My name is Dudley and I’m the one on the right. My absolute favourite day of the week is parkrun day! When I see my humans up early in their running gear, I get so excited and can’t wait to hop in the car and head off to Ballarat parkrun. Sometimes it’s just me and one of my human family, sometimes it’s all 5 of them and me. I try to keep myself calm at the start, but when our run director yells “are you ready”, I can’t help myself, I get shaky and jumpy and just want to run.
This year I’ve brought my little brother Snickers along with me to introduce him to parkrun. He loves it as well and he loves meeting other dogs and saying hello to all the people, I’m a little more nervous around the other dogs than he is so I just let him go and make friends.
We both get lots of pats and compliments from everyone and I’ve even been called “magnificent” before, which must have been just after I’d had a bath. I try and stay out of the way of all the runners as we dodge and weave around people and trees and posts and so far I’ve managed not to run into anyone.
It’s pretty frantic at the start of the run and I’m always super keen to go really fast, but once we settle into our run I normally pull back a little bit and just enjoy the run and watching everyone. On our course we pass each other a couple of times and I love seeing my other humans as we cross paths.
One of my biggest achievement is that I’ve never pooped at parkrun! My humans are very thankful for this as they don’t have to stop to pick up my business, I just need to teach Snickers not to do it!
If you’re ever in Ballarat, maybe we will see you there.
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