Runner’s best friend.

There’s probably nothing a runner loves more than his or her dog.  We may love beer and bread.  But the dogs come way first.

And we’re not talking strays.  Vicious creatures not on their leashes, bound to bite at our Achilles tendons.  We’re talking about those dogs that are just there for you.  They smile.  They’re happy.  They make life better to deal with.  These our our running partners.  Our best friends.  So without further ado?  Our four-legged (or sometimes less) best friends!

Mini Armour
Mini Armour

Mini Armour. Let me preface this story by saying that my mother is afraid of dogs. Like deathly, terribly afraid. One day, my senior year in high school, my mom had dropped us off to Wal-Mart to pick something up. She called me on my flip phone, (it was 2005) and I expected for it to be for her to tell me something she’d forgotten about.  She just told us to come outside.  We went outside, and there in my mom’s lap, was Mini Armour, the cutest friggin thing we’d ever seen.  Apparently, she’d been living with some college students who couldn’t keep her, and Mother and Mini took one look at each other, and they couldn’t live without one another.  She is a Chihuahua mix (she only weighs about 12 or 13 pounds), and she’s one of the best guard dogs you will ever have.  She is currently studying for her GED equivalent (since she was living out on the streets), she loves people food (no matter what it is), and she loves candy.  Her main hang-up?  She loves to run away.  You open the door, and she will run for miles.  Eventually, she will come back, but this naughty pup is totally game for whatever.  (Once ate donuts from Dunkin off of the dining room table while we were at church and lived to tell the tale).

Honey Swanson

Honey Swanson.  Workout dogs are saints.  They wait for you all day.  You come home, and you’re doing a headstand on the yoga mat.  And they’re all “huh?!”.  Honey is a lovely lady, and “she always stays by my side whenever I do at-home workouts. She never fails to jump on me when I try to do ab work!”

Chip Nam
Chip Nam

Chip Nam. Chip is a very very special doggy, because he’s helping his Mama fight off cancer. That’s right, Chip has powers! Chip is an old man, his Mama says, but he hasn’t quite come to terms with his age. “He loves cuddling, basking in the sun, and long walks on the beach.” Chip doesn’t like water though. Like many of our dog pals, Chip enjoys the challenge of stealing food off the table when no one’s watching. Naughty Chip!

Lukas Gomez
Lukas Gomez

Lukas Gomez. Are you dead at how cute this guy is? He’s not only ridiculously good-looking, but he’s studying Poodle Studies at NCSU! Wolfpack!  Apparently, he likes Popsicles as well.  (His Mama likes taking cycling classes!)

Dash Gomez

Dash Gomez.  Dash took his education more seriously. Dash is very pensive and studying Biology at NCSU. Dash has been helping me with my Punnet Squares after school. Thanks bud!  But Dash isn’t all just biology and serious times.  Dash loves to play outside on sunny days (omg look at that tongue)…

Dash Gomez
Dash Gomez

And she likes to play fetch! Look at her fetch sweater!

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Now finally Bragg

Bragg Gomez
Bragg Gomez

Bragg Gomez.  North Carolina is home to none other than Fort Bragg. Take a second and thank your vets for their service. Now Bragg? Bragg studied political science at Cal B and his favorite past time is fetching the ball. His favorite treat is liver treats by Biljac (available at Petsmart).

Ash Zelin
Ash Zelin

Ash Zelin. Ash is a fine Jewish dog. He loves to smile for the camera (duh). From his mama? “This is my parents’ dog, Ash. She is 8.5 years old, lives in Charlotte, NC, and LOVES to chase squirrels, going for long walks, and going buh-byes in the car. She is a happy mutt and will gladly smile at anyone willing to scratch her behind her ears. She was my “replacement” when I moved away to college, and I love her dearly. As a puppy, she managed to eat 2 pounds of Hershey kisses, wrappers and all, and not get sick. She has also been known to destroy boxes of tampons, eat full tubes of toothpaste, and hide peanut-butter flavored power bars in her crate. Ash just finished radiation for a malignant tumor in her throat and is now cancer-free, hopefully for the rest of her life. We are very excited to get to spend more time with her”

The best thing about Ash? Ash once relieved tampons from their box and gleefully threw them about until Mamas and Daddys came home. But he’s too cute to be angry with! How can you be mad at that smile?

