Learn about some of our Dog Runners
Hi, I’m Amanda Christman. I have been running for 11 years and the last 1.5yrs I have run dogs for Happy Dog Running Company. I am happily married with 3 kids. My main occupation is that I am a stay at home mom of three. My interests and hobbies include: the beach, sun, sand, cruising, cross fit, escape rooms, running, a nice cup of coffee with friends, and family time with husband and kiddos.
Hi, I’m Steph. I have been running for almost 20 years and try to run at least two marathons per year. I love all animals and currently my husband and I have three dogs, Havoc (German shepherd), Solomon (English bulldog) and Marley (Staffy/hound mix). I’ve been working at the zoo for almost seven years as an elephant keeper. When I’m not working I love to run but also enjoy hiking and basically anything outside. In addition, my husband and I foster dogs through Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh (we like a crazy household). I also love to just relax by spending time with my family.
Although I hate running, I love dogs and my wife (that's all she does is run and usually with a dog, lol). We have three dogs that keep us busy and we also foster pups through Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh. I'm the person that crosses the street to say hi to your dog. I may be quiet when you meet me but that's only because I save my chattiness for your dog on our run! Sometimes, my wife and I will team up to take family dogs out together, too, and we even run our own pups as well.
I'm Mary and I have been running for 10 years. I enjoy running 5k races and half marathon's! I particularly enjoy destination races. When I am not running I enjoy, hiking, camping, travelling, and drawing. My primary job is as a mental health therapist working with adults and children. I can't wait to meet your pups!
Hi, I'm Kristen! I started running about 10 years ago and fell in love! I am an avid half marathon, marathon runner and dog lover! I am out running in the rain, shine and snow...anything to get the miles and smiles in. I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children and the furmama of a blue heeler pup and cannot wait to get her running with me!
Hi! My name is Angela. I’ve always enjoyed running and I’ve been running consistently for the last 5 years. I’ve run many 5K’s, an obstacle course, two half-marathons, and I ran my first marathon this March 2020. I’ve been running with Happy Dog Running Co. since September 2019. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my experiences with the people and various dog breeds involved. I work as a Classroom Behavior Therapist teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have a dog named Mario who is 16 years old. I enjoy swimming, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, playing the piano, cooking, and gardening!
Hi, my name is Brittany C. And I have been a runner since high school (sprinter) but longer distance since 2015. I have a dog myself named Kristi and a few other critters that call me mom. I have twin boys and we like to run obstacle course races for fun along with being outdoors as much as possible.
My name is Tyler. I have been running consistently for the last year but have always enjoyed working out and running! I work as a speech therapist. I have 2 kids, a rescue puppy, and some chickens!
I'm Dan, I love running, lifting and Obstacle course races. My girlfriend calls me the dog whisperer!
Hello, My name is Carla Lytle. I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I have been a dog owner most of my life. After running for over 30 years, I've recently decided to start running with canines on a regular basis. I love it! When I’m not running with dogs, I am an ACE certified personal trainer. Basically, My other passion is keeping humans in great physical shape too. I generally work with disabled athletes. I derive satisfaction knowing that the dogs and people that I work with are in excellent physical and mental health. Exercise is a great tool for man and animal alike to achieve wellness!
Hi! My name is Lisa. I started running in 1976, ran my first marathon in 1980, my first ultra (50 miles) in 2006, and my one and only 100-miler in 2011. In total, I’ve run 67 marathons in 26 states and one foreign country. I even met my husband Alan while running the Pittsburgh Marathon in 1995! Obviously, I love to run but I also love to kayak, bike, hike, and swim. I am also the treasurer for a pet rescue organization that I helped start in 2003. Joining Happy Dog Running Company has been an exciting new adventure for me and I love it. Hope to meet you and run with your “Best Friend” soon!
Hi, my name is Alan. I’m retired from Westinghouse and now work part time as a barista. I’ve been running since 1972 and I’ve always enjoyed it. I started doing 10Ks (no 5Ks back then), which lead me to meet people that had run marathons. They encouraged me to try one. I met my wife (Lisa) running a marathon. I’ve lost count of the number of marathons I’ve done (over 50) and every time someone came up with a new activity that included running, I wanted to try it. I’ve done triathlons (including the Ironman x 5), ultra-marathons, summer biathlons, adventure races, and obstacle races. So, when running with a dog became an opportunity, I wanted to do that too. I believe running has been good for me and if you think it would be good for your dog, I’d be happy to help make that happen.
Hi, my name is Rich! I've been running since 2007, but things really didn't start getting interesting until I got into Ultra Trail Running in 2016! I love running and running with dogs is even better! I don't have a dog due to how much I travel. Happy Dog Running gives me the best of both worlds! I do have two cats though, Mario and Alita!
Bonjour! My name is Anna and I am from France. I have been running since I was a teenager, 5k to marathons, I enjoy any types of running! But honestly, running with dogs is way more entertaining! When I am not running I am teaching French and Chinese and going out to eat as much as I can! I can't wait to meet your furry friend. À bientôt !
