NATIONAL PET DAY

NATIONAL PET DAY

"If you run, NATHAN runs with you."  That has been one of our motto's for a longtime. This can also apply to our loyal pets.  They will follow us to the ends of the earth, except of course if they are a cat or a chicken, in which case they will let you run to the end of the earth by yourself.  To honor our pets today, April 11 on NATIONAL PET DAY,  we highlight some of our athletes' and employees' best friends.

 

HAPPY NATIONAL PET DAY!

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Stephanie Howe Violett

 

Your pet’s name: Riley Osama (Osama is his middle name, earned when he was a puppy and a night terrorist)

 

Species or breed: Pointer/ Lab mix

 

Age: 7

 

Stephanie and Riley build a snowman. They avoided the yellow snow. Stephanie and Riley build a snowman. They avoided the yellow snow.

 

Favorite snack(s): mandarins. I start peeling one and he comes running. Although he really likes any food EXCEPT carrots….so weird!

 

Favorite Activity: Running, eating, chasing things, and napping

 

Weekly Mileage: 100 miles

 

How you came to be with each other: We found Riley on Craigslist posting “Help, my neighbor’s dog got my dog pregnant!” Best $20 I ever spent!

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: Riley has been seen around Bend wearing the Nathan Buff this winter.

 

If Riley could talk, he would say: Can we run? Can we run? Can we run? SQUIRREL! Can we eat? Can we eat? Can we eat?

 

Riley gets some last minute work done before his 2nd run of the day. Riley gets some last minute work done before his 2nd run of the day.

 

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Dan Bucci

 

Your pet’s name: Coors

 

Species or breed: Cat, who knows cat breeds anyway?

 

Age: 14?

 

Coors has his eye on you. Coors has his eye on you.

 

Favorite snack(s): Pieces of my carpet

 

Favorite Activity: Sleeping? Yeah sleeping.

 

Weekly Mileage: 0.2

 

How you came to be with each other: He was a stray that found me

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: It’s definitely that Nebula Fire Headlamp. He can chase that damn beam all day.

 

If Coors could talk, he would say: “Get out of that spot in my bed!"

 

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Jackie Merritt

 

Your pet’s name: Bernie

 

Species or breed: standard poodle

 

Age: 6 months

 

Bernie is made up mostly of floof. Bernie is made up mostly of floof.

 

Favorite snack(s): mulch

 

Favorite Activity: tormenting the cat

 

Weekly Mileage: 10m x 10,000 intervals

 

How you came to be with each other: Bernie is the baby of the baby of the baby of my family dog when I was a kid.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: Nathan soft flasks. They feel the best to puncture while teething!

 

If Bernie  could talk, he would say: “Less dog food, more treats please!” He is very polite.

 

Bernie loves Jackie so much he wants to eat her face. Bernie loves Jackie so much he wants to eat her face.

 

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Catra Corbett aka Dirt Diva 

 

Your pet’s name: TruMan aka Dirt Doxie

 

Species or breed: Isabella dapple miniature dachshund

 

Age: 10

 

Truman gets a lift in the Journey Pack. Truman gets a lift in the Journey Pack.

 

Favorite snack(s): bananas , almond butter packets and doggie treats

 

Favorite Activity: Trail running and sleeping

 

Weekly Mileage: 35-45

 

How you came to be with each other: I was fostering him for Doxie rescue. I became a foster failure. I adopted him. We fell in love pretty much right away.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: he loves the SpeedMax Plus flask. He uses the lid as a water bowl.  But I must say he is digging the new Journey FastPack.  He likes the fact I can now take him on multiple day adventures and runs over 25 milers. Since he fits very comfy in the pack.

 

If TruMan could talk, he would say: I wish people would stop saying poor little dog ! When me and my Momo run by. My Momo doesn't force me to do anything. I love to run.  She adopted me and helped change my life.  I was afraid of everything . But once she took me out to the trails , I came alive and felt safe.  I was a poor little dog before I found running and my Momo.

 

Truman takes in the view. This dog is as stylish as his momo. Truman takes in the view. This dog is as stylish as his momo, Catra.

 

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Lauren Ross

 

Your pet’s name: Pigpen

 

Species or breed: 17-pound Terrier mix

 

Age: 3ish or something?

 

Pigpen poses for his glamour shot. Pigpen poses for his glamour shot.

 

Favorite snack(s): Frozen green beans

 

Favorite Activity: Running with mommy, snuggling with mommy, biting his sister Stella's face when she steals his bones, growling at passers-by, sneaking out of the fence to bark at our bald neighbor who he is afraid of

 

Weekly Mileage: Pigpen goes between 20-40 MPW depending on how lazy the humans are being, and how hot it is. Long runs can get over 20 miles but only if it's not summer in Houston.

