While we were in Kona, my IronGuy wanted to swim the course used for the Hawaii Ironman.*
Hubs has done Ironman Canada, but dreams of someday getting his knees back in working order and doing the Hawaii Ironman. (Here's hopin'.)
When the hubs finished, he said he passed a German shepherd at the mile marker (the halfway point for the 1.2 mile swim).
A dog?? I was a bit shocked, as you might imagine. At the halfway point?!
We waited and sure enough...
Afterwards, I went to use the restroom and when I came out, the hubs was nowhere in sight.
I should have known I'd find him hanging out with the dog!
The swim competitors had become fast friends.
Later we found out the dog is something of a local celebrity! His name is Dillon, and he sure does love some scritchin'!
You can read a great article about Dillon HERE and see some pawesome photos of him in action while he swims.
His momma saved him from a shelter where he was scheduled to be euthanized. He had suffered abuse, but his new momma promised him he'd never be alone again. Even if that meant he would be coming along when she did her thrice weekly swims! She suits him up in a float coat and a little buoy under his neck, and away they go!
We were thrilled to get to meet Dillon. He seemed please to meet us too since we were generous with the scritchin'.
Funnily enough, this is not the first time the hubs and I have swum long distances with a dog. I once swam a 10K event for charity when we lived in Bermuda, and there was a golden retriever who did the event too! (Only difference was that the golden would cheat... The swim was around the edge of a bay, so there were places where the dog could get out and run for a bit, then hop back in the water. Still, he swam most of it. And I think he might have beat me!)
Could your dog be an IronDog? (Rita says, "No, thank you.")
* An Ironman race = 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Crazy, right?? Now here's a fun fact: the dog in my novel, What the Dog Ate, is named Kona after the birthplace of Ironman racing.
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