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I totally let the dogs out [Jun. 21st, 2013|06:53 am]
kyle cassidy
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Clickenzee to Embiggen!

Occasionally when I'd run in the cemetery I'll see people running with their dogs and the dogs always look happy -- flopping and prancing with their tongues wagging in that sort of "OMG! I'M DOING THINGS!" way that only a dog can. Sometimes when I'd see the dogs I'd smile at how happy they were, but other times I'd think of this dog that lives behind us and is often chained up in a vacant lot. He barks at the cats and he digs holes and he makes noises like he wants attention and I think "he's such a big dog, he would probably really like to be running in the cemetery like those other dogs that have people that run with them." And I thought it would be nice to start a group of people who found people who couldn't run with their dogs because the were old or hurt or they just never thought to run with their dogs and then I could have a dog to make flappy-happy like the giddy dogs in the cemetery, but it wouldn't be a dog that I had to worry about during the night or the day or the rest of the time when we weren't out running. I thought it might be the sort of thing that made a lot of creatures happy -- and some of those creatures would be me.

You can click to see this fellow larger

and I kicked this idea around for a while, but I'm inherently lazy and I didn't do anything about it other than think of it again whenever I saw a dog either running or not running. But then our friend Jackie mentioned that the Greys Ferry animal shelter had a program where you could take a homeless dog running and I thought that sounded like a very wonderful thing to do.

This is how we met the Monster Milers. They operate at all the PAWS animal shelters in the city and after going to an orientation class, you can show up and take a lonely dog out and make it a happy dog which is what we've been doing lately. Most of the dogs spend 22 hours a day in their kennel's and when you walk up to the door the dogs freak out, they're so excited to see a person. I've done some things in my life that made people happy, sometimes very happy, but I think I've never before been responsible for as much joy .

If you're in Philly you can find out about the Monster Milers by clicking here. If you're not in Philly, maybe you can start your own.

Clickenzee to Embiggen June Bee the happy dog

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-06-21 03:57 pm (UTC)
He's a barker. If you're out in the back yard he's just "woof! woof! woof! woof! woof! woof! woof! woof!" I don't know if that means "I want to bite you until my teeth hit bone" or if it means "DO YOU NOT HAVE A FRISBEE TO THROW TO ME?!?!"
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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2013-06-21 03:50 pm (UTC)


my heart breaks seeing that sad rotty with the muzzle. he looks sad and beaten down.

we often see volunteers in the dog park near us with dogs from the shelters they are some of the happiest dogs ever. Mojo loves them all to and wishes we would take all of them home with us.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-06-21 03:55 pm (UTC)

Re: :O(

He seems like a Big Angry Dog full of yelling and bluster, but I can only imagine that he's not as bad as all that if someone would play with him.
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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2013-06-21 04:55 pm (UTC)

Re: :O(

most rottys are barkers and most are sweethearts. and if he is not it is because of how he was brought up. his face just says it all, he longs to be loved. is he outside all the time no matter what? if so you should call a rescue to come get him. he deserves love and a comfy bed.

My god, that face.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-06-21 08:12 pm (UTC)

Re: :O(

He's not outside all the time, in fact we were just remarking that we hadn't seen him in a couple of weeks.
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[User Picture]From: valya_dl
2013-06-21 03:51 pm (UTC)


Kyle, that is really wonderful.

Going to share with our friends Mary and Rob who have also been running and love animals.

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[User Picture]From: girlguitarist
2013-06-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are doing this. That is such a fantastic idea.

I wish I could go save that Rottie. He needs love so bad.
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-06-21 04:27 pm (UTC)
The picture of the rottweiler makes me want to cry.

I take Django the seizure dog out jogging quite often. It's pretty clear he holds himself back to trot along at my speed. I haven't been jogging in a while because my friends ganged up on me and told me to hold back if I'm having foot problems and that at my weight running and jogging are really bad for me. My nurse friend told me yesterday to go for it anyways, since this is the exercise I like to do and that I see results with.
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2013-06-21 04:39 pm (UTC)
Those runs will make the shelter dogs better candidates for adoption. Yay-go-you!
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[User Picture]From: ceciskittle
2013-06-21 06:08 pm (UTC)

Leaky eyes

Damn it Kyle, you made my eyes leak. Also, if you are inherently lazy than I must be slothenly.

Edited at 2013-06-21 06:08 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ceciskittle
2013-06-21 06:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Leaky eyes

Also, I think the rottie looks sad. :-(
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[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2013-06-21 06:51 pm (UTC)
this made me tear up. i can't stand to see animals sad. not the rot in your back yard or the animals in the shelter, stuck in the shelter. you are such a good person. i do not know many people who are as inherently good as you are. i'm not just saying that. that's what i tell people about you, when i talk about you.
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[User Picture]From: ardentdelirium
2013-06-21 11:29 pm (UTC)
that poor rotty, I want to be his friend and hug him and scritch behind his ears.
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[User Picture]From: zebrallama
2013-06-22 02:55 am (UTC)
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From: mermaid2003
2013-06-22 04:36 am (UTC)
Speaking for the dogs-thank you and you rock!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2013-06-22 04:59 am (UTC)
There is a similar group near where I live. Not only do they take shelter/foster dogs running, if they find a dog who really really loves running, they post that dog's picture and info at the local running stores so that maybe the dog will have someone to go running with forever.

Thank you for making my day.
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[User Picture]From: dabble
2013-06-22 08:19 am (UTC)
This is the best thing ever.
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[User Picture]From: gekko
2013-06-22 10:27 am (UTC)
Wow. Thank you for this. You just made my day. :)
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[User Picture]From: pancom
2013-06-23 11:38 am (UTC)
Dude, if you wanna come run our crazy-ass dog while I nap with the baby or maybe even (*gasp!*) take a shower, I will totally cut you a key.
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2013-06-25 04:22 am (UTC)
Good on you guys. That's a really great thing to do, and not something that often occurs to people when they think of charity (and have no spare change to give.)

I used to run dogs for the Lost Dogs Home (Melbourne, Australia) and also did a stint for the Keysborough Animal Shelter.

It's nigh on impossible to describe the level of joy in the animals at getting out for a bit of a run when they spent such long hours in what are really quite small enclosures.

I encourage anyone with the time and inclination to check out their local animal shelters and find out if they need puppy walkers.
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[User Picture]From: k9ersjackprice
2013-06-26 05:28 am (UTC)
great dogs
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