I love running. I mean, I absolutely love it. There's no better feeling than hitting the road, slogging out the miles and clearing your head. But, equally as great is that feeling you get when you walk in the door and a cold little-nosed pup jumps in your lap.
Animals are the greatest kind of therapy. They listen to everything you say, never pass judgement and are truly happy that all you had to do was come home at the end of the day. Of course, a cookie now and then never hurt, either. But, really our little friends need love.
Unfortunately, there are people in this world who get a pet, only to find it's too great a responsibility. Some of these people won't even take on the responsibility to find the pet and home and abandon them. It's something we all know, but for the most part choose to overlook because it's too tough to stomach, myself included.
But, in this world, there are also people whose sole goal is to care for these poor creatures, fix them up, and find them suitable homes.
And, I've got their backs.
For this year's Chicago Marathon, I will be racing and raising for PAWS Chicago, Chicago's largest no-kill animal shelter. These guys are dedicated to keeping our four-legged friends alive until we can find them a suitable home. If you look on
you'll see these guys kick ass, with the majority of dollars dedicated to the animals.