Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Slobberdog Inspiration

Dozer is a slobberdog inspiration.  Our book trailer explains.

MPL Book Trailer #204
Dozer's Run: a True Story of a Dog and His Race,
written by Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza
(illustrated by David Opie)

The book is available to check-out from our Evergreen Indiana catalog (if you have an E.I.  library card).

On May 15, 2011, Dozer saw several people running a marathon--well, actually, a half marathon--and he decided to join the adventure. Uncharacteristically, he ran out of his yard and followed the runners.  It was the Maryland Half Marathon (MHM) to raise money for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC).  Not that Dozer knew that--he's a slobberdog, after all, not a super-intelligent feline--but he knew something exciting was happening, and he was determined to discover the fun on this grand journey.

Dozer ran most of the 13-mile course, inspiring his human counterparts to their best performances.  He crossed the finish line but was then overlooked by all the people milling about after the race.  It took him all night, but he reached his home safely.  Exhausted, he slept for two days.

People donated money to UMGCC in the names of runners.  The donations rolled in under Dozer's name--a whopping $25,000 total, more than twice as much as any other runner. Seven hundred donors from 43 states, as well as Canada and Great Britain, contributed.

Through his efforts, Dozer has shown that (quoting from the book) "anybody can take steps, big and small, to help others."

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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