 

How you came to be with each other: It was Memorial Day 2015, and we had just moved into a new house in Houston in April. The first dog I ever owned, Louie, died at the end of the prior October and we adopted Stella two months after. If you know one thing about Stella, you know she's an #independentwoman: while she does like a good head scratch, she is just a bit less affectionate than my previous dog and I was itching to get another. This long weekend, we were building raised beds for a vegetable garden and planting starts. Brooks told me that if I finished my chores, we could go to the SPCA (lol). I tend to be the messy one in the relationship, so I'm sure he didn't anticipate that I would finish doing all the dishes, cleaning all the laundry, helping with the garden boxes, and cleaning the house, but I defied all odds in the name of puppies!! Brooks had always envisioned the duo of one bigger dog and one scraggly little one, and when we went to the shelter, there was Pigpen looking like the saddest dog in the world. We brought Stella to meet him and they completely ignored each other, then as I was filling out the adoption paperwork he started to bark SO LOUD that I started to freak out a little that he would be the worst dog ever. Luckily, as soon as we let him loose in the backyard he and Stella started playing and getting along - until the rain came. That night we had a giant thunderstorm stall over the city of Houston that brought torrential downpours and historic flooding, and we found out that Pigpen is afraid of thunder. Welcome home, Pip!   We adopted Pigpen on the day of Houston's historic Memorial Day flood. It took just hours to learn that he is violently afraid of thunder storms.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: SpeedDraw Plus Insulated keeps mommy's water nice and cold so I can drink it all

 

If Pigpen could talk, he would say: "If you're not first you're last! HERE COME ME AND MOMMY!" (He is a very competitive runner)

 

Dorothy and her little dog...Pigpen? Dorothy and her little dog...Pigpen?

 

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Jeff Ball

 

Your pet’s name: Brazos

 

Species or breed: Aussiedoodle

 

Age: 17 Weeks Old

 

Brazos behaves for Jeff while out in public. Brazos behaves for Jeff while out in public.

 

Favorite snack(s): Puppy Food and the occasional stolen bite of my morning oatmeal.

 

Favorite Activity: Bathing and anything that has to do with water. She has been introduced to trail running events, but she isn’t allowed to run yet, so maybe trail running in her future.

 

Weekly Mileage: At least a few miles earned from walking around and playing with toys.

 

How you came to be with each other: My fiancé wanted a dog for a long time and Brazos was the one that won us over.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: I would have to say the SuperShot Hydration Bottle because of her love of water. She whines and tries to get in the sink or shower every time she hears them turn on.

 

If Brazos could talk, (s)he would say: “Can I see your hand?” and then she would bite it. She’s really into biting.

 

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Sage Canaday

 

Your pet’s name: Dakota

 

Species or breed: a MUT! (chow, husky, black lab maybe?)

 

Age: 8

 

One of them looks thrilled to be out running. One of them looks thrilled to be out running.

 

Favorite snack(s): cat food

 

Favorite Activity: sleeping on the porch

 

Weekly Mileage: 0-3 miles

 

How you came to be with each other: my parents rescued her

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: any vest/pack without hydration bottles!

 

If Dakota  could talk, she would say:  Why do you run so much?!

 

Dakota is ready to... nap. Dakota is ready to... nap.

 

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Brent Hollowell, VP of Marketing

 

Your pet’s name: Nacho

 

Species or breed: Pure Bred Mutt

 

Age: 12

 

There must be cheese and bacon in Brent's beard. There must be cheese and bacon in Brent's beard.

 

Favorite snack(s): Cheese or bacon flavored anything… he’d eat a rock if it had cheese or bacon on it.

 

Favorite Activity: Trail running

 

Weekly Mileage: 10 – 15  (because I’m only home on weekends)

 

How you came to be with each other: Fate… we went and saw a whole litter of pups and he just came up to me and stuck like glue. There was no choice to be made. He chose me.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: The VaporAir… he drinks from the 2L bladder hose and the front stash pocket holds his Nacho snacks.

 

If Nacho could talk, he would say:  Only two sentences, and they would be questions… “When do we eat? “When do we run?”

 

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Camille Herron

 

Your pet’s name: Hawi and Winny

 

Species or breed: German Shepherds

 

Age: 2 ½ and 1

 

Hawi and Winny accost Camille after a run. Hawi and Winny accost Camille after a run.

 

Favorite snack(s): Pizza crust and French fries

 

Favorite Activity: W-A-L-K

 

Weekly Mileage: 15 miles

 

How you came to be with each other: We adopted both as puppies from friends. We got Hawi right Meb won the Boston Marathon and named him after Meb’s brother, Hawi. Winny was named to honor my first World title win in Winschoten, Netherlands.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: Anything with water or that’s sweaty/salty they can lick and chew on.

