Your “And Finally” story of the day

What started as a backyard bathroom break for an Alabama hound dog ended up with her getting a medal.

No, not for that.

Ludivine, just 2-1/2 years old, managed to wander off Saturday morning and accidentally stumbled upon the starting line of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon in Elkmont, Ala.

The dog ended up running the entire 13.1-mile race. More impressive, Ludivine finished seventh overall with a time of 1:32:56 … and we’re assuming she did this without any training. Race organizers rewarded her with a finisher’s medal at the end of the race.

9 thoughts on “Your “And Finally” story of the day”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    One of the odd things about dogs is that even those that love to play have very limited ability to do so without actual human intervention. You can see it with sticks – so much fun when someone throws them, an object of bewilderment when they don’t. They will sort of play at hunting when young but little more.

    Which makes me doubt a dog would even begin to understand a race on its own. Not unless it was trying to hunt down and bite the fastest runner.

    But I don’t want to be too “cur”mudgeonly so instead I will say “Awwww how cute!”

  2. “One time she went over and met another dog next to the course,” Horvath said. “Later on, she went into a field with some mules and cows. Then she’d come back and run around our legs. I wondered if she was going to get tired or go back to wherever her home was.”

    So without the on course distractions the dog would easily have won and never known !!! well I’ll be doggoned

  3. Shows how different dogs are.
    To a person 13 miles is a long way, and five minute miling is fast.
    To a dog the distance is trivial and the speed a dawdle.
    If she’d had something to chase- a deer perhaps- she’d have left the runners for dead.
    Actually she was going for a pleasant stroll with the new pack she’d just fallen in with.

  4. @Pat: watching my friend’s Doberman give it full throttle after a deer we came across while walking on my farm (don’t worry, it didn’t catch it) was an impressive sight. Within seconds they were both hundreds of yards away. Then she came back and continued the walk as if nothing had happened. Effortless.

  5. Pat as long as it’s not a hot day. Dogs have no effective means of cooling and overheat and die.

    Been there, done that and it’s very distressing.

  6. BII- granted, but most dogs have to be really on a mission or they give up the chase.
    Jim’s friend’s Doberman was clearly not on a mission, else he’s have kept going.
    The present Dally will give up chasing a rabbit once it dives into the bushes. Her predecessor wouldn’t give up a hunt for anything.

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