Dog Joins Half-Marathon After Being Let Out To Pee, Finishes 7th
One thing that I have always loved about bloodhounds is the way those long jowls flop around as they run. It must have been fun watching that for an entire half marathon.
Humans have to train for months for a marathon. Most dogs, not so much.
Ludivine, the two-and-a-half-year-old Bloodhound, was let out to pee when it saw a gathering of humans at a starting line. The dog went over to investigate. Suddenly everybody started running. Ludivine must have thought it looked like FUN!
The bloodhound had just entered the Elkmont Trackless Train Half Marathon in Alabama, a 13.5-mile run.
You know how dogs are. Especially the young ones. "SQUIRREL!" She left the race many times to play with a herd of cows and sniff a dead rabbit. Still, she came in 7th.
The humans in the race were so delighted they gave her a medal. Her owner, April Hamlin, was surprised and delighted.
"My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners. She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy," said Hamlin.
"Every time I thought she had dropped off to go back home, I would hear her coming back up to me and she would race past me up to the two leaders. She would run off to romp through the streams and into yards to sniff around for a while."