By Luke Kenton
Everyone’s a WEINER in this weekly tradition, where dedicated Dachshund-lovers congregate in mass to walk their beloved sausage dogs side-by-side.
Several hundred hounds bounding over a hill at one-time may be the dream for many dog-lovers, but it can now be a reality, thanks to the ‘London Lowriders’ community.
Set up in 2013 by sausage dog owner Laura Bright, who was hoping to connect with other Dachshund fans on Facebook, the community has now grown a cult following of over a 1000 members.
Averaging anywhere up to 400 walkers per event, London Lowriders unites pooch-pamperers from all walks of life – from students and OAPs, to lawyers and pin-up models.
Being celebrated as part of Facebook’s European Community Summit, the London Lowriders are being officially recognized by the social media giant for their societal spirit.
Proud founder Laura said: “It all started on a whim. I didn’t think it would grow to what it is now.
“It started with around 100 people in the beginning, but steadily grew to a tight knit-group of 500 owners.
“The after an organized member’s walk, we were suddenly inundated with around 8000 requests – there’s just over 1000 of us now, but it’s growing all of the time.
“We have grown like a family – new babies are carried along to walks, and we all know each other’s children and there have been five weddings of group members so far.
“There’s definitely support at 3am if you need it, or the whole group will make you laugh if you’re heart-broken.
“A lot of phones go up and start filming us during our walks – not a single owner will get through the day without being asked if a stranger can stroke their dog.
“I’m extremely proud of the group and, personally speaking, these people have kept me from crumbling in the most difficult year of my life.
“I had surgery last year and one member took me in to her home, so that I could properly recover.
“We support each other and we help one another.
“Some members are battling diseases, and they always have someone to speak to or meet up with for a bit of light relief.
“I’m indebted to these people.”