2016 DOGGY DASH IS SOLD OUT!
For far too long, canine athletes have faithfully trained alongside their human counterparts, only to be left on the sidelines on race day. No longer! The 2016 Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash gives man (or woman) and best friend the chance to compete in tandem over a five-mile run course. Loyal pups and their loving owners are invited to participate!> View photos from our 2014 gallery
When dog walker Randi laid eyes on puppy Rootie in Prospect Park one day, it was best friends at first sight. As a Brooklyn resident, this four year old Vizsla mix couldn’t be more excited to enter in this year’s AMC Doggy Dash. It’s time to put Rootie and her dog walker to the test, as they conquer 5 miles in Central Park.
This one-year-old American Bulldog and Pit-Bull mix loves to feel the wind beneath his paws. Running alongside his owner, Sean, will be a breeze because, as a New York City native, these streets are his home.
When Porsche was dropped off from her jet at JFK Airport, she met her owner Lyndsey, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Porsche loves running with her human, especially because of all the attention she gets when prancing around Central Park. This three-year-old Doberman Pinscher is looking forward to all of her fans coming to cheer her on at this year’s AMC Doggy Dash.
After competing in the 2015 AMC Doggy Dash, Bella is determined to win this year. She has trained long and hard through her sprinting interval practice of chasing after squirrels and then rolling around in the grass to get rest. As long as she has mentally prepared herself for the ice bath in the middle of the race and sees a few squirrels on the way, she is all set to win.
Being one of the three golden retrievers in this year’s race, six year old Papiko believes that he has what it takes to bring home the real gold. With his partner-in-crime Murat, the two NYC residents are ready for anything.
When owner Bob rescued Calliope, a one year old Border Collie and Lab mix, he had no idea he had just found his new, four-legged running partner. Now, the two run about five miles almost every single day, making them fierce competition in this year’s race. Traveling from Middletown, NJ, Calliope is ready to see her hard work pay off.
Winston, who goes by Winnie, is home to a self-proclaimed “non-athletic” family. However, this three year old Miniature Schnauzer is out to defy his family’s expectations and compete hard in this year’s AMC Doggy Dash. Traveling all the way from Baltimore, Maryland, Winnie is more than excited to see what he and his human, Ashleigh, can do.
This three year old mixed breed was rescued as a puppy by human, Paul, after meeting her online. He says, “It was love at first sight,” after picking her up in New Jersey. Gabby won’t let any other pupticipant get in her way of the prize and she is more than ready to show the New Yorkers what a real Jersey girl can do.
Paco, short for Apocalypse, is a seasoned competitor at the AMC Doggy Dash. He hopes to stay true to his name by destroying the competition with his stamina, hard work and determination. As long as this three year old Portuguese Water Dog can maintain his focus, even in the presence of those Central Park squirrels, he is sure that he will win.
Sierra is a dog with a blog, which her human Pam uses as a fundraising page for rescue animals. This one and a half year old Shepard Mix has learned her speed from hanging out with all of her larger doggy friends at home. She believes that she is just as big and fast as any other dog and will use this confidence to be top runner in this year’s AMC Doggy Dash. With her human Pam, the two are an unstoppable duo.
Maya, the six year old Beagle mix, loves nothing more than her casual runs in Central Park during the warm weather. When she is not hunting down squirrels, you can find her trotting along the Upper East Side with her human, Rena and friends. Maya’s active nature and familiarity with the park sets her ahead from the rest of the pack and she is ready to claim victory.
Boston (aka Lucky)
Boston the Boston Terrier, who is also known as Lucky, has trained very long distances alongside his marathon runner human, David. After his adoption at only 8 weeks old, Lucky has been a loving part of David’s life, during his training and free time. From Brooklyn, NY, Lucky hopes that his marathon training will have prepared him well for the five miles in Central Park.
Tequila, the three year old Morkie, is a loyal companion of her human Emily. During the Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash, you will find Tequila and Emily running together side by side from start to finish. Don’t let her small size and friendly nature fool you, however. Tequila is a strong competitor and will do anything to make her human happy.
This two year old Miniature Australian Shepherd has worked his tail off to impress all of his fans. After last year’s gracious attempt at the AMC Doggy Dash, Rowdy and his human Evan, who has a self-proclaimed “Dad Bod,” is more determined than ever to win it all this year.
This five year old West Highland Terrier has endeavored a tough journey throughout his running career. After an ACL tear and surgery, Murdock is now back on his four feet, running five miles every day with his human Eric. This determined canine has competed all over the Eastern US for four years and has even set the AMC Doggy Dash record! Murdock is a true inspiration for athletes and dogs alike to continue one’s passion even after hard setbacks.
From going on running adventures to cuddling on the couch, Bailey can always be found with her human Melissa. The AMC Doggy Dash is calling Bailey’s name as she wants to put her pastime hobby of running with her best friend to the absolute test. This beautiful two year old Golden Retriever is ready for anything as long as Melissa is by her side.