Mini Armour
Mini Armour

It’s my lady, Mini again! Mini, while she’s not studying for her GED equivalent and eating people food, loves to lay in the sunny spots all around the house. Sometimes she will even sit on the fireplace hearth and warm her little tush up in the winter!

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Nolon Kepley

The Kepleys!  This little monster is Nolan 🙂

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Nolon and Ana Kepley

And Nolan with his sister, Ana.

Nolan Kepley
Nolon Kepley (and Mel!)

The flash was too bright for him to see…

Nolan Kepley (Kisses!)
Nolon Kepley (Kisses!)

Ready? “Nolon is my stand-up guy. He is BIG, goofy, loving, and wants NOTHING more than to be given every second of your most undying attentions…well, except for maybe food. But don’t fret! He will swallow his food whole in record time, every time. Although he is quite the looker and LOVES people, he isn’t so friendly with other dogs Unless of course, we make them a part of our pack! All it takes is a brief introduction and a good walk together and mi casa es su casa! In short, guys if you want a guaranteed lady’s number gettin’ ratio of at least 1 per hour, he’s for rent and I recommend downtown. Ladies, if you need a GREAT cuddler and protector, his mother could use a break.

Ana is my go-to bitch (pun intended). She is beautiful, smart, quirky, independent, and protective. She loves the outdoors and just laying around with her loved ones. Now that I think of it, she is a lot like ME! She is the leash-less walker who usually listens impeccably but every now and again exhibits her “I’ll do what I want” qualities.” She would be the perfect companion for hiking with ANYONE, loves to swim and play fetch, and makes sure that no dog, even Nolon, gets too close to her Mamma.”

Brewer Shawty
Brewer Shawty

Brewer Shawty.  His name is cool right? It’s super cool cause Brewer likes to ‘brew’ beer with his daddy, Matt.

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Brewer Shawty

Brewer joined the Shawty fam this past January. Mom says he’s been a little adventure ever since! His hobbies include brewing beer with daddy Matt, tearing up plush toys (especially ducks), chasing birds (real ones), and going on lots of long walks. He also likes to snuggle and sit in laps whenever gets the chance.

Toby Emery
Toby Emery

Toby. Toby Emery! Look at those ears, darling! So Toby was one of the best characters on The Office, even though Michael was terrible to him, and Pam never realized that he had a crush on her. Office aside, Toby Emeryis a very special pup.  Mama and Daddy are very smart, and are putting Toby on the path to a long and lush relationship with education.  Lauren didn’t tell me where he might me going to college, but my feeling is is that Toby is an Ivy Leaguer.  I mean look at those ears!

Toby Rundown: (I have to leave it the way his Mom sent it, because it was so organized and cute, I can’t stand it).

Birthday: March 14th, 2012
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Favorite workouts:
walks with the rents, chasing the cat, and “herding” the other dogs at the dog park.
With his little legs, Toby is not the optimal long distance running companion, but he is great at short sprints!

Troll Morton-Dunn
Troll Morton-Dunn

Troll. Now this is the type of dog I die over. Look at his coloring! Don’t you just want to steal him and take him home! “This little man goes by Troll. He enjoys sleeping on anything that is soft, running frenzied laps around our apartment in five-minute intervals, making pig noises and playing with his KONG bone. We rescued Troll about five months ago. He is a big-hearted pup and we could not be happier that he is part of our family.”

Solomon Woods
Soloman Woods

King Solomon Woods IV. This handsome fellow has an equally handsome and nice daddy! Solomon is a 2-year-old Dachshund/German Shepard mix. He has BA in Drama, and he graduated early from Solid Bone University. Is that an online Uni?

And you guys get one last gander at the joi de ma vie, c’est Mini!

Mini Armour
Mini Armour

I think animals are one of the best parts of life. So take some time, surf our favorite pets, and if you’re able, head over to PetFinder to make a new addition to your family!

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