Sunday 26 May 2019

This supportive dog encouraged marathon runners battling the rain in Boston

Spencer took time out of his job as a therapy dog to cheer on runners.

A dog's life cheerleading (Rich Powers/ Spencer and Penny/PA)
A dog's life cheerleading (Rich Powers/ Spencer and Penny/PA)

By Taylor Heyman, Press Association

A golden retriever has achieved internet acclaim for supporting runners in the Boston Marathon.

Spencer, smartly dressed in a windbreaker rain jacket to protect him from the cold and rain, held flags to cheer on runners in a video shared to Facebook by his owner.

“When we got home he was drier than me!” said Rich Powers, Spencer’s owner.

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“Reactions from the runners were amazingly positive,” he said.

“Rough conditions for the runners made it extra special.”

Spencer and his sister Penny are therapy dogs, and it turns out Spencer is a fan of the Boston marathon – this was his third time spectating.

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The pair are the stars of their very own Facebook page, with over 2,000 followers. The page follows their weekly therapy appointments and their daily lives as they go to work with Rich.

Their owner says he set up the page to show the two dogs off to other dog lovers – “They are too good not to share.”

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The video of Spencer at the marathon has been viewed over 100,000 times by Facebook users.

This year’s marathon fell on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three spectators and injured hundreds of others.

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