My name is Holly and I love to run.
I was born in April 2016 and my Mum and Dad wouldn’t let me run until April of this year. Now I know whenever my Mum or Dad put their running shoes on, its time for some fun.
My Dad’s an Event Ambassador and unfortunately sometimes he leaves me at home because one of his events doesn’t allow dogs. This really upsets me. We do a lot of parkrun tourism and I can be an annoying travel companion on the way to a parkrun, particularly if we go to Moora, because I’m so excited, I whimper for the whole 2 hour journey to parkrun.
I like to play with the Run Directors. When all the people answer the questions from the RD, like ‘put your hand up if you’re a visitor’ or ‘put your hand up if you’re under 11′, I like to answer these questions with a single bark. In fact, I got a laugh out of Bill Shorten at Claisebrook Cove on Saturday by answering one of these questions, and he thought I wasn’t clever.
When the RD shouts ‘Go’, my Dad seems to go very slow, I try as hard as I can to pull him along, but he doesn’t seem to want to go any faster. By the time we get to 500 metres, I give up trying to speed him up and settle down next to him, but after about 3 kilometres, I struggle to keep up. Why does he speed up? Or am I slowing down? Who knows?
At the end of the parkrun there is normally a bright red Medibank bowl full of water. I always drink the whole lot and it has to be refilled. Sometimes I’m let off the lead after the last person finishes, this is when I get my real exercise in. I go berserk, particularly if my friends are there.
Are you a parkrun-loving dog, aka a parkdog?
If so, and you’re clever enough to read this newsletter, we’d love to hear from you.
Please send your profile to helloAU@parkrun.com with the subject “parkdog of the week”. And remember, don’t forget your bark-code.
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