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Dog runs Md. half-marathon, raises $13K for cancer

Tuesday - 6/21/2011, 3:34pm  ET

Dozer displays his race medal proudly. (Photo courtesy of Dozer The Dog's Fan Page)
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Meera Pal, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - A marathon-crashing dog has inspired an online fundraiser that has taken in more than $13,000 in donations toward cancer research.

Dozer, a 3-year-old goldendoodle (a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle) escaped from his yard and decided to join more than 2,000 people running by his house, as part of the Maryland Half Marathon.

Dozer and his owners had gone to visit family when the invisible fence surrounding the yard temporarily went down due to a power outage and he escaped.

The race, which took place Sunday, May 15 in Howard County, Md., was organized to benefit The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Even though Dozer was a last-minute entry, race organizers awarded the pup an official race finishers' medal -- and some dog treats.

Following his impromptu run, Dozer's family decided to set-up a fundraising page to raise money for cancer research.

According to that page, Dozer did not inform his family of his race participation and he "had to walk all the way home after the race and Mom didn't find me at home until the next morning .... Boy was I sore!!"

By Tuesday afternoon, Dozer had raised $13,385. His goal is to raise $15,000 for the Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Among the donations is $1,000 from the makers of the invisible fence that temporarily went down on race day during a power outage. In addition, the makers have provided the homeowners a battery backup to ensure the system continues to work during the next power outage.

The furry celebrity also has a Facebook fan page with about 800 "Likes" as of Tuesday afternoon.

For the record, Dozer finished the race in two hours and 14 minutes.

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