World`s first dog to complete a half marathon dies in US
New York: A pooch in US that shot to fame after he became the world`s first dog to complete a half marathon without the assistance of a human, has died after suffering a heart attack.
The 10-year-old dog, Boogie, managed to escape from his home on October 5 to participate in the Evansville, Indiana, half marathon.
He covered 20.9 km in 2 hours and 15 minutes, outpacing 1,128 registered runners, the Evansville `Courier Press` reported.
The Labrador had to be taken to an animal shelter and it was only then that his owner, Jerry Butts, was told of his dog`s exploits.
The canine`s feat earned him a medal and his runaway tale launched him into an international media sensation.
Unfortunately, Boogie suffered a heart attack and died on Oct 15, his owners said.
"He loved every minute of the attention," Butts wrote in a Facebook message to Boogie`s fans a day after the dog`s death, `New York Daily News` reported.
"You know him as the first dog thought to have completed a half marathon unassisted, but to me and my sons, he was our companion, our watchdog, and a member of our family," he wrote.
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