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2014 Dog Jog and Why It Matters to Me

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My first Citizens for Humane Action Dog Jog was in August 2008. It’s something I’ll never forget. The day before the race, my divorce became final, then, in a horrible twist of fate…. my grandfather passed away a few hours later. It was, without question, one of the worst days of my life.

I had signed up for the Dog Jog a few weeks prior because I wanted something to look forward to and thought this would be a good distraction.

When I arrived at the race, I found my good friend, Billy. It was great to have some support at the race. You can see from the picture how young and thin I was.

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Tobey was so happy that day. And I felt great helping homeless animals. It was exactly what I needed. We ran 5k in 23 minutes and 34 seconds (7:30 average).

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I’ve kept the Dog Jog on my  Calendar ever since. I even showed up with a severely sprained ankle one year. I didn’t run, but I was there. I’ve raised more than $3,400 since my first race.

I started bringing my Lillian and the woman who would become my wife. The event morphed into something I looked forward to every year. Something I could do to give back to the animals that can’t help themselves and something I could do with my best friend Tobey.

This year, Tobey is turning 9. It’s something that I’m having a hard time with. He’s started to slow down physically, which breaks my heart. It takes him longer to recover from runs, and he can’t go as fast as he could before. That’s why this year’s Dog Jog is so important to me.

There is a real chance this could be the last formal run we do together. We likely won’t beat our personal record (22:35 in 2009), but we will remain committed to the cause.

We’re going to show up and we’re going to have an amazing time helping other dogs. In the end, that’s what the CHA Dog Jog is all about.

I personally can’t wait.

If you’d like to contribute to my cause, you can do so here…. if you’d like to leave a note, please use the comment box below.

Lili Turns 5!

Today is Lilian’s 5th birthday. For those who don’t know, Lili is my blue weimaraner and is quite possibly the sweetest dog ever. Unlike my gray weimaraner Tobey, Lil never got the memo on how weims are supposed to be hyper and high strung. I thought I would mark the occasion by posting some of my favorite pictures of Lili to share.

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Lili at the Hocking Hills.

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Lil enjoying a bully stick at Christmas time

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Lili and I at one of the CHA Dog Jogs (I rolled my ankle so I wasn’t able to run this year)

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Lili telling everyone to deal with it.

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Lil posing in the snow

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Lil posing in a scarf (she’s quite the model)

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Lil sitting like a champ

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Lil having trouble remembering that she’s not a puppy anymore

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The last picture is Lillian with her big brother.

If you have a thought on any of the pictures or want to drop a note, feel free to use the box below.

2013 Year in Review – Picture Edition

As we approach Christmas, I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies and have come to the conclusion that they’re all horrible. We started by watching ‘Christmas Vacation’, which has become outrageously outdated. Next up was ‘The Santa Clause’ which looks likes it was filmed by a middle school A/V department. I’m convinced that ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘The Elf’ are the only decent Christmas movies out there. Between the movies and the loathing the song ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’, I’m feeling like a huge grinch. As such, I thought I would write a quick post on some of my favorite pictures of 2013.

The first couple of pictures come from my  engagement photo session in April. We wanted to incorporate the pups since I met my wife at the dog park. The puppies did not want to cooperate and our wonderful photographer (Britt Lakin) managed to snap the two photos below of the chaos…. They instantly became my favorite pictures.

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The second set of pictures comes from our wedding in June. I apologize if I’ve already posted these. Six months into the marriage, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. For Christmas, we bought each an XBox One. Since she doesn’t read this blog, for her birthday, I’m thinking of buying her a Wii U because she’s a huge Zelda fan.

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One of my favorite moments was the 2013 CHA Dog Jog. Tobey and I had a great time. We didn’t do fund raising this year, but we still had a great time. Tobey finished 3rd and won a gift basket.

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The fall was consumed with OSU Football. Even though they lost the Big Ten Championship, I learned not to gamble on football and finished with a 9-12-1 record. If I bet $50 on each bet, I’d be down a few hundred dollars. Not good. As bad as the gambling would have been, the games were amazing. Below are some of my favorite pictures of the year.

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Other events I didn’t include…. Weird Al concert, Honeymoon in the US Virgin Islands, Misc. Dog photos, etc. For as great as 2013 was, I can’t wait for 2014.

If you have any great memories of 2013, feel free to drop a note below.

Profile of a Crying Weimaraner

Let me start by saying that I love running with my weimaraners. I love the company and the pure excitement for running.  I would go as far as saying that running is one of Tobey’s favorite things in life (Lillian’s is eating). It’s gotten to the point where it’s almost unbearable for me running alone. One of my events I look forward to each year is the CHA Dog Jog in August. Since 2009, Tobey and I have raised close to $3300 for homeless animals in and near Columbus (although… to be fair, Tobey hasn’t done much fundraising).

Anyway, I usually try to take both pups when I run. Lillian (our Blue Weimaraner) runs on the left and Tobey (our Gray Weimaraner) runs on the right. This adds a level of complexity because I don’t have full use of my arms because I’m holding the leashes. If I’m going for a long run or if I’m tired, my preference is to roll with only Tobey and leave Lillian behind.  This is what happened the other day. Thankfully my wife recorded Lillian’s reaction to us leaving her behind.

If you want to drop a note about how sad Lillian sounds or how cruel I was for leaving her, please use the comment box below.

2013 CHA Dog Jog

Tobey and I participated in the 23rd annual, 2013 CHA Dog Jog today at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus, OH. The weather was absolutely perfect and we finished the 5k in 23 minutes and 23 seconds. This put us on a 7:45 average mile. The big news is that Tobey finished third and received a gift basket full of treats at the finish! This is the 5th time we’ve run in this race (I was injured one year so I couldn’t participate). The first time was the day after my grandfather’s passing in 2008 so this race has always been special for me. This years time was our 3rd best (13 seconds behind last years time of 23:10).

The last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of fundraising for the event and have raised over $3200 in total. I wasn’t able to do that this year due to the wedding and honeymoon and whatnot, but it still felt great to help a great cause in Citizens for Humane Action (a local shelter in Columbus). We’re already looking forward to the 2014 race!

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If you have any thoughts on the dog jog, feel free to drop a note in the comments