best Active Living Blog here (bottom right of page)!

You can vote once per day, so I’d suggest you bookmark it ; )

Thanks so much to everyone in advance!

Hope you enjoy the movie! Please watch it responsibly.

Keep winnin’,

~ Crusoe

Stay tuned for my next blog post! I imagine it will be highly unexpected! ; )



13 Responses to Wiener Dog Nationals Movie Review

  1. loved your review! you are a wonderful critic. i especially enjoyed hearing your stylish voice when the doxies take off to the race:) super cute, 12 in a scale of 1 to 10!!

  2. I voted for you again today Crusoe. Love your review AND watching you as you viewed the movie, ready for action as usual!!! Keep on ballin’!!!

  3. loved your review Crusoe, this doxie family is awaiting our DVD but you gave some good insight and thanks for the quick trailer. Best of all you put yourself right into the review, of course it is all about Crusoe 🙂 There are not that many doxie movies out there so very glad you took this opportunity to bring your quality experiences to it. btw I vote and voted for you every day. Good luck and stay as humble as ever 😉 hugs Mookie and Niko

  4. You have added one more thing to your plethora of talents…is there no end to your abilities? And just so unassuming. That’s is what make you so uncommon and above the rest.
    **Side note–LOVED your vine; you ARE too sexy for your shirt. What a way to promote another SLWP. Wowzer!!!
    Your hugest North American fan:
    Scrumptious, scented, selective, self-assured, and single, <3 Bonnie Lee <3

  5. Hey crusoe I love your blog! I am getting two mini doxies of my own. Do does Oakly bite on ur ear? One of the 2 doxies, kai, bites on mocha’s ear… just wondering if its a doxie thing and not just kai being mischevious. Btw both are female… and single! Lol

  6. Barking at the TV…you are too funny Crusoe. Thanks for the review on the movie. I was wondering about it. It’s probably not something I would sit down and watch but it looks like a fun thing to have on in the background at one of my wiener dog themed barbecues.

    • It would be a good background movie for sure! Wish I could come to one of your barbecues sometime.. ; )

  7. Dachshunds Needs Your Help!

    Please help me find living homes for these Dogs, Cats, Ferrets, Rabbits and Rats! Many Dachshunds are here at the shelter!

    Let Cats Delight,
    And Dogs Excite!
    For God Made Adoption,
    As A Loving Option!

    Good afternoon! How are you Crusoe? How is your human owner? My name is Sabrina Volk. My husband’s name is John Volk. We have been together nine years as of August.

    Nine years ago when I moved into a place with my husband, we started a construction company called, JV Tear & Repair. My husband and I are the only employees. My husband subcontracts below other contractors for larger jobs but still we remain self-employed. We use our income to not just pay our debts but also to help fund Volk Haven, which is the other business we also started nine years ago.

    Volk Haven is a non-kill animal shelter, rescue, foster, boarder, house breaking, agility and obedience training. We also for breeders supervise copulation. We are also asked to be responsible for the care and nutricianal needs of the pregnant dog. We are there for birthing, nursing, rearing, whelping and raising the puppies. We are responsible to ensure all dogs are health checked, vaccinated, bathed with two in one medicated oatmeal shampoo and conditioner, groomed, nails trimmed and filed, ears cleaned, eye drops, teeth brushed, dental spray, Dewormed with Ivermectin injection once daily for fourteen days and Fenbendazole for three days. They are quarantined for ten days. During quarantine they are kept in a kennel in the garage with disposable pottu pads. After ten day quarantine they are re health checked.

    Then they are able during the day like the rest to be in kennels in barn for play time. During the day everyone will have washroom breaks in outdoor fenced area, walked on leash at least once, play time in fenced outdoor area, play time in kennel in barn, playtime in aisles in barn, playtime on leash in yard, playtime inside house, crate training, house training, basic obedience training and socialization. During the day whenever I take a nap, I choose up to twelve dogs, depending on their size, upstairs to my bedroom to sleep in bed with me. They also take turns sleeping with us in bed at night. I love every animal like they were each my own child. It brings me to tears every time one animal is leaving to their new home.

