Early Saturday morning, Ludivine, a two-and-a-half-year-old hound dog, was let out of the house in Elkmont, Alabama, to do her business. Prone to roaming around town at will, Ludivine snuck out of the backyard and made her way to the starting area of the inaugural Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon about a quarter mile away.
Ludivine proceeded to mingle with the runners, run the entire 13.1-mile course, cross the finish line in an unofficial 1:32:56, and have a medal draped over her floppy brown ears—all without her owner, April Hamlin, realizing she had wandered off in the first place. The incident was first reported in Canadian Running Magazine.
“All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord,” Hamlin, 43, told Runner’s World, saying she received texts with photos of Ludivine from friends who were volunteering at the finish. “My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners.”
We’ve all spent a weekend in our pajamas staring at the television. Well Sophie the French Bulldog has a similar approach to vegging out for a few days. She spent Christmas weekend in her jammies, perched on an ottoman, gazing intently at a fish tank. It was the doggy version of a Netflix binge, and Sophie refused to look away, even for food.
Sophie’s owner posted the photos to Reddit via Imgur. The pictures show Sophie absolutely mesmerized. When her ottoman is moved, she simply adjusts her angle to get a better view. When her owner puts a towel over the fish tank, she sticks her head under it giving her a personal theater. Nothing stops the fish tank marathon.
Puppy and baby meet. Born one month apart.
A stray dog joined the Swedish team in the multi-sports Championships in Ecuador. Team captain Mikael Lindnord gave him a meatball —“ after that he chose Michael as his new master.
It all started with me giving Arthur a meatball when we we’re eating right before the long trekking. When we set off we did it with some other teams, and I didn’t understand that Arthur was following us until we were alone and he was still there. At one stage we had to take a break and the dog was totally wrecked. We opened two cans of food and let him eat, because he could find no food at all in the djungle.
When we got in to the TA, Simon was feeling very bad and we had a few hours stop here for him to get checked up by the medics. As we were leaving, the organisers adviced us not to bring Arthur, as it was a big dog and it could be unsafe on the water. But when we set off in the kayaks, he started swimming after us. It was too heartbreaking and we felt we couldn’t leave him, so we picked him up. We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off.
But he was kind of in the way during the whole paddle and we had to find different paddling tecniques to not kick him off board. A few times he jumped in to the water and took a swim, and then he crawled back up again and was freezing so he got to wear ourjackets. One time we got quite close to land and he jumped off and swam to the shore, and we thought that was the last we were gonna see from him. But he ran on the road for a bit and then he swam back to us.
When we finished, everyone wanted to ask about the dog and he has slept outside our hotel room tonight. Right now we’re at a cafÃ© and he’s just lying here at our feet. We are looking in to the possibility to bring him back to Sweden.
Arthur is now coming with the team to Sweden on the same flight as the team, later to be quarantined in Sweden for four months and then move in with Mikael. It will cost $6700, but there is no doubt that Arthur is worth it.
An innovative program where prisoners train dogs abandoned at shelters is changing lives — both for the people and the pooches.
Inmates at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta get matched up with a dog awaiting adoption, and the pair then spend every day and night together for two months. The prisoners train the dogs, and the dogs in return give love, affection and a sense of responsibility to their human companions.
It’s all part of the Canine CellMates program.
Hi, my name is Lena!
Unfortunately, yesterday I started my forever nap. Don’t be sad, because I was a happy 15.5 years old! I want to share with you how I spent my last 24 hours. It was a lot of fun.
This Coffee Shop In Greece Opens Its Doors Every Night to Stray Dogs So They Won’t Freeze To Death Outside
Every day, a cafe in Greece closes its doors to customers at 3am – and opens them to stray dogs.
That means the homeless canines get a chance to escape the winter cold and sleep on couches at the Hott Spott cafe in Mytilene, the main port and capital city on the island of Lesbos, reports The Independent.
The cafe’s kind gesture has not gone unnoticed, with a photo of the sleeping dogs now making the rounds on social media and warming hearts around the world.
“Here in Greece our homes are not large enough for all of us to house animals,” an Athens resident said. “That’s why we look after the street dogs. We feed them, pet them, and play with them. They are like our own pets, but they belong to everyone instead.”
A black Labrador named Eclipse has been riding city buses without her owner to a local dog park, local transportation officials said. Seattle is a pet-friendly city, and dogs are allowed on public transportation with few restrictions, though normally they are accompanied by a human, a spokesman with King County Metro Transit said.
The transit agency confirmed the unusual tale, saying Eclipse’s journeys have been documented by both customers and drivers. Over the past few weeks, Eclipse has boarded a bus alone near her home in the Seattle neighborhood of Belltown, riding about four stops to a nearby dog park, commuters and transit employees said.
Eclipse’s owner told local broadcaster KOMO he is OK with her independent activities.
“We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park,” owner Jeff Young told KOMO. “Probably once a week I get a phone call. ‘Hi, I have your dog Eclipse here . . .’ I have to tell them, ‘No, she’s fine.’ “
Transportation officials said the story was odd but not a cause for concern.