There’s no question that pooches are pretty sweet. But here’s one that does more good than wagging his tail and licking your hand: Dozer, a three-year-old goldendoodle from Maryland, U.S., has raised almost $17,000 for cancer research.
It started a month and a half ago when Dozer was sidetracked by a half-marathon that happened to be routed past the front of his house. Apparently, the dog decided it would be rather a lark to join in. He tagged along with some of the runners, then crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 14 minutes. Just look at the grin on his face as he finishes the last leg of the race. Dozer even scored a medal of his own.
What the dog didn’t realize was that the race was a charity event to raise money for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Although Dozer’s worried human mom had no idea where he’d taken off to (this is where opposable thumbs and a pen would have come in handy), the owner was taken by the cause. After Dozer limped home, she helped her hound set up his own fundraising page. Who could’ve predicted that a pooch could raise so much cash for a good cause?