This Reminds Me of the Time I Went Out to Buy a Six-pack and Got Elected Mayor of Cucamonga

Ludivine was nothing but a hound dog — until she became an online sensation by running in a marathon while looking for a place to pee. The 2 1/2 year old was accustomed to roaming freely about her Elkmont, Alabama neighborhood, so when she happened upon the starting line of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon, she went all Forrest Gump and started running with them, finishing seventh.


Submittificated by Amy S.! Story, more photos at Runner’s World.

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22 thoughts on “This Reminds Me of the Time I Went Out to Buy a Six-pack and Got Elected Mayor of Cucamonga

  1. allein January 27, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I’m so glad you posted this! I heard them talking about it on the radio yesterday and I meant to look it up, and totally forgot when I got to work! Ludivine is too cute!

  2. Carol Hackler January 27, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Thanks Mike, I just spit coffee all over my desk because of that caption.

  3. Mikeyfur January 27, 2016 / 11:30 am

    I love her name so much. Almost as much as I love the people in the race who gave her a ribbon for her efforts. 2016 is going to have to work very hard to top this as the feel good story of the year.

  4. debg January 27, 2016 / 11:51 am

    The Runner’s World story was hilarious–Mom was surprised at lazy hound running so far!

  5. Alison January 27, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Doggie was thinking, best day EVER!

  6. Mariana Paes January 27, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    gotta love those ears and tongue flopping about!!!!

  7. The Commenter Formerly Known as Ricky's Mom January 27, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Every single thing about this is full of win. (I have a special fondness for opening sentence, for reasons of my own.)

  8. birdcage January 27, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    That’s the best story I’ve read in a long time. I’ve long contended that a hound doggeh is the bestest of all doggehs. We used to have a beloved, lazy dachshund whose greatest pleasure appeared to be an afternoon nap in an easy chair with a blanket. Until the “Freedom Run of ’09”, that is, when that little dog got out of the house and led the whole family on the most wild of goose chases. We only caught her when she got stuck half-over a fallen log (as a dachshund is wont to do, from time to time). The energy she displayed during that run surprised us all.

    • Faye January 27, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Those little suckers are fast. Especially when they know you want them to come home!!

  9. Faye January 27, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I love the Runners World article. It seems that Ludivine could have had a faster time but broke stride to sniff another dog, check out some cows and investigate a dead rabbit. All in good doggie form. Why come in first if you can smell up some stuff along the way!!!

    Next years race will have a new name:
    “The hound left quite an impression on race organizers and participants. So much so that the half marathon, which was held for the first time this year, will be renamed the “Hound Dog Half” in honor of the pooch,”

    • Madame X January 27, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      Love the new name!!!

      Elkmont sounds like a lovely place!

    • Gigi_the cat lady January 27, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      You should always take time to stop and smell the dead rabbits LOL!

  10. patris January 27, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I got all the way to the end of the story before I began to suspect it existed outside NTMTOM’s imagination.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike January 27, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Nothing exists outside my imagination. I am Supreme Ruler of the Universe, First Cause of All Things, and I have willed all of you into existence for my amusement. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to call an orderly because this straitjacket is starting to chafe.

      • patris January 27, 2016 / 1:46 pm

        Some days it would explain a lot to believe you cooked up some of the odder details of my life.

      • Faye January 27, 2016 / 2:52 pm

        That might also explain the 2016 election cycle. And the giant blue Shoe Church in Taiwan.

      • birdcage January 27, 2016 / 3:48 pm

        I, for one, would welcome a NOMTOM overlord.

        • Faye January 27, 2016 / 4:21 pm

          I think we already have!!

      • SAA1451 January 27, 2016 / 10:33 pm

        Have the orderly get you some moleskin (the kind in the footcare aisle, not the kind where you need access to an actual mole — be sure to specify or they won’t bring you any.) It is especially useful if you place it just under where the buckles try to dig into your skin.

    • Smartypants January 27, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Hehe, when I saw the original story I thought it was a spoof by The Onion – delighted to learn that it’s real! It totally charms me in a way I can’t pinpoint.

  11. amyliz January 27, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I love everything about this story and this post! And Ludivine is adorable!☺

  12. viola1000 January 28, 2016 / 6:20 am

    He looks so pleased with himself, love the picture of him with the ribbon 🙂

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