    All dogs receive deworming as follows:
    Upon arrival here at Volk Haven, I place them in a quarantine pen. I call the veterinarian and she comes out to my location to perform the health check and vaccinate. Then the dogs are sprayed on all areas of fur with Vet-Kem Ovitrol Plus. I then rub their fur with my hands to make sure all areas of fur and skin are treated.
    They are then given that day one treatment of Drontal.
    After twenty four hours that are bathed with Medicated shampoo and conditioner that I purchase from the veterinarian.
    After bathed with medicated oatmeal shampoo and conditioner, their fur airdries. Then they are brushed with a de shedding comb.?Once their fur coat is dry they are sprayed on all areas of fur with Vet-Kem Ovitrol Plus. I then rub their fur with my hands to make sure all areas of fur and skin are treated.
    Then they are given their first dose of Fenbendazole.
    Then they have their nails trimmed and filed.
    Then they have their ears cleaned.
    Then they have their teeth brushed and sprayed.
    The next day they are given their second dose of Fenbendazole.
    The next day they are given their third and final dose of Fenbendazole.
    The next day they are given their first treatment of injectable ivermectin.
    Followed by one treatment per day for the next thirteen more days of injectable ivermectin.
    Followed by a treatment of Advantage Multi, which is then applied once per month for the rest if their lives. Twice per year they will still need treated with Drontal. This is an extensive deworming procedure to treat, control and prevent parasites, fleas, flea eggs, heartworm, worms, mange and mites.

    I always ask the new owner to please send me a few pictures and video within the first two weeks of adoption. I also ask that if they may, to contact me once per year with an update on their family addition.

    Due to me being a non-kill, I have no funding. I use our income from our construction company and the adoption fees. Its expensive for health checks and vaccinations, so I don’t have the funding to have the animals spayed or neutered. I request the new owner have their pet altered within thirty days if their pet is six months of age or older. If their pet is under six months of age, they may have them altered as early as eight weeks of age by their veterinarian, as long as their pet is altered by age six months.

    I feed a brand of dog food made by Nutreco. They have been making this one formula I use for seventy years. It is an All Life Stages Dog food that surpasses nutricianal requirements for any age and in any stage of life. Its called, Canine Life Plus Performance. It contains no soy, wheat or corn. This is good as they are the three most common food allergies of dogs. This food also contains no by products. This food surpasses all needed levels of vitamins and Minerals. This food also contains the much needed calcium and glucosamine for bone, joint and spine health. Also it contains the needed omega oils and this gives them a shiny fur coat. I have seen scruffy, shedding, itching, flea ridden, patchy, rough and tangled fur coats on dogs when they first come here. I treat them for the fleas. Bath them. Brush them very well to remove all loose fur. Then I feed them their food and do all the routines with them. In thirty days that dogs looks gorgeous with a full shiny healthy fur coat and skin. You wouldn’t know it was the same dog!

    I’m so full in my shelter right now that I have my house full and so I’m now having no choice but rotate dogs at night to have some sleep in kennels in the barn. I don’t like this as all dogs are supposed to sleep in my house in the different areas, take their turns in my bed and some in kennels in the house at night. I feel so terrible having some sleep in kennels at night in the barn! There is several shelter/pounds around my area, but all are full, not non-kill and are euthanizing many pets every year. They are in distance from me, as follows: thirty minutes, forty minutes, fifty minutes, one hour, one hour twenty minutes and two hours thirty minutes. They all receive government funding for the pound part. Lately they have regularly been euthanizing pets as they are full. Many of the dogs we receive every year are dachshunds. There are several breeders located across southern Ontario, Canada that normally euthanize when the breeders become old, injure or kill their young, aren’t conceiving, are conceiving too small or too large litters, become aggressive from the several years if being bred every heat cycle starting at age six months and living on wire floor in too small a cage. Also when they have been in labour too long and it takes a turn for the worst, they’ll call me and tell me about it and then tell me deadline to pick them up before they will euthanize. Some if their not the perfect colours and such their looking for, will call me and tell me to come pick up the babies. One breeder at least lets the mother dog feed the puppies for the duration in my care. The rest tell me to pick up the puppies by a certain time or they will euthanize. Sometimes by the time they call me, it might have been almost all day before they realized the puppies were born and because they are on wire until the three days before its time, if the litter is born early, the puppies are born into the cold concrete. Due to this sometimes the puppies will die no matter how much money I spend with the veterinarian and do my very best to save them. Its terrible the living condition of these breeding dachshunds! The sweet Doxie’s have always been my favourite breed. I have adopted my pets from my shelter. Many friends of mine have adopted from me and their friends and so on. Right now I have twenty dachshund puppies under thirteen weeks old, eight dachshund puppies eight months to one year old. Twenty seven adult dachshunds from age two to sixteen, one Great Dane/shepherd female, one blue Doberman female, one Black and Tan Doberman female, one coyote/pug male, one large rat terrier looking Heinz 57 male, one Chinese crested/ English bull dog hairless dog that has spiky hair on head and Mohawk down centre of back, one German shepherd male, one English mastiff female, one manchester terrier female, fourteen domestic cats, eight Bengal cats, one snow Bengal cat, three Siamese cats, five ferrets, sixteen rabbits, two hundred twenty seven rats. All desperately needing loving homes now!

