Come meet Dozer the Dog and his mom/co-author of Dozer's Run, Rosana Panza!
Dozer the Goldendoodle has a wonderful life! He and his best friend, Chica, belong to a loving family. They have warm beds to sleep in, enough food to eat, and plenty of room in their yard to play and investigate. What more could a good dog want? As it turns out, Dozer wants an adventure. And when a runner runs past his yard, followed by another, and another, and another, Dozer decides to follow and see what is happening. In May 2011, unbeknownst to his owner, Dozer slipped out of his yard in Highland, Maryland, enticed by the sight of people running past. The runners were participating in the Maryland Half Marathon, a race benefitting the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dozer joined the 2,000 runners in the race, inspiring everyone along the 13-mile race course. By the time his adventure was over and he was reunited with his family, Dozer's "Run" encouraged thousands of pledges in support of the Greenebaum Cancer Center. This true story of a playful dog that actually runs a half marathon entertains as well as inspires.
Dozer is a 3-year-old goldendoodle who recently achieved quite an accomplishment -- he joined the more than 2,000 people running the Maryland Half Marathon on May 15, 2011, a race that benefits the UM Greenebaum Cancer Center. He became a last -minute entry when he escaped through an invisible fence in his yard to join the runners passing by house his, which was near mile 5 of the race.
Since that time, Dozer was given an official race finishers’ medal — and some dog treats — by race co-chairmen Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel. Dozer has also raised more than than $7,000 for cancer research at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center via his runners’ page, where people can donate and post comments of support. Visit his runner's page at http://www.ummsfoundation.org/dozer
Dozer’s exploits have also been featured on the Web sites of ESPN, Runner’s World and the Baltimore Sun, among others, and people just can’t seem to get enough of the high-energy, high-fiving dog.