Bandit Dog Dozer Now Raising Money For Charity

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 3, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 3, 2011 at 9:42 AM UTC
Dozer the Goldendoodle with his finisher's medal. Photo: Dozer's Facebook fan page.

Dozer the Goldendoodle with his finisher's medal. Photo: Dozer's Facebook fan page.

Thanks to his Facebook page, he’s exceeded $17,000 in donations.

Three years ago, when he was adopted, Dozer, a Goldendoodle, was the only puppy left in his litter.

His owner, Rosana Dorset, recalls that “he was the last of the bunch. He was the dog no one wanted … but he’s got a great heart.” Fast-forward to the Maryland Half Marathon earlier this year, and Dozer was hardly the dog that no one wanted.

He was inspiring thousands of half marathoners.

Dozer had escaped from an invisible fence in his yard and caught up with runners near the 5-mile mark. For the remainder of the race, he accompanied participants and when he crossed the finish line, muddy paws and all, he turned right back around to go home.

After that race, Dozer’s life changed. Thanks to his Facebook page, Dozer is now raising money for cancer research. He has over 17,000 Facebook friends and has raised more than $17,000. Cancer survivors and Dozer supporters post daily on his wall.

“As a cancer survivor, I’d just like to thank you for all you are doing to help,” wrote someone.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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