Stray dog who finished half-marathon given participation medal

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The ABC understands a number of runners have lodged an expression of interest to adopt the dog, which is expected to be freed this week unless its owner comes forward.The council said the adoption fee would be at least $300, plus the cost of a microchip and registration.”We are willing to get him out of the pound. Photo:
Stormy was sent to the pound after its owners did not come forward to claim him. (Supplied: Rhea Wholey)
Despite giving other race entrants a run for their money, Mr Wholey said the four-legged athlete had not been “taking it as seriously as the other runners”.”I suppose he would be middle to back of the pack, but he wasn’t necessarily running in a straight line either,” he said.”He probably spent a fair bit of time at the different stations saying hello to everybody.”Whisked away too soonBut before the pooch’s journey was validated by officials, he was taken by rangers to a pound.”A ranger has gone to Kurrawang and left a call card at the address given and spoken to the community,” City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder chief executive John Walker said.Under council rules, animals not claimed after seven days are put up for adoption. A stray dog has won over the hearts of a community after it spontaneously completed a half-marathon alongside human competitors in outback Western Australia.With dogged resolve, Stormy pawed his way through the 21-kilometre Goldfields Pipeline Marathon, which follows a segment of the historic pipeline supplying water to nearby Kalgoorlie.The dog, which is understood to be from a nearby Aboriginal community, was awarded a participant’s medal last week after passing through each checkpoint along the course.Marathon volunteer coordinator Allison Hunter said she had never seen anything like it.”This dog is walking around, making itself known to all the runners. We get the air horn out and say ‘Go’ and off he goes with everybody,” Ms Hunter said.”Speaking with all the aid stations and marshals later, we found out he stopped at every single one.”Race organiser Grant Wholey said it was likely the canine finished in two-and-a-half hours, matching the average time for the 97-person event. (Supplied: Rhea Wholey)
“So Allison and I went down to the rangers, gave him a medal and gave him more exposure so hopefully the owner might see.”Rangers told the ABC the crossbreed dog, which was very popular with staff, was well behaved and would be missed.When asked if spectators could cheer for the furry friend at next year’s race, Mr Wholey said unfortunately Stormy’s long distance career was over.”Where we finish is a pet-free zone, so Stormy is going to have to spectate from the sidelines next year,” he said.”I think they’ll need a good solid lead for him or else he’ll be off again.” Photo:
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Stormy was awarded a finisher’s medal after passing through each checkpoint along the course. He’s friends with all the kids out there,” she said.”From our understanding, he doesn’t belong to one set person, but the pound has told us they have a number.”A very good (and fast) boy While Stormy was counting his days behind bars, he was visited by his new human friends.”We thought he deserved a medal since he had done the whole thing,” Mr Wholey said. We do want the best for him,” volunteer coordinator Ms Hunter said.”He’s the most amazing, loving dog you’ve ever seen.”Ms Hunter said residents in the Kurrawang community had told her Stormy was a community dog.”He could be with Jim Smith today and tomorrow with Joe Smith.
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It is likely the canine finished in two-and-a-half hours, matching the average time for the event.
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While the success of the business has taken him by surprise, the enterprise has a second purpose — to help the eight-year-old, who has dyslexia, navigate the written world.Getting business literate, writing e-mails and reading orders have all helped, according to his mum Joanne Walters.”He’s developing some self-confidence and it’s helping him with his reading and writing which is a problem because of his dyslexia,” she said.The idea for Angus’s business came about last year when Ms Walters was brainstorming ways to help her son overcome his learning difficulties.After experimenting with other ventures, during which Ms Walters was surprised by her son’s entrepreneurial flair, they decided to try their hand selling confectionery. Angus Copelin-Walters may have only turned eight in January, but already his business has made $10,000 in its first year and he’s had a run-in with an electronics and entertainment giant.He has donated to philanthropic causes, has his own page on LinkedIn, and has invested in a comfortable, bright red sofa.Ask him what ambitions he holds for the future and he’ll tell you — he wants to buy a Lamborghini.Maybe he will also buy a dirt bike. Photo:
Angus’s success led him to create Croc Tank, a forum in which children pitch their business ideas. (ABC Radio Darwin: Jesse Thompson)
“Some people came up and asked for bulk orders for a birthday and an event, so then it was right into the planning stage of how this was going to work and how he could learn from that,” Ms Walters said.Now, the eight-year-old counts the City of Darwin, local tourism destinations and the administrator of the Northern Territory as his clients. Angus wholesales crocodile-themed confectionery, marketed as Croc Candy, to a growing list of clients in Darwin. (ABC Radio Darwin: Jesse Thompson)
Eventually, they learned that Sony Pictures Television Inc, which is based in the United States and owns the Shark Tank trademark, had opposed the trademark application.Ms Walters said the company’s lawyers were unaware they were opposing an eight-year-old boy from Darwin when she contacted the firm’s Australian lawyers.”I rang the Australian-based lawyer up and just said: ‘This is the situation. To both of their surprise, the business grew. And for the enterprising young man, the ordeal may have offered a taste of the business world that even he wasn’t prepared for. His business recently celebrated its first birthday and donated $1,000 to a charity that supports children with dyslexia.David and Goliath match-upBut a bigger surprise came when a letter from Intellectual Property Australia arrived in the mailbox earlier this year.Angus had come up with a spin-off event to put other children’s businesses in the spotlight — a teenage blacksmith who fashions knives and a friend who sells slime kits are two examples he cites.”I wanted so kids could go on the stage and show off their business,” he said.Loosely inspired by the television show Shark Tank, Angus decided to call the forum Croc Tank and his mother set about registering a trademark. Were you aware?’ “The lawyer actually burst into laughter and said, ‘Oh no, we didn’t realise, and so I don’t think my client will be pursuing this’, so that was a great relief.”Angus is not in the business of running a TV show.” Both parties have entered a cooling-off period while they negotiate an agreement over the use of the trademark, due to be finalised later this year.The family is hopeful of an outcome that will allow them to hold an event under the Croc Tank name in the future. “I wanted to sell lemonade but then mum said no, so she wanted to sell candy,” he said.”It’s just a quality product that I knew,” Ms Walters, who grew up with the product, said.”When he was talking about lollies and lemonade, rather than just buying some from the shop, this was handmade, handcrafted and good quality.”Angus imported the confectionery and began selling it to a small network of “mum’s friends and some random people”, then on Facebook pages, and eventually over a stand at one of the city’s many regular markets. Maybe he will buy two Lamborghinis. Photo:
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The crocodile-themed candy has been popular among buyers in Darwin.
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Angus Copelin-Walters, the founder of a local confectionery company, is just eight years old. (ABC Radio Darwin: Jesse Thompson)