 

If Hawi and Winny  could talk, they would say: “Feed me” and “I love you!”

 

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Caroline Boller

 

Your pet’s name:  Scramble

 

Species or breed: Araucana Hen

 

Age: 6 months

 

Caroline gives Scramble some TLC. Caroline gives Scramble some TLC.

Favorite snack(s):  apple

 

Favorite Activity: dirt baths

 

Weekly Mileage:  I think she’s come on runs with me if she could

 

How you came to be with each other: My boys picked her out at the farm when she was a couple of days old

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product:  Sorry guys, she’s a chicken

 

If Scramble could talk, (s)he would say: Stop expecting me to lay an egg. The pressure, I can’t take the pressure!

 

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Maggie Guterl

 

Your pet’s name: Titus

 

Species or breed: Weimeraner

 

Age: 7

 

Titus "paws-es" for reflection upon reaching the Pinnacle Overlook. Titus "paws-es" for reflection upon reaching the Pinnacle Overlook.

 

Favorite snack(s): Frozen peas, peanut butter, steak. Altogether, separate, doesn’t matter!

 

Favorite Activity: Trail running followed by naps in close second

 

Weekly Mileage: 15-20 miles

 

How you came to be with each other: He came with the boyfriend but let the record show Titus now likes me best.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: SuperShot. Titus loves water.  He drinks insane amounts of water!

 

If Titus could talk, he would say: “I’m hungry. Let’s go running then have snacks.”  We are a lot of like!!

 

Titus loves napping as much as he loves being outside. Titus loves napping as much as he loves being outside.

 

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Nicole Kalogeropoulos

 

Your pet’s name: Stella

 

Species or breed: Border Collie/ Shepherd Mix

 

Age: 7.5

 

Stella shows Nicole how to run easy. Stella shows Nicole how to run easy.

 

Favorite snack(s): Carrots and Peanut Butter

 

Favorite Activity: Swimming at White Rock Lake

 

Weekly Mileage: 20 miles per week

 

How you came to be with each other: Stella was sleeping on a little blue blanket and a pet rescue event.  I couldn’t help but to take her home that day.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: VaporAiress

 

If Stella could talk, (s)he would say: Don’t go to work today.  Stay home so we can spend the day together.

 

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Megan & David Roche

 

Your pet’s name:  Addie the Adventure Dog. Aka Ms. Hairy Nugget Zebraploof if you nasty

 

Species or breed:  We were told spaniel/retriever mix, though likely part unicorn

 

Age:  4

 

Addie gets in her weekly long run before going home to post on Instagram. Addie gets in her weekly long run before going home to post on Instagram.

 

Favorite snack(s):  She has never seen food she didn’t love. Peanut Butter Puffins are our go-to treat for runs

 

Favorite Activity:  Snuggling after eating

 

Weekly Mileage:  20 (15 in one run)

 

How you came to be with each other:  We were driving down a back-road in rural North Carolina when we passed through the little town of Walnut Cove. At the only stoplight, there was a sign that said “FREE PUPS.” A litter was unattended in a pick-up truck outside the hardware store. Even then, Addie was ridiculous—a 5-week old puppy that was going crazy to love everyone and everything that passed, even as her litter-mates crowded in the back scared. Megan fell in love, and the rest is history. From backwoods NC, Addie has now visited (aka pooped in) 29 states.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: Hydration vest because it means an adventure is coming

 

If Addie could talk, she would say: I LOVE YOU AND FOOD BUT MOSTLY YOU

 

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Greg Brantner, Marketing Manager

 

Your pet’s name: Mina

 

Species or breed: Beagle/Jack Russel

 

Age: 7 or 9

 

I wanted to make this the cover photo for the blog but our coworker said it was too creepy. I wanted to make this the cover photo for the blog but our coworker said it was too creepy.

 

Favorite snack(s): Pig’s ears and cat food

 

Favorite Activity: Sleeping, sighing like an old man, getting muddy on trails, defending her couch-turf from the cats, nervously shaking uncontrollably, and shame-hiding under furniture

 

Weekly Mileage: NA – Mina’s in it for the love of sport, not the miles and accolades

 

How you came to be with each other: Mina is a pound puppy whose given name was Sweetie. When I saw her, shivering and curled up in the far back corner of her kennel, she gave me a look that said, “Not Sweetie – anything but this terrible name”.

 

Your pet’s favorite Nathan product: I stuffed her into a VaporAir once, and though she fought it at first, eventually she gave up, and found a way to make herself comfortable.

 

If Mina could talk, she would say: “The cats plot against me all day long, when I’m sleeping in my crate”

 

mina_2 A less creepy photo of Greg and Mina.

 

HAPPY NATIONAL PET DAY from NATHAN!

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