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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.
Except 4 riding the Bike, they'd be great triathloners.
“Evansville police” are apparently way too smart to shoot a Lab.
Renews some of my faith in the world.
Most places the dog would have been seized, gassed, and the owner arrested for neglect.
(My Lab already like to (run) go skiing.)
An own bike is likely a winner too.
Or any edible food?
I also have a 1/2 Yellow Lab. She is quite photogenic, but as also half Chesapeake, less command compliant.
Good puppy. Anyone know what was his finish time? :-)
I have a 12 yr old chocolate lab. Sometimes she acts like a meth lab.
Sign him up for the 9K races.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ear infections are a problem with any long-eared dog, but Labs seem to have a lot of allergies.
Yes. I wanted to give the poster a bit of a heads up with out being....wait for it...DOGmatic. :-)
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.
I see what you did there.
No it is not true. My parents had a gentle black lab that was their loving companion for 10 years as a house dog.
Oh, ouch. :-)
Many thanks to all for your replies. I need a dog / companion / friend!
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.
Your are supposed to clean those ears at least once a week you know; see your vet for the cleaning solution.
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.
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.
Wow, twenty one years! Rolly had a good run for his money. He must have been quite a dog.
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.
So now I have three dogs of different ages . . . Roo is 7 and Kate is 4. Spread the love.