This handsome Labradoodle is hoping to be the star of the show. After not making it to last year’s race, six year old Martinelli is more than prepared for 2016. He dreams of making it onto the podium with his human Jeff. Underneath those fluffy curls, is a fierce competitor waiting to be crowned champion.
Rusty, the perfect name for the striking red appearance of an Irish Terrier, is the loyal companion of his human, Tracy. With Rusty’s spunky personality, he is determined to get out fast at the start and finish strong at the end. But, winning or losing, Rusty just wants to have fun and spend time with his human.
At only three years old, Grayson is about to embark on his third annual AMC Doggy Dash. Being a seasoned veteran, Grayson is not only comfortable with the course, but he clearly loves doing it since he keeps coming back! He and his human, Evan, believe that the third time’s a charm and maybe this time, Grayson will take home the win.
This Jack Russell Terrier and Whippet mix has some speed in her blood. The Whippet is a descendant of the Greyhound; the world’s fastest dog, and Tes wants to show everyone what she is truly capable of. Terence, Tes’ human, got more than just a running buddy when he adopted Tes; he found a loyal, loving friend. Both Terence and Tes have their eyes on the prize as they prepare to embark on their five mile race through the biggest park in NYC.
Bergamot Grey Hang
This Alaskan Klee Kai is just a one year old puppy looking to be happy and healthy with his marathon runner human, PaFoua. You can find the pair running every morning at Prospect Park, embodying that healthy lifestyle that they both thrive in. Bergamot’s loving nature make running for PaFoua even more fun and the two hope to compete well in this year’s AMC Doggy Dash.
Be on the lookout for Dakota, the three year old Australian Shepherd and Poodle mix, for he has been a medalist in the AMC Doggy Dash. He has returned this year to win it all and with his human Aimee to push him all the way through, Dakota believes that this year is his year.
Dakota Remy Cahill
After not placing in the 2015 AMC Doggy Dash, Dakota Remy Cahill and his human Jeremy are using this upset to push them towards a path of success. Being one of two Alaskan Klee Kais in the race this year, Dakota is even more determined to win that ultimate trophy. This dog is large and in charge and is ready to give it all he has to beat the other pupticipants in his way.
Henderson has happily returned from last year’s race and cannot wait to show those other canines out there what he is made of. With his human, Kirsty, running by his side, he knows that anything is possible. With long and hard training after last year’s race and a new strategy of total doggy confidence, Henderson is sure to be number one.
Now gentledogs, listen up. Lady is a force to be reckoned with. Her second place finish in the 2015 AMC Doggy Dash has only left her hungry for a first place win this year. She has been intensely training with her human Brandon, running 4-5 times per week, 10 miles each time. This four year old Golden Retriever believes she has what it takes to beat the men out there and take home a victory.
Little Joe, the five year old mixed breed from Astoria, NY thinks he’s still a puppy. His energy level has never died down since those puppy days, yet that seems to help him in his running career. Little Joe is an inspiration to his human companion Axl, and they both push each other to run faster and to have fun.
Named after the great state of Alabama of which he was found in a shelter, this mixed breed pupticipant gave his human Ashley a best friend and a wonderful running partner. As a true Southern Boy, Alabama is excited for some friendly competition in his new home of New York City.
Oscar, a German Shorthair Pointer is the perfect match for Dima and Andel. The two were searching for a running buddy and Oscar’s fun and loving nature makes their runs even more exciting. Dima will be running with Oscar this year at the AMC Doggy Dash in hopes of putting their 4-days-a-week training to the test.
5 Tips to Prepare Your Dog for Exercise
In order to prepare your dog for exercise, it's important you follow these five simple tips recommended by Dr. Leilani Alvarez from The Animal Medical Center's Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation & Fitness Service:
1. Always warm up your dog with a 10-minute walk prior to jogging or heavier exercise.
2. Train your dog gradually to increase the amount of time and intensity of exercise over several weeks, just as you would train yourself.
3. Stop exercise and let your dog rest anytime he is resisting you, unable to keep up or showing other signs of distress. Have your pet examined by a veterinarian to ensure exercise is safe for your dog.
4. Massage your dog and provide gentle passive range of motion (PROM) for all major joints. You may do this before or after exercise, and is most beneficial AFTER exercise. In a side-lying position, keeping the limbs parallel to the body, gently flex and extend each joint of the front and hind limbs. Follow these links to YouTube videos on forelimb PROM and hindlimb PROM.
5. Do not feed your dog a large meal for 2 hours prior to exercise. Exercising on a full stomach can predispose your dog to bloat, which can be life-threatening. Small and frequent amounts of water is fine, and important for proper hydration during exercise.
For more information, please call The Animal Medical Center at 212-838-7053 to schedule an appointment for a rehabilitation and fitness consultation.
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