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Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  110 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

It was the ultimate post-college road trip: a year-long journey in a 27-foot-long fiberglass hotdog across the US and Europe. Rife with breakdowns, meaty puns, the burdens of instant celebrity and more Wiener Whistles than anyone could ever hope for, Ihlenfeld's uproarious recounting of his time behind the wheel is a coming-of-age story-as irreverent as it is touching-of l
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Published July 1st 2011 by Sterling
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Though the odds were against him, Dave Ihlenfeld made the cut and became a Hotdogger for a year, the prime perk of which is taking THIS -
out for a spin.

Ihlenfeld's account of his year spent traveling inside a giant wiener is sprinkled with delightful Oscar Meyer trivia, such as the writing of that oh, so famous jingle in 1963 - now the longest-running jingle in America, to the history and development of the iconic Wienermobiles.

Along the way, he learns lessons in patience, getting along with o
Aug 30, 2015 Art rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There's no room in the Wienermobile for secrets" that pretty much says it all. I thought the book started a little slow but after the author was hired the book picked up speed and sucked me in. A fun light read and now I want my own damn Wienermobile whistle.
Jul 20, 2015 Kotka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read. The Wienermobile, warts and all. Drunkenness, arrests, adult bookstores. The author holds nothing back. I learned a lot, especially the history of Oscar Mayer & the wonderful hot dog on wheels that we love to see.
Feb 08, 2013 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a funny book to sandwich my other books and this one hit the spot. It was light, amusing with just enough history about the weinermobile. The twenty-two year old author received the job offer to be a hotdogger for one year. Part of the interview he had to sing the tune "Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer. . ." I think that is one song most of us remember. I say give this book a try, I smiled and laughed throughout the book.
Jul 28, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very quick read is a mishmash of themes: it's a little bit road trip, a little romance, a little history. IT's about a guy who drives around in an Oscar Meyer Weinermobile for a year. You will learn about the history of the company, you will enjoy hearing about the narrator and his madcap adventures. What I liked was the humorous tone of this novel, as well as the likability of the writer.
Aug 02, 2011 Dawnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this it all in one sitting. The author is pretty funny and I loved learning more about the Hotdogger program. I learned about it a tad too late, otherwise I think I would've made an excellent Hotdogger!
Apr 14, 2012 cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I have reached a new low with my "Year of" obsession. Someone stop me, please?
Dec 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly entertaining, not too long, and replete with the author's self-deprecating humor, this is the story of a college graduate faced with finding a 'real' job, and who elects to spend a year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile around the U.S. (and briefly, at a US military base in Germany), and his adventures that ensue.

Ihlenfeld's description of the various travel partners he is assigned (he has changed names and combined personalities of some of the players for privacy's sake) were very
Sarah Sammis
Mar 16, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dog Days by Dave Ihlenfeld caught my eye at the library. The cover sports a Wienermobile parking in front of a suburban home. While I'm no fan of Oscar Mayer products and have never seen the Wienermobile in person, I was curious. I read the book on the "there's a memoir about everything" front.

Dave Ihlenfeld spent a summer after college driving a Wienermobile. Actually is it was a couple different vehicles — depending on where in the world he was (including a strange trip to Germany). Ihlenfeld
Read for non-fiction book club at CLPL (Real World Reads) January 2015. The style is memoir. This is a summer job plus coming of age story, but in an unusual car. It is a fun lighthearted read that will give you a nice dose of nostalgia, you'll learn a bit about the history of Oscar Meyer (and if you live near Chicago it is a little hometown interest as well), and you'll see the joy and challenges they had driving these crazy cars. I learned that you always take "weenie whistles" with you when g ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Dasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It's a funny, coming-of-age, wondering if you will ever have a career and make going money kind of read. It is also about pulling off relationships in a tiny, hot, half-broken wienermobile. As such, it gave me a nice insight into the hotdogger program, and the history of that company, without going into too much detail. I recommend this one!
Mar 21, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wiener mobile by Dave Ihlenfeld

Like many people after graduating from college, Dave Ihlenfeld had no idea what he wanted or was going to do for the summer much less the rest of his life. A Naperville native, Dave graduated from the University of Missouri’s journalism school and applied to become a “Hotdogger” driving a “Weinermobile” for Oscar Mayer.

I remember seeing the Weinermobile as a kid and just last year saw one with my daughter at a suburban event, so
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I remember seeing the Weinermobile as a kid and just last year saw one with my daughter at a suburban event, so I was interested to read about someone who actually drove one. This is a fun, quick read that includes chapters about the history of Oscar Mayer and the Weinermobile program, as well as the year the author spent driving around the U.S. and even Europe in a 27-foot long hot dog.
May 28, 2013 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adorable coming-of-age story inside a giant Hot Dog - Certainly unique!

