A boy and his family adopt a runt of a dachshund from the local shelter and name her Shelly in honor of shelter dogs everywhere. Despite all odds, Shelly surprises the boy s father (Jason London, Jason and the Argonauts, Dazed and Confused) when she places in the state trials of Wienerschnitzel's illustrious Wiener Dog Nationals race.
The family pools all of its resources to advance to the next round only to face strong opposition from the reigning champion, Princess, and her owner Ms. Merryweather (Morgan Fairchild, Fashion House, Flamingo Road). Meanwhile, judge Melanie (Alicia Witt, 88 Minutes, Two Weeks Notice) is banned from the race by the head judge (Bryan Batt, Funny People, AMC s Mad Men) when she tries to help the family prove that Ms. Merryweather is cheating.
Relying only on her skill and her young owner s passion, little Shelly and her new family must face the challenge of advancing through the cutthroat world of the nation s greatest wiener dog race. One race. One nation. One wiener!