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12 August 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Helping out at the City to Surf


The City to Surf is an annual 14km fun run from the centre of Sydney to Bondi Beach.  A huge community event with about 85,000 runners it raises millions of dollars for charity.  Let me try and paint you a picture of my involvement in the race this year…

It was Sunday so we pottered down for our regular harbour swim, getting across the main road before the race started.  The Fire Service Brass Band was set up (playing Eye of the Tiger) on the large traffic island in the middle of the road, building up the atmosphere and getting ready to entertain the crowd.

Had my usual dip and the lead runners sprinted past.  Suddenly caught a whiff of something about 400 metres away.  Off leash I looked at my owner and looked back toward the road wistfully.  Looked at her again, saw her coming towards me with the leash and raced off, nose in the air.  Dodged the normal park users, squeezed past the six-deep spectator crowd, bounded through the streaming runners (got kicked accidentally a few times) and onto the traffic island.

Driven mad by smells I wove in and out of the brass band (now playing Another one bits the dust), knocking over a few music stands and finally found the Fire Service barbeque men, who were handing out free hot dogs to the runners (many of whom were walking).  Quickly hoisted myself up on the hot plate and ate a metre of sausages. Chomp, chomp – a morning of careful grilling all gone.

A burly firemen with a handlebar moustache collared me with part of a fire hose until my frantic owner arrived on the scene, pushing past the race marshalls who were shouting at her to ‘get off the course’.

Was so happy to see her because I felt quite sick. Sat down and refused to move so the burly fireman picked me up and deposited me, through the throngs, on the other side of the road.  Lay down in a pained heap, spectators laughing at my owner (not me of course) and after about half an hour of coaxing headed slowly home.

Thankfully no news item stating ‘Labrador creates havoc in major running festival’ and no footage taken by the circling helicopter either.  Could have been a lead news story though…just another day in the life of Ruby.


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  1. 1st World Dog / Aug 12 2013 4:14 pm

    Laughing… lots… tears of laughter…. oh Ruby you have outdone yourself. That is brilliant!!! Paws Up!!!
    You should have been the lead news story!!!

  2. fozziemum / Aug 12 2013 4:25 pm

    Geez Louise Ruby you are determined to send your mum bonkers heheheh …we know some girls who did the fun run and they never mentioned the chaos that is Ruby hahaha…if you aren’t careful mum might send you to boot camp 😉
    Big hugs Fozziemum xx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:11 pm

      Don’t need boot camp – am perfect retriever, sniffer out of things and consumer on a grand scale 🙂

      • fozziemum / Aug 12 2013 7:28 pm

        Hahahahah indeed you are 🙂

  3. Sonel / Aug 12 2013 4:30 pm

    Whahahahaha! You sure now how to brighten up anyone’s day Ruby! What a pity that wasn’t in the news. Would have been an awesome story and everyone would have smiled. Just what the newspapers need. The photo would have been great on the frontpage as well. 😀 *big hugs*

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:12 pm

      Yes can’t understand why I didn’t make the front page…in fact one of the vets in my practice (well a tv personality now) made the front page as he collapsed due to a virus and didn’t get to the finish…maybe he needed a good lick from me or a sausage 🙂

      • Sonel / Aug 12 2013 7:22 pm

        Whahahahahah! I am sure that lick would have done the trick. LOL!

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:23 pm

        I’m sure it’s the best medicine!

  4. mollieandclaire / Aug 12 2013 4:56 pm

    Oh my goodness….

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:13 pm

      yes – terrible, hideous, embarrassing but all water off a duck’s back to young Ruby 🙂

  5. susank456 / Aug 12 2013 5:38 pm

    One of these days I may something on international news about a black lab and her antics.

  6. Elsa Primal Pooch / Aug 12 2013 5:40 pm

    What FUN! I wish I could have been there too.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:14 pm

      You would have had a ball – lots of music, people blowing whistles and cheering, lots of food and everyone’s eye on the runners not on a tiny little dog…

  7. mariayarri / Aug 12 2013 6:12 pm

    You are fantastic ! You make me and maria smile and laugh // Yarri 🙂

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:15 pm

      Thanks Yarri – I reckon I could teach you a thing or two and you could make Maria laugh yourself!

  8. weliveinaflat / Aug 12 2013 6:22 pm

    D: D: D: I think you are slowly feeling your way towards being a news sensation… maybe… and yours the human could write a book… with pictures. That’ll work! 😀 Or you could have a comic… like Snoopy… only more exciting. Hah!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 12 2013 7:16 pm

      I certainly have a sensation, not sure about a news sensation, more one of frustration, enbarressment, apology. Although sharing the story makes things a bit less bad – just about 🙂

  9. lovinghomemade / Aug 12 2013 11:16 pm

    No wonder you need your own blog!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 13 2013 11:17 am

      I know, I know – massive therapy!!! But in 102 posts have gone from not really liking her and being cross all the time to understanding her better and starting to laugh with you all. So good outcome (although I don’t think she will ever, ever ‘grow out’ of the food obsession 🙂

  10. easyweimaraner / Aug 13 2013 1:19 am

    hahaha, Ruby you are great! A metre of sausages – I hope they were tasty! and yes, I’m sure the laughed atyour owner, never at you :o)

  11. Hope / Aug 13 2013 1:41 am

    Ruby, no feature news story, but you are featured on my blog today. You make me laugh my girl!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 13 2013 11:12 am

      Hi Hope – thanks for linking through to my blog. I’m really glad to make you laugh (I make myself laugh too sometimes) and hope you continue to be strong on your journey back…:)

  12. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom / Aug 13 2013 5:50 am

    I know it’s not nice to laugh at another but I can’t help it, I can see the whole thing happening… silly Ruby!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 13 2013 11:14 am

      Yes – I have flashbacks in slow motion…Sharing these stories has been part of the therapy of having a food obsessed lab. If I didn’t laugh I’d cry!

  13. likeitiz / Aug 13 2013 10:52 am

    Ruby, Ruby, Ruby! What are we going to do about you? SIgh! What a character! You remind me of Irma La Douce or Dolly Levi. Quite the handful. Hard to forget!

  14. Linda Arthur Tejera / Aug 13 2013 12:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, I can’t help but laugh!

  15. Booksphotographsandartwork / Aug 15 2013 7:55 am

    Oh Ruby!

  16. 2browndawgs / Aug 15 2013 8:43 pm

    LOL. That video would have definitely gone viral!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Aug 16 2013 3:08 pm

      Ha ha – of course was funny/embarressing but at least it didn’t involve small children – just large firemen with big beards! Have taken some video of Ruby but can never get it to upload into wordpress…

  17. littledogslaughed / Aug 29 2013 12:27 am

    Ruby you keep raising the bar for dogs everywhere! Jack Henry is now looking for an event to visit-


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