Ihlenfeld's recount of his year on the road driving an Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is as dorky as it is charming. Ihlenfeld's book is fun and easy to read. The book skips from incident to incident on the road a bit too quickly, never pausing to process the impact of the event. As such, it misses out on an opportunity to elevate the message of the book. When Ihlenfeld does go for philosophical statements, they are very much ap
Summer Nettleman
May 05, 2011 Summer Nettleman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I gave this book 5 stars not because it is the best piece of literature ever written but that I love it anyway. It is incredibly quirky and incredibly interesting. I entered this giveaway on a whim because who isn't at least a little bit curious about that fiberglass monstrosity on wheels?

Ihlenfeld does a great job of bringing you along for the ride and what a great ride it must have been. I love the scenes at the fair and the Wal-mart parking lots. I love how Ihlenfeld is able to really expres
Julie E.
After spending a year on the road in the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, I thought the author would have more interesting stories to tell.
Kevin Lanahan
Feb 18, 2012 Kevin Lanahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
You need to read this book. Young college senior with no prospects lands a job driving the Weinermobile for a year. That's a year to find himself, figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, and try to get laid in a Weinermobile.

Hilarious and a little sentimental, it's obvious that the author had a great time that year, despite mechanical breakdowns, emotional meltdowns and drunken Mardi Gras revelers. He learned what a good boss is like, how to work in a team, and how to think on
Aug 31, 2011 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave is one of my very close friends, so, while I found myself laughing out loud in parts, it's hard to know whether I was laughing because I knew Dave and I could picture him in the event or whether I would have laughed anyway. Regardless, I think it's great that he wrote a book about his Wienermobile days and got a book published. Way to go, Dave! (Although I think I could have done without the Edinburgh visual!) :))
May 08, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have an original Wiener whistle and I won this book on First Reads....... so why wouldn't I want to read this? Dave Ihlenfeld is quite funny and I found myself laughing out loud. It's a good book for a light, funny read. Just like the Hotdoggers who didn't want their year to end, I didn't want this book to end. A bit of interesting Oscar Mayer history and a lot of Dave's fun and honest times on the road.
Jul 30, 2011 Bookstax rated it liked it
This book should have been so much better than it was. Although the author asserts that spending a year driving the weinermobile would be one of the best jobs ever, he doesn't really show this in the book. That said, this is the perfect book for mindless vacation reading. I read it during a round trip bus ride to and from Chicago. Some books are just good for that-- this is one of them.
Pro: Stories of life on the road, dealing with Oscar Meyer corporate culture, etc.

Con: The reality teevee aspect of the narrative, especially regarding the author's (fantasies of a) romantic life. Also, seemed a bit dated more than a decade later.

One of those "I wish there were a 2.5 rating" as two stars feels a bit dismissive, yet three stars implies I liked it (overall) more than I did.
Nov 14, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I have been very fond of humorous autobiographies lately and this one was no disappointment! It was light and comical with a wonderful amount of quirk and sentiment. Ihlendfeld brings you on his journey of being a hotdogger and, though i did get bored during some scattered chapters of Oscar Mayer corporate history, it was well informative and a breeze to get through!
May 13, 2011 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the year in the life of a "Hotdogger". I guarantee when you finish
this book you will feel like it was you that had just spent the past year in the Wienermobile. Dave
Ihlenfeld makes you feel as if you are riding "shotbun" wih him and seeing the country! A very fun
book to read!
Lori Tatar
This is a cute autobiography of a young adult coming of age and learning how to deal with the curveballs life throws at us sometimes. Its humor runs a bit short of being truly comedic but would still make a fun gift for many high school and college graduates, especially with a few dollars tucked in!
May 06, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I won a copy of this on goodreads and totally loved it! The journey that Dave took was a huge learning experince as well as a fun trip. He kept us entertained from start to finish. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story that is both funny and informative. Good job!
Mar 26, 2012 Teddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful slice of life story. Dave tells about his year driving the Weinermobile across parts of the U.S. and Europe, after he graduated college. He also give you the history of Oscar Mayer and the Weinermobile. It is a quick read but so enjoyable.
A very quirky and light hearted read. I'll even forgive the author for bashing my hometown of Atlanta because the city is never pretty during an ice storm!
Oct 23, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cuts the mustard. As the mother of a recent hotdogger everything in this book rings true.
Aug 10, 2011 Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I once saw the Weinermobile in Rhode Island!! Fun, interesting book to read, although I thought it would be a little more "quirkier"
May 10, 2011 *book*lover* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just won this book from First Reads giveaways and am looking forward to getting it and reading it.
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