Everyone loves the story of Boogie Butts, the chocolate Labrador who ran the Evansville Half-Marathon after escaping from his owner last Saturday. He even got a write-up in Runner’s World . But it took Deadspin to focus on the fact that Boogie would probably return his finisher’s medal in exchange for what he stands to lose .
This was Boogie’s fourth successful escape attempt, so to calm him down, Butts is going to have him neutered. “He’s going to lose part of his manhood here,” Butts said. “That was part of the deal.”
While Boogie’s accomplishment is noteworthy, he’s not the first canine to run a half-marathon. Dozer the dog finished the Maryland Half-Marathon two years ago after running away from home. He ended up on ESPN’s web site , received a medal, and has a page on the race web site to raise money for cancer research .
No information is available on Dozer’s spheres or lack thereof, but Boogie’s run should be enough of a deterrent to future doggie distance racers.