Their bodies are long, their legs short and their outfits fancy - dozens of dashing dachshunds have put on a ludicrous and heart-warming show in Melbourne.
Spectators were careful of where they stepped as seemingly every sausage dog in town turned up for the annual Teckelrennen Dachshund Race at Southgate on Saturday.
Some of the hounds were dressed up for the occasion, and all of them waddled around with their bellies extremely close to the ground.
They included Heidi, a well-behaved long-haired "doxie" whose owners Darryn and Ilana had signed her up to race.
"She's probably the friendliest dachshund you'll ever meet," Ilana said, holding the long dog in her arms.
Originally bred as burrowing hunting dogs, dachshunds are known for their feisty but loyal nature.
Some hounds had to be reined in on Saturday as adorable barking scraps broke out at the event near the Yarra River.
But Heidi was more of a softie, Darryn said. Still, she was a chance of winning her race.
"She's got the speed. She's very fast," he said.
"If she runs in a straight line, she'll win."
Easier said than done, as it turned out. Many racers became distracted and darted every which way.
Then it was on to the costume parade, featuring doxies dressed in tutus, peacock feathers and sunglasses.
One was even dressed as the Pope, with a large white hat and bright red robes.
"Her name's Frankie," said the hound's owner Jaimie.
"But when she gets in trouble, we call her Francis. Pope Francis."
Jaimie bought Frankie's pope outfit online, but she had to make some minor adjustments.
"I had to take up the legs because the legs were so short," she said, laughing.
About 80 miniature, standard and puppy sausage dogs took to the racing field on Saturday.
The events, organised by the Hophaus Bier Bar and Grill, were raising money for Dachshund Rescue Australia and were part of the restaurant's Oktoberfest festivities.