Hello! My name is Dawn and I love just about everything about being outdoors! You could certainly consider me an animal lover as I call 3 german shepherds, 4 kitties, 2 horses and a snake my own 🙂 Running is a big part of my life and helps to improve both my physical and mental health. Throw in a dog, wagging his tail as he jogs right beside me and I am on cloud 9!
Greetings. My name is Ashley and I've been a runner since middle school at good ole Latrobe. There I found my passion for running longer distances and was able to continue my running career at St. Vincent College. My college days are long over, but my passion for running has remained the same. Running is a beautiful stress relief and a great way to keep your four-legged family member in shape. When I'm not running your sweet pup you can find me at the physical therapy clinic keeping humans mobile, on my SUP board, or out enjoying the racecar life with my husband
Hi, my name is Sam! I've been running for 20 years, and have run tons of races, from 5ks to half marathons to full marathons. Roads, trails, through the mud--you name it, I'll run it! I love running not just for the physical benefits, but for the mental benefits and the fun of it, too. I relieve a lot of stress and get a lot of joy while I'm getting my miles in, and running with your pups makes me even happier! Outside of running, I teach writing at Pitt, and I love to bake, hike, and travel.
Hello, my name is Jessica and I've been running for 9 years now. I first started running with my dog Penny, and my love for running (and my dogs) has only grown since then! I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats, and I'm a stay-at-home mom to a beautiful little girl.
Hi, my name is Linnea! I have been running for about 8 years now, and my favorite competition I ever did was a triathlon with my best friend as my teammate. I love to run long distance, and would like to try a half marathon soon! My passion for dogs started as a young child, and they motivate me to be the best person I can be. I don’t currently have my own dog (yet), so I would love to meet yours! When I am not running, I enjoy taking care of my horse and my rabbit (both of whom are rescues), skiing, reading, and learning to code.
Hi! My name is Joey, I am 27 years old and have been a draft beer and soda installer/technician for 5 years. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I also love dogs but just don’t have the time to have my own because of my busy schedule. I truly enjoy meeting and bonding with all the dogs I get to help exercise, and I am happy to be a part of the team!
Hi, I'm Liz Prady and I have been regularly running for almost 30 years! I am a mom of two college-aged children, so when the youngest left the nest, I found the opportunity at Happy Dog Running Company to let me take care of a new kind of baby - your furbabies! Since my cat Bo is insistent we can't have a dog, I am thrilled to be entrusted to take your pups out for exercise and fun. I am also a middle school English and Reading teacher who loves football, the beach, and spending time with my family.
My name is Tamara Hale, I started running Cross Country my freshman year at Franklin Regional back in 1980, qualified for the WPIAL finals and qualified as an individual for the state finals at Indian Town Gap in Harrisburg where I placed forty-fourth out of 175 for the state that year. Since then, I have run in countless races from 5K to full marathons. At the age of 50, I decided that I had enough of Marathons and changed it up to Triathlons. I have been a Triathlete for the past 7 years, completed several Spring, Olympic and Half Ironman, working my way up to compete 2 Full Ironman and am going to compete in my 3 rd Full Ironman this September 2022 in Tennessee at the age of 57. I enjoy the outdoors, I take care of a 60-acre farm with 2 horses, hunt with 4 redbone coonhounds and maintain another 120 acres for recreation and hunting. I decided to join HDRC back in May of 2021, I run anyway so why not run with the dogs! I am so glad I did! I have had such a great time with my canine friends, and honestly, they get me up and out the door, seeing their happy faces before a run is what I look forward too every time, we get to know the dogs well, down to their personality, pace, and potential, after all, it’s their run and their time to enjoy the outdoors!
Hi I'm Michele and I've been a runner for over 10 years. I joined HDRC in 2021 and it's become the best part of my day! I love all critters large and small but love running with dogs - nothing compares! I start and end every session with a smile on my face. I've run in all race distances up to a marathon, finished a few triathlons and obstacle course races, and I'm an avid Rachael Carson Trail Challenger! When I'm not running I'm a full-time professional geologist who enjoys cooking, gardening, paddleboarding, and spending time outdoors. I promise to treat your pup like my own!
My name's Krystal. I have been running for approximately 13 years. I enjoy running off of the beaten path, exploring woods and fields, and anything nature. I also really love running hills! I have always been an animal lover, taking care of orphaned and injured animals since I was a child and I continue to do so to this day. In my spare time I enjoy nerding out about coffee, reading, photography, making music, exploring nature, and helping wild animals at a wildlife rehab center. I love any and all animals: mean, ugly, shy or happy-go-lucky. They all deserve love and acceptance, and I will do everything to make them feel that way. I feel that I have always understood animals even more than people and that is part of why I love running with them. I'm a bit of a shy, timid person myself, so running with dogs who don't judge you or have expectations about how you should be is an amazing "job" and a nice little vacation from the world. Together we will run, play, and just be free. 🙂
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