Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature! Meet Chantelle and Felix

I hope you are enjoying the Running with Ollie DOG WEEK. We've been featuring a runner and their favorite four legged running partner every day since Friday! Although, if you ask Ollie, he would tell you (in that way that dogs do) that every week is dog week around here. If you've fallen behind you can catch up on Furry Features here. Let's see who is next. I am excited to introduce you to Chantelle and Felix from

When I am on vacation, every day is Friday!

Hi, Chantelle. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
My favorite running partner is my 60-lb. staffie mix, Felix, adopted from Austin Animal Center where I've volunteered for almost seven years as a runner of shelter dogs. Felix is six years old, and a tireless athlete. He once accompanied me on a 22-mile marathon training run, then he went swimming for 40 minutes, and then played with his cattle dog friend for 40 minutes. He still wasn't tired.
Chantelle and Felix
Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
I love running Felix and the shelter dogs on Austin's Town Lake Trail. It has multiple distance options, ranging from three miles to ten miles.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
No, although he accompanied me on every training run for the 2011 Chicago full marathon.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
Finishing my first full marathon in 2010 was a major high. I never thought I could run that far, and definitely not in less than 4.5 hours. For that first marathon, I did training runs exclusively with different animal shelter pups, as I did not yet have Felix.

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
The dogs I've trained with have so much enthusiasm and joy in running. I find their "running is fun" attitude contagious, which makes canines the best running coaches out there.
Chantelle and a shelter dog! 
Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
I've finished three full marathons thanks to Felix and the shelter dogs I continue to train with. Running with shelter dogs is one of the most effective ways of saving their lives because it keeps them from going kennel crazy while they await adoption. This makes it such a win-win: You get in shape and shelter dogs become more adoptable!

Also, my running with shelter dogs has been featured in Fitness Magazine (, Ruffwear ( and our local news in Austin ( - I'm fairly evangelical about what a great thing it is!

You can follow Chantelle and Felix on her blog at or on Twitter

Get caught up on Dog Week Furry Features here.

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

If you want to check out some other great running dog blogs, check out Top Dog Running Blogs (spoiler alert: clicking on link will lead to cute pictures of running dogs).

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  1. My favorite Dog Week post so far!! I've been wanting to volunteer at my local shelter-and this makes me want to even more. You Rock Chantelle!!

    1. Thanks, Hallie - I've found shelter volunteering to be so addictive and meaningful!


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