Adorable bloodhound ventures onto the farm to pee and comes back with a seventh-place finish in a half-marathon.
Dogs are downright adorable and fill their human's life with so much joy. But, there is also another side of the coin, they can be trouble. They are beings with their own mind and do not care about time or place when it comes to following their hearts. And boy, if they get an open ground, it's game on. This will take their wandering to the next level and their pet parent will be at their wit's end searching for them. Ludivine's human, April Hamlin, had gone through such a scenario one too many times and therefore did not bother too much when she couldn't find her two-year-old bloodhound for almost an hour on her 40-acre farm, as reported by CNN. But to her surprise, her pet was on an adventure of a lifetime.
The whole incident took place in 2016 during the month of January. April seeing Ludivine wanting to pee allowed her to venture into the farm to do the deed. While venturing out Ludivine noted that a marathon was about to start and after completing her business decided to take part in it. It did not matter one bit to her that the Elkmont Half Marathon- The Trackless Train Trek was made just for humans because it's her world and people are just living in it. Everyone was shocked at the dog's skill. There was no human or leash to guide her, but she still managed to make her way through the trail successfully. "Her owner doesn’t even run! That’s what makes the story even better,” said race director Gretta Armstrong.
It was only after Ludivine had completed the race, that April got to know about the whole shennanigan. The pet parent, on her part, was elated and proud of her munchkin's achievement. She said in an interview, "Apparently she went to the race start and took off win the runners at the starting shot. She stayed with a few of the front runners, ran off to sniff some animal carcasses, romped in the water, and then back to the race. I understand she stayed on the course for 13.1 miles, finished seventh, and was the highest-placed female."
Ludivine was not officially given the ranking amongst the 165 humans who ran the half marathon but went home with an honorary medal appreciating her competitive spirit. The dog was a beloved member of the community even prior to this incident. The town of Elkmont only has 400 residents with everyone absolutely in love with Ludivine, therefore, when she joined the marathon nobody batted their lashes even for a second. Her popularity escalated after this incident, as per Celebrity Pets. Her 7th place win made her the cover model for Limestone Life, which is a local magazine for Elkmont’s county of Limestone. After word spread further of Ludivine's achievement, she was honored with another medal, declaring her “First Dog of Limestone Country.”
The organizers of the half-marathon saw how much love Ludivine's achievement had gotten and decided to rename the race to Elkmont’s Hound Dog Half in her honor. The money that was raised from this marathon went towards the Elkmont High School cross country and track/field programs. Unfortunately due to COVID, the race had to be suspended in 2020. Recently, the organization commented that they were looking forward to bringing the event back in 2024. The whole community and doggos like Ludivin are definitely looking forward to it.