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Reader's Workouts - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gym

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.


Not really a workout story or an achievement in working out, but I just had to share this story!

I was just getting ready to pull into my friend's neighborhood when I saw a dog. Just a dog, no human. I didn't think anything of it since it was dark, the dog was dark, and he was in an unlit area on the side of the road.

As we were pulling out of her street a minute later, I realized that it WAS just a dog and he was booking it down a busy road towards an even busier intersection. We knew we had to catch this dog!

We followed him down towards the intersection and thankfully he turned the corner instead of running into traffic. He stopped to sniff and we tried to lure him to the car but he took off again running into an apartment complex.  We couldn't get into the complex and drove along side the complex to see if he would run out. When we didn't see him we decided to just turn around and head to the gym.

I made my turn around on a side street and as I came to the stop sign there he was again, dashing up a street.  We followed and caught up to him as he ran up a random porch. I opened my car door, and called for him "here buddy" and he came charging at the car and jumped right in. I was not expecting that!

With the dog in the car we started a methodical drive around the blocks trying to find the owner. Having had a dog get away from the house before I knew that someone would be out looking for him and knew what kinda of car behavior to look for as we drove around.  We made a call to someone at home and they were going to post something about finding the dog to the local dog park page.

About five minutes later I spotted the car! It had made a turn onto the same street we turned onto and then stopped at a really weird spot.  We pulled up along the car and no sooner did my foot hit the break than the owner was jumping out with tears pouring down her face.

I never did get the dog's name, but he is only 3 and this was his first adventure away from home.  They live just across the main street from where I first spotted him and were so thankful that someone like us picked him up.  She said he was super friendly and would have gotten into anyone's car.  Her young daughter was home and extremely upset that they wouldn't find the dog.

We both headed to the gym feeling pretty darn good about ourselves.  Then we both did hill programs on the treadmills and felt like our legs were going to fall off.

It was a good night!


  1. What fun! I love found dog stories and I don't even have a dog.

  2. I'm happy we were able to help, I can't even think of how many people must have driven by that dog before we helped.

  3. Oh that is so awesome! Yay for him getting home to his people. You rock Amelia!


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