Welcome to our Charity Runner of the week, Oscar!! But first, a note from his human:

Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Charity Runner Blog Post

Here’s the thing: the primary runner is my dog, Oscar. I’m just the “service human” for him, if you will. I’m not a crazy person, I swear! It all started 3 years ago when I joined a Facebook running group, and people were just getting so wrapped up in unimportant details like, “Should I change my 10K training if there’s a chance of rain on race day?” Or “Hey ladies, should I run in a skirt?” I just thought, if a dog could read all of this, what would he make of it? So “Oscar” started posting his thoughts about our runs, just like any other member of the community. Except that he’s a dog, so even though many of the experiences are the same, sometimes telling it through a dog’s eyes gives a different perspective. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own. Everything that goes out on social media and the internet about us is from Oscar’s point of view, so I hope that you don’t mind if I answer the questions as him.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1.) What kind of runner are you (are you in it for the adventure, the donations, or are you in it to win it?)

I’m a dog runner! Why choose between adventure, charity and winning? I want to do all the things: have fun, catch the dog in front of me, AND do something great for the stray people puppies. I go on all kinds of fun adventures with my human (whose name is Mom), but my favorite kinds of runs are trail runs in the mountains, and races where I get to meet fans and listen to them tell me what a handsome guy I am. I’m a professional ladies’ man and ladies love a handsome dog who wins races. I’m also a big fan of cows (they don’t love me back as much as the ladies do), so running past hundreds of cows on the Bears course is a terrific adventure for me.

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2.) How did you find out about our race, and what motivated you to sign up?

Last year, Mom bought me a present from the dog-running booth at the CIM expo. Because where we live isn’t a very dog friendly place, she asked the lady at the booth if she had a directory of races in California that allowed dogs to participate. The lady said she didn’t have a list, but that Running with the Bears allowed dog-runners, and they had a booth here. “Where is it?!” Mom demanded. Then she ran across the whole expo, pushing people out of the way to get there as fast as she could. She grabbed the sign-up sheet out of the nice lady’s hands, and filled it out. As she handed it back she said, “Great! Where’s Greenville? Like near Oakland or something?” And that’s how we learned about Running with the Bears!

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3.) What made you decide to be a Charity Runner?

Last year we ran as Charity Runners because all of the regular slots were full. But after learning about everything that Mountain Circle does, spending more time in Plumas county, and meeting some very polite and friendly people puppies, we became big supporters of Mountain Circle’s mission. Mom and I have fallen in love with Plumas County since visiting for the first time for The Bears race last year. There is a laid-back friendliness that makes this place very special. The Indian Valley community is doing something right when they raise their pups, and we want them to keep doing it.

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We didn’t sign up to be charity runners this year, but it was important for us to raise money for Mountain Circle anyway because I was adopted. When Mom adopted me, she learned about how important socialization and confidence are for a dog to become a friendly gentlemutt and good doggie citizen. A puppy needs to have lots of different kinds of adventures so that they feel confident in new situations, and while they’re learning they need a supportive human to encourage them when they are doing a good job, and stop them when they are about to try something dangerous. The world is a dangerous place when you’re insecure and you have a pit bull head, a loud bark, and an athletic physique.

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Through the experience of training me to be a Good Boy, Mom realized that human puppies need the same variety of experiences and supportive adults around them to grow into confident and well adjusted man-humans and woman-humans. Some things are just universal! The adventures and support that Mountain Circle provides is exactly what teaches people puppies that they can do anything they set their mind to, and deserve all of the same opportunities as everyone else. Those experiences give them the confidence and skills to pursue their dreams and share their talents, and I wanted to support that message. You can read a full description of why we’re raising money for Mountain Circle in the blog post I wrote about it.

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4)     Do you have any fundraising advice for other people who aren’t sure how to get started as a charity runner?

I’m a dog, so I don’t get why people get so shy about asking for money. It seems like people spend money on lots of silly things, so when given a chance to use their money on something that has a positive impact on the world, like investing in training for young humans, many people are happy to donate a few bucks. Don’t forget to talk about yourself when you ask for money. Your friends may not know anyone benefitting from Mountain Circle’s services, but they care about you, so they’ll be more likely to donate if they understand why you’re fundraising. Find something about the cause that resonates with you, and share that message with your community. When people understand why you care, they will care too and feel good about helping you out.

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For me, what makes my heart swell about Mountain Circle is that when a stranger donates to help support these stray people puppies it says, “You are not alone. There are many people who you’ve never even met who care about you and think that you are valuable. We can’t wait to see what you have to share with the world, and want to support whatever wonderful things you decide to do with your life.” No one will be annoyed with your fundraising if you are genuine in your intentions to help people. The people who aren’t interested won’t think less of you, they’ll just move on. And the people who do donate will be happy to share their love and support. You may reach some people at an inconvenient time, though. So make sure you ask people several times so that they have a chance to follow up if they lose track of your first request.

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5)     If you had a message for the foster children that you’re fundraising for what would it be?

All these strangers contributed because they think that you rock. We can’t wait to see what you have to share with the world, and want to support whatever wonderful things you decide to do with your life. Rock on!

Thanks so much for including us!

Oscar and Claire, but mostly Oscar

To support Oscar and Claire’s fundraising efforts for Mountain Circle’s Foster Kids, GO HERE! 

P.S. Oscar’s  blog is dogblog.wf and his facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/poochoscarthecoach/

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