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Dog awarded for completing half marathon
14news.com ^ | Brandon Bartlett

Posted on 10/09/2013 5:39:53 PM PDT by digger48

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Did you hear the one about the dog who finished a half marathon?

It happened this weekend in Evansville.

That dog, Boogie, ran and completed the YMCA Half Marathon on Saturday morning. He met up with the runners just as the race started on Reitz Hill.

Evansville police say he's the world's first dog to complete a half marathon without assistance from a human. So, on Tuesday at the downtown YMCA, he was awarded a medal for his achievement.

When Boogie crossed the finish line, though, no one knew who he belonged to. Police sent out an alert and many people began posting about him on Facebook.

It was only after his owner noticed he was missing and went looking for him at the animal shelter, that he found out about Boogie's big accomplishment.

Boogie's going to be taking it easy for a while. There's no word if he'll run the race again next year.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 10/09/2013 5:39:53 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48
Labs are so much the enthusiastic competitors.

Except 4 riding the Bike, they'd be great triathloners.

2 posted on 10/09/2013 5:43:43 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: digger48

“Evansville police” are apparently way too smart to shoot a Lab.


3 posted on 10/09/2013 5:45:43 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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4 posted on 10/09/2013 5:45:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Paladin2
Ya think?


5 posted on 10/09/2013 5:47:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: digger48

Great story.
Renews some of my faith in the world.

Most places the dog would have been seized, gassed, and the owner arrested for neglect.


6 posted on 10/09/2013 5:49:32 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: Revolting cat!
OK, I'm going to start work on developing a Lab(dog) bike.

(My Lab already like to (run) go skiing.)

7 posted on 10/09/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Revolting cat!
I suspect a Lab could be taught to SnowBoard.

An own bike is likely a winner too.

8 posted on 10/09/2013 5:52:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

9 posted on 10/09/2013 5:53:28 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: Revolting cat!
So, what happens when you pass a squirrel?

Or any edible food?

10 posted on 10/09/2013 5:54:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: al baby
I have a Black Lab and you are fortunate to be able to have your camera capture ANY reflected light to make a picture.

I also have a 1/2 Yellow Lab. She is quite photogenic, but as also half Chesapeake, less command compliant.

11 posted on 10/09/2013 5:57:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: digger48

Good puppy. Anyone know what was his finish time? :-)


12 posted on 10/09/2013 6:04:44 PM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Why does my phinhone go all wonky every time I say something bad about Obama?)
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To: al baby

I have a 12 yr old chocolate lab. Sometimes she acts like a meth lab.


13 posted on 10/09/2013 6:08:49 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: onedoug

ping


14 posted on 10/09/2013 6:09:25 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: digger48

Sign him up for the 9K races.


15 posted on 10/09/2013 6:11:12 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: Paladin2

I’ve always thought I’d like a lab (an “Old Yeller”) for a companion, but a coworker who is a dog fancier said they have oily coats that smell bad. Makes them good water dogs, but not pleasing to the olfactory sense. Is that true?


16 posted on 10/09/2013 6:11:53 PM PDT by twister881
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To: al baby

LOL


17 posted on 10/09/2013 6:17:36 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: twister881

In my lifetime I have had a black lab and a chocolate lab. They reeked neither more nor less than any of our other dogs, which were heelers and dachshunds.


18 posted on 10/09/2013 6:18:52 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: twister881

The one I inherited had such smelly ears I couldn’t say if the coat had an unpleasant odor. Poor girl. Heart of gold, though.


19 posted on 10/09/2013 6:22:22 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism-Lenin)
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To: twister881

The only time I’ve noticed a significant bad smell is when they do the “roll in some other dog’s turd” deal, which is rare but does seem to happen randomly.

http://www.pedigree.com/All-Things-Dog/Article-Library/Why-Do-Dogs-Roll-In-Smelly-Things.aspx


20 posted on 10/09/2013 6:42:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: digger48

My golden retriever would have beaten him. But then, she might have stopped when they ran past the burger joint on the corner . . . or the pizza place on the next block . . . or the KFC down the road . . . . Still, she is trim and in fighting shape. She never orders fries.


21 posted on 10/09/2013 7:37:01 PM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: twister881
Not true.

They have a fluffy undercoat and a very stiff outer coat, which is waxy not oily.

If a Lab is smelly, it's probably because of food allergies. Usually they also are itchy, have dandruff, and a dark smelly ear discharge.

