Dog Crashes Maryland Half Marathon, Crosses Finish Line in 2:14

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Cancer hosts an annual benefit marathon, and this year’s race drew an interesting last minute entry – a lost dog named Dozer.

The 3-year-old goldendoodle ran through an invisible fence in his yard to join more than 2,000 people running by his home, around mile 5 of the Maryland Half Marathon.

The UMMC blog notes that “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. Dozer’s owner didn’t know what had happened to him and was frantically looking for him. The dog finally came home Monday morning, with muddy feet and limping.”

Dozer has been given a clean bill of health by his vet, and this week race co-chairmen will be honoring him with a medal and dog treats. Dozer now has a runner’s page where donations can be made for cancer research at the Greenebaum Cancer Center.







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    May 19, 2011 3:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Deb

    How funny!

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  • May 19, 2011 3:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Patricia Spinazzola

    Well, something good came from it all. Now folks can donate on his page!! Dogs here in Maryland have a tendency to believe the whole state is their property. Dozer just proved that, LOL!!!

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  • May 19, 2011 3:37 pmPosted 3 years ago
    verna

    such a beautiful ending glad to know the owner got his pup back

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      May 19, 2011 6:14 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Anonymous

      That was so cute. i guess the doggie thought it was the right thing to do ♥♥♥♥♥. lots of love to the precious puppy.

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  • May 19, 2011 3:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Juno Rescued Beagle

    Hi everybody I am Juno and I was rescued from a testing laboratory. Sorry to tell you all that a lot of the money you donate for any type of medical research goes to testing on animals like me.
    Visit my website http://www.JunoRescuedBeagle.com to learn more about it. Please millions of animals like me die every year (yes millions) in the US alone. Dog, cats, primates, rabbits, mice, rats and more….
    sigh… poor animals…

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    May 19, 2011 6:36 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Michelle

    My only question is why didn’t any of the runners or spectators “catch” the dog? he seems very friendly. why did he have to “finally come home Monday morning, with muddy paws and limping.” I bet his person would really have appreciated the help!

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    May 19, 2011 11:44 pmPosted 3 years ago
    janie

    Very lovely dog. But, his buddies are being tested on in horrendous labs. Money raised will support this cruel and unnecessary testing

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  • May 20, 2011 11:09 amPosted 3 years ago
    Michelle

    And this is one of many reasons I hate invisible fences. They do NOT keep dogs in. Glad he made it home safely. I hope they ditch their shock fence and get a real one. THAT would be a cause I would donate to.

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  • May 21, 2011 11:35 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Chris

    Check out a new video of Dozer, in which he gets a finishers’ medal: http://umm.gd/lgbZFg

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  • June 26, 2011 5:04 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Lily

    Yay Dozer !!!!!!!!

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  • June 26, 2011 5:05 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Carolyn

    Well done Dozer xxxx

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  • June 26, 2011 5:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Pam

    YAY!!!!!

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    June 26, 2011 5:06 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Janique

    i love this !!

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  • June 26, 2011 5:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Bianca

    Amazing story, this warmed my heart :)

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    June 26, 2011 5:40 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Brittany

    That’s so awesome :)

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    June 26, 2011 5:57 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Johan

    good job!

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    June 26, 2011 7:16 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Susan

    Seriously though, why didn’t someone try to return this dog to his home? He had to find his way home the next day?

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    June 26, 2011 7:26 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Sarah

    Every time I see this, it just makes me laugh. Dozer looks like he belongs there. haha!

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  • June 26, 2011 7:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Maresa

    I’d donate to a dog over a person any day. No offense to humans. (Young kids are an exception)

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  • June 26, 2011 9:19 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Anonymous

    Nice

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