    I’m a stay at home MaMa for Volk Haven. Here on site we live in our house which was built in 1850. This house has a short hand dug dirt basement. Connected to the house is the laundry room and small two door garage which were built in 1915. On our property is a double corn crib, we’d converted into a shed, which was built in 1900. This building has its original concrete. Also on the property is a large bank barn. The original part of the barn that is left was built in 1900. The Neighbours, whom are one of the previous owners, informed us that the barn had an electrical fire in 1956. This burnt down a significant portion of the bank barn. This fire caused the leakage of a nearby farm fuel tank to melt enough to cause it to leak fuel onto the ground. This fuel contaminated the well behind the barn. The well had to be capped and water brought in and stored in containers from then on. The portion of the barn that was burned, they had the debris removed and lifted the portion that was left standing on lifts. They then removed the old concrete as it was damaged from the heat of the fire. They laid a new concrete foundation under the remaining part of the barn. Then they laid down and attached a new foundation where the one that was destroyed by the fire had been. Then they moved an old barn they purchased from another farm onto the new foundation. Then they connected this barn they moved to the part that survived the fire. Now they had one large barn again. This property at that time had no set driveway. You just parked on the grass. They laid gravel down right over top of the grass in a C shape so it would start on the one road we live on and be located in between the house and barn. Then it curves to go out the other road, which makes it so the driveway is between the house and shed. We live on a corner property 2.2km from the railroad tracks located on the outskirts of Thamesville. Across the road from us is trees and the Thames River. The one tree is a large poplar tree with a large hollow formed by age and five adults can stand inside of it. When the water level is perfect, its an excellent spot to sit in the shade and shelter of the tree and go fishing. Our entire property is 1.4 acres in size. We have a large fenced area on the property. In the shed is in the middle one large area that we have some comfortable chairs, couches and beds so people, dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, rats, degu, guinea pigs and hamsters shall be happy playing out of the elements with a potential new owner and their family. On the side aisles are shelves that contain a small assortment of different toys, blankets, leashes and training items. The bank barn main level had one section that is used for many large commercial curb side garbage cans. Each can has a large specially made sticker label that clearly identifies what type of garbage and also what type of recyclables are in the bin. We do not have garbage pick up in Thamesville so we haul it in ourselves once per week to a Transfer Station. Here we will bring our garbage and recyclables. We try to recycle whatever we can to protect the environment. We have a limit of eight regular sized garbage bags of not more then twenty five pounds per bag. The same limit applies for cardboard and recyclables except you have to have it unbagged and look at it and picture it bagged so we don’t go over the limit. same if it is a large item for garbage that won’t fit in a garbage bag, we must picture it bagged and stay in our limit. Several times per year, I end up with too much garbage and reyclables so I have to travel an hour to a landfill for the garbage and one hour and fifteen minuted for the Transfer Station that will take the recyclables. The main floor of the barn has many large kennels used a large play areas with protection from the elements. On the second storey of the barn in one section is very large commercial curb side garbage cans that are clearly marked with specially made extra large sticker labels to clearly identify the contents. In these bins in their own seperate bins are washable potty pads, blankets, toys, cleaning rags and mop heads. In another section is cleaning supplies. In another section is a nice sitting area with a leather couch and two leather seats so the dogs may spend time with potential owners.

    Sorry, I write such a long message. I want you to know who we are. Please spread the word about Dogs, Cats, ferrets, rabbits, rats in need of loving homes. Thank you!

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