Dozer the Goldendoodle Runs His First Half Marathon
Maple Lawn, Md. â€“ There was a last-minute entry in Sundayâ€™s Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center â€“ a 3-year-old goldendoodle named Dozer, who escaped through an invisible fence in his yard to join the more than 2,000 people running by his house, which was near mile 5 of the race. Runners reported seeing the dog at several points along the way, and he crossed the finish line with other runners at 2 hours and 14 minutes. Dozerâ€™s owner didnâ€™t know what had happened to him and was frantically looking for him until he returned home Monday morning. He had muddy feet and was limping.
After a quick trip to the vet, Dozer is fine, his owner reports, but he wonâ€™t be running any half-marathons any time soon. This week, the race co-chairmen, Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel, will be giving Dozer a medal â€“ and some dog treats. Dozer even has his own runnerâ€™s page at www.ummsfoundation.org/dozer, where people can donate to raise money for cancer research at the Greenebaum Cancer Center.