The cure is to put them on a good dog food that doesn't contain corn, and if that doesn't work then go to a grain-free food.

My Chocolate Lab, now 12, had smelly ears - we put her on AvoDerm which is for dogs with skin conditions, then on Wilderness and now she and my other two dogs are all on Blue Buffalo Freedom, which is grain-free but lower protein than the Wilderness. Her ears are perfect.

22 posted on 10/09/2013 7:41:55 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: pluvmantelo
Well, there ya go. Funny you should mention that.

Ear infections are a problem with any long-eared dog, but Labs seem to have a lot of allergies.

23 posted on 10/09/2013 7:45:11 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Yes. I wanted to give the poster a bit of a heads up with out being....wait for it...DOGmatic. :-)


24 posted on 10/09/2013 8:05:43 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism-Lenin)
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To: digger48

Speaking of marathons..............The last 200 yards of the Marine Corps Marathon [which is in three weeks] is blocked by the closure of the Iwo Jima Memorial.


25 posted on 10/09/2013 8:14:53 PM PDT by Daffynition (*In memory of FReeper Blackie. God rest his *Hooligan* soul.*)
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To: Ken H
Sign him up for the 9K races.

I see what you did there.

26 posted on 10/09/2013 8:15:21 PM PDT by verga (Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis)
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To: twister881

No it is not true. My parents had a gentle black lab that was their loving companion for 10 years as a house dog.


27 posted on 10/09/2013 8:36:26 PM PDT by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: pluvmantelo

Oh, ouch. :-)


28 posted on 10/09/2013 9:01:24 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Lizavetta; pluvmantelo; nascarnation; packrat35

Many thanks to all for your replies. I need a dog / companion / friend!


29 posted on 10/09/2013 9:09:24 PM PDT by twister881
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To: twister881

Your co-worker is probably smelling his own armpits. I have four labs and they just smell like any other dogs.
Give them a bath and the dogie smell goes away for a few days; or at least until they find a skunk, then the odor is an entirely different matter.


30 posted on 10/09/2013 11:21:14 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: pluvmantelo

Your are supposed to clean those ears at least once a week you know; see your vet for the cleaning solution.


31 posted on 10/09/2013 11:23:55 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: 5th MEB

Poor dog was already in bad shape when I inherited her. My wife and I did the best we could for her. She’s in doggie heaven now.


32 posted on 10/10/2013 12:00:34 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism-Lenin)
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To: pluvmantelo

Sorry for your loss, I know how hard it can be.
I have had a four footed companion since I got out of the Corps in 72.
Longest we didn’t have a dog in the family was when my old Rolly boy died in 96; went five years with out, didn’t think I could handle the loss again. Had Rolly with me 21 years, longer at that time than my wife and kids.
Adopted Jack from the pound in 01; glad I waited until I found him, but still kick my own behind for waiting so long.
Since Jack came into the family my wife and I have adopted three more pound puppies to keep us all company.
Jack was already 5 to 7 years old when I found him on death row, so the youngsters really give us a run for our money.
Take my advice, go to the pound and find yourself and your wife another four legged companion.
Remember no greater loyalty, no greater friend, no greater love, can any person ever find than in their dog.


33 posted on 10/10/2013 12:38:42 AM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: 5th MEB

Wow, twenty one years! Rolly had a good run for his money. He must have been quite a dog.


34 posted on 10/10/2013 1:18:49 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism-Lenin)
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To: twister881
If you don't want to go the specialty breeder route (no puppy mills please under any circumstances!) I would look for a breed-specific rescue like our local Life Is Labs Lab Rescue, rather than just go to the pound.

The real upside to going through a breed rescue is that the dog has already been vetted and temperament tested, and the rescue can match you with a dog that suits your lifestyle. Our local rescue also trains the dogs on recall and a couple of other useful tasks like loading up in a vehicle and getting in a crate.

If you think you might hunt or hunt test your dog, or do some other active dog sport like agility or tracking, I would go to a breeder specializing in hunting Labs. There's a big difference between the hunter type and the more mellow conformation type. Both are big-hearted, friendly, intelligent dogs, but the hunting type Labs are a little more . . . energetic.

35 posted on 10/10/2013 6:43:40 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: 5th MEB
I dreaded (still dread) the day my 12 year old Chocolate leaves us.

So now I have three dogs of different ages . . . Roo is 7 and Kate is 4. Spread the love.

36 posted on 10/10/2013 6:44:42 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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