Tail Runner Ambassadors
Meet Running Dog Roxy and Narelle
In May 2009 after losing our beloved German Shepherd Narla a few months earlier we decided it was time to open our hearts to another four legged friend. I had seen online a dog at the Animal Welfare League on the Gold Coast that looked like she would suit.
So I packed the kids in the car and made it to the Gold Coast just before the cut off time for adoptions. As we looked at all the dog’s one small little pup got my attention with her big sad eyes. The lady helping us told me this dog would grow very large and would be too boisterous but I knew she was the one for us. She met our other dog Bella which went well so we adopted her and bundled her into the car for the hour and a half trip home.
We re-named her Roxy and she instantly became part of our family. In 2013 I decided it was time to get fit. I had always been a runner in my younger years so started my running journey. At Pete's suggestion I took Roxy along for protection and after our first run together I declared it was never going to work. She would get excited, pull, stop and trip me over.
We persisted and within a few weeks we were on our way to mastering running together. From there we went from strength to strength. We ran out first half together at Ipswich park2park in 2014 and have competed in it every year since. She has become my number 1 running partner. We have run thousands of kilometres together many of them with just us in the beautiful bush in White Rock. We keep each safe and sane on the long runs and we push each other on the hard faster runs.
Smithy and Megan
I remember the first time I scrolled across the application on the Australian Working Dog Rescue Website for Smithy…. something just ignited inside of me and I knew we were meant to find each other. I had been searching for a while as I wanted to find a doggy soulmate to protect me on my early morning runs. I filled out the application form on the AWDRI website and spoke to Smithy’s Foster Carer via phone. I still remember that phone call which reinforced even further that feeling that we were meant to be together. Within a couple of weeks Smithy was on doggy transport from Charters Towers in North Queensland, to his new home in Rockhampton - Central Queensland.
The moment I met Smithy was a moment that will be etched in my heart forever. As the transport driver opened the door of the doggy trailer, Smithy bounded out and literally jumped into my arms with his head snuggled into my neck. It was love at first sight! Smithy and I were running around the block within the first week.